"Today I knew it is my day. I trained very hard, the weather was good. I told the pacemaker to run the first lap under 49 seconds. He did a great job. The last 200 metres I had to push very hard. But I saw the clock - 1:41.09 at the end - fantastic. I am very happy to be the fastest 800 metres runner in the world."

- David Rudisha, after breaking Wilson Kipketer's nearly 13-year-old world record in the men's 800 by running 1:41.09. Take 5 minutes of your time and watch the video of Kipketer's old record as well as Rudisha's new one. Both are things of beauty.

Menjo Does It Again - 3:53 Solo Mile! The LRC cult hero who soloed a 12:55 5k earlier in the week capped the week off in style by soloing a 3:53.62. Adrien Blincoe was second in 3:59.27. *Meet Results Here *LRC MBoard Thread On Menjo's 3:53

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We're Not Sure Why We Cover Mediocrity *Results

Justin Gatlin Wins Again 10.28 into a 2 m/s wind. It's equal to a 10.15 with no wind. We probably should quit noticing when he runs, as he's an unapologetic cheat. But what do we know? Nike still sponsors him according to this thread.

World Youth Medal Rounds Begin Saturday (Day 4) *Results

Asafa Powell Almost Certainly Out Of Commonwealth Games

Training Tip

USATF: Stretching Doesn't Help Reduce Injuries 16% of runners are going to get hurt every 3 months whether they stretch or not. The article does say to do whatever you've been doing. *AP Recap Of Study *LRC MBoard Talk

Blasts From The Past: Irish Junior Record (30:17) At 10k Is 40 Years Old Before you think that is impressive, the US high school record by Rudy Chapa is 34 years old. Oh yeah, his record is 28:32.

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Sad News - Track And Field Loses Three Heroes

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Catching Up With Adam & Kara Goucher And Amy Begley

Gambian Olympic President To Be Removed After Being Sentenced To Death

Week In Review

Alan Webb LRC Week In Review We open our mouths big time this week and have our first $3,350 guarantee regarding Alan Webb. Plus, we confirm that Andrew Wheating is better than Nick Symmonds right now and wonder what happened to Asbel Kiprop, David Rudisha and Alysia Johnson for that matter. And we go ga-ga over David Moorcroft one more time.

Shaq Vs. Tyson

Shaq Vs. Tyson Gay Recap updated with video We have to recap this because it will be the most watched track and field event of the year in the United States by probably a factor of 3 or 4 (we're not joking). Shaq took on Tyson Gay over 30 yards (Gay ran 60) and then Shaq, Mo Greene and Desean Jackson (NFL) took on Tyson Gay, Chris Johnson (NFL) and Dwight Howard (NBA) in a relay.
On The Boards: *Tyson Gay 6.05 60m? #1 all time outdoors?
*Bad move by Tyson Gay?
*Shaq vs. ???

The Comebacks Begin

Falmouth Road Race

Commonwealths Are 6 Weeks Away

Sad News

Antonio Pettigrew Antonio Pettigrew Has Died Updated article.
The 1991 world 400m champ, who admitted to using drugs from 1997-2003, was found dead at the age of 42. He was most recently an assistant coach at UNC. We commend Pettigrew for admitting his drug use and for UNC for giving him a second chance.
*Fair Obituary On Antonio Pettigrew In British Newspaper

On The Boards: RIP Antonio Pettigrew
Career Facts On Pettigrew Eurosport Yahoo
*2008 Article On Pettigrew's Name Coming Out In Court ESPN

ISTAF Berlin (The World's Most Popular Track Meet Attendance-Wise) Was Sunday *Results *Photos *Video Of Rudisha's WR

David Rudisha World Record LRC: David Rudisha Does It - 1:41:09!!! Wilson Kipketer's nearly 13-year-old world record is now a thing of the past as David Rudisha more than erased the bad memories he had in Berlin from not making the World Championships final there last year. The race video is absolutely unreal. In other action, Caster Semenya's return to Berlin was a pleasant one as she broke 2:00 and won (video on right or here). In the men's 3,000, Bernard Lagat's American record attempt came up short as Tariku Bekele shined again. Lastly, in the 1,500, world leader Silas Kiplagat turned things around and dominated to get his 2nd European victory.
More: Semenya Wins And Her Competitors Aren't Happy About It We certainly see why they think it's unfair. Diane Cummins: "There are guys who can challenge Usain Bolt but nobody can challenge Caster Semenya," she said. "She is four or five seconds better than any of us and that's incredible."
*IAAF Recap Of Meet
Pacemaker Bekele Runs World-Leading Time In 3,000 We're not convinced he was the rabbit - he may have agreed to help out in the latter stages.
Who Is David Rudisha? Read this nice profile from 2008.
*Science Of Sport: 49-Second 1st Lap Is Critical
*Kenya Celebrates Rudisha's WR
*BBC Recap Of WR

On The Boards: *
RUDISHA WR 1:41:09
*Tariku 7:28, bernard falls off
*Rudisha ist der Hammer!
*No 3k AR for Lagat
*Kiplagat 3:30.61
*Can Solinsky be the first non-african under 7:30 @ Rieti?

