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Pre Classic *Complete Results *LRC Prediction Contest Scores *LRC  Photos *More Photos Here and Here *Videos/Recap *LRC Recap

Jul 3, 2010; Eugene, OR, USA; Asbel Kiprop (KEN) wins the Bowerman Mile
in 3:49.75 in the 36th Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. From left: Amine Laalou (MAR), Kiprop, Mekonnen Gebremedhin (ETH) and Andrew Wheating. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom LRC Prefontaine Recap: Wheating 3:51!!! (Wright 1:58!!!) updated
The Pre Classic was full of great performances across the board, as the meet featured an American record by David Oliver (12.90) and the first sub-13:00 on US soil, but 2010 NCAA champs Andrew Wheating and Phoebe Wright had the performances of the day at Pre from an LRC perspective. Wheating moved up throughout the Bowerman mile to get 5th in 3:51, beating all of the 2008 US Olympians in the process. Wright beat all of America's top 800 runners and skipped the 1:59s entirely as she was fourth in 1:58.22. Despite producing the first sub-13:00 on US soil, the men's 5,000 didn't live up to the hype (just as we predicted), as Chris Solinsky was well beaten in 13:08 and Matt Tegenkamp ran 13:25. Abubaker Kaki's WR attempt in the men's 1k came up short but he did get a world leader, while Nick Symmonds became #5 all-time in the US with a 2:16.35 3rd-place finish. In the "B" mile, Ryan Gregson and AJ Acosta ran 3:53 as Galen Rupp struggled with a 3:57.72. In the women's 5k, Shalane Flanagan ran 14:49.

Post-Meet Talk From Eugene Register-Guard
*Wheating Thrilled With Mile; Kiprop Happy But Wanted More Kiprop: "I wanted to run 3:47 and break the stadium record today. I didn't do that, but I'm proud to have won."
*David Oliver Getting Into Rare Territory; Tyson Gay Seems Healthy Again US champ and new AR sharer Oliver really wants a 12.8-something instead of being stuck in those mundane 12.9s. Gay, though a little nervous and finishing second in the 200 to a sharper Walter Dix, ran a not-too-shabby 19.76 in his first race back from a short layoff. *Gay Satisfied With 19.76
*High Praise For Big-Meet Atmosphere And A Day Full Of Records At Pre E. Garry Hill of T&F News remarked, "It felt like being at a European meet, at a BIG European meet ..." Outstanding marks ruled the day, as David Oliver equalled the AR in the 110H, US all-comers records were set in the men's 1,000 and 5,000 and the women's HT, Phoebe Wright cracked the (post-college season) CR in the 800, numerous meet records and Hayward Field records were rewritten, and Andrew Wheating and AJ Acosta delighted the Duck faithful with a 3:51 school record and an impressive 3:53 in the mile races.
*Wheating Realized He Could Have Been In Contention In Bowerman Mile The double NCAA champ felt he was too tentative vs. the "big dogs" in the middle stages of his first world-class mile race and may have finished with too much left.

LRC Event-By-Event Recaps With Video
AP Recap:
Dix edges Gay in 200 at Prefontaine Classic
Walter Dix spoils Tyson Gay's return to 200m
Bridget Franek Rebounds From So-So USAs As Top American At Pre The multi-time PSU All-American and recent NCAA steeple champion wilted at US nationals but bounced back nicely to beat the US champ and is now #6 on the all-time US list.
Solinsky Got Dropped In Last 800 But Fought To A Quite Respectable Time People forget how good a 13:08 is. The 10,000 AR holder gave everything he had to stay in contention as long as possible and "died" to a time that has only been run by 5 Americans other than Solinksy himself. *Message Board: Solinsky's 3-Race String Is Amazing

