Wanjiru Vs. Gebrselassie: The Week That Was In Running - September 27 - October 3, 2010

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By LetsRun.com
October 14, 2010

Better late than never. Below is our weekly recap of the Week That Was in running. We quickly say a few words about the 2010 Chicago Marathon and Commonwealth Games.

2010 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon - Wanjiru And Shobukhova Prove They Are The Best In The World

The 2010 edition of the B of A Chicago Marathon was last week and the men's and women's race produced the same results albeit in totally different fashions. In our minds, the winners of both races - Sammy Wanjiru and Lililya Shobukhova - proved they are the best in the world at the 26.2 distance. Wanjiru did so in amazing fashion, as the race resulted in some of the greatest drama ever seen at the 26.2 mile distance as Wanjiru and 2010 London champ Tsegaye Kebede duked it out one on one over the final miles for the Chicago titles and the $500,000 world marathon majors first prize. The race was an instant classic. Don't believe us? Please watch the final mile and you will. Toni Reavis' excitement on the NBCChicago.com broadcast is almost as epic as the race.

Some might argue that Wanjiru isn't the best marathoner in the world that world record holder Haile Gebrselassie is but we disagree. We've decided to let you be the judge as we've created a side-by-side chart listing the two's marathons since Wanjiru moved to the distance in 2007. Both have had incredible success but an Olympic title and record as well as course records in London and Chicago trump Geb's two world records in glorified time trials. Moreover, in our minds, age is finally starting to catch up to Geb. His winning times in Dubai the last three years are as follows:

2:04:53
2:05:29
2:06:09

Those times aren't headed in the right direction.

Our dream scenario is that Geb wins NYC and then faces Wanjiru in a head-to-head matchup. But we doubt that will happen.

The greatest marathoner in history is Sammy W. in our book and we think the world record will eventually be his, but a comparison of the two since 2007 appears below.

Haile G. Sammy W. Yearly Edge

2007
DNF London
2:04:26 WR Berlin

2007
2:06:39 Course Record in Fukuoka

Geb: World record certainly trumps course record.

2008
2:04:53 Dubai Win
2:03:59 WR in Berlin

2008
2:05:24 - 2nd in London
2:06:32 - Olympic Record in Beijing

Wanjiru: Some may disagree with us on this one as Geb became the first in history to break 2:04:00 and he also broke 2:05:00 in his other race but the pinnacle of the sport is the Olympic marathon and Wanjiru totally crushed it there. People will be watching highlights of the race for eternity. Geb's world record will be forgotten once it's broken.

2009
2:05:29 Dubai Win
2:06:08 Berlin Win

2009
2:05:10 - Course record in London
2:05:41 - Course Record in Chicago

Wanjiru: Two world marathon majors wins and two course records. It doesn't get much better than that.

2010
2:06:09 Dubai Win

2010
DNF London
2:06:24 1st in Chicago, defeating Kebede

TBD: Wanjiru has the lead for the year so far but if Geb wins in NY, he could get the nod.

As for Shobukhova, she ran an incredibly savvy race. She let everyone else go too fast and simply produced the first sub-2:22 clocking in the world since September of 2008. She's now won Chicago twice and London once in her last three races. Plus she's only 32 and has legit track PRs of 4:03 for 1,500, 14:23 for 5,000 and 30:29 for 100,00. The 5k and 10k PRs were set recently in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

More: *LRC Wanjiru Wins Epic Battle With Kebede, Shobukhova Dominates LRC Men's Preview: The Best Chicago Ever? Wanjiru Vs. Kebede Vs. Cheruiyot And Crew *LRC Women's Preview: Shobukhova, Mikitenko, 3 Strong Ethiopian Contenders And $500,000

2010 Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games took place last week (and part of this week). And since the event wasn't broadcast in the US and the fact that they Commonwealth Games website had to be the worst results website we've ever seen (seriously, you had to download a PDF for each event), we thought people would enjoy quickly finding out what happened (the Thumbs Down is for their results website). At the end of this section, you will find the results of all of the relevant mid-d and distance action except for maybe an early round in the 800s (until compiling this, we didn't even realize NCAA 5k champ David McNeill ran the 5k in Delhi).

