1 Must Read/2 Recommended Reads & Two Pretty Good Ones
- A Must Read Craig Mottram: Back In Business (In A More Balanced Way) Paradoxically, with the Internet full of running pieces, it seems as if there is little that needs to be read anymore. Please do yourself a favor and ignore that sentiment and read this piece.
- RR #1 Like Mottram, Zola Budd Loves Competing But Says Maintaining Balance Is Key The "villian" of the '84 Games is still enjoying competing at age 45. Budd: "Coaches, fans, agents expect you to live, eat and sleep running. You lose a real sense of purpose. At the end of the day it's only a sport, not your whole life."
- We'll Give Him An A For Honesty:
RR #2 USA Today: Trevor Barron Is A U.S. Race Walker Who Once Gave It Up Because Strangers Mocked Him We love this article and from now on we'll support Barron, but don't worry, this won't change the unofficial policy of LRC to mock race walking.
- Not Quite As Good, But Still Pretty Interesting:
A Brief Chat With US Steeple Champion Billy Nelson Nelson is the rare Colorado alum that has gone back to the genius of Coach Wetmore after initially seeking a different setup. Nelson struggled at the interval-based OTC but loves Wetmore and the long run.
- A Long Chat With Desiree Davila She's still not satisfied even after two PRs in Eugene and a 2nd in Boston.
Learn how Worlds steeplechase team member Delilah Dicrescenzo makes it work living in the Big Apple and meet her boyfriend Will (brother of sub-4 miler Liam-Boylan Pett), who beat out the Plain White Tees' lead singer. She even throws back a Guiness and eats a special Worlds cake. *Episode 1 Here *More @Puma Running On Facebook
World Youth And World Masters Champs Underway *Youth Results *Masters Results *IAAF Recap Of Day 2 Of World Youth Champs This is the 17-and-under Champs for those of you have no idea.
- US Team Wins 6 Medals On Day 2
- Am Session: American Stars Weissenbach & Wilson Cruise In Girls 800
- WV Soph Jacob Burcham Runs 3:51.22 To Qualify On Time
- Jamaica's Odail Todd Wins WYC 100m Title In 10.51 That was a massive .16 PR which gave him gold by .01, as Japan's Kazuma Oseto was 2nd in 10.52. *World Youth Championships - Japanese Results Day Two
- Kenyan Recap Of Day 2: Boys Hoping To Go 1-2 In 3,000
- Talk About Moxie: KenyanYouth 3,000 Champ William Malel Wants World Youth Record And Gold And Talks About Arguably The #1 Record On The Books - Komen's 3,000 WR Of 7:20
- World Jr. XC Champion Faith Chepng'etich Wears Shoes For 1st Time - Cruises In 1,500 Prelims
- Jacko's Back!!! NZ Star Jacko Gill Wins Shot Put As Expected But Does So In Style - With Record 24+ Throw (5 Kg. Shot)
- Fedrick Dacres Wind Jamaica's 1st Ever Throwing Gold At A Global Championship
- China's Qing Lin Wins LJ With 7.83 Leap
- Recap Of Day 1 At World Youth Champs: Drama In Girls' 3,000m
- 45-Year-Old Zola Budd Gets 2nd In World Masters 8k XC Yes, that Zola Budd.
Some News From Europe Not Related To Paris
- John Coghlan Hoping To Join Dad Eamonn As Sub-4 Minute Miler On Friday Night John has a ways to go, as his PR is just 3:46 for 1,500, but if he does it, they'll be the first Irish father-son duo under 4. He'll race Jake Bolas among others.
- Jo Pavey To Skip Worlds - Looks For Better PR At A Fall Marathon The 37-year-old ran ran a promising 2:28:24 in her debut in London.
- Teddy Tamgho And Christophe Lemaitre To Headline European U-23 Championships Track has too many championships with World Youth, World Juniors and U-23s. But we can't complain too much about U-23s, as in America we call it NCAAs.
- Jacques Rogge: IOC Broadcast Revenus Will Be Substantially More Than $4 Billion Between 2014 And 2016 He actually said they'd be higher than €2.79bn which is $4 billion. They were €2.7bn last time.
