5th Avenue Mile Is Saturday
*RRW: Preview Of Saturday's 5th Avenue Mile
*NYRR Preview: Lagat Looking For 1st 5th Avenue Victory As Uceny, Simpson & England Clash On Women's Side
*As World Champ: Jenny Barringer Simpson Steals All The Press's Attention As The AP Profiles Her "I still haven't seen any of the papers, any of the headlines, or read any of the articles. I'm excited to indulge and enjoy all of that." We hope she reads the letsrun.com archives from Sept. 1 or Sept. 2, as the last time we checked we were basically the only ones that cared.
*Sports Illustrated: Simpson Sheds Title Of Underdog Despite the title, we believe she's definitely the underdog at 5th Avenue. The article is great, as it reveals Simpson is serious about a law career and includes Simpson's reflections on her stunning 169th-place showing at NCAA cross-country as a 3:59 performer.
*Joe Battaglia Doesn't Forget Morgan Uceny Uceny wants to win in NY but knows it won't reverse her WChampionships fall.
*Hannah England Looking Forward To 5th Avenue Race & Spending Some Of $30,000 She Won In Daegu In New York
*The Wall Street Journal Looks At The Magic Of The 4-Minute Mile In Anticipation For 5th Avenue Quotes from Jenny B, Lagat and many more, including Eamonn Coghlan and Ray Flynn.
Emily Sisson & Ray Treacy Talk About Her Decision To Transfer To Providence After Just One Year At Wisco Sisson is the US HS record holder at 5k who bolted Madison after just one year even though her dad was a teammate of Wisco coach Jim Stintzi.
Usain Bolt News
- Jamaican Columnist Wonders: What Would Blake Have Run In Brussels For 200m If he improved as much from Daegu as Walter Dix, it would have been 19.23.
- No One Listened But Usain Bolt Said In 2008 That Yohan Blake Was The Guy He Needed To Watch Out For
- HS Kid From NYC Gets A Full Ride Just Days Before College Classes Start
- This Weekend Wales Is Set To Host Commonwealth Mountain And Ultradistance Championships
- It's Official (Via Twitter, Sadly): Ciarán ó Lionáird Joins The Oregon Project
Two Good Reads
Chicago Tribune's Philip Hersh Writes About Why He Always Is Thinking About Doping "At the end of a 20-minute interview, they asked me if I were suspicious about everything exceptional that happens in the sport. My answer: yes." Hersh says he has questions about Carl Lewis, Kevin Young, Carmelita Jeter and everyone
else in the
We don't really blame him.
Kirani James' Potential Is Limitless Harvey Glance: "Put it in perspective, Michael (Johnson) was nearly 32 when he set the 400m world record; Kirani has just turned 19." The Telegraph
This Weekend's Action
Newly Crowned Diamond League Champion Morgan Uceny To Finish Season At Fifth Avenue Mile This Weekend Another stacked field in NYC, as the American top 3 will be running - plus Hannah England and 800m runners Maggie Vessey and Alysia Montano. The addition of Morgan is a plus as we can't think of the last time an American-born distance runner
world ranked #1.
*TFN Talks To Morgan After Her Brussels Win
Brief Chat With Paula Radcliffe Before This Weekend's BMW Berlin Marathon
Distance News You Might Be Interested In
- USATF Talks To Matt Centro Jr About His Magical Year
- Can Masai People Help Tanzania Become An Athletic Power? They like to run and run and will follow tourists in cars while on foot to try to get water.
- Rachel Booth Is Training In New Orleans For Olympic Marathon Trials, Being Coached Afar By Bob Braman Of FSU
- Kenneth Mungara Going For 4th Straight Win, Hoping To Lower His Canadian All-Comers Record At Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
- Gouchers Celebrated 10th Wedding Anniversary At Rock N Roll Philadelphia
More Weekend Action We Didn't Cover
Morocco: Jenny Simpson Ends Track Season With 4:15.07 Win In Morocco
Portugal: After Setting Out On World Record Pace, Zersenay Tadese Runs 59:30 In Oporto SportZone Half Marathon In Portugal The World Record holder didn't get much help from the rabbit, as Tadese passed him before 5k.
Cow Harbor: Mo Trafeh And Janet Cherobon-Bawcom Both Set Course Records, Win By Nearly A Minute, Win $8,500 Deena Kastor's comeback continued with a 33:20 10k, which is basically 2:20 marathon pace, so don't discount her chances in January at the Olympic Trials.
