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LRC 2011 USATF 10,000m Preview: Galen Rupp Vs. Chris Solinsky And Tegenkamp? Battle For The Ages, Shalane Flanagan Vs. Kara Goucher We're nearly 24 hours away from Thursday's 10k
final and we still don't know if the Galen Rupp, Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp battle of the ages will take place, but we hope it does. Ed note: 10,000m preview updated to include Matt Tegenkamp being on the start lists. And no matter what some of you think, all signs point to
a nice rivalry developing between the
and Rupp camps. Plus on Thursday is the replay of the women's 10,000m from the '08 Olympic Trials.
More 10k Coverage:
Recommended Read Shalane Flanagan Gets Lengthy Profile In Washington Post Impressive she got a non-local paper to do a lengthy profile.
*After Training With Mo Farah, Galen Rupp Is Ready For Men's 10,000 Final Interestingly, Salazar says Farah and Rupp are in the "same shape" while Rupp says Farah is "a little better than me right now."
*Damn The Allergies - It's Full Speed Ahead For Rupp Oregonian
Starts Thursday As Well:
LRC: 2011 USATF Women's Previews: Stacked 800m, Super-Stacked 1,500m, and Wide Open Steeplechase Women's mid-d running in the US has scaled to incredible heights the last few years and we've got all of Thursday's opening round action covered. Previews of the great men's 800 and men's 1,500 (which start Thursday) coming soon.
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LRC Legend Yuki Kawauchi Pushes Too Hard, Does He Have Congenital Analgesia?
Yuki Kawauchi Taken To Hospital After Suffering Heat Stroke Just Before Finish Of 50k Ultra He led the whole way before getting to the last km, where he "fell repeatedly before finally losing consciousness with 600m to go." Most people can't push themselves to the absolute limit like this, but Yuki Kawauchi always does, as he says he usually ends up in the medical tent after marathons.
News In The US
- Kenya's Christopher Kipyego Overcomes Finish Line Blunder To Win Grandma's Marathon By 0.20 Seconds, The Closest Finish In The Race's History He won in 2:12:16 after he stopped 60m before the line, mistaking a timing mat for the finish, and had to sprint to beat out Ethiopia's Teklu Deneke.
- Ethiopian Runners In The US Closing The Gap With Those Training Back Home
- Chaunte Lowe High Jumping At Nationals, Hoping To Make Worlds, 11.5 Weeks After Giving Birth, While Still Breast Feeding
- Details On FSU's Ngonidzashe Makusha's Turn To Pro After winning the NCAA 100 with a record 9.89 (and winning the long jump), he has decided to go pro, not able to pass up the six-figure salary he can use to help his family back home in Zimbabwe.
- In Honor Of Father's Day, Top Female Athletes, Including Deena Kastor, Tell How Their Dads Helped Them Excel In Sports Deena Drossin Kastor: "They say track and field is an individual sport, but my dad has been my greatest teammate for the past 27 years."
Does Moses Mosop's 30K WR Bring The 2:02 Marathon Any Nearer? www.sportsscientists.com
Looking Ahead To USATFs
- Ken Goe Counts The Reasons Track Has Become Less Popular ... and wonders if anyone outside Eugene will pay any mind to US Track Champs.
*Kara Goucher Surprised HS Athletes Aren't Fans Of Elite T&F "... not everyone knew who the heck I was!"
- Brief Chat With NCAA Steeple Champ Emma Coburn She is ranked 3rd going into US champs. Her attitude is commendable as she says if she makes it, she won't focus her whole summer training on Worlds, as she has another XC season and "being in college, you still have your loyalty to you teammates."
2 Weeks In Review
LRC Week That Was: adidas, NCAAs, (And Pre) And Some Thoughts On USATFs We're a little late with our week in review, but it's worth the wait as we have some early thoughts on next week's USATF championships, we ponder whether Lukas Verzbicas' sub-four was the top high school performance last weekend, we have 5 thoughts on the adidas and NCAAs meets, and we call out the Prefontaine Classic meet for letting Justin Gatlin run but banning his ex-masseur. Plus quotes of the week and a photo of the week. Updated with 2011 Worlds qualifying info.
