LRC The Week That Was In Running
This week we give props to Joseph Ebuya, pay homage to the man who invented running in Central Park, talk about how ridiculously stacked the SEC is, are inspired by the minds of two champions (Usain Bolt and Bernard Lagat) worry about Asbel Kiprop and talk about the women's 800 stars of 2008 (Pamela Jelimo) and 2009 (Caster Semenya).
Kiprop Struggles Continue - Hammered In Nakuru
Nixon Chepsaina Beats Asbel Kiprop By 10 Seconds In Nakuru 1,500 A muddy track didn't stop Nixon Chepsaina from running 3:39 while Olympic Champion Asbel Kiprop was 4th in 3:49. From the stats available, 2008 Olympic Champion Kiprop has not won a race this year in at least half a dozen tries.
Maine And Montana State - 1,500m Powerhouses
LetsRun.com And Maine Favorite Riley Masters And Coach Lech Talk About His Training For Sub-4 Read about Masters' secret workout (a 4-minute mile in 5 minutes) that led him to 5th in the NCAA mile. The author is a LetsRun fan and a senior at Maine.
Montana State Freshman Pat Casey Finished 3rd At NCAAs And Now Redshirts Outdoors
Sport And Society
Chinese, Sri Lankan And Nepalese Athletes And Officials Denied Entry To Canada For World University XC A very interesting story as Canadian immigration officials are refusing to give Visas to athletes coming from squalid conditions as it's feared they will seek asylum in Canada.
*8 Months Later, Caster Semenya Case Is Unlike Any Other
*NY Times: Female Athletes Redefine Public's Image Of Beauty
Stanford Prof: "Brittney Griner is such an athlete, and so gifted, you almost don't notice that she is part of a slowly unfolding, civilized response in this country to the slightly androgynous female."
Interview With Bernard Lagat Where He Says He Wants To Run 12:50 And Shares Training And Mental Advice Lagat says he's going to Flagstaff to train himself to get ready to break the American record in the 5k. He also discusses why he's so good at 35 and his A sample EPO positive from 2003.
*Boards: Will Lagat run 12:50 outdoors
World XC - A Story Almost Too Good To Be True
Women's 800m - Most Dramatic Event In Track
*Pamela Jelimo Returns And Records 2:06-Flat On Muddy Nairobi Track Unbeatable in 2008, Jelimo couldn't find top gear in '09.
*Maggie Vessey Makes Debut Running 400, 800, 200 Vessey hopes to follow her remarkable 2009 with a more consistent 2010. Last year hardly anyone even knew her name and she had no sponsor. Vessey: "I literally won Prefontaine in like a surfer tank top that I've had since I was 16."
*Caster Semenya Told She Must Wait Until June For IAAF Test Verdict
17-Year-Old Alabma Freshman Kirani James Runs 45.02 To Break 32-Year-Old School Record At CARIFTA Games It's going to be an unbelievable year in the 400 in the SEC.
*UF 4 x 400 3:00.31!!!!!
Florida Relays: *Results
*Jeff Demps Runs 10.11 At Pepsi Florida Relays Christian Taylor, best known as a long and triple jumper, showed what an unbelievable athlete he is by running 45.55 to win the open 400. Francena McCorory and Shana Cox set world leads in the 200 and 400. In distance races, Julius Bor nipped Ryan Foster in the 1,500, both running 3:41.
*Penn State 4 x 800 Runs 7:18 More amazing is that it's only the 7th-best time in school history.
Texas Relays: *Results
*Boards: Will Chelsey Sveinsson be a bigger phenom than Jordan Hasay?
*Texas A&M Dominates Texas Relays AP article
*Ashton Eaton Misses NCAA Record In Decathlon At Texas Relays
*Chelsey Sveinsson Runs 10:07 3,200m To Break State Record At Texas Relays
*UTEP Olympic Medalist Blessing Okagbare Wins Texas Relays LJ In Record 22'7"
Wilfred Bungei Tells Is Like It Is
*Wilfred Bungei Says Kenyan Defections Will Kill Athletics If Kenyans keep defecting, Bungei says, there will be 12 Kenyan-borns in every distance final at the major events. 3 Kenyan males who didn't even make their team have run 27:22 or faster on the roads this year.
*Bungei Says David Rudisha Can Break WR And Cautions Media In Dealing With Athletes
Caster Semenya's Comeback Compared To Tiger Woods'
NY Times: Tiger Woods And Caster Semenya Making Comebacks Like We've Never Seen Before Most LetsRun visitors think Semenya should compete as a male (see poll, right).
Mike Hurst Points Out Semenya Or ASA Defying IAAF Could Jeopardize Other Athletes *2nd update: this rule still stands (earlier Hurst told us the IAAF had changed the rule but then he found it in a different place in the IAAF rulebook).
Spring "Marathon Major" Updates
Ryan Hall Talks With Running Times About His Faith And Running We give Hall a lot of credit as he talks sincerely about his morals and beliefs.
WBZ Boston Catches Up With Low-Key Ryan Hall Training On Boston Course We'll see how Hall's non-existent racing schedule pays off in 3+ weeks.
Boston Elites Robert Cheruiyot pulls out but Meb K remains only the 16th-fastest PR in the deep field.
Virgin London Elites Biggest international superstars still heading to London.
Australia's Stowell Gift - Controversy Fuels Famous Handicapped Sprint Event
"Johnny Drama" Accused Of Sandbagging As He Wins $40k At Australia's Richest "Gift" $15,000 are going to his parents to pay for hip operations and $5,000 are going to race organizers who think Burbidge may have flopped in earlier races to help his handicap.
