Gay Crushes Bolt!
9.84 ... Tyson Gay
9.97 ... Usain Bolt
"Deep down inside I know he wasn't 100%. I'm still looking for the day he's 100% and Asafa is on the line."
- Tyson Gay, clearly the top 100m man in the world in Stockholm on Friday.
Stockholm And Bolt Vs. Gay *Full Results *LRC Fans Predictions *LRC $20,010 Prediction Contest Scores
Tyson Gay Crushes Usain Bolt The top 100m man in the world on Friday night was clearly Tyson Gay. He got a good start and had no problem defeating Usain Bolt in Stockholm. Hopefully, the loss to Bolt is a jolt to the sport's publicity and makes the rematch that much bigger (Bolt's loss even got a mention on the Best Sports Radio Station in the country).
*IAAF Recap *Reuters Recap *AP Recap
*Video Of Gay-Bolt *Post-Race BBC Interview Of Gay *More Stockholm Video
*Bolt: " I have always said I am not unbeatable ... This is not one of those seasons when I am fully working hard."
*British Paper Explains Terrible Tax Laws Which Will Prevent Bolt-Gay Rematch Next Week
On The Boards: *TYSON GAY 9.83!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*LRC $20,010 Prediction Contest Scores
*LRC Fans Predictions We've crunched the numbers and show you who you think will come out on top in Stockholm.
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.
LRC Fans Predictions You show us the favorites in each of the events.
*Without Powell: Usain Bolt Vs. Tyson Gay Is On The Guardian
*IAAF Preview Of Stockholm Meet
*European Silver Medallist Emma Green Hoping To Shine In High Jump Before Hometown Fans
*Lolo Jones Hopes To Stay Unbeaten In Diamond League Hurdles
*Shadrack Hoff's 13:14 South African National Record Could Fall Friday To Juan van Deventer
*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.
*US Champ Lauren Fleshman Is Rabbiting Women's 5k Fleshman says "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
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.
LRC Stockholm Distance News
LRC Stockholm Distance Recap: Chris Solinsky Runs 12:55.53 As Galen Rupp
Drops Out, Nancy Langat Wins Again, Chaos In Men's 800m Solinsky ran another incredible race, this time a PR despite an erratic early pace. Galen Rupp was with Solinsky until the final 1,000m when he got knocked down. In the men's 800m, Abubaker Kaki suffered his first loss of the year (he dropped out too) as US wonderkid Andrew Wheating was well beaten (but he's got an excuse - he was caught up in the Kaki mess). The American women, two of whom have broken 4:00, disappointed in the women's 1,500m
as Nancy Langat showed she's the top 1,500m runner in the world despite never having broken 4:00.
*Stockholm Distance Video *RR: Solinsky Post-Race: "I've Just Got To Finish."
Stockholm Distance On The Boards: Stockholm 5000m thread.
*Solinsky proves not to be a one trick pony
*The Legend Of Solinsky Stars With This Photo
*Wheating Runs 1:46 for 2nd last in Stockholm!!!!!
Martin Lel To Take On Stacked Men's Field At Beach To Beacon Lel, arguably the greatest marathoner on the planet when healthy, is competing for the first time since Feb 28th but will have his hands full with a two-time champ Ed Muge as well as former World XC champ Gebre Gebremariam. *Preview From Maine Paper
*Jonathan Edwards' TJ Record Turns 15 On Sunday
*Recommended Read On Comeback Trail, Olympic TJ Champ Christian Olsson Remembers Edwards' Record Jump
*Commonwealth Games Corruption Scandal Brewing
Thursday's Top News
- Christian Cantwell Wins Downtown Stockholm City Shot Put As you can see from the video of Cantwell's bomb, the shot put for the DN Galan Diamond League meet in Stockholm was held in the city center with rock music. Hopefully a few more people will become fans of the sport. Results And Video
- After European Gold, Heptathlete Jessica Ennis Calls It A Season
Random/Somewhat Interesting News
- Dathan Ritzenhein And Haile G To Battle In Great Run (Half Marathon) In Sept Prior To Doing It Again In NYC
- Doping Way Up In India As Country Gets Ready For Commonwealth Games It's more than doubled since 2007.
- Joan Benoit Happy As Beach To Beacon Turns 13 Khalid Khannouchi is running.
- Interesting Read: NY Times: Half Of ACL Surgeries May Be Unnecessary If you are poor and don't have health insurance, we agree. Otherwise, have the surgery.
- Caster Semenya's Coach Urges Patience
- Glowing Profiles Of Tyrant Van Commenee Keep Coming In
- Walter Dix Wins 100m In Nova Scotia
- IAAF To Develop High Altitude Training Center In Uganda
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.
- LeMaitre Has A Long Way To Go To Catch Bolt Or Gay The white dude is only 20.
- 50-Year-Old Merlene Ottey Wants To Qualify For 2012 Olympics
- 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.