Quote Of The Day

"Eaton will go down as one of the best collegiate track and field athletes of all-time."

- Oregon track director Vin Lananna talking about Ashton Eaton, who one week after winning the PAC-10 decathlon, ran 10.19w in the 100, won the high hurdles, won the long jump by a hair on his last jump and ran a leg on the Oregon men 4 x 100 relay. Combined with AJ Acosta running 8:52 in the steeple, 3:41 for 1,500 and 13:46 for 5,000 in a 24-hour span, the Oregon men held off USC narrowly, while the women had the best meet in the history of the PAC-10 and won almost every Sunday event.

Manchester - Tyson Gay Makes Strong Statement

Athletics - Great CityGames Manchester Tyson Gay 19.41 200 Tommie Smith (former straight 200m WR holder) was on hand to congratulate Tyson Gay, who ran 9.88 for the first 100 and 8.72 from 50-150m on the straight track.
Hot On The Boards: Tyson Gay 19.41 straight 200m in the UK

Athletics - Bupa Great Manchester Run Press Conference Haile Struggles But Wins BUPA Manchester 10k Haile's previous bests at Manchester were 27:25 (2005) and 27:39 (2009). Worknesh Kidane (2003 World XC champ) won the women's race and is the wife of Healthy Kidney and Central Park record setter (and World XC champ) Gebre Gebremariam.

An Avatar warms up for running the 99th Annual Bay to Breakers race in San FranciscoChepkurui Sets Another World 12k Record At SF's Wild Bay To Breakers Lineth Chepkurui is having a road racing season to remember: 30:45 10k Crescent City, 51:51 Cherry Blossom 10-mile, 38:10 WR Lilac Bloomsday 12k, 38:07 WR Bay To Breakers 12k. Sammy Kitwara got a very narrow win in a much slower men's race. (yes, that is an avatar in the photo above)

Healthy Kidney 10k *Results *LRC Photos

Healthy Kidney 10k: Gebre Gebremariam Wins In 27:39, Breaks Central Park Course Record And Pockets $27,500
Gebre Gebremariam
was last year's World Cross champ, so the tough NYC course was no problem for him. Khalid Khannouchi ran 30:31 and was one spot ahead of former NCAA champ Bobby Curtis, who ran 27:33 2 weeks ago and perhaps was just doing this as a tempo run.

*Amateur Reporter Gives Interesting Insight Into Healthy Kidney Runners Kamais, Birmingham and Co. 2nd-place Kamais is a Kenyan who trains himself, Birmingham's shoeless 1,200 at Penn set him back 1 week.
*Message Board Thread On Race
*Khalid Khannouchi Returns

Sprinters Upping The Ante

Bolt Expects Very Fast Time Wednesday In South Korea Asafa Powell opens with 9.75, Tyson Gay runs 200m straight today in GBR after early-season 400 success, Usain Bolt has already run 19.56 (and 8.79 unofficial relay split at Penn) ... are we going to see the most unbelievable year for sprinting in the history of the sport?

 Great Read: Reporter Looks At Motivation Of Jamaican Youths Running To Escape Poverty

High School Freshman In Korea Runs 15:38 5,000m A national record as well. Pretty damn impressive.

Recommended Read #1: Mike Hurst - A Personal Perspective On Coach Charlie Francis A great read from a friend of Francis titled "End of good run for flawed coach."

Recommended Read #2: Former Ivy 800m Runner Writes Great Piece On Genetics And Speed For SI.com Nature or nurture? Genetics or environment? What are the genticists finding out about specific genes and how they relate to sprinting?

Fastest Man Who Ever Lived (MJ) Talks About Making Documentary With Fastest Man Who Ever Lived (Bolt)

HS Girls Track Coach Gets Pole Vaulter DQed For Bracelet - Making His Team Conference Champs
Another idiotic HS rule

LetsRun.com's The Week That Was In Running This week we put an end to the Rupp-Solinsky controversy, analyze the continual decline of Jeremy Wariner, announce the return of Walter Dix, tell you why Usain Bolt is clean, fall in love with the 25 kilometer distance, and amazingly discover that hGH actually helps performance. All that plus Haile Gebrselassie puts an end to the barefoot running craze and a great race video from Australia.

Maybe Track Is Getting Popular In The US

Chris Solinksy's Run (And LetsRun.com) Gets A 3 Line Mention In A Mainstream Sports Blog Look out, NFL. Proof of the soaring popularity of track and field (see Washington Post article below). The story on a high school track team losing it's league championship because of a pole vaulter wearing a friendship bracelet got a full story. Seriously, we want to give a shout out to the LetsRun.com fan who fought hard to get Solinsky a little press.

LetsRun.com In Washington Post

Washington Post: "Track's Popularity Soars Despite Lack Of US Star Power" LetsRun's co-founder Wejo is quoted and Rojo is mentioned as Amy Shipley of the Washington Post examines the positive state of track in America. We like the article but (despite our rapidly rising numbers) aren't sure the sport is soaring in popularity, considering the average person on the street couldn't name a single US track star. We're glad however to see the sport in a positive light (but never thought the sport was down in the dumps) and think the article is proof the sport's execs need to get the sport on network television or ESPN more often.

Random News

Merlene Ottey - Now 50 - Plans To Compete For Slovenia At Euros California-based former world-leading sprinter (with a checkered drug history) will compete into her 6th decade of existence in Barcelona this summer.

Video: James Mbugua Wins Mombasa Marathon In 2:08, Lowers Record By 6 Minutes 2:08 in Mombasa sounds amazing to us.

Jeremy Wariner - The Star Who Got Hosed?