Dam To Dam: 10k, 15k World Record Holder Leonard Komon Just Misses 10-Mile World Record In Netherlands We'd still like to see Komon try to run more track races next year. He ran Pre this year but that was it.
Track: LeMaitre Wins 100m In 10.12 Over Gatlin 10.18 At DecaNation Meet In France
*DecaNation Results Maggie Vessey, Will Leer win, Shannon Rowbury, Bridget Franek 2nd.
2003 USATF 5km Road Champ Henry Dennis Killed By Drunk Driver This story is not a happy one on any level. Two days after being sentenced to six months in prison for sexual relations with a student, Dennis while biking with a helmet was struck and killed by a drunk driver. *Message board thread here.
David Rudisha Loses *Race Video
In Rainy & Windy Conditions, David Rudisha Loses For 1st Time Since 2009 Worlds The weather
was similar the last time Rudisha lost in Berlin in 2009 and Rudisha said he had trouble warming up. Ethiopian teen sensation Mohamed Aman got the win 1:43.50 to Rudisha's 1:43.57.
*AW: Rudisha's 34-meet winning streak is broken by a 17-year-old
*LRC MB: Aman has beaten Rudisha
Course Record Falls At BUPA Great North Run *Cool Photos
Martin Mathathi Sets New Course Record (58:56) As Lucy Kabuu Wins Women's Title In 67:06 Jonathan Maiyo was 2nd in 59:27 while London champ Emmanuel Mutai was third in 59:52. *BBC Recap *IAAF Recap
*Kabuu And Mathathi Were Former Teammates On Japanese Suzuki Team
Other Hot Weekend Road Action:
Zersenay Tadese Runs 59:30 In Portugal
Leonard Patrick Komon Runs 44:34 10-Miler In The Netherlands
Post-Brussels News *Rupp 10k Video
Recommended Read: Rupp & Salazar Reflect On Galen's Historic Run Galen's mindset and focus on improvement is 100% spot on. The article is a great read and full of interesting quotes, including this one from Salazar, who
thinks the heat hurt Galen in Daegu: "Galen is not a big guy, he's still big compared to a Kenyan or an Ethiopian. It's a disadvantage if you are a Caucasian running in the heat versus an African, you just have more body mass and it's going to be harder."
*LRC MB: Discussion Of Rupp Article
*Writer Admits He Mistakenly Doubted Bekele: "Never again will I doubt Bekele's ability to do amazing things on the track."
2011 Diamond League Is Over *Results
LRC 2011 Brussels Recap: Usain Bolt Runs World Leader But Gets Overshadowed By His Training Partner Yohan Blake's 19.26!! (link fixed) In terms of sprint action, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt may have done the fans a disservice by ducking each other, but at least they put on quite a show as Usain Bolt put up
a world leader in the men's 100
before Yohan Blake stole the show by running 19.26. *IAAF Recap: Blake Upstages The World
LRC Morgan Uceny Emphatically Shows She's The Best In The World The American who suffered a heartbreaking fall at the World Championships destroyed the field over the final 400 to win the Diamond League title in a world-leading 4:00.06 as she got her third DL victory on the year. World champ Jenny Barringer Simpson was way back in 13th.
*LRC MB Chatter: Pic of the Day, Uceny, really?
*Uceny just proved
LRC Galen Rupp Shatters The American 10,000 Record By Running 26:48.00 Galen Rupp crushed the American record and became the 16th-fastest man in history, as Kenenisa Bekele won in a world-leading 26:43.16.
*LRC MB Chatter: CALLING IT RIGHT NOW, RUPP WILL RUN A 2:03 MARATHON
*Dear Galen Rupp: Time to Move up to the Marathon
*Remember when 13:26.6 and 13:23.4 would have ranked you in the top 5 in the US? Now they're 10k splits
*Galen Rupp's 10000m Is Not Superior To Chris Solinsky's
*Official Brussels 10k live update thread
*AP Recap: Bolt: "I think all the tutoring just stopped."
*Terrible Start Costs Yohan Blake World Record! His start was .26 - more than .10 off others - or he'd be the world record holder.
*Bolt On Blake: "That's amazing. He ran a wild time."