Pre-Race: Wilson Kipketer's 1:41.11 World Record Could Fall In Berlin David Rudisha is in the field and wants to run fast. Kipketer's record is 13 years old this Tuesday. This is a great meet and has Caster Semenya in the women's 800m, Lagat vs. Bekele (Tariku) and the American record attempt in the men's 3k, plus Silas Kiplagat versus Augustine Choge in the men's 1,500.
*Caster Semenya, Sporting A More Feminine Haircut, Returns To Berlin Hoping To Break 2:00

IAAF Preview: Rudisha Returns Along With Semenya

Bernard Lagat Says He Wants US 3k Record
Bob Kennedy's record is 7:30.84 from 1998. Lagat ran 7:32 in May.
Caster Semenya Only Looking Ahead As She Returns To Berlin One Year After Winning World Title
LetsRun.com's video interview of her helped spread her story to the world as it was picked up by Good Morning America.

Sprint News

Asafa Powell Calls An End To His Season We were thinking Powell should run Commonwealths so he could win a competition under pressure, but he did win in 2006. Yohan Blake, if he runs, would be stiff competition.


Liu Xiang Returns To US To Consult With Doctors

Commonwealth Games Are Approaching - Will They Be Safe?

Zürich In The Books (Berlin Is Sunday) - *Results *Photos

Tariku Bekele over Chris Solinsky LRC 2010 Zürich Diamond League Recap: Like Old Times Wariner, Spearmon, Felix, Phillips, US 4 X 100 Impress, Solinsky Gets Closer It was like we went back a few years with all the top American stars from a couple of years ago kicking butt. Besides David Oliver, the one newcomer to the party was American Chris Solinsky, who had his best performance of the year, a third place finish in another sub-13 minute clocking in the 5k, as younger American Galen Rupp ran over 13:00 but a PR. In the women's distance action, Nancy Langat won again and guess what - she didn't break 4:00. Incredible. $40,000 went to 16 Diamond League winners.
*Mo Farah Gets David Moorcroft's British 5,000m Record
*World Leader For Jeremy Wariner In Zürich
*Tyson Gay Leads Fast 4 X 100
*IAAF Recap Of Zürich: David Oliver's 12.93 Leads Way

On The Message Boards:
Zurich womens 1500: Pierce and Uceny DNF?
*Zurich 5000m thread.
*Solinsky starting to remind me of Pre
*pro runners and narcissism
*Is Solinsky done?
*What happened to RUPP?
*Watler Dix Lost Out on $40,000 by Not Running Zurich

Sad: ING NYC Marathon To Finish At A Hot Dog Stand

NY Post: Local Union And Mayor Bloomberg Have Shut Down And Bankrupted Tavern On The Green Tavern on the Green the landmark, where the NYC Marathon finishes, has been shuttered since the start of the year. It looks like it's going to stay that way solely because of politics. The restaurant was NYC highest grossing last year and is the #2 grossing restaurant in the US, yet it's closed. Crazy.
*NY Daily News: Tavern On The Green's Future As Hot Dog Stand This article is older, but people outside of NY have no idea of what is going on.

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Aviva London DL Friday-Saturday *LRC LiveThread *Full London Results *Friday Recap *Saturday Recap *Photos *Gay's 9.78 All-Comers Record!

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Jeremy Wariner of the USA (c) wins the
Mens 400 metres during the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on August 14, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Oliver, Wariner And Felix Headline Day II, Leo Goes 3:50 In Mile
American sprinters and field eventers, led by David Oliver (13.06), dominated the final day in London. In the distance events, Kenyan Augustine Choge took the men's mile in 3:50, while Leonel Manzano came back with another fine performance, running 3:50.64 to place 3rd and set himself atop the 2010 US mile leaderboard. 2 Americans (Uceny and Pierce) broke 2:00 in the 800 but Mariya Savinova (1:58) proved she's the world #1, as Alysia Johnson and Maggie Vessey were well back. Biggest surprise of the day? Christian Cantwell loses a 20-meet win streak in the shot put.
*IAAF Recap Of Day 2: Felix Completes Sprint Double As Christian Cantwell Loses For 1st Time All Year
*Top Coaches Ricky Simms, Terrence Mahon And Alberto Salazar Talk At UK Distance Summit Rule #1 - Make sure you coach some of the most talented people on the planet.
*After Excelling At Euros, Brits Flop At Home
*US Stars Dominate
*Carolina Klüft Profile Very few photos included.
*Oscar Pistorious Still Way Short Of Commonwealth Games Time
LRC MBoard Talk
*Leo Goes 3:50 For 3rd
*Maggie Vessey???
*Elite Coaches Meet, Talk Training In London

 Abubaker Kaki of Sudan wins the men's 800m race during the London Grand Prix Diamond League athletics tournament at Crystal Palace in London August 13, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hackett   (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS) London Friday: Tyson Gay 9.78 Into A Headwind!!!
With Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt sidelined and rainy, cool conditions for the first of two days in London, American Tyson Gay ran the fastest time of 2010 despite not being sure if his groin would hold up. Aviva Grand Prix Day 1 also featured PRs for Oregon grads Wheating and Rupp, a win for Lagat in the 3k, and the return of Tirunesh Dibaba to the top of the world 5,000 ranks.
Andrew Wheating 1:44.56 PR For 2nd Ahead Of Nick Symmonds Again
*Men's 3k: Lagat Wins 7:40, Farah 2nd, Rupp 7:43 PR, Mottram 7:45
*Full Friday Results
Tyson Gay Blitzes Field With World Leading 9.78 Eurosport/Yahoo Recap
IAAF's UK Respondent Has Laptop Stolen

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