Lake Biwa Marathon
2:04:57 Guy Paul Kipsang Turns Back Deriba Merga's Surges To Win In 2:06:13 Merga was broken at 38k and then staggered in, losing 3 minutes to Kipsang in the final 3k.
*IAAF Article On Kipsang Kipsang mentions that he "hopes to run the world record in the future." Hiroyuki Horibata is the top Japanese runner, sneaking onto the World Champs squad by running 2:09:25, just under the 2:09:30 standard.
*Quotes From Pre-Race Press Conference Kipsang shooting for 2:05, Merga shooting for Kipsang, and Japanese runners trying to "run like Kawauchi."
*Japan Running News Preview This meet also serves as the last chance to qualify for the Japan World Champs team, so there could be some top Japanese runners in the mix as well.
*All-Time Lake Biwa Times
- Vin Lananna Talks About Plans To Improve Oregon Track, Including An Indoor Track And Updating Hayward Field
- Podcast With Greg Meyer Some interesting insights about training, racing, and what he thinks US distance runners are doing wrong from the last American to win the Boston Marthon.
- Women Complain About The Trouble Of Running With Breasts
- COURSE RECORD FOR ARUSEI AT PARIS HALF MARATHON
- Josphat Kiprono Menjo Takes Almond Blossom XC Meet Easily
- Athletics Kenya Says Their "Final Verdict" Is Komon Won't Be Reinstated But Komon still isn't satisfied and it looks like while he has accepted he will not run in Spain, he wants an apology from AK. It is still unclear whether or not there will be any legal action.
- Kenya Team Sweeps All Medals At Africa Cross-Country Championship
Other News On The Track And Off
- Interview With US Men's Over-80 60m Master's Champ Burt Saidel After 61 years of competing at the national level, he finally won his first national championship. He says his all he had to do was "outlive his competition." *USATF Meet Recap
- Yohan Blake Sets World-Leading 200 Time At 20.37
- Charlotte Purdue And Andy Vernon Win UK Inter-County XC Meets, Await World Cross Decision
- IOC Says No Excuses For Failing Drug Test
Do You Remember Josh McDougal?
Recommended Read Running Times: The Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of Josh McDougal The article follows the career of 2008 NCAA XC champion Josh McDougal, starting with his relative obscurity as a home-schooled high schooler to his NCAA cross title over Galen Rupp to his injury-induced downfall afterward. Will the man who ran 115 miles the week of his NCAA win be back? Is being that focused even worth it? *LRC Chat: Running Times: The Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of Josh McDougal
- Kenyans Looking For Top Honors At Sunday's Inaugural Africa XC Championships
- IAAF Preview: Almond Blossom XC Josephat Kiprono Menjo is the man to beat.
- There Could Be Legal Action Against Athletics Kenya To Reinstate Leonard Komon To World XC Team
- Komon Accuses Kenya Athletics Group Of Insincerity
Boston Elite Field And Other News
- Still No Money for Meb: American Brett Gotcher (2:10 Debut) Joins Elite Field At Boston, Antonio Vega (12th Last Year) Is Out With A Stress Fracture *MB Thread
- Recommended Read: Coming Off Of Three Years Of Injury, Yale Senior Johnny Van Deventer Anchors DMR In 4:02 ... in his first-ever competitive 1,600/mile. Great success story of someone who was injured most of college, but didn't give up and showed up big at the end.
- Flotrack Interview With Brian Sell On Life After Running
- Starter Pistols Converted Into Illegal Handguns ... O, Canada.
- Asafa Powell Says: "I'm here to stay, I'm not going anywhere."
Thursday's Melbourne Track Classic *LRC Melbourne Talk *Full Results *Event-By-Event Results *Photo Gallery *Post-Race 5k Interviews *Recap & 5k Video
A Dream Outdoor US Track Matchup In March In Australia
LRC: Bernard Lagat Wins And Leads Five To "A" Standard; Jeff Risesey Stuns Kiprop And Willis (And Webb) In 1,500; David Rudisha Cruises To 1:43.88 Win In 800 The Melbourne Track Classic was full of hot distance action. In the 5k, Lagat (13:08.43) pulled away from Chris Solinsky (13:10.22) and then held off a shocking late charge by Australia's Ben St. Lawrence, who had a massive 15-second personal best to finish second, as Matt Tegenkamp and the surprising Andrew Bumbalough also got the "A"' standard. In the 1,500, Jeff Riseley came in saying he was in even better shape than last year and then backed it up by getting an upest win for the second-straight year in 3:36.71, as American Alan Webb (3:37.82) drastically improved his 2011 fortunes by finishing right behind the Olympic gold medallist Asbel Kiprop (3:37.63) and well ahead of the Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis (3:38.76), as David Rudisha (1:43.88) and Nick Symmonds (1:45.08) opened fast.