Kenya's Silas Kiplagat (2nd L) and compatriot James Magut (R) celebrate as they cross the finish line for the men's 1,500 metres finals during the Commonwealth Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi October 12, 2010. Kiplagat finished first, Magut second while New Zealand's Nick Willis (C, partially obscured) came in third. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (INDIA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Not Familiar with Silas Kiplagat?
Click Here for his incredible story.

But before we get to those, we thought we'd give a shout out to a few people. First of all, how about a shout out to the following non-African medallists in the mid-d and distance events.

800 - Women: Nikki Hamblin (NZL) Silver, Diane Cummins (CAN) Bronze
1,500 - Men: Nick Willis ( NZL) Bronze. Women: Nikki Hamblin (NZL) Silver, Stephanie Twell (SCO) Bronze.
10,000 - Women: Kavita Raut (IND) Bronze
Marathon - Men: Michael Shelley (AUS) Silver. Women: Lisa Weightman (AUS) Bronze.

Also LRC would like to give a shout out to Mark Lewis Francis. The guy got a silver in the men's 100 and then walked down the Jamaican anchor in the 4 x 100 to give England gold in the 4 x 100 - just like he gave GBR gold in the 2004 Olympics. We are particularly fond of MLF as the LRC co-founders used to play xbox with him while receiving treatment at world famous physical therapist Gerard Hartmann's place in Ireland.

Lastly, how about a Thumbs Up for young 21-year-old Steph Twell. First she got a medal in the 1,500 and almost another one in the 5,000. But we're praising her for her very old school quote:

"I think sport should be uncomplicated. We can't be divas. You just have to get on with the task in hand. If we have beds to rest our heads and a bit of fuel - carbohydrates - then we can still compete ... I put my whole heart in when I race. I have a laid-back approach, but I do believe in seizing the moment. You have to be very confident when you run and I think that I manage to transfer that attitude to my life as a whole."

800 Final Men
1. Boaz Lalang, KEN 1:46.60 Gold
2. Richard Kiplagat, KEN 1:46.95 Silver
3. Abraham Kiplagat, KEN 1:47.37 Bronze
4. Gareth Warburton, WAL 1:48.59
5. Jimmy Adar, UGA 1:49.57
6. Darren St. Clair, ENG 1:52.15
7. Joe Thomas, WAL 1:52.39
DNS - Lachlan Renshaw, AUS
Intermediate -
400m - Lalang, 51.98
600m - Lalang, 1:20.12

Semifinal
Heat 1 -
1. Boaz Lalang, KEN 1:46.41 Q
2. Richard Kiplagat, KEN 1:46.73 Q
3. Gareth Warburton, WAL 1:46.83 Q
4. Darren St. Clair, ENG 1:46.92 q
5. Lachlan Renshaw, AUS 1:47.26 q
6. James McIlroy, NIR 1:47.76 SB
7. Manjit Singh, IND 1:50.88
8. Jon Rankin, CAY 1:51.10 NR/SB
Intermediate -
400m - Lalang, 51.67
600m - Lalang, 1:19.39

Semifinal
Heat 2 -
1. Abraham Kiplagat, KEN 1:47.09 Q
2. Jimmy Adar, UGA 1:47.15 Q
3. Joe Thomas, WAL 1:47.22 Q
4. Andrew Osagie, ENG 1:47.52
5. Niall Brooks, ENG 1:48.33
6. Chris Gowell, WAL 1:49.78
7. Arnold Sorina, VAN 1:51.84
DNF - Francis Sagayaraj Pathi, IND
Intermediate -
400m - Kiplagat, 52.53
600m - Kiplagat, 1:20.28

1,500 Final Men
1 KIPLAGAT Silas KEN 3:41.78
2 MAGUT James Kiplangat KEN 3:42.27
3 WILLIS Nick NZL 3:42.38
4 WIJEKOON Chaminda Indika SRI 3:42.93
5 GATHIMBA Gideon Mwangi KEN 3:43.11
6 BADDELEY Andrew ENG 3:43.33
7 ROFF Jeremy AUS 3:43.53
8 LANCASHIRE Tom ENG 3:43.58
9 THIE James WAL 3:44.25
10 BLINCOE Adrian NZL 3:44.47
11 KEALEY Mitchell AUS 28 JAN 1984 8 3:44.57
12 HAY Alastair SCO 7 SEP 1985 3 3:44.61

