LRC The Week That Was In Running This week we give props to Bernard Lagat for his new 5000 AR and praise him for not putting it out of reach earlier in his career. Along the way, we also ponder if Dennis Mitchell is still a cheat and we give out props the arguably the most ignored American runner on the planet and ask you if you can tell us who has the Colorado school record at 5,000 meters. We also give props to world xc champ Emily Chebet, Haile Gebrselassie, Marry Wittenberg, Renato Canova and Nick Arciniaga. Plus our Race Video Of The Week and much more.
Tyson Gay Out of Adidas NY Grand Prix Usain Bolt had already pulled out of the meet with an injury. We wonder how deep in the summer we'll have to go before Bolt, Gay, or Powell races one another.
adidas Grand Prix start lists The meet will be on live network television (NBC) in the US from 4-6pm eastern on Saturday. The women's 1500 and men's 800 are the top distance races for LRC fans.
San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon *Top Results
Arciniaga Runs 2:11 For 3rd As 2001 5k World Champ Richard Limo Gets 1st Marathon Win
The men's field was Rockin 'n' Rollin in San Diego, especially in the first 10-15k, as they rolled out in 29:34 before a Moroccan threw down a 4:26 mile.
Yulia Gromova (2:27) won on the women's side for the 3rd straight year.
Flying Females At Freihofer's
World XC Champ Emily Chebet Sets Course Record 15:12 At Freihofer's Run For Women *Results State College's Rebecca Donaghue was the first American in solid 15:50 while the first three ran speedy 15:12, 15:20, 15:23.
- Mo Farah Runs GBR #3 All Time 27:28 At European Cup
- Joseph Lagat And Isabellah Andersson Win Stockholm Marathon
Not So Fantastic
Oslo Diamond League *Results
LRC Lagat Gets 5,000 American Record, Solinsky Runs 12:56!
Lagat and Solinsky both ran well as the American 5,000m standard keeps getting tougher and tougher. Solinsky's 57-second finishing lap couldn't keep up with the front runners as his 12:56 just missed Ritz's 12:56 from '09. The 800m world record (1:41.11) is truly in jeopardy this year as David Rudisha and Abubaker Kaki ran 1:42.04 and 1:42.23 in the race of the evening. (Video of Rudisha and Kaki Here)
*Solinsky runs 12:56!!! but...
*David Rudisha - 1:42 Oslo
*How come Lagat does not get a Letsrun opening Flashpage that says, "LAGAT 12:54"
Video: Brian Sell Not Exactly Retired 2008 Olympian Brian Sell is finding it hard to stop competing and training. That's why we love him.
Story Keeps Getting Better
Record-Breaking Marathon Cheating Grandpa Is Walking 340 Miles For Publicity!
Was The 69-Year-Old DQed For Cutting London Marathon Trying To Cheat? He claims he was simply dropping out. Others aren't so sure and think he wanted a record. We have found his finishing photo on the left.
True Headline: UK College Graduate To Race Steam Train To Combat Obesity Sounds like a plan!
Recommended Read: Athletics Weekly Catches Up With 1968 100yd Record Setter Charlie Greene Greene just got a kidney transplant and is fighting to walk again - he urges people to give back to the sport.
NY Mini Hosts 7 Former World Champions And Interesting International Field Two all-women's races
this weekend the next two weekends- Teyba Erkesso and Co. in the Freihofer's Run For Women this weekend in Employee #1's birth city, Albany and Linet Masai, Teyba Erkesso, and 6 More World Champs in New York next week.
All About Running History
*Recommended Read: Former UW Roommates Broke Pole Vault And Long Jump World Records 47 Years Ago The long jump record (ridiculous 8.33m) is still a point of contention as there was no wind gauge, while the pole vault record breaker suffered a massive trampoline injury soon after his WR.
*World War II Bombardier And US 5,000m Olympian Lou Zamperini To Be Subject Of New Laura Hillenbrand Novel Nicholas Cage is slated to play Zamperini in a film based on the Seabiscuit novelist's 7-year research project.
John Meyer: Boulder Group Helps End "Shamateurism"
*Trust In Boulder - How Frank Shorter And Co. Helped End Age Of "Shamateurism"
*How Distance Runners Helped Professionals From All Sports Compete In Olympic Games
*Herb Lindsay Talks About Getting Paid Under The Table In Early '80s Things were a lot different for the top runners 30 years ago. Then again, $1,000 went a lot farther in 1980 than it does today.
RIP - Deaths In The Sport
Laura Roesler Ends Prep Career With Record 20 State Titles And Now She's Off To ... Oregon This probably should have been our quote of the day: "On Friday in the 100 preliminaries, Milbrath became the first North Dakota competitor to beat Roesler in any event since Roesler was in seventh grade." Yes, that's right, Roesler failed in her bid to win 5 state titles for 4 straight years, as she was finally beaten in the 100, where she said she is "vulnerable" - but mega props to her for her amazing run.
News From Britain
- Dwain Chambers Runs 10.02 (Sort Of) As American Lashauntea Moore Joins The Sub-11.00 Club In Brazil Chambers really ran a 10.19 but into a stiff headwind that converts to a 10.02 according to this website. Moore is now the 3rd fastest at 100m this year in the world.