Tragic News: Tim Danielson (Sub-4 Runner In HS) Allegedly Kills Wife/Survives Suicide Attempt LetsRun.com has learned that Tim Danielson, the 2nd US high school runner to go sub-4 in the mile, has allegedly killed his wife as part of a murder-suicide attempt that wasn't completed, as the authorities got to Danielson before he had killed himself. *Update: Danielson Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder
2011 NCAAs *Final Results (PDF) *Event-By-Event Results *Quotes From Event Winners And Big Players *Photos
Saturday: Chelanga Ends His
Career In Style, Centro Outkicks Ulrey, Reid Wins Again, Coburn Comes Through & Both Meets Come Down To The 4 X 400, As Texas A&M Three-Peats (Times 2) The final day of the 2011 NCAA outdoor track and field championships was simply incredible. Teamwise, Texas A&M used thrilling victories in the 4 x 400 to capture the
men's and women's titles for an unprecedented
third year in a row by the narrowest
of margins. As for the individual action, the triple jumpers got a standing ovation, as Christian Taylor and Will Claye waged an epic battle that saw Claye jump 57'9.75" and lose, there was a 19.99w in the 200, and Jessica Beard had the fastest split in NCAA women's history (49.14). But we know the LRC nation cares most about the mid-d and distance action, where Matt Centrowitz blitzed a 53.38 last 400 to win the 1,500 over Dorian Ulrey
celebrating with a throat slit, Sheila Reid reigned supreme again over Jordan Hasay, who struggled home 8th, Emma Coburn came through as expected, and then Sammy Chelanga proved the doubters (including us) wrong with a sensational victory in the 5,000 to cap a magnificent career with style. We recap that all plus talk to Centro about starting a Centro nation.
Friday: Robby Andrews Wins Epic Men's 800m In 1:44.71 We don't want to ruin the men's 800m for you if you have don't know the results. If you don't know the results, click on that link, as you can watch the race in the article.
*The Science Of Sport Takes A Look At The Different Pacing Strategies During The Men's 800 Final And Which Was Optimal They also talk about Caster Semenya and ask an interesting/crazy question: Is she losing on purpose?
LRC Day 3 Recap: What A Day!!! An Unreal Men's 800, 3 Titans Clash At 10k, A Repeat Champion In The Seeple And Sheila Reid Vs. Jordan Hasay Round 1 Friday night certainly was one to remember for a long, long time, as an incredible men's 800 field more than lived up to the hype and delivered a truly epic final and three titans clashed in the men's 10,000. Also, Sheila Reid vs. Jordan Hasay Round 1 in a great and fast women's 5,000 final and a repeat champion in the men's steeple. Plus, let us introduce you to Abbey D'Agostino.
More Day 3: *A Must Read: Charles Jock Overcomes Father's Death & Journey From Africa To 800m Stardom As a 3-year-old, Jock had to walk hundreds of miles to get out of Africa. Then his beloved father passed away in 2005. See how those experiences have made him into the stud that he is today.
*AP Recap Of Day 3
*Move Over, King Carl?: Ngoni Makusha Runs 9.89 NCAA Record In 100m And Wins Long Jump At NCAA Meet Makusha is the long jumper who earlier this year ran 9.97 in his first 100m in 4 years at the ACC meet. A star is in the making.
LRC Day 2 Of 2011 NCAA Champs: Reid And Hasay Lay Low As Wallace Struggles In Women's 1,500, Favorites Minus Foster Shine In Men's 1,500, And Lightning Delays Men's 10,000 In the 1,500 semis, Lucy van Dalen got knocked down but got up, while Jordan Hasay and Sheila Reid decided not to battle until Friday (5k) and Saturday (1,500), but it looks like the expected 3-way battle might only be a 2-person affair, as Lea Wallace struggled. An epic men's 1,500 final might also be in store on Saturday as the LetsRun.com favorites impressed, as the collegiate career of 2010 NCAA runner-up AJ Acosta and his fans (the AJ Nation) came to an end. All of that plus a Penn State mid-d runner once again showed great emotion in the media zone. The women's steeple prelims also took place, but not the men's 10,000 final, which was delayed until Friday due to a late thunderstorm.