Intermediate times:
400m 59.89 MAGUT James Kiplangat (KEN)
800m 2:02.21 GATHIMBA Gideon Mwangi (KEN)
1200m 3:03.27 GATHIMBA Gideon Mwangi (KEN)

1,500 Prelims
Heat 1:
1. James Kiplangat Magut, KEN 3:40.47 Q SB
2. Chaminda Indika Wijekoon, SRI 3:40.78 Q PB
3. Tom Lancashire, ENG 3:40.84 Q
4. Andrew Baddeley, ENG 3:41.25 Q
5. Adrian Blincoe, NZL 3:41.54 q
6. Mitch Kealey, AUS 3:41.64 q
7. Alastair Hay, SCO 3:43.21 q
8. Cleveland Leon Forde, GUY 3:44.23 PB
9. Hamza Chatholi, IND 3:44.72 SB
10. Jon Rankin, CAY 3:46.12
11. Taylor Milne, CAN 3:49.53
12. Shifaz Moahmed, MDV 4:17.39 PB
DNF - Shawn Anthony Pitter, JAM
DNS - Tony Ialu, VAN
Intermediate -
400m - Rankin, 57.43
800m - Rankin, 1:57.50
1200m - Lancashire, 2:58.94
1,500 Prelims
Heat 2:
1. Gideon Gathimba, KEN 3:41.59 Q
2. Silas Kiplagat, KEN 3:41.67 Q
3. Jeremy Roff, AUS 3:41.86 Q
4. Nick Willis, NZL 3:42.47 Q
5. James Thie, WAL 3:42.74 q
6. Sandeep Karan, IND 3:44.55
7. Jimmy Adar, UGA 3:45.98
8. Joseph Nzirorera, RWA 3:48.40 PB
9. Barae Khamis Saqware, TAN 3:48.82
10. James Mcilroy, NIR 3:50.13
11. Chauncy Master, MAW 3:52.43
12. Colin Mccourt, ENG 3:59.68
13. Baba Gibba, GAM 4:06.14
14. Alusine Deen-Sesay, SLE 4:13.19
15. Hameed Mohamed, MDV 4:26.10 SB
Intermediate -
400m - Adar, 56.68
800m - Adar, 2:00.30
1200m - Roff, 3:00.38
3,000m S/C Men (Final Only):
1. Richard Mateelong, KEN 8:16.39 Gold
2. Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi, KEN 8:18.47 Silver
3. Brimin Kiprop Kipruto, KEN 8:19.65 Bronze
4. Benjamin Kiplagat, UGA 8:24.15
5. Stuart Bradley Stokes, ENG 8:32.24 SB
6. Youcef Abdi, AUS 8:33.20
7. Luke Gunn, ENG 8:40.44
8. Ben Siwa, UGA 8:42.44
9. Elam Singh, IND 8:44.35
10. Ramachandran Ramadas, IND 8:57.63
11. Sapolai Yao, PNG 10:01.57
DNS - Hakizimana Gervais, RWA
Intermediate -
1000m - Siwa, 2:51.32
2000m - Mateelong, 5:43.06

