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"I have been running very well and I was hoping that I would be in the race with a solid chance to win. But with the way I've been feeling it would be difficult to finish the race."

- Asafa Powell announcing that he is pulling out of Friday's showdown with Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay in Stockholm.

Stockholm And Bolt Vs. Gay Vs. Powell Is Friday *Updated Provisional Start Lists

Jul 16, 2010; Saint Denis, FRA; Usain Bolt (JAM) won the 100m in 9l.84 in the 2010 Meeting Areva at Stade de France. Photo by Icon Sport-Image of Sport Photo via Newscom LRC Stockholm Preview After a two-week hiatus, the Diamond League returns with a fantastic meet on Friday and LetsRun.com, with a little help from Ato Boldon, breaks the meet down for you. Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt will finally square off at 100m (Asafa Powell is out but he wasn't going to win, so who cares?). Plus a stacked 800 with Nick Symmonds and Andrew Wheating, a stacked men's 5,000 with Galen Rupp and Chris Solinsky and a stacked women's 1,500 with all of the top, healthy American 1,500-meter runners plus Anna Alminova and Nancy Langat.
*Asafa Powell Is Out With Injury Big-time sprinting is tough on the body when guys are clean as now all 3 of the Big 3 have missed time in 2010.
*Bolt Unveils His New Singlet And Announces He's Ready: "I'm feeling good, I'm in good shape." You can see his new singlet on the left.
*Shot Put To Be Held Downtown On Thursday
*US Champ Lauren Fleshman Is Rabbiting Women's 5k We don't get this quote at all: "I'd sooner sell my body on the street than help another American break the American record." She'll help a foreigner but not an American?
*Kenyans Turn Focus To Stockholm Diamond League Meet

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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 LetsRun.com mention in Sports Illustrated.

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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.

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

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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.

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Joe Vigil, Joe Newton And Roger Kingdom Click for more info. A great opportunity to learn from some of the best.

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

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Alysia Johnson's Dominating Win

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