- Lord Coe Says Olympics Could Be A Virtual Sellout *Coe - 23 Of 26 Sports Are Sold Out
Reims Was Tuesday *Full Results
Antigua's Daniel Bailey (10.05) Beats Drug Cheat Justin Gatlin (10.08) In France As Ethiopia's Tesfaye Cheru Sets New 2,000 World Jr. Record (4:56.23) Cheru was the surprise winner of the Ethiopian champs earlier this year. He ran 3:35.93 on July 2nd as well. Letsrun.com visitors probably are interested in the 800 results, where Caster Semenya was 5th (2:01.02) and Leo Manzano (1:46.37) and Alice Schmidt (2:01.31) were both 7th. *Gatlin Dreams Of Olympic Podium
SI Where Is He Now? - Roger Bannister
Sports Illustrated Interview With Roger Bannister Talking Mostly About What He's Done Since Running The First Sub-4 Minute Mile Also interesting to hear what the two friends who paced him went on to do. Sir Christopher Chataway, now 80, set the WR in the 5k in 1954; Chris Brasher, who died in 2003, went on to win gold in the steeplechase in the '56 Games before becoming a founder of the London Marathon. *Podcast With Roger Bannister
Action This July 4th Weekend
Peachtree Monday: Sammy Kitwara (28:05) Wins In Sprint Finish As Ben True (28:28) Is Top American *AJC Recap In really hot conditions, Matthew Kisorio took the race out in a crazy 8:38 only to be outkicked by Kitwara, who picked up $25,000 as he got a $10,000 PRRO bonus. Werknesh Kidane won the
women's race in 31:22. Ryan Hall was way back at 29:16. *MB Thread *American Results *On-Demand Race Video Is Here *USATF
*Atlanta Journal Constitution Article On America's Best Taking On The World's Best "It's part of the Peachtree's charm. People won't know the people who win or their name, but they'll know that it attracts some of the best talent in the world." How about trying to educate them? *Peachtree To Be Hottest Since 2006
1776? The Footrace To Be The First Signer On July 4, 1776
Russia Sunday: Borzakovskiy Is Back Yuriy Borzakovskiy ran 1:43.99 to get the win over 1:42 guy Boaz Lalang. It was the first 1:43 for Yuriy since 2009 and the first sub-1:45 for Lalang this year.
*Tiffany Townsend & Queen Harrison Led 1-2 Finish For US In 200m And 100m Hurdles
Japan: World Half Marathon Champ Florence Kiplagat Wins Sapporo Half In 70:29 In Tough Conditions Meanwhile, a Japan-based Kenyan won the men's race for the 17th consecutive year - Cyrus Njui (61:47). *Japan Running News Recap Of Hot Sapporo Half
Victoria TC: Khadevis Robinson Wins 800 In 1:45.85 As Loxsom Is 2nd (1:46.71) And Brannen Is 3rd (1:46.89) Sac State's Lea Wallace PRs at 4:10.77. C. Smith in 800 as well. *Victoria Results
Pre-Race: Canadian 800m Great Gary Reed Getting Retirement Dinner And Race Named After Him At Victoria Track Classic
Ireland: Nick Willis Tunes Up For Paris With 1-Second Victory (3:40.0) Over Will Leer At 60th Cork City Games (Results Only)
Harry Jerome: Former NCAA Champ Andrew Ellerton Goes 1:45 For First Time To Defeat Cas Loxsom The 1:45.09 was a PR by over a second. Props to Ellerton for sticking with it.
*Results Nate Brannen 3:36 1,500 Win, Malindi Elmore 4:07 1,500 (Kara Goucher 4:11), Dylan Armstrong in shot put, Perdita Felicien in 100 hurdles.
Shutoff Exists For Jenny Meadows: World Championships Bronze Medallist Hasn't Slept In Same Bed As Her Husband Since March Altitude tents apparently have a major downside to them.
No Post-Nuptial Shutoff For Paula In this Q&A with the Guardian, she says she and her husband Gary have sex "as often as we want." Plus she talks about less important things like the Olympics.
The BBC's Tom Fordyce Gets Random Drug Tested Like An Athlete And Writes About It "I have had my genitals examined at short range by a man I have only just shaken hands with."
Lausanne Diamond League *Results *Photos *Recap/Videos
LRC USA's Morgan Uceny Dominates 1,500 Asafa Powell winning the 100m in a world-leading 9.78 is almost expected (video here), but maybe Americans should get used to Morgan Uceny winning Diamond League races, as the newly-minted US champ easily ran away from the field in Lausanne the last 100m to get the biggest international win of her career. David Rudisha dominated the men's 800 and the men's 5k came down to a sprint. Distance recap, results, and video.