*Alistair Cragg Sets Irish 5k Record With 13:03
We Can't Believe This Made It Into Print: Famed Journalist Phil Hersh Asks: Is Blake Doping? "So, yes, I am going to raise the could-doping-be-involved specter on Blake, and someone is going to say that is racist (Blake is black; Rupp, white) or jingoist (Jamaica vs. USA)."
*LRC MB Blake 19.26 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Diamond League Winners
2012 US Olympic Trials Standards Released The standards include "approximate" field sizes. However, we are almost certain that John Chaplin will find a way to ruin several people's dreams. LRC Rule #1 - Please put 32 people exactly in the men's and women's 800s. 30 makes zero sense. LRC Rule #2. Please share rule #1 with Mr. Chaplin.
Bolt 9.85 Win, Robles 13.00 Over 13.04 Richardson, Maggie Vessey Wins 800, Pearson Stays Perfect Usain Bolt got a mediocre start and then scorched the field the second half to win in 9.85. Maggie Vessey got her first European win of the year, as Nixon Chepseba held
off world junior mile record holder Ilham Özbilen (William Tanui), winning in 3:30.94, and Jason Richardson ran fast but lost to Dayron Robles again.
*Diamond League Final All That Prevents Sally Pearson From A Perfect Season
Zagreb OTB: Maggie Vessey, FTW, Zagreb, 1:58.64 front run! *Zagreb 100m
Ethiopia's Ebrahim Gashu Wins 10,000 Over Bernard Muchiri At All African Games
Short Track Stanford Of Europe? Rieti *Results
Rieti Saturday: Rudisha 1:41.33!!!, Kiprop 3:30.46 PR Rudisha returned to the site of his 1:41.01 world record and he came close to matching it. Asbel Kiprop, two days after not being able to finish 3rd in Zürich to win the $40,000 Diamond League title, blasted a 3:30.46 to get a PR faster than Andrew Wheating. And WORLD CHAMPION Jenny Simpson raced for the first
time since Worlds. The result? 4:06.13 for 10th place. Lagat outkicked Vincent Chepkok, Thomas Longosiwa and last year's winner Tariku Bekele. In the 100, Walter Dix won in 10.02 over Jamaica's Lerone Clarke in 2nd, and Justin Gatlin 3rd. Lashawn Merritt ran 20.13 to win the 200 beating Norway's World Champs fourth placer Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (20.41).
*Video Of Rudisha's Run
*Aussie Jeff Riseley Gets Pulled To 800 PR In Rieti With 1:44.64 For 7th
*Poland's 800m Runner Adam Kszczot Runs 1:43.30
*Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer Wins 400m Hurdles
Rieti On The Boards: *Asbel 3'30.46 *RUDISHA 1:41.33 *Jenny Simpson 4:06.13 in Rieti Today
Three Recommended Reads
- RR #1 We Remember 25 Years (And 3 Days) Ago, Mark Nenow Set The American Record Over 25 Laps (10,000) The record lasted almost 15 years until Meb broke it in 2001 by running 27:13.
- RR #2 Exhausted Allyson Felix Says 100m Isn't Out Of The Equation For 2012 Philip Hersh's column is a good one and perfect example of why he's one of the few track writers left. The points in the article make sense but we have a Memo To The World: Felix's chances for 400m gold are way better than 200m or 100m.
- RR #3 Asafa Powell's Handlers Deserve Lots Of Blame For Powell Being Vilified As Villain We 100% agree that Powell shouldn't have been talking big if he was injured.
After Being Asked If He's An "Inconvenient Embarrassment" For T&F, Oscar Pistorious Cuts Short A BBC Radio Interview We don't know how anyone could call him an embarrassment. We'd call him an inconvenient inspiration.
*LRC MB: Pistorius "inconvenient embarrassment" Pissed at BBC
Post-World Championships Distance News
- Alberto Salazar Says Mo Farah Isn't As Fast As Galen Rupp - Plans To Have Mo Run 800s And 1,500s Next Year To Work On Kick That Will Give Him Double Gold
- Salazar Praises Farah & Rupp - On Rupp: "He was going for it, and he's not scared. He's young and I'm just going to get him a little stronger."
- Centro: "When I found myself in medal range, I just kept digging down." Now it's time for Centro Nation to party.
- Nick Willis Is Confused As To Why He Didn't Have His Patented Kick At Worlds He needs to figure out what happened in the semifinal. When you get pulled out on a stretch, the odds of you recovering two days later are next to nil.