More Melbourne News:
- The Oregonian: Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinksy And Andrew Bumbalough All Get 5,000 "A" Standard
- Nick Symmonds Takes Second And Hits "A" Standard In 1:45.09
- A Touch Slower, But Rudisha Still Supreme
- Post-Race Blogs From Matt Tegenkamp And Andrew Bumbalough
- Melbourne Track Classic Photo Galleries
- Rudisha Targeting 100-Second Barrier For 800m But Also Wants World Title
- Sally Pearson Wins Both Races In Melbourne But Disappointed With Slow Times
- The Australian: Jeff Riseley continues the revival of Australian middle-distance running.
- AAP: St. Lawrence Is Stunned By 15-Second PR "I was expecting quite a good race, but that blew my mind."
- Riseley Thinks 1,500 Is Hottest Event In Australian Athletics
- IAAF Recap *Athletics Australia Recap: Mid-D Fans Leave Thrilled
- Solinsky and Tegenkamp Credit Mottram With Helping Them Believe Non-Africans Can Succeed In Long Distances Non-African is code for white.
- The New York Times Profiles World Record Holder David Rudisha Rudisha: "I think it's possible to run under 1:41. Below 1:40, I don't know." In the article, Colm O'Connell compares Rudisha and the former WR holder Wilson Kipketer.
- Lagat Wants "A" Standard More Than Anything In Melbourne
- Tim Nelson's Photo Album From Melbourne
- Matt Tegenkamp Blogs About Arriving In Melbourne, The Weather, And Blueberry Pancakes
Week In Review
LRC Week That Was: Haile G Jokes, Bernard, Galen And Jenny, The Track & Field Labor Dispute, And Our Hero Kawauchi We span the globe to cover the running world like no one else. From the roads of Tokyo to the mountains of New Mexico, we've got it covered.
Kirani James' 44.80 At SECs Was 3rd-Fastest Indoor 400 Ever It also was a world junior record.
- Strymar Livingston Set New National HS Record Of 1:17.64 At 600m Last Week
- NJ HSer Edward Cheserek Completes 4:08/9:02 Double
- In-Depth Interview With Olympic Head Jacques Rogge He talks to the BBC about match-fixing, London 2012 ticketing and the integrity of the IOC.
- Rogge: Logo Spells "2012," Not "Zion" Sadly, we think it's a picture of something far more perverted.
- Football Club Orient To Sue Premiere League For Tens Of Millions If West Ham Is Allowed To Move Into Olympic Stadium After Games The Olympic stadium is less than a mile from their own home, so they obviously fear it might hurt their ticket sales.
- British Olympic Association: We Won't Have Enough Money To Support British Athletes In 2012
- IOC - No Excuse For Testing Positive
- The Washington Post Looks At Drug Testing Problems - False Positives & Inadvertent Use
- Column: Where Were All The US Stars At USA Indoors? Most would rather train in obscure places instead of run on national TV.
- Team USA Minnesota's Heather Kampf Pleased With Her Third-Place 2:04.30 Showing At USAs
- USATF Preview Of This Weekend's Master Champs In Albuquerque
- USA Track & Field: Albuquerque locals look to make their mark at USA Indoor Masters Championships
- USATF Promotional Video For Masters Track
Nike's Holy Grail: Bowerman's Waffle Iron Unearthed A Nike historian likens it to "finding the Titanic."
Have An Extra $250,000?
Lee Evans Wants To Sell His 400m And 4 x 4 Olympic Gold Medals For Charity
USA Indoors Results: *Day 2 One Page *Day 1 *Ind. Race Results *Day 1 Photos *Day 2 Photos
Day 2: Jenn
Suhr's American Record, #2 Performer All-Time And Jillian
Camarena-Williams AR In Shot Highlight Suhr got a rare 4th attempt to get the record due to an official error. The distance races saw Jenny Simpson complete the mile-3k double, Jeff See win the mile, Phoebe Wright continue her fine form by winning the 800, and Duane Solomon get the men's 800m crown. All in all, there were 7 world leaders at the meet.
*Jenny Simpson Wins 3k To Complete 3k/Mile Double And Says, "Take that everyone who thought I wasn't going to be back." Co Gazette
*MBoard: Jeff See wins USATF indoor mile
*Jenn Suhr Sets American Record On Her 4th Attempt (With Video) Trackfocus
*Mike Rodgers Runs 6.48 To Win His Third 60m National Title
*Day 2 Photos
LRC Bernard Lagat Wins 3,000m At USA Indoors And Makes It Look Easy Galen Rupp tried his best to beat Bernard Lagat on Saturday night, but Lagat ran away from Rupp with ease on the final lap, reminding us how damn good he is at 3,000m. Last year, when Lagat won World Indoors, we said he was "Utterly Brilliant." This one was "utterly smooth." Jenny Simpson ran away from Sara Hall on the last lap to win the women's 3,000m. More Sunday.