LRC Day 1 2011 NCAA Champs: LetsRun.com Dark Horse Bottorff Wins 10k, Hot Men's 800m Semis, And Jeff Demps Out Of 100 The women's 10,000 featured an exciting finish with 8 women battling it out for the win over the final 1k before the LetsRun.com dark horse obliterated the field with a stunning last lap that was a thing of beauty. The men's 800 was simply amazing, as 22 guys broke 1:49 and 7 guys ran 1:47 but didn't advance. We recap it as best we can and get great insight from Elijah Greer, great class from Fred Samoei, and lots and lots of passion from a PSU 800-meter runner (maybe too much, malmo?)
2011 Pre Classic *Results *Friday Photos *Saturday Photos *Post-Race LRC Interviews *LRC Recaps: *Saturday *Friday 30k WR *Friday 10k/5k
LRC Prefontaine Saturday Distance Scoop: Lagat, Kaki And Sinclair Impress, Lukas Verzbicas Gets High School Record The distance races at Prefontaine were stellar as always. Bernard Lagat
won the men's 2 mile with his patented kick, Lukas Verzbicas smashed the high school 2 mile record, 5 guys went sub-3:50 in the
mile, Kenia Sinclair
a world leader to win the 800m over Caster Semenya, and Abubaker Kaki ran
the first 1:43 in the history of Hayward Field. Plus, the Oregon 800m crew disappointed, and more. We have analysis, video, post-race reaction and results.
Saturday Recap From Eugene Register-Guard Eugene is not known for its sprinting, but the top marks were in the men's and women's 100m. The results made us scratch our heads (13 of the 16 ran seasonal bests, which we attributed to the legal tailwinds) and apparently even Usain Bolt, who tweeted "Listen to me ppl that's the same track last US trial was kept and everybody ran fast and them they couldn't repeat."
Friday Night At Pre
LRC Moses Mosop Smashes 30k World Record And He And Renato Canova Say He Can Run 2:02 For The Marathon Moses Mosop put on an exhibition to smash the
at the Prefontaine 30,000m. Not only did
a 63-second lap on his 45th lap of the race, but he aferwards talked of a 2:02 marathon in Chicago and his coach Renato Canova said a 2:02 is possible next year.
LRC Pre 5,000m And 10,000m: Rupp Doesn't Start, Solinsky Stops, Mo Farah Shocks, Vivian Cheruiyot Wins Again The men's 10,000m was the most shocking race of the night. The much-hyped American showdown between Chris Solinsky and Galen Rupp did not take place, as Galen Rupp did not toe the line despite warming up. Chris Solinsky then dropped out before two miles and before it was all done, Mo Farah, who had had been near last place early on, pulled a huge upset and defeated the strongest 10,000m field since the World Champs. Interesting post-race comments from Solinsky, Alberto, and Mo. In the women's 5,000m, Vivian Cheruiyot showed she's the top female track distance runner on the planet. *Chris Solinsky, Mo Farah, Shalane Flanagan And Alberto Salazar Reaction At 2011 Pre Classic Distance Night In Eugene
It's Time We Revisit The Yuppie Vs. Blue Collar Runner Debate - Blue Collar People Rejoice; You Have A New Leader
LRC 34-Year-Old "Regular Guy," Working Dad Khadevis Robinson Talks To LetsRun.com About Beating The World's Best In Rome KD has always been one of the best interviews in the sport, and now we feature him when he's on top of the world after his shock win in Rome. Robinson, who went to Rome in part last week as he wasn't sure he could even get a lane at the upcoming two US Golden League meets, has almost always worked in addition to running.