- Be Thankful You Don't Live In Uganda Moses Kipsiro's Preparations For Daegu Were Hampered By Illness And Threats On His Life The 12:50 performer apparently also has had some Olympic funding stripped for some unknown reason.
2011 Worlds End With A Bang!
*Final Results *LRC Interviews From Daegu *LRC Photos From Daegu
LRC Men's 5,000 Gets Physical: Farah Wins But Lagat Says He Had It Deserving champ Mo Farah goes home with 5,000m gold, but were it not for a now-DQed Imane Merga getting physical with 3 top contenders in the span of 300m, including prime rival Bernard Lagat, Farah may have returned to Oregon with 2 narrow losses. We've got the story of the most controversial distance event at Worlds.
800 Final: Semenya Goes Down Caster Semenya goes home with silver as Russian Mariya Savinova ran 1:55 to shock the huge favorite and herself to take home the gold, with Alysia Montano just missing out in 4th. Semenya, who was permitted to skip the press conference amid the 2009 controversy in Berlin, did a great job talking to the media in her first Worlds press conference.
*After 6th Place Finish In 800, Maggie Vessey Says She's Disappointed She concedes that having to run multiple fast 800s to make the final took a lot out of her.
Sunday AM: 2011 World Championships Marathon: Abel Kirui X 2 Kirui destroyed the field the second half to get his second world title. Despite being 2009 World Champ, Kirui switched coaches this year to LRC message board favorite Renato Canova. Kirui gave Canova a call after the race. The American men struggled.
LRC Bolt Back - 19.40 ... Lemaitre Medals - 19.80 ... Vlasic, Thor, Dix - Silver ... We recap the non-distance action from the penultimate day in Daegu, including Sally Pearson's phenomenal 12.28 in the 100m hurdles, a super-fast 200m final, and more posing from high jump 2nd-placer Blanka Vlasic.
*"The Fierce White Girl" Sally Pearson Sets CR
*LRC Day 7 Non-Distance: Dwight Phillips Gets Gold #5, US 4 X 400 Kicks By S. Africa, VCB Over Jeter And Felix, US Shotputters Shut Out The quotes, the interviews, the results ... plus the cover jinx barely survives, why Pistorius didn't run for South Africa's medal-winning 4 x 4, and more.
On The Boards: LaShawn Merrit kicks home for gold like a boss
*Dwight Phillips wins his 4th WC LJ - Bib #1111
*Carmalita Jeter! UGH
LRC Day 6 Jenny Gets Gold Jenny Simpson powered home the final 100m to stun the world Thursday night to end America's 28-year drought of distance gold. Her run was unexpected, but in retrospect not totally shocking, as the American phenom showed in 2009 she can run with the world's best when fit and healthy. And she's definitely fit and healthy now and from now on will always
Jenny Simpson ... World Champion.
*British Media Falls In Love With "Starlet" Hannah England, Who Won Silver Some great photos of her on her victory lap.
*Hannah England Makes Mentor Kelly Holmes Proud By Winning Silver
*Seb Coe Always Believed In Her As Well (But Few Others) It's a shame the British media doesn't realize how hard it is to win an NCAA title.
On The Boards: *Simpson wins 1500m - Uceny falls! *GUTTED for Morgan Uceny
LRC: 1,500 Semis: Matt Centrowitz Puts On A Clinic As He, Asbel Kiprop And Silas Kiplagat Cruise Into Finals The American champ ran like he belonged from the very start and won his heat in a race where he never left the rail and looked like a total veteran, not a 21-year-old rookie. Meanwhile, a few names like Amine Laalou, Deresse Mekonnen, Leo Manzano and Daniel Kipchirir Komen fell by the wayside. Former FSU product Ciaran O'Lionaird advanced easily as Nick Willis surprisingly struggled and sought medical treatment afterwards.
*Extereme Dehydration May Have Caused Nick Willis To Have A Hamstring Problem He was carried off on a stretcher (great pic included).
800m Final LRC David Rudisha Gets The World Title He Deserves, Nick Symmonds Comes Up Short Rudisha had been undefeated in every race since the last World Championships and on Tuesday he won the one race he hadn't won in two years - the World Championships.
American Nick Symmonds was in medal contention but came home in fifth and the American medal drought continues at 800m.