*On The Boards: USATF 5000m: Lagat, 7:57.17, Rupp 7:59.91
*Day 1 Photos
World's Best 10k In Puerto Rico *Results
Sammy Kitwara Wins World's Best 10km (updated) World XC Joseph Ebuya pushed early, but another LRC favorite, Sammy Kitwara came out on top. The big news may be 4th placer WR holder for 10k, Leonard Komon who defied Athletics
Kenya and ran the race. They kicked him off the World XC team as a result. We commend him and wish Linet Masai and Vivian Cheruiyot had run as well if they wanted. Sentayehu Ejigu won the women's crown. We hope to have a better recap article Monday. *2nd
*Only Three More Missing From Kenya XC Camp But Komon Won't Be One Of Them
Willis Wins Mile, Gets His Olympic Silver, Alan Webb 3rd In 800 On an emotional afternoon, an hour after being presented with his Olympic silver medal, Nick Willis won the mile in 3:58.4 over Will Leer's 3:58.8. Brandon Bethke was 3rd. Lee Emanuel went down hard with 220-250 meters to go and did not finish. Afterwards, Willis was grateful
his American competitors for helping lead and break the wind. Alan Webb was third in the 800m in 1:52.2 and then paced the mile.
*MB Thread *NZrun.com Thread
*Cool video promo on the meet with Webb, Willis and Warhurst on the right of this page or here.
*Donate To Earthquake Relief Here
More From South Of Equator: LJ van Zyl Runs 47.66 South African Record In 400m Hurdles, Caster Semenya Runs Slower Than 4:24 In 1,500 Debut
*LJ Turns His Sights To Winning World Title
Ju$tice Is Achieved
We Wonder How Much It Cost
Sammy Wanjiru's Attempted Murder Charge Is Dropped He may still have to face charges for having an illegal firearm, but the Olympic marathon champ's wife and watchmen have dropped their accusations. In case you missed it, Wanjiru and his wife reconciled very publicly on Valentine's Day as shown by this video newscast. *Article From Kenyan Paper On Charges Being Dropped
Having Marital Difficulties? Read This: Olympic champ discovers love is truly a marathon.
News From Oregon
- Recommended Read: Once Neighbors Who Met At An Ice Cream Shop, Russell Brown And Andrew Wheating Now Are World-Class Training Partners The only difference is now Wheating is the more studly of the two, as when they met, Brown hammered Wheating into the ground. *More On Brown-Wheating
- You Can Eat Your Cake & Have It Too
Sally Kipyego Is Applying For US Citizenship But Really Pumped To Be Training In Oregon To Represent Kenya At 2011 Worlds And 2012 Olympics In our minds, she should have to make up her mind.
The Toughest XC Race In The World
Geoffrey Mutai Dominates Kenyan XC, Linet Masai Outkicks Vivian Cheruiyot, Defending Champs Ebuya And Chebet Out Of Worlds If you're looking for the best runner on the planet right now, look no further than Geoffrey Mutai, as he is on an incredible roll and he kept it going Saturday in Kenya. Mutai, who averaged 2:05:03 in his 2 marathons last year (neither of which he won), has now won 3
XC races in a row in Kenya by dominating margins, as he won by
44 seconds on Saturday if the
results are correct. On the women's side, world 10k champ Linet Masai outkicked world 5k champ Vivian Cheruiyot. The Kenyan XC champs were full of drama, as defending world champs Joseph Ebuya (dropped out) and Emily Chebet (injured ankle in race) did not make the Kenyan teams for Worlds. Not surprisingly, in the junior race, recent world junior record setter Isiah Koech (12:53 for 5k and 7:37 3k) ran to a comfortable 4-second win. He said: "My aim is to take gold
in Spain before going for the World Championships." *Koech XC Thread
On The Boards: Renato Canova On Mutai: "At the moment, there is an athlete clearly stronger than any other in the World, and (it) is Geoffrey Mutai ... There is a reason for this: Geoffrey is preparing Marathon ... Preparing marathon in the modern way, it's possible to be very much competitive in a Cross, 4 weeks before. But preparing a cross with the Kenyan system, you can forget that is possible to run a marathon 4 weeks later.
*Geoffrey Mutai Is Confident Going Into World Cross
RAK Half Marathon *Results *LRC MB Thread *Photo Gallery
LRC Mary Keitany Runs 1:05:50 WR At RAK Half Marathon To Pocket $75,000 Keitany
is an absolute stud and her run Friday in the UAE was the first sub-66 clocking on a totally legitimate course, although Paula
Radcliffe has run 65:40. On the men's side, former Boston champ Deriba Merga went out in a ridiculous 13:37, set a new 8km world best of 21:51 for the roads, and then held on for a 59:24 - good enough for a 20-second win. Patrick Makau,
one of the pre-race favorites, appears to be in marathon training mode as, after trying to stay with Merga early on, he only managed a 63:51.
On The Boards: OMG did Mary Keitany just run sub 1:06 half marathon WR?
*Official RAK Half Marathon Thread
Week That Was
LRC Week In Review: The Performance Of The Week, Meb Left Out Of Boston, High Jumping, And What About The Fans? It was a tremendous week on and off the track from 17-year-old Isiah Koech's 12:53 5k to Bernard Lagat's American 2 mile record to Chris Solinsky's 3:54 mile to Kim Smith's 1:07:36 half marathon. We've got it all covered, even take a look a stud American high jumper, and ask everyone associated with the sport to think of you - its fans. Because no matter how good the action on the track, if no one is watching it, our sport will suffer.