USATFs In The Books *$20,011 Prediction Contest Login Here *Results *Race Videos *10k Photo Gallery *LRC Post-Race Interviews
Post-Nationals News: *Chalk Up Another Victory For Track Town, USA The Eugene newspaper is always going to say that. Lananna interview here.
*Oklahoma Sprinter Mookie Salaam Gives Up Final Year And Turns Pro
LRC Men's 800m: Nick Symmonds Makes It Four In A Row updated Ladies and gentleman, don't let the recent results by upstart Robby Andrews or veteran Khadevis Robinson fool you; Nick Symmonds showed he's the best 800m man in America, as he got the win over Khadevis Robinson and the gutsy Charles Jock, while Andrews came up short in last. Recap, Race video, results, and post-race comments from athletes.
*Without Coach Or Sponsor, Wieczorek Makes USA 800m Final
*Sunday Distance Recap From RRW
LRC Men's 1,500m: Matt Centrowitz Jr. Pulls Away From Bernard Lagat Bernard Lagat pulled up on Matt Centrowitz Jr. with 50 meters to go and then the 21-year-old did the unthinkable - he pulled away from Lagat for the win. Pre-race favorite Andrew Wheating was fourth and was emotional afterwards when Lagat told him he giving up his 1,500m spot at Worlds. Recap, reaction, results and race video.
*Washington Post Article On Centro Jr Stunning Bernard Lagat In 1,500
LRC Men's Steeple: Billy Nelson's Return To Oregon Is Successful Now back training under collegiate coach Mark Wetmore, Nelson appears to have refound the form that took him to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, as he came from behind to get the win over Daniel Huling.
LRC Men's 5,000m: Bernard Lagat's 3:57.80 Close Wins A Thriller Over Chris Solinsky And Galen Rupp Track fans got a treat Friday night as Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp and Chris Solinsky squared off and the race exceeded the pre-race hype. Chris Solinsky
closed the last mile (1,600) in 3:58.5 and was beaten by an incredible Bernard Lagat.
3 guys indicated they may get a rematch July 22th in Monaco, plus Chris Solinsky addressed the message board doubters, and Lagat talked about the 1,500m final and going sub-12:50. Recap, results, interviews, race video.
*LRC Friday's 800m Semis: All the Favorites Advance And KD Asks For Some Energy From His Fans In The Final KD looked great in his semifinal, but his style points will not carry over into the final.
*LRC Women's Steeple Prelims: Sara Hall Makes Final On Time
LRC Men's 10,000m: Galen Rupp Closes Out Matt Tegenkamp With 1:52.5 Final 800m The men's 10,000m may have become a men's 1,000m on Thursday night, but we're
not sure how the
outcome could have been any different as Galen Rupp, sporting a black mask for much of the race, closed in an incredible 1:52.5 to defeat Matt Tegenkamp - yes, that Matt Tegenkamp, who doesn't run the 10k. American record holder Chris Solinsky did not run and he'll face Bernard Lagat AND Galen Rupp today in a stellar 5,000m. Recap, analysis, video interviews.
*Nike Might Need A Slogan For Galen Rupp's Mask Oregonian
*Rupp On Walking Around Eugene With Mask: "Whenever I went into a store, it looked like I was going to rob them." Apparently he wears it traveling to and around before the race as well; not just during it.
Does Moses Mosop's 30K WR Bring The 2:02 Marathon Any Nearer? www.sportsscientists.com
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.
LRC Day 1 2011 NCAA Champs: LetsRun.com Dark Horse Bottorff Wins 10k, Hot Men's 800m Semis, And Jeff Demps Out Of 100
2011 Pre Classic *Results *Friday Photos *Saturday Photos *Post-Race LRC Interviews *LRC Recaps: *Saturday *Friday 30k WR *Friday 10k/5k
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
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.