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
Boston Marathon *Live Boston Thread *Women's Reaction *Men's Reaction
*Video Highlights *Weather *Photos
One For The Ages In Boston: Desiree And The Fastest Marathon Ever Run "Unbelievable" is probably the best way to describe the 2011 Boston Marathon. First, American Desiree Davila, off the back of the lead pack multiple times, was gutsy as hell, battling for the win with Caroline Kilel down the final straight. There were 4 lead changes on the final straight before Kilel came out on top. In the men's race, American Ryan Hall ran 2:04:57 and lost by nearly 2 minutes. Yes, ladies and gentleman, Geoffrey Mutai and Moses Mosop ran faster than anyone else ever before the in the marathon, 2:03:02 and 2:03:06 respectively, thanks in part to 20 mph tailwinds. Mutai cemented his status as the strongest runner on the planet with the win. We give you some post-race comments below but purposely are holding off discussing the wind.
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LRC Men's 800m Preview: One For The Ages
Symmonds Vs. Robby Andrews This is the deepest and most tightly-bunched US men's 800 field of the millennium. Four Americans have already gone sub-1:45 this year and that does not include two of the favorites - three-time defending champ Nick Symmonds and four-time US Champ Khadevis Robinson, who has the biggest win of the year, the Rome Golden Gala meet earlier this year. The men's 800m starts on Thursday, as does the men's 1,500m and men's steeple. Men's 1,500 and steeple previews coming Thursdsay.
RRW: After Prefontaine Setback, Nick Symmonds Ready To Defend National Title Nick focused more on strength than speed and will find out if it pays off this weekend.
Your USATF Nationals Predictions We've got your top 3 in each event from our world-famous $20,011 Prediction Contest. Latest USATF Distance News:
- David Torrence Hoping To Get It Done On The Track In The Mens 1,500
- Geena Gall Hoping To Make Her 2nd World Championships Team
- Robby Andrews Knows It Will Be Hard To Make Final At USAs Nice profile in Asbury Park Press from Friend of LetsRun.com Josh Newman.
Latest USATF Field/Sprint News
- Carmelita Jeter Profile In USA Today The article talks about how Jeter has to jump the fence sometimes to train on the track and also mentions a link between John Smith and BALCO that never really played out in the press.
- Ashton Eaton Ready For First Decathlon As A Pro
- Sprinters Still Making A Big Ruckus On False Start Rule Not sure why. If 4 people would be DQed under the current rule, that means 3 would have been DQed under the old rule.
- Lauryn Williams Had To Step Away From Running To See What She Missed
- Jordan Boase Hoping To Make Impact In 400m
Good News: USATF Says No Board Members Are Candidates For CEO Position And That Was The Situation At The Beginning Of The Search It wasn't the case in the middle of the search.
*Philip Hersh Takes A Look At Scenarios In USATF Board's
Thoroughness To Find A CEO
May 23rd Flashback: Steve Miller, USATF Search Head: "Very Possible" That Stephanie Hightower Could Become CEO
Agent Ray Flynn To Be Director Of Meet Formerly Known As Millrose Games When Millrose as we know it was was cancelled, we were surprised by Ray's comments in the official Millrose press release: "I am excited that the Millrose Games will be moving to the Armory."Those comments are no longer surprising. PS - The meet wants you to believe that pushing the meet back two weeks will help athletes prepare better for the London Olympics, which will be nearly 7 months away.
Previous USATF News
LRC: USATF Declarations: Wheating In 1,500 Only, Lagat Doing Double, The Rupp-Solinsky Rivalry We take a look at who's running what and discuss the Chris Solinsky-Galen Rupp rivalry and wonder whether Solinsky is actually running the 10,000m or just trying to get some payback on Galen and Alberto. We'll have our previews starting tomorrow. Latest USATF news of note:
- Allyson Felix To Run 400 At USAs, Has Bye Into Worlds 200m, May Double At Worlds
- Eugene Register Guard Takes A Look At "A" And "B" Standards And Qualifying For Worlds The rules have changed once again and are not fan-friendly. This year, if there are multiple qualifiers for Worlds in an event, 1 can be a "B" qualifier.
- After 2009 Letdown At US Champs, 2011 Champs Are Being Scaled Back In Eugene No luxury suites, no "fan fest."