5,000m Men (Final Only):
1. Moses Kipsiro, UGA 13:31.25 Gold
2. Eliud Kipchoge, KEN 13:31.32 Silver
3. Mark Kiptoo, KEN 13:32.58 Bronze
4. Vincent Yator, KEN 13:37.02
5. Chris Thompson, ENG 13:39.28
6. Collis Birmingham, AUS 13:39.59
7. Ben St. Lawrence, AUS 13:46.90
8. David McNeill, AUS 13:47.40
9. Tony Mukongolwa Wamulwa, ZAM 13:48.50 SB
10. Eric Sebahire, RWA 13:55.54 PB
11. Adrian Blincoe, NZL 14:03.07
12. Damiano Paul Chopa, TAN 14:10.43 SB
13. Sylvain Rukundo, RWA 14:14.85
14. Sunil Kumar, IND 14:18.99
15. Lee Merrian, GGY 14:19.33
16. Sandip Kumar, IND 14:22.59
17. Ramolefi Motsieloa, LES 14:23.19
18. Cleveland Leon Forde, GUY 14:29.46
19. Lee Emanuel, ENG 14:31.38
20. Jean Baptista Simuceka, RWA 14:34.51
21. Sapolai Yao, PNG 16:21.88
22. Philip Younki Nausien, VAN 16:37.30
DNS - Chauncy Master, MAW
Intermediate -
1000m - Rukundo, 2:49.30
2000m - Simuceka, 5:38.68
3000m - Kipsiro, 8:23.82
4000m - Kipsiro, 11:06.51

10,000m (Final Only):
1. Moses Kipsiro, UGA 27:57.39 Gold
2. Daniel Salel, KEN 27:57.57 Silver
3. Joseph Kiptoo Birech, KEN 27:58.58 PB Bronze
4. Titus Mbishei, KEN 28:03.10
5. Marco Joseph, TAN 28:46.83
6. Eric Sebahire, RWA 28:47.33 PB
7. Ben St. Lawrence, AUS 28:49.47
8. Chris Thompson, ENG 28:50.47
9. Collis Birmingham, AUS 29:35.65
10. Andy Vernon, ENG 29:44.91
11. Suresh Kumar, IND 29:49.74
12. Jean Baptista Simuceka, RWA 29:59.73
13. Ramolefi Motisieloa, LES 30:17.82
14. Lee Merrien, GGY 30:18.59
15. John Beattie, ENG 31:01.67
DNF - Sunil Kumar, IND
Intermediate -
1000m - Salel, 2:49.08
2000m - Birech, 5:38.38
3000m - Mbishei, 8:23.64
4000m - Salel, 11:12.18
5000m - Birmingham, 14:03.60
6000m - Mbishei, 16:50.06
7000m - Mbishei, 19:39.39
8000m - Mbishei, 22:30.34
9000m - Mbishei, 25:21.31

800m Women Final
1. Nancy Langat, KEN 2:00.01 Gold
2. Nikki Hamblin, NZL 2:00.05 Silver
3. Diane Cummins, CAN 2:00.13 Bronze
4. Emma Jackson, ENG 2:00.46 PB
5. Hannah England, ENG 2:00.47 SB
6. Tintu Luka, IND 2:01.25
7. Cherono Koech, KEN 2:10.53
8. Winny Chebet, KEN 2:11.58
Intermediate -
400m - Luka, 57.49
600m - Langat, 1:27.52
Semifinals
Heat 1 -
1. Winny Chebet, KEN 2:02.58 Q
2. Hannah England, ENG 2:02.63 Q
3. Nikki Hamblin, NZL 2:02.82 q
4. Kelly Mcneice, NIR 2:04.72
5. Marie Annabelle Jennifer Lascar, MRI 2:06.25 SB
6. Helen Hadjam, GGY 2:15.08
Intermediate -
400m - Chebet, 1:01.30
600m - Chebet, 1:32.76

Semifinals Heat 2 -
1. Emma Jackson, ENG 2:01.63 Q
2. Nancy Langat, KEN 2:01.82 Q
3. Diane Cummins, CAN 2:02.25 q
4. Sinimole Paulose, IND 2:03.44 SB
DNF - Leonor Piuza, MOZ
Intermediate -
400m - Paulose, 58.59
600m - Langat, 1:29.93
Semifinals Heat 3--
1. Tintu Luka, IND 2:02.73 Q
2. Cherono Koech, KEN 2:03.45 Q
3. Salome Dell, PNG 2:03.53 PB
4. Annet Negesa, UGA 2:03.69
5. Claire Gibson, SCO 2:05.03
6. Mahriam Kamara, SLE 2:31.24
Intermediate -
400m - Luka, 1:00.15
600m - Luka, 1:31.50