Get Excited For Paris Diamond League On Friday *Start Lists
LRC 2011 Paris Diamond League Preview: Hot Men's 1,500m, Alysia Montano Takes On Worlds Best In 800, Shalane Flanagan American Record Attempt Paris not only has Bolt vs. Lemaitre at 200m, Dayron
Robles vs. David Oliver, and Veronica Campbell-Brown in the 100m, but the distance races are absolutely stacked with a ton of Americans. In the men's 1,500, Lagat, Wheating, Manzano, and now Centrowitz take on Asbel Kiprop, Amine Laalou and Nick Willis. In the 800, 2010 World Leader Alysia
Montano takes on 3 of the
4 women faster than her in 2011, and in the 5,000m, it's a Shalane Flanagan American record attempt. *IAAF Preview Of Paris *AW Preview
*Robles & Oliver Hoping For Epic Battle In Paris Their battle in Paris should be great, as Paris has been good to them in the past, with Oliver running 12.89 there and Robles 12.88.
*Oscar P Looking For 45.25 "A" Standard To Punch His Ticket To Daegu Time is running out - Athletics South Africa has set a deadline of July 19th (the IAAF deadline is August 15th). He's a great story with a PR of 45.61, but in our minds, there is no reason at all that he should be allowed to run Worlds.
*Oscar P's Coach: It Won't Be A Disaster If He Doesn't Qualify In Paris "Realistically, however, we are looking at a time of 45.50."
*Caster Semenya Goes Into Paris With One Goal On Her Mind - Repeating As World Champion Mid-d runners who get crap from their teammates for not being truly fit won't like this quote from Caster: "The 800 - anybody can win it, whether you are super fit or not."
*Centrowitz Added To 1,500m Field!
*Asbel Kiprop Taking On Lagat In 1,500m In Paris
*Nick Willis Ready For Paris
*Bolt Is Back In Europe And Says He's Looked At Film And Is Ready To Run Faster, Says Tyson Gay Pushed Himself Too Much Bolt will be taking on France's Great White Hope Christophe LeMaitre in the 200m in the stacked Paris Diamond League Meet.
LRC Week That Was: Lukas V,Nick Willis, Scott Baughs, Ray Flynn, Mike Powell and Molly Huddle Speak The beloved Week That Was is back in its traditional form after undergoing a transformation for Nationals and its vacation to Kenya.
Robby Andrews Talks To Local Paper About USATFs "I got out well and was in the lead pack at 300 meters. After the third 100, I started getting dropped." He's full of praise for the guys, but has to be thinking if Charles Jock is going to Worlds, so could he.
Relay Mania *2011 Team USA Relay Pools
- It's Official: Tyson Gay Not Running Worlds As US Doesn't Name Him For 4 X 100 Team We think they should have listed him as he's a stud and they don't need 10 guys for 4 legs.
- Allyson Felix On Both Relay Pools In addition to Gay, reigning world champion LaShawn Merritt was stupidly left off the US relay pool as well.
- Oregon Frosh Mike Berry Added To US 4 X 400 Pool As he should be for finishing 5th at USAs.
- 7th World Youth Games Start On Wednesday And 2:02er Amy Weissenbach Will Lead US Efforts The high schooler ran a stunning time of 2:02.04 in the 800.
A Great Guy Dies Way Too Early
LaSalle Coach Torpey's Death Gets Coverage In Philly Paper At NCAA regionals, Rojo thoroughly enjoyed witnessing Torpey ham it up for at least 20 minutes. The sport has truly lost a great guy. *LaSalle Release On Torpey's Passing *MB: Lasalle Coach
Mike Powell/Usain Bolt In The News
- Mike Powell Thinks Today's Athletes Need To Do More To Promote Sport/Clash With Rivals Powell says it was a blessing that he had such a great rival as Carl Lewis.
- Powell Wishes Usain Bolt Would Long Jump Powell: "I wish I could get Usain Bolt to jump. He would jump 9 something, if I was his coach!"
- Usain Bolt's HS Track Coach Dies At Age 71 Pablo McNeil was a two-time Olympian and helped get Bolt to focus on track instead of cricket.
Diamond League: Birmingham July 10th
- Birmingham Entry List: Men's 5k has US runners Galen Rupp and Bobby Curtis up against Mo Farah, Dejen Gebremeskel, Tariku Bekele and Craig Mottram. Women's
champ Morgan Uceny & Christian Wurth-Thomas against Maryam Yusuf Jamal. Men's 100 includes 3 of Jamaica's top sprinters in Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater. Men's 800 is led by Abubaker Kaki and also inclues Nick Willis.
*Birmingham Preview: Phillips Idowu Vs. Teddy Tamgho In TJ Blanka Vlašić in HJ.