The Secret Is ... There Is No Secret
This Just In: Walking IS Easier Than Running
Former XC State Champ Erin Gray Is Surprised By The Easiness Of Race Walking Gray has only been race walking for about 16 months, but she already qualified to represent Team USA at the 2011 Pan American Cup and is close to the Olympic "B" Standard. She says "the race itself, felt surprisingly easy." We're less surprised.
Lagat And Verzbicas
Lagat Does It (8:10.07), Lukas V Comes Up Short Message board thread here. Bernard Lagat threw it down the final few laps to smash the US 2 mile record, while Lukas V went out too fast (4:15-16 range) and ended up getting lapped by Lagat. He ran 8:43.24, which is still good for #3 US all-time indoors. *See His Splits Here
*Nice IAAF Recap Of Koech's Run
LRC: Isaiah Koech Runs 12:53 Indoors As Galen Rupp Comes Up Short In American Record Attempt
Isaiah just turned 17 at the end of December and he put on a performance to remember as he pulled away from World Champ Eliud Kipchoge for the super-impressive win. 12:53 indoors is amazing. With no advance fanfare (the track writers in Oregon didn't even write about it), American Galen Rupp was in the race in his 2011 indoor opener and ran a solid 13:21 after being on 13:05 pace at 3k, according to this thread. In other action, Nixon Chepseba got the narrow win over Augustin Choge in a world-leading 3:34 in the 1,500m, and Liu Xiang was 3rd in his European return.
*Athletics Weekly: 17-Year-Old Runs 12:53 As Kim Collins Breaks 11-Year-Old PR (6.52)
*Details On Rupp's Race
*17-Year-Old Runs 12:53 Indoors!
*Some More Highlights From Dusseldorf
No Meb In Boston
RRW: John Hancock Releases Elite Field For 2011 And Meb Keflezighi Is Left Out And Controversy Simmers
*John Hancock And Boston Marathon Do Not Make An Offer To Meb To Run This Year's Race Races have limited funds, and Boston's are way more limited than New York or London's, but it shows the financial realities of our sport when the Boston Marathon does not even extend an offer to America's top marathoner the last decade to run its race. That is what Meb Keflizighi is saying happened on his website. Perhaps Boston did not want to insult Meb with a low offer. We reached out to the BAA and Boston on this matter and they chose not to comment on it.
*Full John Hancock Release Reigning champs Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot & Teyba Erkesso will defend their titles. Coming March 20th: NYC Half Marathon - Meb, Hall and Abdi!
17-Year-Old World Junior Silver Medallist And 8:23 Steepler Albert Yator Dies From Malaria Yator's death was a surprise and is a very tragic reminder that malaria is
just something we read about in the newspaper and should ignore.
On The Boards: RIP: Albert Yator 17, 8:23 steepler and World Jr Silver Medalist
Russell Brown Cruises To 3:54 Win, Webb, Manzano And Verzbicas All Over 4 The men's mile featured Alan Webb, Leo Manzano, Nick Willis and high school star Lukas Verzbicas, but the star of the night was Russell Brown, who crushed the field winning in 3:54 as Webb, Manzano and Verzbicas all didn't break 4. Afterwards, Webb threw a tantrum (seriously, that's a fair way of describing it) before addressing the press, and we'll have more on that Sunday. In other action, Sally Kipyego turned back Jenny Simpson in the 3k, Phoebe Wright got another win in the 800m, but the performance of the night may have been Dejen Gebremeskel running 7:35 and outkicking Mo Farah with a last lap of 26 while having one shoe on for most of the race.
Fireworks In Stuttgart *Stuttgart Results
Yenew Alamirew Runs 7:27.80 To Lead 3 Under 7:30 Barrier
First Time Ever, David Oliver Runs Fast In Hurdles Alamirew dominated a late season 3k last year and backed it up here, showing he is the real deal. For the first time ever indoors, more than one guy broke 7:30 in a race, as Alamirew triumphed over Augustin Choge and Eliud Kipchoge. David Oliver easily dispatched
Dayron Robles and nearly got the US record, and LRC favorite Silas Kiplagat lost in the 1,500m.
Millrose Behind The Scenes: Lagat Goes Down, Millrose Entertains Employee #1 and his able assistant went into the bowels of Millrose to tell you what really happened at the grand-daddy of track and field meets in the world. High schoolers flashing U of O symbols, overlooked 3:34 1,500m runners, and pros addicted to LetsRun.com - we've got it covered.
2011 NCAA Last Chance Meets Started Friday
- UConn Men Win IC4A Championship
- UConn Women Win 4th Straight ECAC Championship
- Notre Dame Produces Fast Times In Men's Distance Events 6 automatic qualifiers: Minnesota (9:31), New Mexico, and Notre Dame in the DMR, Minnesota's Harun Abda (1:47.95) in the 800, and Virginia Tech's Michael Hammond (3:58.41)/Iowa's Jeff Thode in the mile.