LRC Event-By-Event Recaps With Video

*Men's Mile Asbel Kiprop and Andrew Wheating had big days. The Olympic champ Kiprop proved yet again that he's the best miler on the planet, as he got the win in 3:49.75. NCAA 800/1,500 champ Andrew Wheating also was fantastic, moving up throughout the race to get 5th in 3:51.74!!! Lopez Lomong never was a factor but did set a small PR in 7th (3:53.18), while Bernard Lagat ran 3:54.36. Leo Manzano was awful at Pre for the 2nd straight year and ran 4:06.51.
*Men's 5,000 Tariku Bekele became the first person to break 13:00 on US soil as he ran 12:58.93. As we sort of expected, the race didn't live up to the hype from an American perspective, as Chris Solinsky was well-beaten in 7th (13:08.11) and Matt Tegenkamp ran 13:25.09.
Jun 11, 2010; Eugene, OR, USA; Phoebe Wright of Tennessee won the women's 800m
in 2:01.40
in the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. Photo via Newscom*Women's 800 The race lived up to the hype, with Mariya Savinova lowering her world lead to 1:57.56 - a new Pre meet record - as she held of world 1,500 champ Nancy Langat (1:57.75) and Olympic and World Champs runner-up Janeth Jepkosgei (1:57.84). NCAA champ Phoebe Wright broke 2:00 for the first time in a big way to get fourth in 1:58.22. 2-time US champ Alysia Johnson PRed as well in 5th (1:58.84). Anna Pierce (1:59.42) and Maggie Vessey (1:59.90) also dipped under 2:00.
*Women's Steeple Milcah Cheiywa Chemos defeated world champion Marta Dominguez by running 9:26.70.

LRC 2010 Pre Classic Preview The meet is a great one as usual with a big emphasis on the distance races. A stacked Bowerman mile (anyone remember Asbel Kiprop's unbelievable performance last year?), a world record attempt in the 1,000m, a possible sub-13:00 by an American in the 5k, Anna Pierce putting her undefeated streak at 800m on the line, not to mention Tirunesh Dibaba and a slew of Americans in the 5k, Tyson Gay returning to action in the 200 and Debbie Dunn versus Allyson Felix at 400 are the highlights. We break down the action.

LRC Viewers' Predictions Who are you all picking in our prediction contest?

New York Times Profile On Chris Solinsky:
"He fell in love with the sport, becoming a self-described 'running geek' and spending his free time reading message boards on running Web sites." Hmmm.
In case you missed it: Recommended Read: Tim Layden Of Sports Illustrated Profiles Heavyweight Inspiration Chris Solinsky

Western States 100 Miler

From 15 Minutes Behind With 22 Miles To Go, Geoff Roes Rallies To Win And Set New Course Record By 29 Minutes!!! Roes is a monster who is undefeated in 100 mile races for his life. Tracy Garneau won the women's race. *Full Results *WS Website
*N.Y. Woman Becomes First Amputee To Finish Western States 100 Race
*2010 Western States Thread *
Koerner / Krupicka throwdown at Western States this weekend *Geoff Roes eats frozen pizza before bed. Does nutrition REALLY matter?

More Ultra News
2-Time Olympic Marathon Medalist Wainaina Wins Lake Saroma 100km Ultra In Kenyan National Record Time
Repeat Comrades Champ Stephen Muzhingi Considers Move From ZIM To RSA Citizenship

4-Time Jamaican Olympian Raymond Stewart Becomes 3rd Coach To Be Banned for Life For Doping Athletes Don't tell us there aren't drugs in all countries. *Article From Jamaica Observer
*Stewart Bewildered By Ban: "I am just looking in my email to see what's going on."

Znamenskiy Memorial Recap And Results Amine Laalou runs 1:43 for 800 and Shaheen returns to the steeple with an 8:16 runner-up finish in the Znamensky Memorial. Mariya Savinova of Russia ran a world-leading 1:58.11 to win the 800.

Nick Symmonds On Why He Was 3-Peating At USATFs: "Everyone has their own motivation and goals. For me, it's championship running. That's the reason I do this whole sport. So, I don't care if the best in the U.S. show up or the worst in the U.S. show up. Whoever is here I'll race and I want that title."

High Jumper Chaunte Howard Raises Bar On Career A good read from veteran track journalist Philip Hersh of LA Times.

Another Shock From USAs Friday: After easing up at the line in the first round and almost missing the semifinal, long-time USA force Hazel Clark missed the 800m final. 32-year-old Clark won USA outdoors in '09, '08, '06 and '05 and was top 3 in '07 and '04. Full Results Here

Non-USA News

Rebekah Noble, Oregon's Fleeting Star, Quietly Leaves Program She Once Set On Fire Ken Goe of The Oregonian catches up with the junior phenom who got injured and burned out after a 100% pursuit of the Olympics.
*Boards: Future of Rebekah Noble

No Surprises On 1st Day Of Kenyan Trials For African Championships All the favorites like Asbel Kiprop advanced.

USATF CEO Doug Logan Talks About Giving More Funding To Young Runners He wants to bring the model that he and the MLS used to help build the current men's US soccer squad.

Recommended Read: Tim Layden Of Sports Illustrated Profiles Heavyweight Inspiration Chris Solinsky Schumacher calls Solinsky's recent 5,000 "the dumbest 12:56 in history," Bairu says Solinsky could have gone 26:40 at Stanford, and everyone chimes in on how Solinsky is the biggest and most durable distance runner they've ever seen.