*IAAF: Teddy Tamgho Will Continue Rivalry With Phillips Idowu Idowu is the World Champ, but Tamgho has the indoor WR and a slightly better PR. Tamgho beat Idowu in Lausanne.
Truth Is Sometimes More Interesting Than Fiction
- Juliey Culley (4:14) And Brian Gagnon (3:46) Run Fastest Miles Ever Recorded On US Soil Did we mention that the HASLAW Manchester Mile has a 188 foot drop? Culley: "I thought the clock was broken when I finished." *MB: 3:44 MILE in Manchester, NH road race
- Kenyan Runner Celebrates Victory In Final Few Steps, Misses 2:10 Barrier & $25,000 Bonus By 2 Seconds Nicholas Manza had the course record in hand at the Gold Coast Marathon and thought the bonus went with that, but in reality he had to break 2:10 and 2:10:01 isn't 2:09. Race organizers decided to give him $10,000 as a consolation prize. The best part is despite missing out on $15,000, Manza was very upbeat after the race. *Women's Winner Goitetom Haftu Misses Big 2:30 Bonus By 8 Seconds
- South African Discus Champ Fractures Official's Skull With Throw
Moses Kipsiro Has Been Unknowingly Suffering From Typhoid And Malaria A shame, as the double Commonwealths Champ and WChamps bronze medallist had run 7:31 in May.
Distance News Of Note
- Ryan Gregson Runs 3:36.61 In Stockholm Is Gregson mania over now that we've got Centro? Not one thread on this run on the message boards.
- Michael Reilly, Vin Lananna's Right Hand Man, Leaves For Job With 2012 Olympics Everything in Eugene ran like a clock because of this guy. He'll be missed.
- Peachtree Is Monday: Ed Moran To Have His Hands Full Defending US 10k Title At Peachtree Versus Scott Bauhs, Ryan Hall, Abdi And Others
- Adriana Pirtea Nelson Not To Take Easy Route To Olympics, Wants To Compete For US In 2012 If you don't know who she is, click here and get ready to feel uncomforable.
- Recommended Read: Wilson Kipketer Talks About How He Got Started In Running
Very Sad: Story On Once Promising Runner Rich Martinez He has the Colorado HS 1,600 record at 4:10 and almost made the 1988 Olympics, but now lives on the streets. *MB: Sad story from the 1988 Men's Olympic Trials 1,500m
More USATF Nationals *Men 10k Recap *W10k Recap *M5k *W5k *W1500 *M1500 *Interviews *10k Photo Gallery
800m: Alysia Goes Wire-To-Wire
updated Montano dominated the strong field, as she won wire-to-wire, with 5 women going sub-2:00. Maggie Vessey was sub-1:59 in second and former US champ Alice Schmidt
was third. Recap, anlaysis, race video, results, and post-race comments from athletes.
Women's Steeple: LRC Emma Coburn Wins, Stephanie Garcia Falls, And Hey Delilah Goes To Korea In the women's steeple NCAA champion Emma Coburn got the win over Bridget Franek, as UVA's Stephanie Garcia fell in the last water jump and Delilah DiCrescenzo of "Hey There, Delilah" fame got the final Worlds spot. Plus we talked to legendary coach Frank Gagliano - coach of Delilah - who drives 75 miles twice a week and picks up his athletes in NYC and takes them to practice.
In other action, Walter Dix won the 200m, Jeshua Anderson won a thrilling men's 400m hurdles, Kellie Wells won the 110 hurdles in a world leader, Shalonda Solomon won the 200m, Adam Nelson went big in the shot put, and Jesse Williams set a meet record in the high jump. More coverage of note:
- Adam Nelson Throws Far In Shot And Dreams Of World Record And Olympic Gold He revealed in this interview that he almost quit the sport in 2004.
- Lolo Jones Fails To Qualify For 110 Hurdles Final She said this might have been her last race this summer.
- Andrew Wheating, Jeremy Wariner Take Different Roads To U.S. team SI. com
LRC Women's 1,500m: The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat Christin Wurth-Thomas missed the World Championships by .01 in the most agonizing way possible.
She led for 1,400m and then completely ran out of steam in the last 100m, as Morgan Uceny dominated the star-studded field for the win with Jenny Simpson and an emotional
booking their tickets to Daegu.