More On The Boards: Mens 800 Final
*Nick Symmonds Post-Race Comments
Monday: LRC Lots Of Sprint Intrigue: WR Holder Dayron Robles Goes From Gold To Zilch, Allyson Felix Upended By Botswanan, Pistorius Has Chance But Fades Good thing there was no distance action Monday night, as we wouldn't have had time to recap all the sprint/field event action. A DQ in the hurdles that gave Jason Richardson the unexpected World title, Allyson Felix got a PR but lost, and Oscar P fizzled out. Plus an unexpected medal in the shot for an American, a thrilling pole vault and, oh yeah, the 100m women's final, where HSI got its 2nd gold of the night.
Men's 10,000m: LRC Ibrahim Jeilan, A Guy You've Never Heard Of, Stuns The World In Men's 10,000m The men's 10,000m was a total shocker as Ibrahim Jeilan, a former World Junior champion who was passed over by the Ethiopian team on two occasions and had to go to Japan to keep his running career alive, shocked the world's best distance runner Mo Farah in a great duel over the final 100m, as Farah apparently kicked too hard, too soon. Galen Rupp was 7th and the great Kenenisa Bekele dropped out, losing his first 10,000m ever.
LRC Kenya's Heavenly Day 1 Ends With Perfection! Vivian Cheruiyot Leads Kenyans To 1-2-3-4 Domination Of Women's 10,000 The much-anticipated battle between the undefeated Meseret Defar and Vivian Cheruiyot never materialized as Defar fell off and then dropped out, but Cheruiyot did come through as expected. The Oregon track club's Sally Kipyego got the silver as the Kenyan women's day went from incredible to heavenly, as they followed up near perfection in the marathon with total perfection in the 10,000. The American women struggled, as Shalane Flanagan was 7th and Kara Goucher was lapped. Jen Rhines was 9th.
*LRC Video Reaction From Cheruiyot, Kipyego, Flanagan And Goucher
LRC Recap Now Up
Saturday's Action Underway: Edna Kiplagat Survives Fall, Leads Kenya To 1-2-3 Sweep In Marathon To Start Worlds Kiplagat has shot to the top of the world marathon ranks in the last two years (New York champ last year, 2:20 for 3rd in London) and she backed it up with an impressive win despite falling at a water station in the final 10km. Priscah Jeptoo was second and Sharon Cherop third. Tera Moody - just months removed from 3 surgeries - was the first American (interview here) in 17th and Kathy Newberry was 30th (interview here).
*LRC Post-Race Comments From Kiplagat *IAAF: Patience and family support key to Kiplagat's Rise
On The Boards: women's marathon play by play
LetsRun.com NCAA XC Fan Polls Are Back
LRC: NCAA XC Poll: Get Your Votes In With the collegiate cross-country season about to have its first important meets of the year, it is time for 2011 LetsRun.com Poll #1. National and/or conference voting now open.
BMW Berlin Marathon Is Sunday
AW: Relaxed Radcliffe ready to run in Berlin It's her first marathon since Nov. 2009 and just her 3rd race since then and she needs to hit 2:31.00 (which should be a joke for her).
*Guardian: Paula Radcliffe hoping to finish "crappy year" with success in Berlin
*Telegraph: Radcliffe planning to send out message to her rivals in Sunday's Berlin Marathon
*Radcliffe - New WR Rule Is Ridiculous: "I fully believe that I would have run pretty much the same time that day alone."
*IAAF: Is Berlin Radcliffe's moment of truth?
Post-Brussels Rupp Mania Continues
- Galen Rupp Reflects On How He Made Jump From Prep Stardom To World Class Stardom - One Step At A Time He even talks about the mask. "I know it looked silly. But I think it is sillier to be caught up in what people are thinking. I would rather win and do what I need to do than worry about looking good, or wearing something that somebody thinks looks stupid."
- Galen Rupp Talks About "The Best Race I Never Ran" - Pre 10,000 It's worth noting that Rupp says he didn't watch his training partner Mo Farah win the race.
We Wish We Were Making This Up
- London Organizers Beg Pamela Anderson To Come To Olympics
- Report Says Azerbaijan Paid $9 Million For Two Olympic Gold Medals In Boxing In 2012
On The Roads
- Lisa Koll To Return To Action At Next Month's Medtronic 10-Mile US Champs Vs. Katie McGregor & Blake Russell, Abdi To Take On Fasil Bizuneh And Fernando Cabada Koll has been sidelined with injury for most of the track season.
