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Jun 13, 2009; Fayetteville, AR; German FernandezLRC Week In Review: German Fernandez vs. Alan Webb vs. Leo Manzano Sure, it's the dog days of summer, but we devote much of our weekly recap a guy who hasn't raced in months - German Fernandez - and compare him to Webb and Manzano. Plus, we've got the African and European champs and a mention in Sports Illustrated.

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From Over The Weekend

Deriba Merga Dominates Bogota Half Marathon As WR Holder Tadese Drops Out The race belonged to the 2009 Boston champ from the get-go.

Kenya Thrilled By Turnout At African Champs And Hopes To Host Other Meets In Future

African Champs *Results

Asbel Kiprop Wins African GoldKenya Elated: Kenya Exceeds All Expectations With 25 Medals At African Champs Ten golds, including five in a 2-hour period on the final day, helped the host nation dominate the medal count. Nigeria was second with 18 medals.

Sunday: New Tactics, Same Result: Kiprop = The Best In The World
The Olympic champ Asbel Kiprop showed that he is still the best in the world as he used yo-yo tactics to dispatch a slew of talented challengers on Sunday. Instead of putting himself too far back as he did at last year's World Champs, Kiprop hammered to the front and towed the field through 53.65 before backing off and hammering things home in 54.38 as Silas Kiplagat failed to medal. Former USA Today writer Dick Patrick reports from Kenya.
*IAAF Recap Of Final Day Of African Champs In addition to the 1,500m, there was the 5k final, which Kenya swept. Vincent Yato appeared to have the gold but slipped on the infield grass in the final 10 meters, letting Edwin Soi get the win. Another sold-out crowd at the Champs surprised Kenyan officials.

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba carries her country flag after winning in the women's 10,000m final race at the 2010 African Athletics Championship at the Nyayo stadium in the capital Nairobi, July 31, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS) Saturday: Ethiopia Finally Wins Gold As Tirunesh Dibaba Remains Undefeated At 10k Thanks to a final lap of 61, the Olympic champ had no problems with world champ and hometown favorite Linet Masai, who finished 3rd.
Interesting Read Kenyan Officials Are Stunned By Large Crowds Just like in America, the Kenyans are great at track but the public normally doesn't support it, but more than 30,000 were in the stands on Saturday.

Friday: David Rudisha Runs 1:42.84 (At Altitude!) To Crown Himself King At 2010 African Champs Rudisha's run was a negative split. Simply amazing. One of our favorite journalists, Dick Patrick, is in Nairobi with the report. Blessing Okagbare completed the 100m-long jump double to go with her NCAA double in the same events.
More Friday Action:

*Kaki: "I Don't Fear Rudisha." Kaki says he't not afraid of Rudisha and that the duo will square off in Stockholm next week. Our take ... he should be fearful of him and likely is. Stockholm next Friday will also see a Bolt-Powell-Gay showdown.
*Richard Mateelong Leads Kenyan 1-2 In Steeple At African Champs

CAC Games Conclude With Jamaica Dominant

Gebre Gebremariam And Werknesh Kidane Added To 2010 Falmouth Road Race

Doug Binder Has The Scoop

Bolt Says 9.4 Is Possible But Focuses On Repeating As Olympic Champ To Cement His Legend Status Bolt says he may also foray into the long jump so his presence in the sprints won't become boring.

Two Recommended Reads
1) Alan Webb's Primed To Start Comeback On August 14th
After a brief racing stint in Europe, both he and Galen Rupp will be getting married.
2) Andrew Wheating:
"Oh Crap, I got fourth (in Monaco)."
A great brief chat with the US star, who says it's all about winning for him. Sadly, a "family priority" in mid August may prevent him from contintuing to race.

Another Interesting Read
Man Blogs About Drinking 13 Beers While Running 13 Miles At SF Half Marathon No, he didn't die in the process.

More African Champs *Results

Thursday: Vivian Cheruiyot Dispatches Meseret Defar & 5 Others In Final Lap Of Women's 5k 7 women were in contention heading into the final lap, but Cheruiyot destroyed Defar and Diamond League leader Ejigu over the final 400.
IAAF Recap Of Day 2: In the men's 100, Ivorian Ben Youssef Meite pulled off a stunner. *Kenyan Stars Of Past Are In Stands Enjoying The Action
*All Kenyans Make 800 Final
*Two Kenyan 400 Guys Make Final

The 2010 17th African Senior Athletics Championships
via ActionPixs
Wednesday: Wilson Kiprop Wins 10,000m To Give Kenya Its First Gold At African Champs Sileshi Sihine was no match for Kiprop on the opening day of the African Champs in Kenya. Kiprop, a marathoner doing marathon training, is coached by message board poster Renato Canova, who has posted about Kiprop's win. He did his last long run 7 days ago.
*Famed Coach Renato Canova Posts About The Win And Training Of His Marathoner Wilson Kiprop In The 10k He also has some info on Mo Farah's training.
*Video Highlights Of Men's 10,000m At 2010 African Champs
*World 5k Champ Vivian Cheruiyot Going For First Women's Gold Today For Kenya

More: Kaki Drops Out Of Showdown With Rudisha In 800m At African Champs Kaki a week ago had said he may not run. So it looks like he was just ducking Rudisha.