Boards Are Loving It: Alberto Compares Solinsky's Intensity To Lance Armstrong's

Interesting: Only 16 Men Faster Than Solinsky Over 5 And 10,000m Doug Binder and our friends at in Eugene looked at all-time 5,000/10,000m PRs and found only 16 guys who ran faster than Chris Solinsky's 26:59 and 12:56 in their careers (and at least one of them got banned for drugs).

Chicago Marathon Announces Davila, Lewy-Boulet, DeReuck As Top Americans Back in April, Chicago 1-upped New York on the men's side with Ryan Hall, but NY returned the favor, as Shalane Flanagan trumps the Chicago women.

LRC The Week That Was Last week was a light one in terms of new action, so we take a look back at NCAAs, talk about the Great White Hope at 100 meters, praise some high school 800 phenoms, including one bound for 'Nova, before dissing high school running in general, talk about "mechanical doping" and then offer a $50,000 challenge to Anna Pierce.
 June 10, 2010 - Rome, Italy
- epa02195616 Jamaica's Asafa Powell (C), France's Christophe Lemaitre (L) and Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (R) compete in the men's 100m race at the IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Italy, 10 June 2010. Powell won the race.

Anna Pierce Has Big Goals For 2010: Sub-3:57 And Sub-1:56 Her days as a steepler may be over for the most part, as she's finding "my speed is getting better the more I train my strength side, which is weird."

Sprint News

Mid-D News

We Agree - Go Pound A Double Shot
British Researchers: Coffee Really Does Help Performance "A small increase in performance via caffeine could mean the difference between a gold medal in the Olympics and an also-ran."

Amy Mortimer/Lisa Koll Are Running 3k In Greece On Wed  *Meet Might Be Streamed Live Here

Tuesday's Sign Of The Apocalypse: Usain Bolt Ducking Walter Dix?

Usain Bolt Switches To 100m In Lausanne Diamond League Meet On Thursday In First Race Back From Injury Bolt was supposed to run the 200 but says for health reasons he's running the 100. The 200 has featured a Bolt-Walter Dix matchup. Dix defeated Tyson Gay in Gay's first race back from injury this past weekend at Pre.
*Thursday's Lausanne Diamond League Entries

More Sprint News: Tyson Gay Takes Loss To Dix In Stride, Ready To Race Asafa Powell Next Week

Olympic 4 x 100 Gold And Silver Medalist Beverly McDonald Implicated In Doping In 2000 At Trial For Her Husband Raymond Stewart

Carmelita Jeter Returning To Gateshead This Weekend, Where She Ran 10.64 Last Year

More Weekend Action

Harry Jerome: Recap: Dylan Armstrong's Shot Put The Highlight
Harry Jerome Results (Andrew Ellerton, Alice Schmidt Win 800s)

More Canada: Notre Dame's Jeremy Rae Wins Canadian Junior Worlds 1,500m Trial

Pregnant Duo: Paula Radcliffe Runs 45:35 10k In London At Charity Race While 7 Months Pregnant
*Kara Goucher Says Motherhood Will Give Her Better Perspective On Her Running Career Good read. This almost got quote of the day.

Sapporo Half Marathon Recap (World Marathon Champ Abel Kirui Falters)

Michael Wardian Sets World Indoor Marathon Record 2:27:21

Peachtree Road Race *Top Women's Results *Top Men's Results

Gebre Gebremariam Wins Peachtree In Sprint Finish In 27:56
Lineth Chepkurui
won the women's race in 30:51 as Kim Smith was 4th 31:23.
*Ed Moran Takes Home USA 10k Title In 28:19 (10th Overall)
*55,000 People Run

Report From Day 1 Canadian Juniors *Results

Friday's Action

2010 IAAF Atletismo Madrid Track Meet Results Chaunte Lowe won the high jump (there is no high jump at Pre) and Christin Wurth-Thomas ran the 800.

Jordan Hasay Runs 4:13.85 1,500m PR In Eugene

USA Youth Champs

Peachtree Is July 4th

Landis Spills More Beans On Lance Armstrong

Lengthy In Depth Wall Street Journal Article On Doping Allegations Landis goes into great detail on the alleged doping, talks about the team selling Trek bikes secretly to finance doping, and parties with strippers and what appeared to be cocaine.
On The Boards: Landis on Armstrong - the gory details

NCAA XC Nationals Would Be Run On 2km Loop At Course Where High School Champs Are Held Scroll down for this info.