Recap, results, video, and interview.
*Allyson Felix Wins 400 Comfortably To Complete US Title Hat Trick (100, 200, 400) She says she could run 4 events at Worlds (200, 400, 4 x 1, 4 x 4). NCAA runner-up Tony McQuay got the surprise win over former Olympic champ Jeremy Wariner in the 400m. David Oliver won the 110m hurdles, but two-time former Olympic silver medallist Terrence Trammell failed to make the top 3. Also disappointing for the US, former world champ and current world leader Brad Walker no-heighted in the pole vault and will not make the WC team.
*Olympic Gold Medallist Bryan Clay Says It's Still "Likely" That He Will Go To Worlds Even Though He Withdrew From US Champs
Covering The Field Events Like No One Else:
*Ashton Eaton Sets PR With Decathlon Win, Olympic Gold Medallist Bryan Clay Falls In 110 Hurdles And Doesn't Finish The Meet Eaton's PR put him 5th all-time in the US and was the best score in the world since 2009. Clay may still be able to go to Worlds on an appeal if 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers don't get the "A" standard, as Clay does have it.
*IAAF: Michelle Carter Wins Epic Shot Put Battle By 1 Centimeter
LRC Women's 5,000m: Molly Huddle Impresses, Hastings And Bizzarri Continue The Mammoth Mojo Molly Huddle performed like an American record-holding heavy favorite by putting on an exhibition the last two laps to win her first outdoor title. Training partners Amy Hastings (2:27 marathon in March) and Angela Bizzarri both set PRs and continued their huge improvement at 5,000m. Recap, results, interviews, race video.
LRC Women's 10,000m: Shalane Flanagan Goes Wire-To-Wire Over Kara Goucher And Field Shalane Flanagan wasted no time in showing the field
who was boss, as she opened up a lead on lap 1 she would never relinquish, although Kara Goucher stayed close throughout. Goucher had another impressive run post-pregnancy and is super-excited to be away from the
marathon and running track. Jen
Rhines got another WC team spot, while Desiree Davila continued her fine 2011 with a huge PR in 4th and Magdalena Boulet also had a big PR. Recap, analysis, interviews, results.
*WP: Kara Goucher Admits That The Marathon Might Not Be Her Event Right Now
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
USAs In Review
LRC 2011 USATF Women's Nationals (Distance) In Review Which event represents America's best chance for a distance medal at Worlds? It's the same event an American led the world in 2010. Still stumped? You'll have to read the
article. We break down all the action, look at the very different fates of non-qualifiers Christin Wurth-Thomas and Anna Pierce, wonder if Kara Goucher can beat Shalane at Worlds, and even talk about coach Gags' commute and the reverse LetsRun.com jinx.
LRC USA Men's Nationals In Review Wejo puts Galen Rupp's 10k performance in perspective, talks about the stellar men's 5,000m, and break down all the distance action. Plus Dathan Ritzenhein, German Fernandez, Evan Jager and even Xavier Carter, Adam Nelson, and Adam Goucher just to get your attention.
Qualifying Controversy: If athletes do not hit the "A" standard, they are at the mercy of John Chaplin as to whether they get into the meet. We at LetsRun.com think the solution is simple - "A" qualifiers (and whoever else it's decided should get automatic entry, like recent champions) automatically get in the meet, then set field sizes in every event (just like US Open Tennis or Golf) with penalties for athletes scratching from their first event. More:
*Open Letter To USATF From Mark Misch Mark coaches at University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and says athletes not knowing whether they'll be in the meet each year is the biggest problem and is hurting the sport. *Message Board Thread On His Letter Here
*The Thread: Huge Injustice At USAs That Re-Ignited This Controversy This Year The problem, however, is not new. See this from 2008.
Morgan Uceny Destroys The Field The Final 100 (More Lausanne Distance Coverage Here, International Visitors Click Here, Photo Gallery Here)
Asafa Powell 9.78 World Leader
Nick Symmonds Shows He's #1 (International Visitors Click Here)
Men's 1,500m: Centro Jr. Turns Back Lagat With Ease (More Here)
Thrill Of Victory For Morgan Uceny, Agony Of Defeat For Christin Wurth-Thomas (More Here)
Christin Wurth-Thomas On The Agony Of Defeat
Centro Jr. - The Champ
Chris Solinsky Talks To The Message Board Doubters
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
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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