Wind Or No Wind - 2:03:06 Is His Slowest Marathon
Moses Mosop And His 2:03:06 To Run 2011 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Moses and famed coach Renato Canova toured the Chicago course and liked what they saw.
- Usain Bolt Not Running Jamaican Trials This Weekend He's got a bye into Worlds.
- Dathan Ritzenhein Blogs About His Relgious Faith
- Phoenix XC Coach Who Had Lived In US Illegally For 2 Decades Since He Was 15 Is Deported
- Gina Kolata Of NY Times Takes A Look At 10% Mileage Increase Rule
- IAAF Recap Kenyan Prisons Champs Silas Kiplagat wins 1,500, Catherine Ndereba was 3rd in the 5k, and Kenneth Kipkemoi has the surprise win in the 10k.
- Some Results From Zane Robertson We posted a thread in March about Zane Robertson and his twin Jake Robertson, who left their home at 17 years old to live/train in Kenya. This was not a good race for Zane, as he went through 3k in 8:03 (13:25 pace), but faded badly and ran 14:03.
- Ibrahim Jeila Solos A 27:09 To Win 10k At The Hokuren Distance Challenge
Webb Coaching Search Over
Alan Webb Moving Back To Virginia To Be Coached By Jason Vigilante We posted this on our home page two months ago when Steve Nearman wrote an article disclosing this information. However, both Webb's wife and agent denied that this was true, so Nearman deserves credit for sticking to his article, saying, "I stand by my story and I stand by my sources." *MB: Webb to be coached by Vig
Coaching Issues, Lack Of Support Have Led To Olympic 800m Champ Pamela Jelimo's Fall In one season, she won the US$1 million IAAF Golden League jackpot, set the world junior record (1:54:01), remained unbeaten in 13 races and became the first Kenyan female athlete to win Olympic gold in Beijing. Now 3 years later, she is getting last place in the Pre Classic 800 and no one knows if she will get back to the top. Some of have speculated her case may be similar to Caster Semenya's.
New Balance High School Nationals Older News *Meet Website/Stream *Results
- !!! 9:54.22 !!! AISLING CUFFE NATIONAL RECORD
- DyeStat Highlights: 7:28.75 NR For Long Beach Poly Boys 4 X 8 With a 1:47.71 anchor for Myles Andrews.
- Two Records Fall At New Balance Nationals Wesley Frazier set national soph. record in 5k at 16:24.83 while Edward Cheserek broke meet record with a solo 14:25.74. *Edward Cheserek And Wesley Frazier Win 5,000s
- New Balance Outdoor Championships Highlight Videos
- ArmoryTrack.com Splitting With MileSplit
adidas GP *Results *Dream Mile Video *Lukas V Photo Gallery #1, Photo Gallery #2
Steve Mullings Edges Tyson Gay, Bernard Lagat Outkicked In 5k, Allyson Felix Wins 200 In the 100, Tyson Gay was slow out of the blocks, made up the ground, but then mistimed his lean,
losing to Steve Mullings, who clocked an identical 10.26 time with a strong headwind. In the 5k, Dejen Gebremeskel held
off a late surge from Bernard Lagat to win in 13:05.22, only .24 ahead of Lagat. Tariku Bekele was 3rd in 13:06.06. The 800 saw late entry Alfred Yego winning in 1:46.57 with World Champ Mbulaeni Mulaudzi in 2nd (1:46.68) and Boaz Lalang in 3rd (1:46.75). Abubaker Kaki dropped out with a hamstring issue. Jeremy Wariner wins close 400. Blanka Vlašić's 9-meet Diamond League winning streak ends. American David Torrence won the 1500m over Nick
Willis as Olympians Lopez Lomong and Leo Manzano struggled.