- Washington Has 4 Guys Sub-4:04 And 1 Sub-4 In Home Mile Former Oregon runner A.J. Acosta won in 3:58.39 and Washington's James Cameron got the NCAA auto time in 3:58.51.
- Old School Performance Of The Week Wisconsin Sophomore Reed Connor Doesn't Travel To Oversized Track - Qualifies For NCAAs In 3k At Home On Flat Track He ran 7:56.58, good for the NCAA auto time.
- German Fernandez Only Runs 4:03 For Mile At Arkansas Our take: Please test his ferritin levels.
- Oregon Senior Jamesha Youngblood Gets NCAA Auto Mark In LJ On Clutch 6th Attempt
- Florida Gators Successful In Last Chance Meets
Granddaddy Of Them All: *IC4A *ECAC
*Washington *Notre Dame (Live Video Here) *Arkansas *LSU *Wisco *VTech *Columbia *More
2011 Euros *Results *Meet Website
- Day 3:
- Teddy Tamgho Betters His Own World Record, Jumping 17.92m TWICE
- EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - CLITHEROE DELIVERS, KSZCZOT SURPRISES ON FINAL DAY At age 37, Helen Clitheroe wins her first Euros medal by winning the 3k, just edging out Russia's Olesya Syreva by .03 seconds. In the women's 800 meters, Britain's Jenny Meadows was upset by Russia's Yevgeniya Zinurova in the last 10 meters after leading the entire race. *2nd Clitheroe Article
- Summary Of 3rd And Final Day Of European Indoor Championships
- Francis Obikwelu Upsets Defending Champ Dwain Chambers And Christophe Lemaitre In Euros 60m Final *2nd Article
- 17-Year-Old Jodie Williams Just Misses Medal With 4th Place Finish In 60m
- Andrei Krauchanka Of Belarus Overcomes Ankle Injury To Win Euros Heptathlon
- Germany's Sebastian Bayer Wins Long Jump
- How Valuable Is Britain's Medal Haul Looking Ahead To 2012?
- Day 2:
- EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - FARAH DEFENDS 3,000M TITLE In a tactical race, Mo Farah is forced to lead the last ten laps and works hard to hold off Azerbaijan's Hayle Ibrahimov for the win in 7:53. After the race, he announced that he will be skipping World XC Champs in Spain to instead join training partner Galen Rupp in the NYC Half Marathon on March 20th. *Post-Race
Video With Farah
*Mo Farah Passing Up World XC For NYC Half
- Highlights From Day 2 UK's Jenny Meadows remains undefeated in the indoor 800, winning the semis in 2:00.65, 17-year-old Jodie Williams makes the 60m final with a PR of 7.21, and Dwain Chambers has a poor start, but comes from behind to win his 60m heat in 6.61. *More Highlights
- IAAF Recap: Renaud Lavillenie Sets French National Record At 6.03m To Win Pole Valut And Is 3rd All-Time Indoors Misses in attempt at world record.
- Russia's Ivan Ukhov Clears 2.38m To Win Euros HJ, But Once Again Misses Attempt At World Record
- AGELESS CLITHEROE ADVANCES IN 3,000M
- Simona La Mantia Becomes Italy's First TJ European Champ And Extends World Lead
- Czech Petr Svoboda Wins 60m Hurdles
- "White Lightning" Lemaitre Cruises As Defending Champ Dwain Chambers Struggles Into Semis
1st Day Coverage:
- EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1 - FARAH QUALIFIES COMFORTABLY FOR 3,000M FINAL
- Andy Baddeley Hoping To Join Mo Farah On Podium In 3k Except Baddeley really wants to be on top with gold.
- European Indoor Championships - Most Middle Distance Favorites Advance
- Jenny Meadows Advances To 800 Semifinal
- UK Athletes Helen Clitheroe, Dwain Chambers And Jodie Williams Trying To Break Oldest And Youngest Age Records
- French Heptathlete Djimou Ida Posts A National Record To Get Win And The World Lead *2nd Article
- Teddy Tamgho On Track For His Goal Of Two Gold Medals
- Thorough Recap Of Day 1 European Champs: Carolin Nytra And Tiffany Ofili Have Photo Finish In 60m Hurdles *2nd Article
- IAAF European Indoors Preview
- Preview Of Men's European Indoors From Athletics Weekly
- Highlights From Thursday's Press Conference
- 17-Year-Old Jodie Williams Ready To Make Her Senior Debut At European Indoors
- Kawauchi Mania Hits Japan As He Is Overwhelmed At His Job With Media Requests; His 18-Year-Old Kid Brother Was His Official Coach In Tokyo He may get $30,000 from the federation to train for Worlds.
- Kawauchi: "I run with no fear of dying."
News From Britain
- Olympic Gold Medallist Darren Campbell Thinks Having Track In Olympic Stadium Is Likely A Bad Idea
- UK Athletics Coach Would Back Legal Challenge By Dwain Chambers To Overturn His Olympic Ban
Rupp To Run A Half, Plus Alberto Speaks
LRC It's Official: Galen Rupp To Make Half Marathon Debut At 2011 NYC Half Marathon (updated 9:15 pm Wednesday) Denied an attempt at the American 10k record because of the NZ earthquake, Rupp will be taking his endurance-based fitness to the streets of New York on March 20. Read about the thinking behind the decision as Alberto Salazar talked in great length about Rupp's training, the Oregon Track Club/Oregon Project split, and much more. Also, Eugene fans, get ready for a hot 10,000 in early June that won't include Rupp.