1,500m Final Women
1. Nancy Langat, KEN 4:05.26 GR* Gold
2. Nikki Hamblin, NZL 4:05.97 Silver
3. Stephanie Twell, SCO 4:06.15 Bronze
4. Hannah England, ENG 4:06.83
5. Nicole Edwards, CAN 4:08.16
6. Irene Jelagat, KEN 4:08.20
7. Viola Kibiwott, KEN 4:08.79
8. Helen Clitheroe, ENG 4:08.89
9. Janet Achola, UGA 4:09.51 NR
10. Ciara Mageean, NIR 4:10.85
11. Hilary Stellingwerff, CAN 4:12.87
12. Jhuma Khatun, IND 4:14.95
*Games Record; previous 4:05.27, Jackline Maranga, KEN, Kuala Lumpur (MAS) 1998; also all-comers record
Intermediate -
400m - Jelagat, 1:08.97
800m - Twell, 2:16.16
1200m - Langat, 3:19.74
1,500 Heat #1
1. Viola Kibiwott, KEN 4:08.76 Q
2. Helen Clitheroe, ENG 4:09.34 Q
3. Nikki Hamblin, NZL 4:09.80 Q
4. Stephanie Twell, SCO 4:10.35 Q
5. Ciara Mageean, NIR 4:12.11 q
6. Janet Achola, UGA 4:12.12 q NR
7. Jhuma Khatun, IND 4:12.30 q PB
8. Hilary Stellingwerff, CAN 4:13.01 q
9. Jaisha Orchatteri Puthiya Veetil, IND4:13.15 SB
10. Tanice Barnett, JAM 4:48.59
Intermediate -
400m - Stellingwerff, 1:08.78
800m - Clitheroe, 2:15.74
1200m - Kibiwott, 3:20.68
1,500 Heat #2
1. Nancy Langat, KEN 4:13.62 Q
2. Irene Jelagat, KEN 4:13.63 Q
3. Nicole Edwards, CAN 4:13.90 Q
4. Hannah England, ENG 4:13.91 Q
5. Kaila McKnight, AUS 4:15.22
6. Kelly McNeice, NIR 4:18.07
7. Sushma Devi, IND 4:22.05
8. Salome Dell, PNG 4:33.23 NR
9. Twishanna Williams, JAM 4:36.60 PB
10. Jean D'Arc Mukakigeri, RWA 4:37.27
DNS - Annet Negesa, UGA
Intermediate -
400m - Mcneice, 1:09.62
800m - Mcneice, 2:19.39
1200m - Jelagat, 3:26.59
3,000m S/C Women (Final Only)
1. Milcah Chemos Cheywa, KEN 9:40.96 Gold
2. Mercy Njoroge, KEN 9:41.54 Silver
3. Gladys Kipkemboi, KEN 9:52.51 Bronze
4. Helen Clitheroe, ENG 9:56.37
5. Sudha Singh, IND 9:57.63 NR
6. Lennie Waite, SCO 10:02.12
7. Tina Brown, ENG 10:13.34
8. Jaisha Orchatteri Puthiya Veetil, IND 10:20.83
9. Priyanka Singh Patel, IND 10:26.48
Intermediate -
1000m - Brown, 3:13.90
2000m - Chemos, 6:31.50

5,000m Women (Final Only):
1 CHERUIYOT Vivian J. 15:55.12, KEN
2 KIBET Sylvia Jebiwot 15:55.61, KEN
3 CHENONGE Ines 16:02.47, KEN
4 TWELL Stephanie SCO 17 AUG 1989 9 16:03.91
5 WELLINGS Eloise AUS 16:11.97
6 PURDUE Charlotte ENG 16:16.13
7 MURRAY Freya SCO 16:26.22
8 WRIGHT Megan CAN 16:55.86
9 1804 MUREKATETE Jacqueline RWA 1 JAN 1993 3 17:15.44
BABAR Lalita IND DNS
KHATUN Jhuma IND DNS
Intermediate times:
1000m 3:28.23 MURRAY Freya (SCO)
2000m 6:53.03 KIBET Sylvia Jebiwot (KEN)
3000m 10:02.64 KIBET Sylvia Jebiwot (KEN)
4000m 13:09.86 CHERUIYOT Vivian J. (KEN)

