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"You're back!"

- Alberto Salazar talking to Alan Webb (we think) after Webb kicked home from a 3:36 1,500-meter runner to win in 3:41.16 in Belgium. The 1,500 was Webb's first 1,500 since June of 2009. The quote comes from a poster who claims to have been at the meet and we've confirmed his IP address matches up. 12:06 am update: A lengthy post-race interview of Salazar is now available*Post-Race Webb Interview Here

Rudisha 1:41.01 WR!!!! in Rieti!
Meet still going, live thread here

Alan Webb Is Back!

LRC Alan Webb Runs 3:41.16 1,500m (= 3:58.90 Mile) And 14:15 5k In Antwerp, Belgium The Webbster appears to be progressing very well in his comeback, as he won the race and beat a guy who has run 3:36 twice this year. *Webb Post-Race Video *Salazar Post-Race Video

Crim 10-Miler *Results

54,000 Watch Finland Beat Sweden In Dual Meet *Results Here

Final DL Meet Brussels Was Friday *Results *LRC Brussels Photo Gallery *More Photos

Molly Huddle American Record LRC American Record For Molly Huddle, Manzano Impresses Again, Rudisha Over Kaki, Semenya Gets Beaten Huddle's record is what the record books will remember, as her great 2010 continues (she's dropped her 5k PR 33 seconds). Despite her record, she was only 10th in the race, thanks to emerging Kenyan women. The American distance performance of the night in our book was Leo Manzano's second-place finish in the 1,500m to Asbel Kiprop. If this race had been 1,510m, Manzano would have been the champ. David Rudisha prevailed over Kaki in their dual and Semenya was soundly beaten, making some wonder if it was on purpose. In the sprints, Tyson Gay won 9.79 over Nesta Carter's 9.85, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep performed well under pressure, and Blanka Vlašić completed a perfect Diamond League season (too bad for her it wasn't the Golden League).
BBC Recap Of Brussels
IAAF Recap Of Brussels
Reuters Recap Of Brussels
BBC Post-Race Video Interview With Caster Semenya We think if you watch the video, you'll conclude she didn't lose on purpose.

Brussels On The Boards: *Molly Huddle 14:44.76 American Record

*Manzano 3:32.18!!! PR Just Behind Olympic Champ Kiprop! The American distance performance of the meet in our minds, even though we'd rather have an American record.
*Semenya tanked on purpose?
*Rudisha Over Kaki

Sad News

20-Year-Old Trying Out For North Carolina A&T Track Team Drops Dead A tragedy for all involved, including possibly A&T, as it looks like lawsuits are in the making as a trainer wasn't present. Can people ever admit tragedies just sometimes occur?

New York Marathon News

More Track News

Chicago Is Back - Take That, New York!!!!!

Kebede Boston And London And Olympic Champs Added To Chicago Field
The race officially announced its field and the addition of Tsegaye Kebede (who we crowned the current top marathoner in the world after his win in London) and Boston champ Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot with the previously-announced Ryan Hall and (unofficially-announced) Olympic champ Sammy Wanjiru make this a race for the ages. For those of you who don't know, that means you have the World Marathon Majors leaders(Kebede and Wanjiru) going head to head for $500,000, have the reigning Boston champ, the reigning London champ as well as and Hall. *Article On Chicago Written By New York Professional Athlete Consultant David Monti

The Week That Was

Alan Webb LRC Week In Review This week we praise a steroid user, rip the NFL, and talk about Wilson Kipketer, David Rudisha, Caster Semenya, Chris Solinsky, Adam Goucher and others. Along the way, we introduce you to a 16-year-old prodigy from Britain and try to cheer up Galen Rupp.

Road/XC News

Parkersburg Half Marathon Course Records Broken This used to be the US Half Marathon champs course and is a very difficult half marathon.
*Video Of Parkersburg From Local TV Station

News We Missed: Edna Kiplagat Throws Out First Pitch At Dodgers Game She won the LA Marathon last spring, which we completely ignored since the race does not drug test despite having the resources to do so.

Could XC Running Really Come To The Winter Olympics? Think of what a legend Paul Tergat would be. One race, one true champion. Anyone remember Alan Culpepper's win in Boulder?

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

World Youths *Results

Top Women In The News

Sad News - Track And Field Loses Three Heroes

Great Meet Sunday In Rieti, Italy (Men's 1,500m At 11:50 am Eastern, 800 12:10 Eastern, 3k 12:50 pm) *Live results  *Live Thread

IAAF Preview This meet isn't in the Diamond League, but it's tremendous in the distance races this year. It's got what we think is the top 1,500m (Asbel Kiprop vs. Silas Kiplagat for the first time on European soil) in Europe this summer on the men's side, plus Rudisha trying to run really fast again, and a great list of names (Solinsky vs. Lagat plus Rupp) in the men's 3k for fans. Could the American record fall?
*Athletics Weekly Preview of Rieti Possible world record attemps in the men's 110h and men's 800 and an American 3k assault by Solinsky and Lagat should get your attention.
*Rieti On Sunday: Solinsky Vs. Lagat Vs. Rupp In 3k, Donohue Vs. Rowbury, Pierce, Uceny In 1,500
Robles Out Of Rieti