*Burbidge's "Entourage" Thrilled With His Win
*Burbidge Absorbs Largest Fine In 129-Year History Of Stawell Gift
Biggest Sports News Of The Day
Tiger Woods Apologizes Again In Anticipated Press Conference From Augusta National Media members had to get special tickets to see Woods speak.
*Adult Film Star And Her Lawyer Demand Apology In Press Conference
*Boards: Okay, what do you think of the press conference Tiger Woods had today ?
Queue It Up On Netflix Next Year
Bollywood Making Film On Life Of Milkha Singh, India's Most Famous Athlete Milkha Singh is the only Indian athlete to ever hold a world record (45.8 in the 400) and last Indian to win a Commonwealth Games gold (1958) heading into this year's games in New Delhi.
*Pro Golfer Jeev Milkha Singh Explains Why Dad Finally Decided To Do A Biographical Movie
Road Racing Announcements
Mary Keitany To Attack Rarely Run 25k World Record In BIG 25 Berlin The world record is 1:22:13 set en route to the 2005 Berlin Marathon by Mizuki Noguchi.
Keitany was the road racer of the year in '09.
World XC Champ Emily Chebet To Race Meseret Defar At Carlsbad 5k On April 11 There have been a number of records set at Carlsbad over the years and this sure looks like a record waiting to happen.
Astedou Tsefay Runs Course Record 27:30 To Win In Morocco If you can find stats on Tsefay, please contact us.
Nagano Marathon Announces Elite Field
Esquire Runs Lengthy Feature On Usain Bolt Titled: Mutant
Coach Glen Mills says the #1 thing he has done for Bolt is reduce his training load and tailor his exercises to help overcome his scoliosis.
*For Your Convenience: Usain Bolt Esquire Article 1-Page Version
*Bolt/Gay/Powell In Brussells Will Be Most Expensive 100m In History Despite the IAAF apparently being close to financial disaster, it costs too much to have the best in the sport race each other more than once a year.
Easter Weekend Road Races - 30:45 For Lineth Chepkurui In New Orleans
- Lineth Chepkirui Runs One Of The Greatest Female Road Races Of All Time At CCC Lineth Chepkurui followed her 5th place at World XC with a stellar 30:45 to win the women's race by over a quarter mile and finish behind only 15 men.
*Crescent City Classic: Results Tilahun Regassa got the men's win despite injuring his Achilles in the first mile, while Antonio Vega was 7th and top American.
*Tilahun Regassa Wins Crescent City Despite Achilles Injury
- Amazing Story: Yobes Ondieki's Protégé Wins Safaricom Nakuru Half Marathon In 59:53 Almost 17 years ago, Ondieki became the first man to record a sub-27:00 10,000m and has been coaching Peter Kariuki for 6 months.
- Lebopo Becomes First Man From Lesotho To Win Two Oceans Marathon Since 1976
*Full Recap Of Two Oceans Marathon Dominated By Lesotho Runners
*Sports Writer Says Perhaps Semenya Should Take On Russian Women Who Win 56km Race Every Year
- Boards: Five men ran sub 28 at a 10k road race in Germany today
So Amazing, It Almost Sounds Like An April Fools But It's The Actual Truth: World XC Champion Joseph Ebuya's Dad Didn't Watch World XC As He Was Up All Night Trying To Keep Elephants From Trampling The 2.5 Acres His Son Had Purchased For Him Even if he was able to watch, it would have been hard as he doesn't have a television. See the highlights or listen to the audio of our talk with Ebuya's coach and manager Ricky Simms joined by coach and 2000 Olympic champion Noah Ngeny.
New IAAF "Entourage Commission" Led By Sergey Bubka Will Examine Doctors, Physios And Coaches Accompanying Athletes According to one of our sources, the IAAF is trying to figure a way to hold coaches and doctors responsible if they have anything to do with athletes doping.
American Road Race Section
*Recommended Read: Ryan Hall Chats With Runner's World - Can He Win Boston In Try #2? From the sound of things, Hall has done everything right, though fans squirm at his only pre-marathon race where he got crushed by Simon Bairu in a half marathon.
*Meb K Talks To Running Times, Hopeful For American 1-2 Meb has the 16th-best PR in the strong field.
Running Greats Interviewed
Recommended Read: Kids, Read About Dave Wottle And How Track Used To Be Münich 800m champion Dave Wottle gives a long and interesting interview with Gary Cohen. Outside of running, he talks about water skiing naked with Steve Prefontaine.
World XC - The Story Of Rags-To-Riches Joseph Ebuya
*LRC Training Talk 7: Joseph Ebuya's Coach And Manager Talk With LetsRun.com Hear the whole story as LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson talks with manager/coach Ricky Simms along with special guest Noah Ngeny.
*LRC Transcript Of Interview With Ricky Simms And Noah Ngeny
*LRC Photos From World Cross-Country 2010 Photos of the Kenyans and Americans jumping the logs on the course in Poland.
April Fools Archives:
Judging from the texts, emails, posts, people upset with Obama, people wanting Obama to sue us for slander, a lot of viewers fell for our 2010 April Fools homepage. While our April Fools page was pretty good, the best April Fools Prank was on the Boston Marathon. A LetsRun.com visitor planned his prank weeks in advance as he created a fake a website mybaa.org (that looked nearly identical to the real Boston website) and said the Boston Marathon qualifying times changed 10 minutes for each age group. He then posted on LetsRun that the times changed and soon the news spread. People were up in arms and apparently the people at the Boston Marathon can't take a joke as they wasted who knows how much money having their lawyers send a letter threatening the guy. All we can say is - excellent job.
LRC April Fools Archives:
We were threatened with a lawsuit for our 2004 edition.