*LRC Lukas Verzbicas Breaks Four The Dream Mile saw 4 high schoolers at 4:03 or better, as LV became only the 5th HSer to ever break 4 in the mile. LV: "At 600 meters to go, I thought sub-4 was off the table, but I still had a race to win. I wasn't about to give up." MB: LV 3:59.72!!!!!! *Lukas V Photo Gallery #1, Photo Gallery #2
*Post-Sub-4 Interview With Lukas Verzbicas
*Kenia Sinclair Wins 1,500, Showing Jamaica Is About More Than Sprints "Whenever I go to Jamaica, I try to perform at my best no matter the competition and run sub-two-minutes on the track so that they know it is possible. We have it in us. I want to set the standard for the younger ones who want to do something over 400m."
*US 1 Mile Road Champ David Torrence Beats Out Nick Willis In 1,500
*Nick Willis Interview After Runner-Up Finish
*adidas Girls Dream Mile Video And Recap: Cami Chapus Wins Close Race In 4:42.71 Cami Chapus wins close race in 4:42.71.
*Kenya's Milcah Chemos Stutters On Last Barrier, But Recovers To Win Steeplechase In 9:27
*"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius Misses Olympic "A" Standard But Runs Near PR Time In Rainy/Wet Conditions Standard is 45.25, and he overcame the wet conditions and Lane 1 assignment to run 45.69.
*Athletics Weekly Recap Of adidas Grand Prix UK's World Champ Phillips Idowu wins TJ in 16.67m unchallenged by France's Teddy Tamgho, who failed to make the 6-man final cut, jumping a miserable 15.55m.
*SA's Van Zyl's Winning Streak Ends In Slow 400 Hurdles Time
*USATF Event-By-Event Recap Of adidas GP
NYRR New York Mini 10k *Video
Kenya's Linet Masai Dominates For 2nd Consecutive Year; Deena Kastor Makes Return To Racing Masai won by 29 seconds in 31:40 over a field that included NYC marathon champ Edna Kiplagat (4th in 32:24) and NZ's Kim Smith (6th in 32:32). Magdalena Lewy Boulet was first for the US in 9th at 33:09. Deena Kastor made her return to racing only three months after giving birth, finishing in 25th with 35:00. *IAAF Recap
Sammy Wanjiru Can Finally Rest In Peace *Funeral In Photos
*Wanjiru Gets 21 Gun Salute At Funeral
*1000s Attend Funeral As Wanjiru Is Burried In Kenya Many top Kenyan runners attended, including 3k WR holder Daniel Komen, former women's marathon World Champ Catherine Ndereba and former 5k World Champ Benjamin Limo. However, conspicuously absent was Hannah Wanjiru, his mother.
*Samuel Wanjiru's Final Journey
*Sammy Wanjiru's Death Turned Into Tabloid Fodder
Oslo Diamond League *Results *Photos Via Yahoo
Usain Bolt Blasts 19.86 In Rain, Asbel Kiprop Shows He's The Top Miler In The World, And Caster Semenya Beaten Again This is how our sport works - wherever Usain Bolt goes, he is the story. Bolt
did not disappoint on Thursday in Oslo, as he ran 19.87, beating second place by .57. In the Dream Mile, Asbel Kiprop showed he's the top miler in the world, as he got revenge on Prefontaine winner Haron Keitany. Kiprop
had horrible tactics at Pre, but here he was near the front and got the win on the homestretch. On the women's side, Halima Hachlaf, who burst on the season with an early season 1:58 last year, did it again this year to win the 800 over Caster Semenya. Meseret Defar won the women's 5,000m with another stellar kick, showing her speed is still there.
*Usain Bolt Storms To 200m Victory In Oslo
*Athletics Weekly Recap
*Video Highlights: US Visitors Watch The 200, 800 And Dream Mile
Three Recommended Reads Because All Three Articles Are Very Entertaining And Are About More Than Running
1) Molly Huddle And Kim Smith To Both Race In New York The Weekend Of 2011 ING New York City Marathon Huddle will race a new 5k the day before the 2011 ING New York City marathon, whereas Smith will run the marathon (as well as an upcoming 10k, which is good news, as she's almost healed after being injured in Boston).
hoping that Huddle was going to run the marathon as well - many Americans will be skipping fall and spring marathons to get ready or recover for the Trials. Please click on this article to see who won the Tug of War Contest - Huddle or Smith.