Week In Review

LRC The Week That Was In Running: 2010 USATF Nationals We go behind the results and give you our insight. We praise Galen Rupp, Lauren Fleshman and Molly Huddle, warn Chris Solinsky, talk about the men's 1,500m and in the process compare Matt Tegenkamp to Kenenisa Bekele and do much more, including telling you why Vin loves AJ and give some junior runners props (including one who beat Robby Andrews). We even discuss cross-country running in June.

Reims Results (French Site)

Summary From Athletics Weekly Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad sets 2,000 steeple world best (5:10.68), world TJ champion Phillips Idowu is runner-up for 2nd meet in a row; Dayron Robles dominates hurdles in 13.09.

Africa News

Bureaucratic Woes Continue; Senior Africa Athletics Championship In Jeopardy

More National Champs From The Weekend

Kenyan Champs: Recap - Pamela Jelimo Drops Out, Janeth Jepkosgei Runs 1:58.95, Rudisha, Kiprop Win Spots for the African Champs and Commonwealth Games were on the line.
Recommended Read: Famed Coach Renato Canova's Post On Kenyan Champs With Commentary On Distance Races
*Results: Distance *Full Results

Italian Champs:
Day One Summary Andrew Howe's 8.16 LJ and Antonietta Di Martino's 2.01 HJ were the top marks.

Jamaican Champs: Asafa Powell (19.97) And Shelly-Ann Fraser Win 200m At Jamaican Champs
 As good as the Jamaicans are in the high school ranks, they don't have a lot of depth at the pro ranks.

Trinidad & Tobago: Richard Thompson Wins 100 And 200 At Trinidad & Tobago Champs

Bahamas: Texas A&M's Demetrius Pinder Upsets World Indoor Champ Chris Brown At Bahama's Champs

Tabloid News

Jana Pittman Rawlinson May Or May Not Switch Her Allegiance To The UK Rawlinson was the World Champ for Australia at 400m hurdles in 2007. No one is certain what is going on and Rawlinson does not have a track record for consistency. She got married to UK hurdler Chris Rawlinson, then got divorced, then remarried him and perhaps even more famously got a boob job, then got it undone so the extra weight wouldn't slow her down.
Editorial: Under any flag, Jana equals drama

2010 USATFs In The Books *Results *Video *Sunday Photos *LRC Fri Photos - Thursday

DES MOINES, IA - JUNE 27: Lopez Lomong
and Leonel Manzano LRC Sunday: Alysia Johnson Is Back, Nick Symmonds Dominates, Lomong Repeats Over Manzano And More Before David Oliver ended the meet with a spectacular 12.93 in the hurdles, there were 5 distance finals on Sunday and they did not disappoint. Alysia Johnson, who got an unheralded bronze at World indoors, captured the 800m crown, Lopez Lomong edged Leo Manzano again, Nick Symmonds dominated, Lisa Aguilera got back on top, and Dan Huling showed he's the top steepler in the US.

More: Jenn S(uhr) Shows She's Back In The Pole Vault She had American record attempts in the PV.
*Only 7,437 Attend Champs On Sunday The 4-day total of 31,000 was reportedly close to the 4-day total in Eugene 32,048. If that's the case, maybe a bunch of the fans counted are junior athletes and parents. The crowd was actually bigger (9,024) on Saturday than Sunday, despite the US soccer match going at the same time.
*Hometown Hero Lolo Jones Wins 100m Hurdles
*Wallace Spearmon's 19.77 Shows His Return from Knee Surgery Is Going Well
*Consuella Moore Caps Comeback With 200m Win
*Oregonian Recap: Nick Symmonds 3-Peats

On The Boards: David Oliver runs 12.93 and not one thread about it?
Worst 1500 final ever

Jun 26, 2010; Des Moines, IA,
USA; Anna
Pierce (left) defeats Erin Donohue to win the women's 1,500m, 4:13.65 to 4:13.87, in the USA Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via NewscomLRC Saturday: Anna Pierce Kicks Past Erin Donohue To Win 1,500m, Jeremy Wariner And Sanya Richards Don't Win 400s, Chaunte Lowe Breaks American Record In High Jump The highlight in the distance races was the women's 1,500m final, which featured sub-4 1,500m runners Anna Pierce and Christin Wurth, plus World Championships bronze medallist Shannon Rowbury. Until the final 30m, however, it looked like the unwanted Erin Donohue (she left coach John Cook last year because he said she couldn't be a sub-4 1,500m runner) would get the win. In the end, though, Pierce timed her pick perfectly and Donohue had to settle for 2nd but with the scalps of Rowbury and Wurth. In the 400s, favorites Jeremy Wariner pulled up lame and Sanya Richards did not start the women's final, but they both may have had their hands full regardless. Unheralded Greg Nixon picked the perfect time for a huge 400m PR (a world-leading 44.61). Debbie Dunn became the first women in the world under 50 seconds this year (49.64). Bershawn Jackson had a world leader in the 400m hurdles, as did Hyleas Fountain in the heptathlon, but the biggest accomplishment of the day was Chaunte Lowe breaking her own American record in the high jump.