Thanks To Community

LRC Kevin McDermott Recovering From Paralysis 1 year ago, Sean McDermott appealed to the LetsRun community for support for his paralyzed brother Kevin, a former runner at Duke. Over 250 LRC readers donated and Sean wrote to thank us and point us to a video of Kevin's recovery process.

American News

Justin Gatlin's Comeback

Justin Gatlin ComebackGatlin Runs 10.24 To Win First Comeback Race It's supposedly equilvalent to 10.21 without a headwind. Gatlin wanted to believe he could run 10.00 but he's probably a 10.10 guy right now at best.
*Discussion Of Gatlin's comeback

Recommended Read:
Sports Illustrated:
From Heaven To Hell And Back Amazingly, Gatlin seems to be fine financially as he's still driving a Maserati.

Stockholm And Bolt v Gay v Powell Is Friday

Random News

2010 Europeans *Results

Nuria Fernandez Wins GoldMore Euro Recaps: Christian Reif Breaks 24-Year-Old CR To Win Long Jump The German won a tight battle in which 6 men went over 8 meters and it took 27 feet (8.23m) to win a medal.
French Steeplers Make It Look Easy With 1-2 Finish Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad outsprinted Bob Tahri for gold with a CR of 8:07.87.
1972 Munich Sprint King Valeriy Borzov Says Lemaitre Still Isn't In The League Of Bolt And Gay Times are much tougher than in Borzov's era, when the Soviet ran 10.07 and 20.00 to win both Olympic sprints. It takes a 9.6 to be a gold medal threat these days.
Brits Enjoy Success And Look Ahead To London: Hard-Liner Van Commenee Doesn't Tolerate Excuses He's been called "The Volcano" and "the hardest coach in Britain," but the tough stance and refusal to accept failure has been putting British athletics back on the map, including 6 golds, 7 silvers and 6 bronzes at Euros, the best UK medal haul in history.
Despite Success At Euros, UK Coaches Warn Athletes And Fans Not To Start Counting The London Olympic Medals Just Yet Hardware at global championships is tougher to come by. At the 1998 Euros, the Brits won 16 medals, including 9 golds, but only Colin Jackson (110 hurdles) won a gold at the following year's Worlds.

*Van Commenee Gives His Own Take On Euros, His Demanding Stance As Boss And The Goals For The Future

Sunday PM:
Final Day Of Europeans: Nuria Fernández Gets 1,500m Gold Before Home Crowd, Abeylegesse Gets Silver In 5k Fernández, 4th at Worlds last year, got gold before the Spanish crowd and Abeylegesse, winner of the 10k, was beaten by countrywoman Bekele in the 5k.
*Lemaitre Leads France To 4 x 100 Gold And Gets 3rd Gold Of Euros
*Blanka Vlašić Finally Gets European Gold In High Jump
Sunday AM: Switzerland's Viktor Röthlin Wins Marathon Gold The runner-up four years ago get the coveted gold in oppressive conditions.

July 31, 2010 - Barcelona, Spain - epa02268902 British athlete Mo Farah (R) celebrates as he wins the gold medal at the men's 5,000 metres final at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, on 31 July 2010. Saturday: IAAF: Brits Have Great Night As Mo Farah Completes 5k/10k Double Hard to beat someone who runs his final 1,200 in an impressive 2:55.77. Watch last lap of race on video in right-hand column.

Friday: Lematire Edges Christian Malcolm For 200m Gold To Complete 100-200 Double At Europeans The 20-year-old is a young phenom.
*Arturo Casado Takes Title In Slow-Starting 1,500 Casado had lost his national championship race to Manuel Olmedo but prevailed at Euros after a dawdling first 800 (2:08). Spaniards went 1-2-4.
*Zarudneva Turns The Tables On World Champion Domínguez In Steeple

*The Wrong Borlée Twin Wins 400!
Jonathan was the marginal pre-race favorite, but brother Kevin provided the twist ending.

