Hot Off The Presses ... LetsRun.com's The Week That Was In Running
Last week was light in terms of domestic US action, but we've found plenty to talk about. In roving the globe from Shanghai to Daegu to California, we find time to rip the new 2012 Olympic mascots, wonder if long years are in store for top US pros Shalane Flanagan and Jacob Hernandez, catch up with Lukas Verzbicas, give out free coaching advice from Jerry Schumacher and bow down to the great Japanase sprinters with an introduction to Shota Iizuka.
Comrades Coverage - Can Josh Cox Win The World's Most Famous Ultra?
Josh Cox Hopes To Become 1st American Since Alberto Salazar In 1994 To Win Comrades
If he's gonna win on Sunday, he'll have to take down this guy on the downhill course.
Profile - Reigning Comrades Champion Stephen Muzhingi From Zimbabwe
*Boards: Will Josh Cox win the Comrades race in South Africa?
Cory Martin Shocks Throwing World With 72'6" Shot Put In Arizona He's the USATF athlete of the week.
Intl. Meet News
- Accusation: Shanghai Officials Told Dayron Robles (Liu Xiang Rival) Not To Come To Diamond League Meet USA's David Oliver was permitted but not the WR holder. Does China want hurdle supremacy among communist countries?
- Media Uproar As Semenya Return Meet Cancelled
- Diamond League Oslo Boasts About 800m World Record Attempt With Rudisha/Kaki Showdown We wish them luck, but the WR hype probably makes the record less likely.
Adidas Grand Prix In NYC Announces More Stars
Matchups include Kiprop vs. Symmonds At 800. Scroll this article to see all the big-name pros signed up (plus there will be a great HS mile). Ticket sales for the few remaining tickets will reopen June 2. Of course Usain Bolt will be running, but also see Matt Tegenkamp race Bernard Lagat at 1,500 plus all the best US women's 1,500 runners.
Bekele Still Bothered By Calf - Pulls Out Of All June Meets In this day and age it's startling that a runner with as many resources as Bekele hasn't found a way to get back to racing. But if you're going to miss any year, it's this one.
USATF Launches Coaches Registry Program In order to become a coach registered with USATF you must now undergo criminal, terrorist, sex offender and identity verification procedures and sign a code of conduct.
3 Distance Runner Interviews
David Torrence Talks Training With Runners World Torrence has been fun to watch this year, especially at Penn Relays where he and Leo Manzano were toe to toe.
Excellent Interview With Khalid Khannouchi Following His Return To Racing At Healthy Kidney KK hadn't raced in 3 years and at 38 was happy with his 30-minute 10k clocking in the Big Apple.
Spain's Arturo Casado Gunning For Upcoming European Track Championships In Barcelona This might get our vote for non-US meet of the year.
A Little High School Coverage
Univ. Washington-Bound Katie Flood Has Huge Meet At Iowa HS Champs Midwest Distance Gala Weekly
*Great Read: 75th Anniversary Of Jesse Owens' 4 WRs In 45 Minutes At Michigan Sports Illustrated ran this piece to mark the 75th anniversary of Owens setting WRs in the 100, long jump, straight 200 and 200 low hurdles in less than an hour.
*Relaxed Running - Old Interview With Sprint Coach Bud Winter Unearthed As Winter humorously explains, one of the most overlooked keys to running (sprinting or distance) is to relax. To get re-energized with the keys to proper training, check out any of our LetsRun.com Training Talk audio interviews.
*Haile Gebrselassie Talks About His 130 Mile Weeks And Upcoming Plans
Keitany To Face Stiff Test This Weekend - Upcoming Events
- Mary Keitany To Face Linet Masai In BUPA London 10k Mary Keitany has been untouchable on the roads, especially at the half marathon - 25k distances. We'll be interested to see if track 10,000m world champion Linet Masa, who just ran 14:31 in Shanghai, can upend Keitany in London.
- Strands.com, NYRR Putting On Strong 5,000m At New Meet In Corvallis
- North Central College Going For D3 XC/Indoor/Outdoor Sweep
Good Reads From Last Week
- High School Freshman In Korea Runs 15:38 5,000m A national record as well. Pretty damn impressive.
- Recommended Read: 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?
- LRC Cheating Hurts The Honest Man - The Dark Side Of Charlie Francis' Impact On The Sport
Former Canadian 1,500m record holder, NCAA 1,000m record holder and 1988 Olympian Doug Consiglio wrote us a great email about Charlie Francis' impact on the sport. His take - as a runner who refused to cheat and take steroids - is that Francis set the sport back for decades in Canada and repeatedly and unabashedly sent the wrong message that it's okay to cheat if other people are doing it.
- David Mack, Former US All-Time #3 At 800, Oregon Star, Gets Out Of Prison
Mack, a former LAPD officer, was part of the Rampart scandal. He went to jail for bank robbery but was a suspect along with fellow Oregon teammate Amir Mohammed in the murder of Notorious B.I.G. We hope Mack turns his life around but reports are he became an avowed member of the Bloods gang while in prison.
*LetsRunners Shared Their Mack Stories Here Last Year
- Recommended Read: Coaching Advice - Jerry Schumacher Speaks We found this interview inspiring.