10,000m Women (Final Only):
1. Grace Momanyi, KEN 32:34.11 Gold
2. Doris Changeywo, KEN 32:36.97 Silver
3. Kavita Raut, IND 33:05.28 Bronze
4. Charlotte Purdue ENG 33:13.02
5. Freya Murray, SCO 33:24.59
6. Eloise Wellings, AUS 33:36.76
7. Preeja Sreedharan, IND 33:43.91
8. Lalita Babar, IND 35:03.49
Intermediate -
1000m - Sreedharan, 3:11.91
2000m - Raut, 6:27.86
3000m - Raut, 9:48.61
4000m - Raut, 13:11.51
5000m - Sreedharan, 16:35.86
6000m - Changeywo, 20:01.68
7000m - Momanyi, 23:09.62
8000m - Momanyi, 26:23.56
9000m - Momanyi, 29:32.20

Marathon Men
1 KELAI John Ekiru KEN 2:14:35
2 SHELLEY Michael AUS 2:15:28
3 MATUI Amos Tirop KEN 2:15:58
4 TEBULO Mike MAW 2:18:31
5 NYONYI Samson Ramadhani TAN 2:19:31
6 DENT Martin AUS 2:20:19
7 IITA Reinhold NAM 2:20:40
8 YADAV Ram Singh IND 2:21:24
9 LYNGKHOI Bining IND 2:23:01
10 GIDAHECH Shamba Gitimi TAN 2:24:30
11 MOREAU Ben ENG 2:24:34
12 GERVAIS Nizeyimana RWA 2:24:58
13 HUNT Jeffrey AUS 2:25:03
14 WILLIAMS Martin SCO 2:25:46
15 1811 RACHID Safari RWA 2:30:02
16 BALLANTYNE Pamenos SVG 2:30:29
17 MDLULI Siphesihle SWZ 2:31:40
18 LIMO Thloriso LES 2:43:07

DNFs: BOHOSI Sechaba Albert LES
DISI Dieudonne RWA
JONES Andi ENG DNF
LUSATU Patrick Nyangero TAN
RAMOKHESENG Tiisetso LES

DNS: BOWEN Luke Kibet KEN

Intermediate times:
10km 32:48 1596 MATUI Amos Tirop (KEN)
20km 1:04:14 1905 NYONYI Samson Ramadhani (TAN)
30km 1:36:03 1905 NYONYI Samson Ramadhani (TAN)
40km 2:07:32 1571 KELAI John Ekiru (KEN)

Marathon Women
1 KOSGEI Irene Jerotich KEN 2:34:32
2 MOGAKE Irene Kemunto KEN 2:34:43
3 WEIGHTMAN Lisa AUS 2:35:25
4 NAIGAMBO Beata NAM 2:36:43
5 NYANGACHA Rose Kerubo KEN 2:37:39
6 COPE Michelle ENG 2:46:13
7 NYIRABARAME Epiphanie RWA 2:48:24
8 DECKER Helen ENG 2:49:24
9 RUSH Holly ENG 2:49:24
10 KEMI Restituta Joseph TAN 2:57:36
11 LAKSHMI RAO Preethi IND 3:08:14
12 TENE Mamohau LES 3:11:36
13 MNISI Winile SWZ 3:18:32
14 LEBOTHA Lineo LES 3:24:33
15 KHECHANE Refiloe LES 3:24:35

DNFs: FLINT Lisa AUS

Intermediate times:
10km 37:21 1810 NYIRABARAME Epiphanie (RWA)
20km 1:13:51 1690 NAIGAMBO Beata (NAM)
30km 1:50:19 1598 MOGAKE Irene Kemunto (KEN)
40km 2:26:35 1586 KOSGEI Irene Jerotich (KEN)

Onre more things about Commonwealths - it should be noted that 3:35/3:54 man Jon Rankin has given up on competing for the US and now competes for the Cayman Islands.

