30 Years Ago Today
"Anytime (Jimmy) Carter's even mentioned on TV at all it bothers me because he
made such a bad decision that affected so many people. It
bothers me when he gets the Nobel prize, makes any kind of public
appearance, it personally hurts me when he gets any publicity. He should
have just packed up and gone back to his peanut farm."
- Steve Scott on the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1980 Olympic Games boycotted by the USA. Scott's comments are part of an excellent series on the 1980 Olympic Boycott by the Orange County Register and writer (and LetsRun.com fan) Scott Reid. The entire series on the boycott is here.
Semenya Wins Convincingly In 2:02.42 2 for 2 for Semenya in 2010.
Tangier, Morocco Meet *Results
Lagat Wins 1,500 In 3:36.89, Acosta Runs 3:38.35 PR, Wheating Skips Meet To Run Monaco On Tuesday Plus, the good Leo Manzano showed up with a 1:45.18 PR, Christian Cantwell won the shot in 21.43, Carmelita Jeter won the 100m in 11.04. On the negative side of things, Xavier Carter ran over 21 seconds in the 200. It's been a horrible year for Xavier (although he did run 20.15 last week) on and off the track. Carter ran 19.63 4 years ago and won the NCAA 100 and 400.
Nearing 50th BDay, Steve Cram Takes A Walk Down Memory Lane And Remembers The Glorious Summer Of 1985 25 years ago, he set world records at 1,500, one mile and 2k all in the span of 19 days.
CAS Rules Marion Jones Teammates Don't Have To Give Up 4 x 100 And 4 x 400 Relay Medals Ridiculous, but the court says it's all about the rules that were in place at the time, which didn't explicitly say if one relay member was doped, the whole team got a DQ.
Caster Semenya Returns Victoriously *Race Video
Caster Semenya Returns To Action And Is Pleased To Win Comfortably In 2:04.22 In Race She Calls "New Beginning"
IAAF Recap Of Semenya's Win/Lappeenranta Meet In other action, Finland's Tommi Evilä jumped 8.19 in the LJ as Steve Mullings ran 10.02.
AFP Recap: Semenya: "I'm very happy."
USA Gets To Keep Marion Jones 2000 Relay Medals
Court Of Arbitration Of Sport Rules US Gets To Keep 2000 Marion Jones Olympic Relay Medals The athletes don't deserve them. The US cheated to win.
Russian Champs *Full Results
Day 3: Back From 3-Month Pseudoephedrine Ban, Anna Alminova Dominates Russian 1,500 Final She ran 4:00.84 and 2nd place was 4:04.56. Even more interesting than that is the fact she is scheduled to run her 3rd 1,500 in 3 days in Paris on Friday. *IAAF Recap Of Final Day Of Russian Champs
Day 2: Yuriy Borzakovskiy Wins 5th National Title As Lyudmila Kolchanova Becomes Third Woman To Break 7 Meters In LJ In 2010 Borzakovskiy won a tactical 800 in 1:48.
Day 1: Russian Championships Are Underway In Hot Weather Surprisingly, Yuriy Borzakovskiy has never won an outdoor European 800m title.
Sad News: Legendary CT HS Coach Irv Black Passes Away He led New Britain HS to 28 state titles during his career.
Nancy Lagat And Alfred Kirwa Yego Return Home To Kenya Training Camp For African Champs It's a shame Lagat isn't running the 1,500 in Paris.
Nick Willis Is Still Awaiting New Olympic Silver Medal The IOC had previously sent him a second-hand medal that was totally scratched. When New Zealand requested a new one, the IOC needed to have one made.
More Sprint News
LRC The Week That Was This week, celebrate the fact that the near 13-year-old wait for a 1:41 is over, as is the eternal wait for a white man to break 10-flat. We also tell you how Leo Manzano improved by 16 seconds in a week in the mile, we take a trip down memory lane and remember when Galen Rupp outkicked Chris Solinsky to win a 5k in 13:30 and then ponder what Rupp will run in the marathon now that he has his mentor Alberto Salazar beat at both 5k and 10k, we take a look at Alysia Johnson's first big European win and we rip Caremelita Jeter and praise Tyson Gay/rip Asafa Powell.
Feds Circling In On Lance Armstrong Even If Media Outlets Don't Agree Exactly How
- NY Daily News: Subpoena For Documents But Not Witnesseses Issued By Federal Grand Jury
- NY Times: Grand Jury Subpoenas To Witnesses Have Been Released
Study Finds Belly Buttons Are the Key To Different
Races' Geographic Regions' Success In Various Sports Like they say, 97% of all statistics ... *2nd Story On Belly Buttons
Year 2 of the American Woman Mid D *Full Results
Alysia Johnson Runs 1:57.85 as 4 American Go Sub 2 Maggie Vessey was 2nd in 1:59.00, Morgan Uceny went sub 2 for the 1st time in 1:59.24, and Molly Beckworth did as well in 1:59.83. Surprisingly, the US top 800 meter runner for 2009, Anna Pierce was only 5th in the race and thus the 5th American. That makes 7 American women sub 2 in 2010. (We might have had 6 in one race but Erin Donohue gets snubbed by everyone and was in heat 2 which she won). Oscar Pistorius (the amputee runner) ran 46.03 in the 400 and David Torrence and Jacob Hernandez were in the men's 800.