IAAF Golden League Neville Breaks Wariner's 5-Year 400m Win Streak! Well, not technically, but look at these stats: Before Olympic bronze medalist David Neville beat him in Puerto Rico this weekend, and taking out confirmed drug cheat LaShawn Merritt, who beat him 6 times, Jeremy Wariner had not lost a 400m since September of 2005 (he did DNF twice, but other than that, 51 consecutive wins). We give a shout out to Wariner, who - since his senior year at Baylor in 2004 - raced the 400m 91 times and, ignoring Merritt, won 82 times, including 2 Olympics and 3 World Championships (plus 5 relay golds).

California Teens Find Javelin, Throw It, Impale Innocent Bystander

German Hurdle Olympian Busted For Roids

Conference Champ Ducks Deliver *Conference Results Central

Duck Women Absolutely Crush It (215 Points!), Manly Eaton And Acosta Propel Duck Men
*Final Results
*Ken Goe PAC-10 Recaps Nicole Blood, Chris Derrick win 5k/10k double. Ashton Eaton wins decathlon, 110 Hurdles, LJ, 2nd in 100, runs leg on 4 x 1 ... Acosta scores in 1,500 (3:41), steeple (8:52), 5k (13:46) to give Ducks close win over USC.

Boards: *
AJ Acosta - 13:46.87 - 3rd place in 5,000 !!! 19 Points at Pac Tens!!! WHAT A STUD!!!
Wheating Wins, Primm chokes to 4th...
Upset > Zoe Buckman beats Katie Follet by 5/100ths to Take Pace Ten 1500m Title

Big 12
Lisa Koll 15:22!
LIVE Results *LIVE Blog
Nebraska 1st, Oklahoma 2nd, US #1 Texas A&M men 3rd. No problem for A&M women, who win handily.

Big 10
Final Results Big Ten Nailbiters! Gophers Grab Men's, PSU Lady Lions Take Women's Big Ten Titles. Minnesota had 3 scorers run 1:49 in 800, Angela Bizzarri wins 1,500 by 0.01 and 5,000 in 16:12, Wisco men 1-2 in 1,500, Franek scores 10, 5, 6 in Steeple, 1,500, 5k.

SEC Florida Men, LSU Women On Winning Track - Arkansas Men Getting Trounced
*Razorback Alain Bailey Leaps 27'5" To Win Epic LJ
Final Results

IC4A A first: GMU frosh Chris Carrington runs 1:48.96 and misses the final thanks to strong 800 prelims.
*IC4A/ECAC Results

LRC Photo Gallery

LRC Photos Tell Story Of Doha Diamond League Opener Who has time to look up every result? See our photos and find out who won every event in Doha.

LRC Special:
Photos From Haile's New Resort, Tsegaye Kebede's Crib And Addis National Stadium

*LRC Photos Of Khalid Khannouchi, Gebre Gebremariam Healthy Kidney 10k

Diamond League Kicks Off In Style *Results *Recaps *Photos

Asafa Powell of Jamaica competes during the Men's 100m final event at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha Blazing Times In Doha From 100m To 5,000 Asafa Powell impressed the crowd with a 9.75w in the first round. Distance times were fast as well - 12:51s for Eliud Kipchoge and Vincent Chepkok while David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop ran 1:43s in the 800. Olympic champion Nancy Langat won the women's 1,500 in 4:01 to announce her return to the top. World champion Joseph Ebuya struggled home in 13:33 9th in the 5,000.

Asafa Powell Impresses, Allyson Felix Cruises In Opening Diamond League Meet Asafa Powell ran 9.81 in the 2nd round despite a terrible start.

Doha On The Boards: RUDISHA VS KAKI
Two 12:51's in Doha! Think there might be a new PED out there? At least someone noticed the 12:51. If an American ran this time, it's all anyone would talk about for a month. Instead, Kipchoge did it in 88-degree heat.
*Is this the year that Kipchoge cracks 1240..or at least sets a PR???
*Joseph Ebuya is not very good We don't care what he ran in Doha. He's the World XC champ. We're surprised he ran the race, but wish Universal Sports had even acknowledged him being on the starting line.
*Asafa Powell wind-aided 9.81


Road Mile In Minneapolis - Torrence's Roll Continues

Anna Pierce And David Torrence Win US 1 Mile Road Champs Torrence ran around the streets with an American flag and black socks after he took it to the field in the last 200m as Lopez Lomong was left in 6th. Sarah Bowman came up to pass race leader Christin Wurth-Thomas for 2nd, but nobody could match Pierce.
1 mile road championship thread

HBOs Real Sports Examines Barefoot Running In Next Episode Bryant Gumbel's show airs on Tuesday and will include an interview with Born to Run author Christopher McDougall.

21-Year-Old Jamaican Quarter Miler Female Tested Positive At World Indoors Jamaican athletics leaders are playing dumb as "promising" young sprinter Bobby-Gaye Wilkins returns A and B positives for unknown substance.

Ben Johnson's Coach Charlie Francis Dies After 5-Year Battle With Cancer People under the age of 30 probably don't realize just how absolutely shocking Ben Johnson's positive test was way back in 1988. Back then, even though tons were doping, no one was testing positive. Kind of reminds us of the current NFL. *AP Obituary *LRC MBoard On Francis

It's Official

Alan Webb Marrying Julia Rudd October 15 Congrats to Alan and Julia. Of course you can discuss what this means for his running career here. Or maybe you already knew about the nuptials because there was a thread on our message boards in September saying the same thing.

Drugs, Drugs And More Drugs


Tyson Gay Runs 19.41 In Manchester City Games

Asafa Powell 9.81 In Doha (4:00 Mark)