2) As AJ Acosta's College Career Comes To An End; He And The AJ Nation Will Be Leaving Behind A Huge Legacy At Oregon This article is a fantastic recap of AJ's impact at the U of O. The writer clearly understands AJ as well as LetsRun.com, as he called AJ "perhaps the most quotable individual in any Oregon sport." That certainly has to be true. However, our favorite line of the story was this: "The denizens of the forums at LetsRun.com - the country's premier track and field website, covering professionals and amateurs alike - took to their keyboards." To read more about the AJ Nation, click here or here.
3) AP: Wallace Spearmon Wants In On Tyson Gay/Usain Bolt Rivalry At 200m Spearmon, who currently is hurt and swimming as an Achilles injury heals, wants in on the biggest rivalry in track and field. Spearmon: "When we first started off, there was Bolt, Tyson and myself. I beat them, they beat me." The article also talks about his Twitter fight with NFL star Chris Johnson, who responded to Spearmon with the classic line of: "Beat bolt then holla at me."
Rome Diamond League *Results *Photos *IAAF Recap
LRC: Usain Bolt Nips Powell, Khadevis Robinson Storms From Last To First To Shock The World In 800 47,000 fans and a worldwide television audience
were focused on the
Usain Bolt-Asafa Powell showdown and it did not disappoint, as Usain Bolt - who said he was nervous for the first time ever - overtook Asafa Powell in the final meters. The surprise of the evening was
the men's 800m, where
8 time US champion, 34-year-old
Khadevis Robinson put on a stunning display the final 250m, going from last to first to win (video here). Last year, KD was rabbiting Golden League races, now he's winning them. In other action, Allyson Felix went sub-50 to defeat Sanya Richards-Ross in the 400 and world XC Champ Imane Merga showed his great finish in the 5,000m, running 12:54 and throwing down the gauntlet to Bernard Lagat, whom he'll race in 25 weeks
in NYC. Sara Hall had a 9-second PR to get a Worlds and Olympic qualifier in the steeple and Christin Wurth Thomas led the women's 1,500 at the bell before finishing 6th in a qualifying 4:03.72.
- Bolt On Rome: "I was so nervous. I got a bad start and then kind of started to panic."
- The Guardian: Five things we learned from the Rome Diamond League meeting
- On The Boards: Khadevis Robinson beats start studded Rome 800m field to win in 1:45.10
- Allyson Felix Defeats Sanya Richards Ross In 400 In Rome AP
- IAAF Recap Of Rome Golden Gala Meet
Time To Learn Some T&F History - 40 Years Ago, Jim Ryun & Marty Liquori Ran A Dream Mile In Philly & It More Than Lived Up To The Hype
- Recommended Read #1 NY Times: 40 Years Ago, Track Was At The "Front And Center" Of America's Consciousness, But Today We Are Indifferent (& Millrose's Move Proves It) 40 years ago, the US public was very much into the Dream Mile rivalry of Marty Liquori and Jim Ryun. "Forty years on, it's hard to imagine the average American giving a second thought to any track rivalry, never mind debating it on sports radio. That is probably why the move by Millrose, uptown and perhaps into obscurity, has been met with barely a shrug. It deserves better."
- Recommended Read #2 The 40th Anniversary Of The Dream Mile Between Marty Liquori & Jim Ryun Passes With Hardly A Whisper From The Media A couple of good quotes from Liquori: "I guess, as they say, things were a lot different in those days. There was no ESPN. Everyone watched the same events. It was a very focused thing for the nation to see that race. The buildup had been coming for two years ..." "Perhaps the thing that made it so unusual is sometimes big rivalries rarely live up to the buildup. They just don't pan out. But the two of us separated ourselves and literally sprinted almost all-out from 600 yards out."
"The Road Of Death"
Feature On Somali Runners Training Each Day On "Road Of Death" For London 2012 (Video) The video shows how some Somali athletes avoid gunfire each day to realize their dream of competing and winning at the 2012 Games. *LRC MB: Top Video on MSNBC Is Feature on Somali Runners Training Each Day on 'Road of Death' For London 2012
USATFs On The Boards
- *Serious* USA champs 1500 discussion
- USATF Men's 800m: Who You Got?
