Quote Of The Day

"Every time I raced there, it was like going into battle. In order to do well, you knew you were going to hurt - both physically and mentally."

-Rory Suomi, talking about the "Little Killer" course, a road course for a summer road series in Norwich, CT, that a ton of guys ran (Boston Marathon champ Amby Burfoot, Steve Flanagan (Shalane's dad) and (perhaps most impressively) Bill Krohn, who ran a 4:35 mile this year at age 50 (and also a 13:25 5k in 1985).

LetsRun.com Jinx?

Usain Bolt Out for Rest of Season With Back Injury Just when we started to think of the publicity a Bolt-Gay rematch in Brussels was going to get, it was announced Bolt is out for the rest of the season. For the rest of 2010, track and field in the US will be relegated to obscurity and tape delay broadcasts on obscure stations. In case you can't tell, we're bummed.
*Discuss Bolt's injury

Aviva London DL Friday-Saturday *Start Lists

Powell and GayAviva London Start Lists This is a great meet every year and a rare 2-day meet. Tyson Gay vs. Asafa Powell in the 100m, plus a do-over of the men's 800m in Stockholm (Andrew Wheating and Nick Symmonds).

*Allyson Felix Going For 200-400 Double In London This Weekend

*Dayron Robles Pulls Out Of London Meet, Will Race Next In Brussels August 27

*Unbeaten Junior Phenom Jodie Williams Getting Advice From Allyson Felix

*Blanka Vlašić Mistakenly Reported To Be In Porno Film She's got another rematch with Chaunte Lowe on Friday.

IAAF Council Meeting

Stockholm And Bolt Vs. Gay *Full Results *Photos *LRC $20,010 Prediction Contest Scores

Tyson Gay defeates Usain BoltTyson 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 Stockholm Distance Recap: Chris Solinsky Runs 12:55.53 As Galen Rupp Drops Out, Nancy Langat Wins Again, Chaos In Men's 800m World 10,000m leader Chris 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 second 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.
*Solinksy Training
*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!!!!!

The Only Must-Read In The Industry

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.

Good News

Injury News

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.

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

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.

Monday's Distance News

Update On Armstrong Probe: Long Profile On Jeff Novitzky (The Chief Investigator), Nike Admits To Being Contacted By Investigators Armstrong's lawyer questions whether this is a waste of taxpayer dollars. We don't think so since millions of kids look up to athletes.

Sunday's Action *Luzern Results *Gatlin Results

Luzern: Nesta Carter Defeats Walter Dix 9.86 To 9.88, USA's Morgan Uceny Runs 1:58.67 The runs were PRs for Dix and Uceny. Uceny went sub-2:00 for the first time in her last 800m and then was the top American in Stockholm in the 1,500m before this race. Last year's 800m star Maggie Vessey only managed a 2:02.
Discussion Of Uceny's 1:58.67!

Justin Gatlin Comeback Race #2 A Win In 10.17 Photo and recap. Adam Nelson won the shot put.

Updated Post-Stockholm News *LRC Stockholm Recap *New Stockholm Photo Gallery

Sprint News

Beach To Beacon *Results *Photos

2009 World Cross Champ Gebre Gebremariam Comes From Behind To Win in 27:40 As Lineth Chepkuri Crushes Women's CR (30:59) Martin Lel ran 28:38 and was 7th as Khalid Khannouchi ran 33:10. Arkansas grad Shawn Forrest also impressed as he led early and got the attention of Joan Benoit, who said he one day may be a strong marathoner.
*Top American Ben True Is Giving Up On OTC - Moving Back East To NH
*Libbie Hickman Recalls Near Miss From 10 Years Ago She reached the tape first but the finish line was just past it.

Worth Reading/Remembering

Thursday's Top News

Random/Somewhat Interesting 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.

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.

Random Distance News/Profiles

*A Look At The "Little Killer" Course In Connecticut
*Molly Huddle Interview
*Arkansas' Shawn Forrest Living The Dream
*Athens Marathon Celebrating 2,500th Anniversary Of Battle Of Athens

Good News: Gay Over Bolt Led Off SportsCenter Saturday Morning (Clip Via The Official Gay Facebook Page). Was Bolt-Gay Covered/Not Covered In Your Local Area? Tell Us Here.

Final Lap Of Men's 5k: Solinsky 12:55.53!!! More Coverage Here

Men's 800m In Stockholm: Chaos! More Here

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Video Of Justin Galtin's Comeback Race (Larger Here)

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

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