European Indoors Are This Weekend
- Head Of Portugal Track Federation Steps Down After Entering Star In Wrong Event At European Indoors She wanted to run the 3k, but he mistakenly put her in the 1,500.
- Preview Of Women's Mid-D & Distance Events At Europeans A Russian domination is expected in the mid-d.
- Preview Of Men's Mid-D & Distance Events At Europeans Mo Farah is big favorite to defend 3k crown.
- Teddy Tamgho And Sprinter Christophe Lemaitre To Lead French Team At Euros
- Dan Mulhare, With 8:01 PR, Named To Irish Team For European Indoors He wouldn't make the NCAA meet, but he's the Irish champ.
News From Some Female Stars
- Caster Semenya Is Unfazed By Her Recent 2:04 And 4:24
- Kara Goucher Was Sick Last Week And Reduced Mileage From 120 To 110
WSJ Looks At Runner's World's Editor-In-Chief's Running They really wanted to do a feature on LRC but no one at LRC runs anymore.
- World XC Update: Geoffrey Mutai Still Not In Camp, More On Leonard Komon's Sacking From The Team If you're not familiar with this story, Geoffrey Mutai is the hottest runner on the planet. He has dominated the cross-country races he has run this year, including the toughest XC race on the planet - the Kenyan XC champs. He also is training for the Boston Marthon and wants to continue training on his own for it. The Kenyan officials are demanding he train in their camp or they will kick him off the World XC team.
- One Kenyan Paper Says Mutai Will Be In Camp Today
European Indoor Champs Updates *Final Entries
- Can Anyone Stop Mo Farah In 3,000m?
- Preview Of Men's Sprints And Hurdles At European Indoors (Lemaitre Vs. Chambers In 60)
- Russian Women Expected To Dominate 800 At European Indoors
- Jessica Ennis Pulls Out With Ankle Injury
- With No Ennis, Pentathlon Is Wide Open Former Olympic silver medallist Austra Skuiyte could be the favorite.
Tokyo Marathon: A Legend Is Born *Photos
Hailu Mekonnen Wins, Japanese Amateur Yuki Kawauchi Runs Amazing 2:08:37 For 3rd And Faints At Finish Yuki Kawauchi's story is amazing.
A 13:59 5ker and 29:02 10ker, he has a full-time job and has stayed away from the Japanese collegiate and professional system, yet he stunned all of Japan with a 2:08:37 run. Dreams do become reality.
*On The Boards: 13:59 5k, 29:02 10k Japanese AMATEUR Runs 2:08:37 at Tokyo Marathon and Passes Out
*Yuki Kawauchi Is "The Rocky Of The Marathon World" *He will race at World Champs by taking vacation days from his full-time job.
*Japanese Federation Feeling Impact Of Kawauchi's Run
*Summary Of Post-Race Press Conference
*Sorry To Miss Tokyo Marathon, Gebrselassie Hopes To Return To Japan We hear about how disappointed Geb was and what his future racing plans may look like.
*Chilean Miner Edison Pena Runs 5:08:19 In Tokyo, 30-Minute PR
Iran Says 2012 Olympic Logo Is "Racist" They claim that the Olympic logo, which is meant to represent the year 2012, actually says "Zion," which is the word they use to describe Israel and their government. They threaten to boycott the Olympics if
the logo is not changed. Racist? LRC has long hated the logo, but not because it's racist. Rather, we've always thought it looks like a sex act - but the logo is still better than the mascots.
*2nd And 3rd Articles
NCAA Conference Action *More Conference Results Here
SEC: Results *Florida Men, LSU Women Win SEC Indoor Titles
*Kirani James Runs 44.80 World Junior Record At 400m Recap and Video. *IAAF Article
Big 12: *Results
German Fernandez Is Back Fernandez dominated the men's mile and came back for 2nd in 3,000m. Nebraska women and Texas A&M men won the meet.
Big 10 Results: Men, Women
The Ohio State women won their first ever championship and Minnesota men won their third straight. *Minnesota Article
Day 1: Andy Bayer won the 3k and got 2nd in the mile.
ACC: Results The Virginia Tech men and Clemson women dominated. *Virginia Article
Heps: Men, Women
The Princeton men crushed it as Cornell was a strong second, but the rest of the league combined would have lost to Princeton. The Princeton women edged Columbia.