- Lisa Koll Out of USAs
- CHRIS SOLINSKY: I'm a competitor, Going for Gold in 2011 and 2012
- Who Will Lead The USATF 10,000?
New Balance High School Nationals *Meet Website *Results
- Saturday: Austin Mudd 1:48.09 800m, Mary Cain Upset In Mile In the 800, Austin Mudd won the 800 in 1:48.09, equalling #7 all-time. Recent national freshman record setter Mary Cain lost the mile to Wesley Frazier (4:44.76), who also won the 5k and got 3rd in the 2-mile.
- Friday: Aisling Cuffe 9:54.22 National 2-Mile Record Aisling Cuffe ran 9:54.22 to break Molly Huddle's 2-Mile NR.
- DMRs: Aisling Cuffe split a 4:41.24 for Cornwall and Amy Weissenbach had a 3:24.85 1,200.
- Ammar Moussa Beats Out Rosa Twins In 2-Mile Moussa ran 8:51.80 for the win with Joe Rosa 2nd in 8:54.46 and Jim Rosa 3rd in 8:57.56.
Sick 4 X 800 - See Below
Myles Andrews Of Long Beach Poly Splits 1:47.71 For National 4 X 800 Record - Final Lap (Or Full Race) (Discuss Andrews Here)
Final Lap (Or Full Race) Of Aisling Cuffe's 9:54.22 National 2-Mile Record (More New Balance Nationals Here)
A Must Watch (We're Not Sure How We Missed This) - Sammy Wanjiru's Mom Theatens Others With A Machete 2 Weeks Ago (More Here)
New adidas GP Photo Gallery
Definitely The Interview From Pre Classic - An Upset Solinsky (If You Were Gone Over the Weekend, Read All About It Here, Men's 30k WR And 2:02 Marathon Prediction Here, Saturday Pre-Distance Recap Here)
Photos Of The Week
- Jerry Buss Track & Field Photo Album Buss, the 77-year-old owner of the Lakers, is notorious for dating much younger women, and in all the photos of him at USC track meets the last two years, he's seated next to a much younger woman. Surprised no one has discussed this on our forums. No doubt Phil Jackson is upset. *LA Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Is Track Fan Who Knows The Name Of Oregon Sprinter English Gardner
- African 10k Champ Wilson Kiprop Wins 10k In Iten In 28:55 Be sure to check out the photo of the timing clock being powered by a car battery.
Train Smarter (More In The Training Forum)
- Lydiard vs magill vs malmo for summer cross country training
- Couple questions about summer training?
- Peter Snell Interview and his thoughts on Lydiard training
- Sprinter to Distance : My quest to run sub 2
Remembering Sammy Wanjiru (News On Events Surrounding His Death In Left-Hand Column)
LRC RIP Sammy Wanjiru: The World's Greatest Marathoner Has Died Yesterday in the article above, we paid tribute to Sammy's incredible career and now athletes, journalists, and industry insiders are all paying their respects to the incredible marathoner Sammy Wanjiru.
Train Smarter (More In Our Training Forum)
- Questions about Summer of Malmo
- SHORT REST INTERVAL TRAINING WITH DANNY HENDERSON 1983-1984
- Summary of Renato Canova principles
- Staying motivated when you want to stop
- 2 long runs + 2 workouts a week
- Workout Heroes vs. Workout Zeros
Boston *Recap Analysis: *JK On The Wind *Wejo On Desiree *Rojo *London And Boston *Video Highlights
Desiree Davila Pure Guts
Women's World XC In Photos
Men's World XC In Photos
Train Smarter (More In The Training Forum)
- Wow, Lydiard training seems ridiculously hard
- best marathon improvement after age 40?
- How does "strength" differ from "speed" and "endurance" as a runner?
- "A runner needs a LT run every 2 to 5 days in order to not lose any aerobic ability."
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