Chaunte Lowe's American Record Jump

:Jun 25, 2010; Des Moines, IA, USA;
Lauren Fleshman won the women's 5,000m in 15:28.70 in the USA Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom Lauren Fleshman Upsets Jenny Barringer
It was a stunning comeback from injury for Fleshman, as she surprised just about everyone and nearly all of you (.2% of you picked her to win in our prediction contest). Walter Dix won the 100m into the wind (10.04) and Allyson Felix won the women's 100m.
*LRC Friday Recap
*USATF Junior Meet Friday Recap
*LRC Friday Photos Cas Loxsom tops Robby Andrews and more ...

Eugene-based Lauren Fleshman completed her comeback by winning her first US title since 2006 after barely competing thus far in 2010 on the track. In the men's 5,000, it was another predictable win after the dull 10ks, this time for Bernard Lagat by less than a second over 10,000m specialist Tim Nelson (they both ran 13:54).

Barringer Talks Barringer says she's trying to peak much later and be versatile at different events.

ESPN Cuts Away From Men's 5,000 To Show No-Hitter ... *
Boards: Don't blame ESPN, blame USATF

Looking Ahead To Saturday: LRC Day 3 Preview
Saturday is a very weak one in terms of mid-d and distance action as there is only one race at the senior level. Thankfully, that race - the women's 1,500 final - is a dandy. It takes place at 3:26 pm EST.


DES MOINES, IA - JUNE 24: Galen Rupp finishes to win the Mens 10,000 Meter
Final during the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) LRC: Galen Rupp Reigns Supreme, Amy Begley Over Hometown Hero Lisa Koll
Galen Rupp
waited until late to win over Ed Moran, and 2009 USA #1 Amy Begley sprinted away from 2010 NCAA star and Iowa hometown hero Lisa Koll. Most of the favorites advanced in the distance event prelims (but Khadevis Robinson did not start) and the big winner of the day was Emily Sisson over Jordan Hasay in the jr. 3,000. Plus Trevor Dunbar took control of the men's jr. 5,000 from way out.

*RRW Recap Of 10ks: In Tactical Races, Rupp And Begley Repeat As USATF 10k Champs
*USATF: Day 2 Recap Of The Junior Meet With Photos

USATFs On The Boards: Jordan Hasay lost to Emily Sisson
*Can Rupp even count that as a tempo run?
*Hey OTC, Sit + Kick = Cheap, Boring
*What happened to Scott Bauhs?

Video/Recaps Of Pre Here Or Look Below
2010 Bowerman Mile: Kiprop 3:49, Wheating 3:51 And NBC Never Mentions His Name

Pre 2010 Women's 800: Phoebe Wright Runs 1:58 And NBC Never Mentions Her Name

Pre 1,000m: Kaki And Symmonds Come Up Short

Pre 2009: Barringer's 3:59.90

Pre 2009: Maggie's 1st Big Win Ever

Texas Sized


LRC Guest Editorial: "Moving The Needle - Let's Take A Step Forward" employee 1.1 writes a brilliant piece and tells the LRC faithful that it's time to stop complaining and start supporting T&F.

LetsRun Podcast

What You Missed On Wednesday: Training Talk #9 With Featured Guest Tim Broe Broe was the best in the US 5k ranks earlier this decade and now is starting a new pro training group.

Men's 1,500 Final - Oregon Thrills Fans With Sweep

May 27, 2010 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - epa02175977 Jamaican Asafa Powell
celebrates after winning the men's 100 metres race at the IAAF World challenge Golden Spike, in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 27 May 2010. Asafa Powell Leaving Nike Nike reportedly cut the less-marketable Asafa Powell's annual guarantee from $750k down to $300k and word is Li Ning of China is stepping in to add the currently on-form Jamaican to their Thorkildsen and Isinbayeva stable of track stars. Hard to believe, but Nike now won't represent any of the top 3 men's sprinters in the world.
*IAAF Chat: Powell Says Big Times And Big News Are Coming

David Rudisha's 1:42.04 Discussion Here

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