Thursday: World Champ Philips Idowu PRs To Win Triple Jump As Teddy Tamgho Is 3rd
*IAAF Recap Of Thursday's Action
*Crazy: 3 Days Before Winning 10k, Abeylegesse Almost Died In Turkey
*Barcelona May Be Last Hurray For Olympic Champ Stefano Baldini
*1992 Olympic Champ Fermin Chaco Picks Manuel Olmedo For 1,500 Gold Cacho won gold on the same track.
*MLF Credits Linford Christie With Silver In Men's 100m

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2010 euro Barcelona European Athletics Championships Barcelona Christophe Lemaitre FRA European championship above 100m Photo Anders Hoven PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxNORxSUI men euro Barcelona Portrait Vdig xub 2010 horizontal Highlight premiumd. Wednesday: Christophe Lemaitre Wins European 100m The 20-year-old Frenchman is very good, as he triumphed by .07 over 4 guys who had the same time in 2nd through 5th. Getting the silver medal? Mark Lewis Francis, who ran 9.97(w) in 2001 as a 19-year-old. *European Day 2 Recap From IAAF

More 100m: *Video Of Men's 100
*2010: Christophe Lemaitre set for the big time, 2001 Mark Lewis Francis Set for Big Time Telegraph


Mo Farah Gets Gold Farah First Briton To Win Euro 10k As Eugene's Chris Thompson Nabs Silver It was a fantastic finish for Great Britain, as Mo Farah sprinted past Spaniard Ayad Landassem with 300 left and Chris Thompson (coached by Mark Rowland in Eugene) got silver by less than 0.01 on the final event of the first day from Barcelona. The British announcers and UK Athletics people were going crazy, as 4 years ago there wasn't a single British male in the European 10,000. The women's 800 produced some major fireworks as two runners broke 2:00 and didn't advance, including the 4th placer at Worlds last summer in Yuliya Krevsun.
*Men's 10,000m Results
*Recommended Read: The Long Road To Success Tom Fordyce looks at the twists and turns Farah and Thompson have had to navigate to get their 1-2 finish at Europeans.

2010 World Juniors *Final Results
LRC Photos: *Final Day And Photo Index *Day 6 (5k, 800 Semis, PV) *Day 5 PM (Girls/Boys 200) *Day 5 AM *Day 4 PM *Day 3 PM *Day 2 AM *Day 2 PM

Final Day: Loxsom Silver, Andrews Bronze The touted Americans were rolling to glory in 1-2 with less than 100m to go, but Kenyan David Mutua charged ahead from 4th and got the win in a PR as Cas Loxsom beat Robby Andrews for the second time in a month and lowered his PR to 1:46.57.
*Jordan Hasay Gets 4th In 1,500 And Barely Misses Out On The Medals Again An Irish silver is the big surprise.
*LRC Photos

More World Juniors

*Day 6: Cas Loxsom And Robby Andrews Win Their 800 Semis As US Romps Over Jamaican 4 x 100s IAAF Recap In the penultimate day of the 2010 world junior championships, US runners Cas Loxsom and Robby Andrews are now among the 800m medal favorites, while Kenya went a fast 1-2 in the men's 5,000 (Trevor Dunbar ran in no man's land and finished 11th). In Andrews' heat there was a mad sprint for the finish that saw 2 runners DQed. Loxsom dominated by over 1 second in 1:46. The US boys beat Dexter Lee and Jamaica in the 4 x 1 while Stormy Kendrick led the girls to a new American junior record.
*Video: Confident Loxsom jokes, "Robby Andrews, come get me."

MONCTON, NB - JULY 24: David Kiprotich Bett of Kenya celebrates finishing
first in the
Men's 5000 Metres Final on day six of the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships at the Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium on July 24, 2010 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
*Day 5 - PM
Recap From IAAF: Japan's Shota Iizuka Wins Historic Gold At 200m As Jodie Williams Loses For First Time In other action, Jehue Gordon, who was 4th in the senior World Champs last year, barely beat a Japanese runner in the 400h.
*Day 5 - PM:
Jodie Williams Loses 1st Race Of Her Life But Claims Silver In Girls 200m
*Day 5 - AM: Andrews & Loxsom Advance In 800 As Trevor Barron Smashes US Race-Walk 10k Record But Only Finishes 7th Loxsom:
"I felt a lot better today than I have in a while. I had a lot of confidence and thought I could go 1:45 if I had to."
*Thursday: Thanks To 55-Second 1st And Last Laps, World Jr XC Champ Caleb Ndiku Wins 1,500 In 3:37.39
Prep star Ajee Wilson ran a PR in the 800m (2:04.18).
*NCAA 400m Champ Kirani James Wins 400 But Isn't Happy About It

It's On August 6th: Stockholm


Last Lap Of Men's 5,000 At Euros

Men's 800m At Euros

Lemaitre Wins Europeans (For This Video In English, Click Here)

Highlights Of Men's 10k At African Champs

800m Finish At World Juniors: Mutua Kicks By Loxsom And Andrews

Video Of Wheating's 3:30.90! (More Monaco Race Videos Here)

Alysia Johnson's Dominating Win

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