NCAA Regionals *Results/Streaming Coverage: West - East
*Download Cool New NCAA Bracket
LRC Exclusive The 24/8 NCAA Qualifying Plan Explained - Day 2: Men's Field Events Unlike the average person, we already know who made NCAAs this year ...
Not exactly. This year in outdoor track, we have the Pure Regional system. Last year was regionals plus time qualifiers. The NCAA plan for next year may likely be a totally different version. As a way of looking ahead, we took the time to find out exactly who would make NCAAs this year if the proposed "Wilson Plan" or "24/8 Plan" was already in place.
Day 2: Men's Field Events
Day 1: Introduction/Men's Running Events
More: *Nicole Blood Doubling 5/10 In Attempt To Push Oregon To Team Title
*AJ Acosta Echoes Lananna's Statements - Says Regionals Are Unnecessary
*Regional Previews: 800m - 1,500m
*Boards Discussion: DEAR VIN LANANNA: Here are the reasons to have regionals
Scientists, Medicine, Testosterone Deodorant And Sport
- Coach Robert Chapman Hired By USATF For Sports Medicine & Science Leadership Dr. Chapman has coached the Indiana U. team and Team Indiana Elite.
- New Under Arm Roll-On
DeodorantMale Testosterone Booster Hits Market Soon
- Harvard Researchers Say Human Endurance Far More Impressive Than Sprint Prowess We have no idea why this matters, but we're amused that Harvard scientists are publishing reports with info such as "Usain Bolt is slower than a squirrel" (that's paraphrased).
Upcoming Events For The Sport That Never Sleeps
Thursday: Usain Bolt To Run Golden Spike Ostrava 300m David Rudisha will contest the 800m as well.
Friday And Saturday: Preview Of NCAA Regional 800m Regionals will run from Thursday - Saturday to determine who makes NCAAs in Eugene.
Sunday: Josh Cox And Team World Vision Head To South Africa For Sunday's Comrades Ultra We're fascinated by Josh Cox's attempt to win this race.
Monday: Boulder, CO Getting Excited For Memorial Day Bolder Boulder
More Weird Cheating News From China
Shandong Marathon Winner Banned After Ringer Revealed Video revealed that the supposed race winner actually hired a ringer to run for her.
Another Rising Star - Titus Mbishei
Titus Mbishei Announces His Arrival With Big Win Over Kipsiro, Lelisa, Tola and Merga 19-year-old Titus Mbishei truly left his mark this weekend by defeating some big names by big margins in Bangalore, India.
*Young Kenyan Mbishei Will Use Prize Money To Help Teammates An amazing gesture from Mbishei, who won $21,000 and trains with 25 other guys in Kenya.
*Titus Mbishei Profile World junior XC and 10,000m silver medalist has run 27:31 for 10,000m. Stats courtesy of Pace Sports Management
More Interesting Results
*Geoffrey Mutai Follows 2:04 Marathon With 1:07 Half Marathon Win At Altitude In Nairobi
*20-Year-Old Teddy Tamgho Sets Triple Jump World Best With Amazing Series You may remember Tamgho as the guy who broke the indoor TJ world record (we gave him the quote of the day because he sounded so interesting).
Video Of The Next Sprinting Phenom? Check Out Japan's Shota Iizuka We knew something crazy must have happened when distance running enthusiast Brett Larner of JapanRunningNews.blogspot.com sent us a link to a university 4 x 100 video. Chuo University (lane 5, in white) runs 38.54 thanks to a monster anchor leg from freshman Shota Iizuka. 38.54 would have won
the NCAA 4 x 100 final last year, almost beaten the
2nd American team at Penn Relays (38.50), and made almost any Olympic or WC final. Worth a watch.
*More From Larner: Dream Win For 5,000m Underdog
Shanghai Diamond League Coverage *Full Results *LRC Photos
LRC Recap/Results: Bolt Smashes Competition, Fast Distance Races Headline Shanghai Diamond League
*LRC Photos Usain Bolt ran 19.76 or better for the 11th time in his career (the next closest guy in history has 3). Other happenings included Liu Xiang finishing as the 2nd Chinese hurdler, Sentayehu Ejigu winning a great 5,000 in 14:30, Asbel Kiprop showing he is in top form, and flops by some dominant field eventers.
*Bolt 19.76 Video
*Shanghai Meet Writeup From IAAF
*Bolt Tells Gay He Can Chase The Records Bolt says to Gay - go ahead and chase my times, I'm just trying to stay undefeated this year.
Readers React To Lananna's Criticism Of NCAA Regionals
Latest Track Talk
- Pat Butcher On Baffling London Mascots, Charlie Francis Legacyy, Floyd Landis
- Marcus O'Sullivan On Hating College Coaching At First O'Sullivan found it difficult to go from being the star athlete to the athlete's servant (aka the coach).
- 2 Oregon State Football Players Make NCAA Regional HJ Despite Having No Official Team
- Donovan Bailey Wonders Why Michael Johnson Pretends He Never Existed Canada's former 100m WR holder Bailey takes exception to MJ calling himself the former fastest man on earth.
NCAA "Round 1" Declarations Announced ... Wheating Doubling 1,500/800
*Men East - West *Women East - West
In the new system starting this year, the top 48 D1 performers in each event from the East and West compete for 12 spots in their region. Combine the top 12 from East and West to make the 24-person fields in the NCAA finals in Eugene.