Quote Of The Day
"If you just can know you left it out there, and know you did everything you could, you will be satisfied. You will be able to go back to your hotel or
your house and take a shower and have a meal and feel good about what
you did. But that also comes with planning and execution of a good,
solid race plan. Part of feeling satisfied is having a good plan,
executing that plan and knowing, 'I did everything I could.' "
- Alan Culpepper giving some good advice in an article where he talks about his most satisfying race (2004 Olympics) and how he is moving to San Diego to work for the Competitor Group. Competitor owns the Rock N Roll franchise, home of the
$110 $145 half marathon.
The Only Must-Read In The Industry
LRC 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 LetsRun.com mention in Sports Illustrated.
- Paul Doyle, Asafa Powell's Agent, Survives Plane Crash In Virginia His wife, former Irish sprinter Karen Shinkins, survived as well.
- More On Crash Landing With Photo Of Plane www.ajc.com
- Kara Goucher Back Running After Foot Surgery During Pregnancy She has surgery on her big toe. More on the surgery here.
- Terrence Trammell's 2010 Season Ends Due To Knee Ailment
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.
African Champs *Results
Kenya 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.
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
Doug Binder Has The Scoop
- Galen Rupp Is Pumped For Next Friday's 5k In Stockholm & Is Hoping To Be 5th American Under 13:00 In Last Calendar Year Rupp: "(The workouts) are going a lot better than they were before I went over to Gateshead. I'm excited to go back and get another crack at it."
- Bowerman 5K Was Never In Alan Webb's Plans
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
via ActionPixsWednesday: 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 LetsRun.com 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 LetsRun.com 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.
- Recommended Read #1 Molly Huddle Talks With Upstate NY Paper About Her Spike In Success In 2010 She ran her 14:51 PR on her dad's bday.
- Recommended Read #2 Extensive Interview With Horace Ashenfelter, 1952 Olympic Steeple Champion And WR Holder In 8:45 Employee #1 was fascinated that he could have been a WR holder 60 years ago.
- Recommended Read #3 Interview With Chris Solinsky Where He Talks About His Training
- Hayward Hosting "Competition Not Conflict" Carnival Centered Around Track And Field
- NASA Satellite Project Astrophysicist Runs 2:23, Setting New San Francisco Marathon Record
- Justin Gatlin To Return To Action August 3rd In Estonia He'll also race August 8th.
Justin Gatlin's Comeback
Gatlin 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
- Provisional Start Lists For Friday's Stockholm Diamond League Meet Rudisha will not face Kaki in the 800. You do have Solinsky and Rupp in the 5k, the US women in the 1,500m, and more in addition to the 100m showdown.
- Kenyans Turn Focus To Stockholm Diamond League Meet
- LeMaitre Has A Long Way To Go To Catch Bolt Or Gay The white dude is only 20.
- South Africa Disappointed With Showing At African Champs They had topped the recent medal tables until this year.
- 50-Year-Old Merlene Ottey Wants To Qualify For 2012 Olympics
- Commonwealth Games Could Be Stellar On The Track If Athletes Show Up Even without Usain Bolt, a ton of world champions are scheduled to compete, but athletes are worried about security.
- TD Banknorth Beach To Beacon This Weekend Two all time greats, Khalid Khannouchi and Catherine Ndereba, will be there. They may not want to admit it, but their best days are behind them. Martin Lel is running this year.
2010 Europeans *Results
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.
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.
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.
Champ Philips Idowu PRs To Win Triple Jump As Teddy Tamgho
*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
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?
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
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
Final Day: Loxsom Silver, Andrews Bronze The touted Americans were rolling to glory in 1-2 with less
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.
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
girls to a new American junior record.
*Video: Confident Loxsom jokes, "Robby Andrews, come get me."
*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 3:37.39Prep 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