MPSF (pseudo PAC-10): Results
The big news was Oregon's 9:26.78 DMR, the #2 time in NCAA history. Elliott Heath 4:00 mile, Jordan Hasay 4:35. *And It Was A Cold Meet
- Interesting: 37-Year-Old Helen Clitheroe Has Run European-Leading 8:39 3k After Shifting Training To 5k And 10k
- Isinbayeva Has A Virus, Will Miss Next Week's Euro Indoors
- Columnist Who Wants Radcliffe To Win Olympic Gold Reveals That Doctor Told Him Radcliffe Could Have Died Had She Kept Running In Athens
Historic Bay To Breakers Race Will Be Celebrating Its 100th Anniversary - Yet Some Think Race Will Be Cancelled After This Year Supposedly the race is losing money. But doesn't everything in California cost more than it brings in? The real problem appears to be all the drunks on the course and perhaps that is keeping away sponsors. AEG has to have someone smart enough to figure out how to make money on 50,000 entrants. *Comments On SF Gate Website Worth A Read
Week That Was
LRC Week In Review: Proof That The Kenyan Training Camps Do More Harm Than Good, An In-Depth Look At The 2012 Olympic Track & Field Schedule, Boston Changes Things Up, And Much, Much More This week, we have it all covered for you once again. We start by ripping the Kenyan training camp system, then tell you who is likely to attempt Olympic doubles in 2012 and who isn't, then we get sidetracked by sexting, Oprah Winfrey and Robby Andrews' family's exploits. We also praise some amateurs for promoting the sport and tell the elites running for Nike they need to do more.
- Olympic Bronze Medalist Shalane Flanagan Entering New Partnership With Kimbia Management Agency This is good news for Kimbia and Shalane. The stars of the sport need to do a better job of connecting with their fans. Shalane went after the American record yesterday and virtually no one knew about it in advance.
- Alberto Salazar And The "Oregon Project" The "old" name has been brought back and refers to the group of six athletes Salazar coaches: Adam Goucher, Kara Goucher, Dathan Ritzenhein, Galen Rupp, Alan Webb and Amy Yoder Begley (Mo Farah doesn't count).
- USATF: US Champs Preview, Bernard Lagat And David Oliver Headline Field
- Collegiate Track & Field Weekend Review: February 21, 2011
Good For Some Laughs
- Fitness Gym Manager Tries To Sell Hicham El Guerrouj Personal Training Sessions
- Track Stars And Floppy Necklaces: What's the Deal?
- Is This Beer The New Gatorade?
Records For Rupp And Farah *Video Of Rupp's And Farah's Race
Galen Rupp & Mo Farah Set National 5k Records!
(13:11.44 and 13:10.60) The two Alberto Salazar-coached athletes put on a brave battle, with Farah coming out on top on the last lap, as Rupp regained his American record from Bernard Lagat by .06. Rupp and Farah will be training together through 2012 and their partnership is off to a strong start. Rupp is scheduled to go for the American 10k record next week in New Zealand. The meet also saw a cool 400m hurdles race (video
here or on the right), an 8:30 3k and American Morgan Uceny going sub-2:00 in the 800.
*Mo Farah Breaks British 5,000m Record With His New Coach Alberto Salazar One Of The 8,000 In Attendance Telegraph.co.uk
*Farah Credits Salazar's Coaching
*Rupp/Farah 5k Video
US News: Site For Post-Collegiates
USATF: RunPro.com - Site Launched For Distance Runners Making Transition From College To Pro Running So about half of all LetsRun visitors' dreams. *RunPro.com
MB: Boston Marathon Announces New Sign-Up Process The fastest qualifiers will get to sign up first. This is bound to make some people really happy and others irate.
*USA Today Article Starting in 2013, age group standards will be made 5 minutes faster (3:05 for 18-34 males, for example). This is the first time they've gotten stricter since 1980.
Olympics/World Championships Schedule Changes *2012 T&F Schedule (PDF) *Qualifying Rules
- UK Hurdler Andy Turner Says Sprinter Byes Are "Nonsense"
- IAAF Explains Rationale Behind New Schedule For 2011 World Champs No evening session more than three hours and a desire to spread out the finals over all the nights is the impetus.
- Athletes React Differently To New Olympic Scheduling
- The 4 x 100m Will Be The Last Track Event In London 2012 Traditionally it is the 4 x 4, but they want Usain Bolt (who ran 3rd leg on the record-setting Jamaican relay in Beijing) to be the grand finale.
Week In Review
LRC The Week That Was: Brent Vaughn And Russell Brown Surprise, Shalane Flanagan And Ashton Eaton Impress, Gebremeskel Wins With One Shoe, And Yenew Alamirew - The Next Great Star? There
was a ton of incredible action last week, from Russell Brown's surprise win in Boston to the XC champs to the heptathlon to a sub-4:00 mile at altitude, and we've got it covered. We compare Brent Vaughn to Dathan Ritzenhein, wonder when Ashton Eaton will beat Bryan Clay and Trey Hardee, and ponder whether Yenew Alamirew is the next great star of the sport.