- Jessica Ennis Asks For Olympic Schedule To Be Changed So She Can Do Hep/Hurdles Double
- British Team In Crisis Mode For European Champs Due To Injuries British 100m champ is out of action all summer long as are several other athletes.
Big Injury, Verzbicas 3:56, Bolder Boulder, UK 10k Record ...
LRC Photos - Lukas Verzbicas 3:56 Road Mile
The winner ran 3:53 but the debate is on - how much did the 400m of downhill improve the time?
*Results, Discussion *Local Recap
Usain Bolt Out Of adidas NYC With Achilles Stiffness Track's Sprint King apologizes to the fans but Dr. recommends 2-3 weeks off to prevent further damage.
Race Video Of The Week - Gregson Races King Of The Hill Sprint In Australia
Bolder Boulder: Ethiopian Teams Sweep, Team Colorado Beats Team USA The Ethiopian men had a perfect score of 6 and the women took 2 of the top 3 places.
*Results Colorado men Vaughn, Braun and Carney of Team Colorado took it to Team USA and Team Kenya.
*Race Video Guy fully decked out as Moses sprints out to the lead.
NCAAs Start Wednesday In Eugene *NCAA Schedule
LetsRun.com And TrackFocus.com Preview NCAAs
We're fortunate to be heading to Eugene to cover the NCAA championships starting Wednesday with Andrew Wheating and Robby Andrews in their 800m semifinal heats and Lisa Koll in the women's 10k. Can the Ducks rise to win team titles in front of big home crowds? We give you our individual predictions, tell you who's running each event, and introduce the big stories of this year's Hayward Field Championships.
*800 Andrew Wheating vs. Robby Andrews Round III, Tennessee's Wright Looking For Women's Title
*10k: Chelanga And Koll Big Favorites In 10k
*Steeple: Bridget Franek Favored While Men's Race Wide Open
Piece On Brandon Bethke And David McNeill - NCAA 5,000m Could Come Down To ASU, NAU Duo Add a guy named Chelanga to that mix.
Interview With Princeton's 5k/Steeple NCAA Qualifier Donn Cabral Cabral ate a good steak between last Saturday's steeple and 5,000 and qualified for both, plus ran 4:00 for the mile in practice.
Boards: Can Blood Or Bizarri Beat Koll At Eugene?
Lananna Says Wheating's Free Spirit Has Re-Energized His Passion For Track And Field
World Marks Set
Sam Chelanga Underappreciated Will he win the 10k/5k double? Chelanga ran 27:08 a few weeks ago although hardly anyone noticed. Hard to believe Galen Rupp, David McNeill and others have shut him out of NCAA track titles.
*Nicole Blood Feature In Register Guard Props: Blood moved beyond her high school superstar days to become a big team contributor over time for the Ducks.
The IAAF Is In Some Financial Trouble
IAAF Cutting Budget By $20 Million In 2012 Lamine Diack, the IAAF head who surprisingly announced a bid for re-election, says the IAAF is not in peril.
Good Read: Extensive Interview With Jack Fultz, Winner Of The 1976 Run For The Hoses Boston Marathon In 90+ Degree Heat Fultz is still very involved with the sport, including directing the Ivy League Ekiden trip every year that helped Wejo, Rojo and Employee #1 travel and race in Japan.
Cartoon - Wejo Impresses Danica Patrick Racing in the LetsRun singlet, Wejo impresses most ladies, even 37-minute
10k 8kers like Danica Patrick.
A Gift On National Running Day
Haile Gebrselassie To Make US Marathon Debut At ING New York City Marathon In 2010 The world record holder in the marathon will be taking to the streets on New York this October. We can't tell you how excited we are to see Haile
actually race instead of time trial. The great Haile G made the announcement today at Icahn stadium in New York. *Message Board Thread Here
*Photos Brett Larner In NYC To See Haile G And Arata Fujiwara Run With Kids On National Running Day
Getting Ready For Friday's Diamond League Meet In Oslo *Tentative Entries
- Will World Record #70 Fall In Men's 800 In Oslo? The David Rudisha-Abubaker Kaki battle is arguably the most anticipated matchup of the meet.
- Will Chris Solinsky Or Bernard Lagat Get American Record In Stacked Men's 5,000? The race is certainly loaded, as it includes Eliud Kipchoge and Vincent Chepkok, who have both run 12:51 already this year.
- Carmelita Jeter To Replace Sanya Richards At 200m
- Sanya Richards Diary: "I am doing everything I can to get back as soon as possible."
- Linet Masai Won Monday's Police Champs 5k In Kenya
- Fastest Marathoner Of 2010, London Winner Liliya Shobukhova, Will Race A Track 10,000 On June 26th The race will serve as a qualifier for the European champs.
- Asian Grand Prix Kicks Off The first of three events saw some good 800 times (1:47/2:02).
Photo Galleries And Banter *D1 West Regionals *Ottawa
Results: East Results --- West Results
West Regional Photo Galleries Courtesy Of LetsRun Reader Bert Richardson From Texas
If you were gone over the weekend, there weren't a ton of major surprises at regionals on the track, as (for the first time ever) everyone except multi-eventers had to qualify directly for NCAAs. Andrew Wheating did run a 3:37.52 PR and a 1:46.44 seasonal best, but some are wondering if Robby Andrews (who ran a 1:46.87 PR) will outkick him in the 800.