More: *MLF On Cloud 9 After 100m Silver At Commonwealths *Darren Campbell Writes About MLF Being An Animal *Mark Lewis Francis Walks Down Jamaican Anchor & Delivers 4 X 100 Gold For England *Jon Rankin Now Running For The Cayman Islands

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  • Quotes Of The Day From Last Week

    Monday: "For long-distance track races, the money is not there, and it's difficult to get a spot in a top race. Moving to the marathon, there is a good possibility of a career. The old way was to have your career on the track and then do the marathon."

    - Federico Rosa, manager of 23-year-old Sammy Wanjiru - talking in a great Phil Hersh/Chicago Tribune article on how marathon racers are getting younger and younger. The article points out how there is no money in the track events any more and how a 13:00 got a world champion only $250 but a 2:09 win in Dublin will get you $20,000. The article also includes the following great quote from former marathon world record holder Steve Jones: "I think the marathon has become the blue-ribbon event of (track and field); it used to be the mile. It's a shortcut to fame and glory. You just need one good race, and you can set yourself up for half a lifetime with invitations to races.''


    Sunday: "For long-distance track races, the money is not there, and it's difficult to get a spot in a top race. Moving to the marathon, there is a good possibility of a career. The old way was to have your career on the track and then do the marathon."

    - Federico Rosa, manager of 23-year-old Sammy Wanjiru - talking in a great Phil Hersh/Chicago Tribune article on how marathon racers are getting younger and younger. The article points out how there is no money in the track events any more and how a 13:00 got a world champion only $250 but a 2:09 win in Dublin will get you $20,000. The article also includes the following great quote from former marathon world record holder Steve Jones: "I think the marathon has become the blue-ribbon event of (track and field); it used to be the mile. It's a shortcut to fame and glory. You just need one good race, and you can set yourself up for half a lifetime with invitations to races.''


    Saturday: "I think sport should be uncomplicated. We can't be divas. You just have to get on with the task in hand. If we have beds to rest our heads and a bit of fuel - carbohydrates - then we can still compete ... I put my whole heart in when I race. I have a laid-back approach, but I do believe in seizing the moment. You have to be very confident when you run and I think that I manage to transfer that attitude to my life as a whole."

    - 21-year-old Scot Stephanie Twell, who got a bronze medal in the 1,500m at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.


    Friday: "I was doing everything as hard as I could. That's not the way to get yourself ready to have your best performance."

    - US 10-mile champ Fasil Bizuneh on doing "more with less" under new coach Greg McMillan. The 30-year-old Bizuneh may only have a 2:16 marathon PR, but he's a 27:50 guy hoping to go 2:09 or better in Chicago on Sunday.


    Thursday: "With another year of training behind her, I think she'll be consistently in the 14:30 next year."

    - Ray Treacy, coach of US 5,000-meter record holder Molly Huddle (and Providence College), talking about how he thinks Huddle's best days are ahead of her. The quote comes from a nice profile on Huddle on the USOC site that outlines how she got into the sport by running with her dad.


    Wednesday: "This is my home and where all my dreams came true. I want to be called an (alumnus) - that's the most important thing. It's not just that I came here, ran and (won) the national titles. All those things will go away, but the degree will never go away."

    - Lopez Lomong on finishing his college degree in Flagstaff, Arizona, the place we've said for ten years is the best place in the world to train. More and more stars now agree with us.


    Tuesday: "Charlie (Francis) said over a few conversations that you only cheat if you're the only one doing it. This means if the other guys are doing it, and you start doing the same thing, it's not cheating. It took me a while to follow his advice. I took it home and I didn't share it with my mother ..."

    "I said to myself, 'Why should I do this clean when everybody else is cheating? That's unfair.' I chewed it over in my mind for about three weeks and then I said, 'Charlie, I'm OK with it. Let's go.'"

    - Ben Johnson, talking about how he was persuaded to use performance-enhancing drugs way back in 1981. Johnson's likely to be talking a lot in the next few weeks as his autobiography Seoul To Soul is coming out next month and is going to drop some major bombshells, including the fact that he thinks a rival shoe company paid someone to spike his Seoul drug sample.

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