*Video Of Alamirew's 2 Impressive 3k Wins
US XC Champs In San Diego *Results
Brent Vaughn Wins Convincingly, Shalane Flanagan And The Other Winners Dominate Vaughn, the CU record holder at 5k (think about that for a second) dominated the field the 2nd half of the race to win by 6 seconds, the smallest margin of victory of the day. Shalane Flanagan totally destroyed Molly Huddle, winning by 44 seconds, and getting a little revenge for Huddle taking her 5k American record last year. Foot Locker champ Aisling Cuffe won the junior girls race convincingly. 49-year-old Master Pete Magill won in the men's masters ranks, while Colleen De Reuck showed she was in the wrong race, winning by 1:34.
Good Read: Jerry Schumacher Profile In Portland Paper Got to be a quote of the day in here somewhere.
US Half Champs In Houston *Results, Prize Money, Splits *Updated Photos *Live Thread
Men: LRC Mo Trafeh Outkicks Ryan Hall Ryan Hall, Mo Trafeh and Patrick Smyth battled together on the streets
Houston for 11 miles. In the twelfth mile, Hall tried to push ahead. Smyth was the first to crack, but Trafeh stayed on Hall's
heels. With 200m to go, Trafeh gave it one final surge and passed Hall to get the win.
*Video Of Men's Finish *Men's Post-Race Interviews
Women: LRC Jen Rhines' Return Trumps Burla's After a 4-year absence, Jen Rhines made a return to the longer distances with a win and a PR. However, her comeback was the least impressive of the day, as that award definitely goes to Serena Burla. Burla was second just as she was last year. However, in the last year, she had been diagnosed and beaten cancer. Pretty amazing. Mother of three, Nan Kennard, who trains with Colleen De Reuck, was a surprise third.
*Video Of Women's Finish *Women's Post-Race Press Conference
Week In Review: *More Dubai Photos Here
LRC Week That Was: Delaware Gets The Ax, Wanjiru Crashes, Dubai Makes Some Marathoners Rich, And The US Indoor Season Gets Going As usual, we recap the week in running like nobody else. Now that the holidays are behind us, the running world is starting to heat up again.
Caster Semenya Sits Down & Gives The BBC Her 1st Extended Interview Since Gender Controversy Arose Semenya said she doesn't want to dwell on the gender issues; she only wants to focus on running, but she did get irritated when asked if she was given hormonal treatment.
Alberto On Galen
LRC: Update On Galen Rupp's Training: Two Distinct Seasons For Rupp In 2011, More Mileage Alberto Salazar has done a tremendous job crafting Galen Rupp's career despite the critics (we specifically remember pro athletes who saw Galen train as a high schooler saying he'd burn out). Alberto says 2011 will be a bit different for Galen than 2009 and 2010, with 2 distinct peaks (and time off in between) and that there is still a lot of room for improvement in terms of training mileage. Plus, we take a look back at Galen's incredibly long and consistent 2009 and 2010 seasons.
It's Not This Easy In America
Olympic Marathon Champ And Accused Attempted Murderer Sammy Wanjiru And His Wife Supposedly Reconcile Press reports are indicating that the families of Wanjiru and his wife got involved and urged a reconciliation which may result in charges being dropped, although his wife was a bit coy in her responses to the press (as we're
sure $$$ is still being negotiated). *Updated
LRC MBoard Talk: "He is now officially qualified to be a professional American athlete. Can some of the women on this board tell me why abused women stay with their abuser. Often, until they are beaten to death?"
*Sammy Wanjiru Arrested For Attempting To Kill His Wife And A Domestic Worker
The 10 Best High School XC Runners Ever
LRC Week That Was: The 10 Best High School XC Runners Of All Time, Verzbicas, Tribute To Gary Reed, The NY Times & The NE Patriots And More We've got the entire running world covered from San Diego to Japan, from the high school ranks to the pros, and even talk about the NE Patriots and the NY Times.
The Stars Of Track And Field Party In Monaco *Wejo's Photo Gallery 1 *Pro Photo Gallery 2
Last 250m of Melbourne 5,000m With Post Race Interviews With the Stars (Lagat, Solinsky, Tegenkamp, Bumbalough, Mottram, St. Lawrence)
- Leonard Komon Had Actually Gotten Permission To Go To Puerto Rico, As Paul Tergat Says, "Let Him Run" The crazy thing is, this story says Komon actually had already asked the head of AK for permission to go to Puerto Rico and it had been granted.
- More From Komon: I've Run World's Best Many Times And No One Cared
- AK Head Admits Mistake Was Made - Says Nothing Can Be Done About It
- Kenyan Women Expected To Dominate World XC
- Japanese World XC Team Announced
- Tyson Gay Talks About Upcoming Season (RW Brief Chat)
- Liu Xiang's Obligations To Chinese State Legislative Body Sometimes Conflict With Training
Definitely Worth A Read
Hall Of Fame Running Back And Olympic 400m Bronze Medalist (46.8) Ollie Matson Dies Our sport's history is amazing, as is Matson's story. He was on the 1951 Univ. of San Francisco team that he called the "greatest of all time" (they went undefeated and are the only college football team with 3 future NFL Hall of Famers on it). However, there was one "problem" with the team. It had two black players on it. That meant bowl inviations only if the black players didn't play. The team said no, the team lost $70,000 and the school CANCELLED football the next year. Amazing. Great Frank Litsky writeup.