On the boards: Alysia Johnson 1:57.85! What a year for her, she keeps on rolling... Got to love this quote, "Why did the US travel all the way to Morocco to rerun the USTAF 800m in two sections" (The meet was in Italy not Morocco)
*Women's 800 Race video
World Juniors Start Today *Results
Paris Diamond League *Results *Recap *Photos *$20,010 Puma Prediction Contest Scores
LRC Paris Recap: Bolt Over Powell, David Oliver's AR, Christin Wurth-Thomas "Wins" 1,500m, Huddle And Koll Join Sub-15 Club, Andrew Wheating Beats Nick Symmonds And Allyson Felix And Jeremy Wariner Keep Winning A great meet is in the books from Paris. It was not easy, but Usain Bolt beat Asafa Powell in the marquee matchup. David Oliver's sick 2010 continued with his third-straight sub-13 clocking and the AR.
Christin Wurth-Thomas earned a ton of respect with a gutty sub-four clocking in the 1500, Olympic champ Brimin Kipruto nearly broke 8:00 in the steeple for the first time. Young American distance fans have smiles on their faces as Andrew Wheating beat Nick Symmonds and went sub-1:45 for the first time and Lisa Koll and Molly Huddle went sub-15:00. Huddle only has the names Kastor and Flanagan ahead of her on the US 5k list (Regina isn't a name
as far as we are concerned).
Video Of Bolt's Race
Alminova On Her 3:57: "This is just the beginning." She only slept 3 or 4 hours before Paris and expects her form to improve as she's coming off a stint at altitude.
Guardian: Bolt Recovers From "Awful" Start To Power Past Powell
IAAF Recap: Bolt Handles Powell As Oliver Threatens WR
AP: Slow Start Can't Stop Bolt
Post-Race Interviews: *Bolt *Wheating *Kaki *David Oliver
Paris On The Boards: Christin Wurth Thomas wins in Paris!
More: After Paris Victory, Bolt Wants To Head To Gym To Work On Core Strength
*Molly Huddle Runs 14:51 - where the hell did that come from?
*Huddle 14:51, Koll 14:55
*Andrew Wheating 1.44.62!!!!
*Wheating Beats Symmonds
LRC A Quick Fan's Guide To Paris Take off two hours from work on Friday and watch this meet as it should be a real dandy. You have the Usain Bolt - Asafa Powell matchup at 100, which includes Christophe Lemaitre, a great men's 800 featuring Abubaker Kaki's quest for 1:41 and all of the top Americans, including Andrew Wheating in his European debut, a fantastic women's 1,500, which includes the American 2009 World Championships team plus a possible AR attempt in the men's steeple by Dan Huling. All of that and much, much more, including David Oliver, Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix and French stars in the men's pole vault and triple jump. *LRC Predictions From The Prediction Contest
African Champs Are Coming Soon
- David Rudisha Returning To Kenya And Is Focused On Winning African Title, Not World Record It's not like Rudisha doesn't want the world record. He just says winning is his priority and adds, "Maybe after that when I return to Europe, then it is a possibility."
- Big Names To Compete At African Championships Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Tirunesh Dibaba and Tariku Bekele are among the super-elites to race in Nairobi.
More Sprint News
Tyson Gay Diary: "I can beat anyone and on any given day." Gay talks about the World Cup, beating Asafa Powell, losing to Walter Dix and even gives a thumbs up to Lebron for going to Miami. Gay is not running Paris.
UK Athletics Calls For Tax Changes After Bolt's Withdrawal
Britain's Stupid Tax Laws Cost Them Usain Bolt: He Pulls Out Of Matchup Versus Asafa Powell And Tyson Gay
Britain tries to tax endorsement income from athletes in addition to appearance fees. So Bolt could lose money while racing in London if the UK tries to tax say 1/8th of his endorsement income.
*Bolt To Get $250,000 To Run In Paris This Friday
*Usain Bolt Tax Issue Gets Mention In NY Times
Pat Butcher: Should Saudi Arabia Be Barred From The Olympics Until They Permit Women To Compete? We think it's a good idea. Fortunately, much of the world was outraged when South Africa treated non-whites like crap 20 years ago. Somehow however, 20 years later it's okay to treat women as second class citizens.