Silas Kiplagat Kiprop Vs. Kiplagat First Time In Europe On Sunday
True Phenom: The Incredible Story Of Silas Kiplagat, Who Ran 3:29.27 For 1,500m In His First European Race Ever At Age 20
Silas Kiplagat started running two years ago thanks to the encouragement of Sammy Kitwara. Yes, the same Kitwara we highlighted last year: Sammy Kitwara: The Best Runner You've Never Heard Of. Because of Kitwara, Kiplagat wanted to run long distances, but coach Moses Kiptanui (former world record holder in the steeple) pushed him to the 1,500m. Thanks to the IAAF Focus on Athletes project and author Mutwiri Mutuota for letting us share this story with you. Kiplagat takes on Asbel Kiprop for the first time in Europe in a great 1,500m matchup Sunday in Rieti.

Bolt's Book "Usain Bolt: 9.58" Is Coming Out Thursday, Sept. 2

Alberto Salazar's Group Talks From The Netherlands

Bolt: If There Were Medals For Partying, I'd Have Won Them All

Embarrassment Of The Week
Recommended Read: European Athletics Association Tried To Hide Hind Dehiba's Drug Suspension From Her Profile This is a great article as it points out that Dehiba can run in the Diamond League but Dwain Chambers is banned.

Sprint News

Random US News

Midweek Action

The Real Story At Shaq Vs. Tyson Gay

Newly signed Boston Celtics player Shaquille O'Neal holds up his new jersey at a news conference in Waltham, Massachusetts August 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) The Inside Scoop On Shaq Vs. Tyson Gay (Shaq's Injury And TV Ratings) The ratings are in and Tyson Gay was a huge hit on Shaq Vs., as ratings were up 34% from the week before. More people watched Shaq Vs. than the COMBINED audience of the Prefontaine Meet, Reebok Meet, NCAA meet and any other meet you want to throw in there. Plus, thanks to two people who were at the taping, we reveal that a third race between Shaq and Tyson had to be cancelled because Shaq suffered an injury of sorts in the second race (which you can see if you study the video carefully). Fortunately for Shaq and the Celtics, the injury wasn't serious.

Recommended Reads

Take That, Nike

Usain Bolt Re-Signs With Puma And Is Reportedly The Highest-Paid Track Athlete In History Bolt is living large as, being injured, he was home in Jamaica on his birthday for the first time in 7 years. *2nd Article From ESPN *Article In WSJ: "I want to make for Puma like what Michael Jordan made for Nike."
*Bolt Excited To Do Long Jump After Winning 100-200 In 2012 He thinks that he'll be a star at the event. Apparently, he jumped while warming up in Czechoslvakia a few years ago. We'll pay someone $1,000 for that video. Meanwhile, enjoy this video.
*Believe It Or Not: Bolt's Bday Celebration Was Very Low-Key

More Aftermath On Semenya And Rudisha

Recommended Read David Rudisha's Dad Missed His Son's World Record As His TV Wasn't Working Dad was an Olympic silver medalist in the 4 x 400 and is very proud.
*David Rudisha Given Wild Card To Commonwealth Games Apparently the star is going to go to India.
*More Great Diane Cummins Quotes About Semenya "Unfortunately for Caster, she's grown up in an environment that is complicated not just for her but for human science."

1:41.09 Aftermath

David Rudisha World Record Rudisha Dedicates His Victory To His Family And Colm O'Connell; Wilson Kipketer Talks, And Rudisha Will Take On Kaki In Brussels The legendary Kenyan coach Colm O'Connell is Rudisha's coach. Rudisha had left his family to go train with Colm in Iten. If you want to see how beatiful Iten is and why you should never blame training facilities on your lack of progress, click here.
*Billy Konchellah Talks About David Rudisha's World Record Konchellah, the two time 800m world champ, father of Yusuf Kamel (and convicted rapist), is from the same area as Rudisha.
*May 2008 Profile On David Rudisha From Athletics Weekly Rudisha is only 21. Great things were predicted for him 2 years ago.
On The Boards: Bolt vs Rudisha 400m
*Rudisha 800m training
*Rudisha ist der Hammer!

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.

US Men's 10-Mile Champs

Fasil Bizuneh Wins US 10-Mile Championships At Crim Congrats to Fasil for persevering and winning his first US crown at age 30.
*Results *Message Board Thread

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Molly Huddle After AR

Rudisha Over Kaki In Brussels

David Rudisha 1:41.09!

Caster Semenya Wins In 1:59.90

Merhawi Keflezighi Wrote Us Recommending This Interview We Did With Wilson Kipketer Last Year At Worlds

Men's 4 x 100 Zürich

Tyson Gay Runs 9.78 Into A Headwind In London

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

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

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