- Simon Bairu Withdraws From Scotiabank Toronto Marathon The race was going to be the de facto Canadian Olympic marathon trials. *Message board thread here
- Josh Cox's Attempt To Win 10k And Half Marathon At Air Force Marathon Ends When He Is Led Off Course By Pace Car
- Steve Mullings And His Lawyers Are Waiting For His "B" Stample To Be Retested
- USC Recruiting Violations Involve Track Coach Curtis Frye, Athlete Damiere Byrd
- Gerd Kanter Throws 67.99 In Poland, Dylan Armstrong Wins Shot Put With 4 Different Weights
AIMS And World Marathon Majors Say Women's World Records In Mixed Races Should Count
Prefontaine Classic Ranked As #1 Meet In 2011 In Terms Of Overall Performances Pre was incredible this year but we'd love to have someone tell us why the track is so much faster than other tracks in the sprints. Email us.
IAAF Looking At London And Doha As Hosts For 2017 Worlds
26:48.00 - If You Didn't See Highlights, Click Here
LRC Galen Rupp Talks After Setting The 10,000 American Record Of 26:48.00 In the midst of enjoying a much-deserved two-week break from running, Rupp talked
about his successful 2011 season but was already focused on doing one thing for 2012 - getting better. Rupp is full of praise for Salazar and Farah, is looking forward to his marathon debut and has some bad news for prospective American Olympic 5,000 hopefuls.
More Rupp: Alan Abrahamson Looks At Galen Rupp's American 10,000m Record He even talks about LRC message boarders suggesting Rupp should move up to the marathon since he got outkicked in Brussels (and they were trying to get a rise out of everyone else).
*AP Article On Rupp's American Record
*AFP: Rupp Wants To Double At Olympics
LRC Polls Coming: OSU Men, Georgetown Women #1 In Coaches XC Polls
Perfect, Nearly Perfect, And Pretty Damn Good
Discus Champ Robert Harting Ends Season Undefeated
After Fall In Brussels Cost Her $50,000 And A Perfect Season, Sally Pearson Returns To Australia And Receives Helicopter Ride And Keys To City She's turned her attention to the Olympics and a possible World Record in 2012.
Rec. Read: Mo Farah's Rise A Collective British Success Story A lot of people had a hand in Mo's success, including the London Marathon, which supported him in college. Plus some interesting tidbits you may not know about Mo, like how he almost joined the Army, has a song about him in Somalia, and jumped into the Thames after a night of drinking.
Next Month: US Team For Pan Am Games Announced (Jenn Suhr, Michael Berry, Tyler Mulder, Will Leer, AJ Acosta, Neely Spence, Sara Hall)
This Weekend: BMW Berlin Marathon: Makau Vs. Geb And Radcliffe Vs. Mikitenko
*Paula Radcliffe Admits That 2011 Has Been Her Toughest Year Ever And Says If Olympics Weren't In London In 2012, She Might Have Quit
Matthew Kisorio (58:46) And Kim Smith (67:10) Run Fastest Half Marathons Ever On Us Soil In Philadephia
Kisorio is now the third fastest man in history and Sammy Kitwara is now the fastest loser in history, as his 58:47 didn't get the job done even though he's now the 4th fastest man in history at 13.1.
*Bobby Curtis Runs Very Solid 61:52 In 13.1 Debut Not bad for a guy who said pre-race he wasn't in top shape yet and is getting ready for the ING NYC Marathon. JK's conversion chart says Curtis' 27:24 10,000 PR converts to 60:39.
*Adam Goucher Runs 1:04:53 To Officially Make 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials
*Jim Ryun & Rod Dixon Watch & React To Historic Runs In Philly
*LRC MB: Philly RnR Half Short?
2011 USA 5k Road Champs *Results/Video Coverage *More Video
LRC Flash Recap: Ben True, Julie Culley Win CVS Downtown 5k True outkicked Sam Chelanga (who will be joining Jerry Schumacher's group) and Aaron Braun, while Julie Culley got the win over Kim Conley and Emily Brown. Results, Wejo's quick recap, and reaction from top 3 (and news of Chelanga joining Jerry's group).
Remembrances Pour In - 10 Years Ago Almost The Entire Men's XC Team At Wyoming Was Killed By A Drunk Driver
- RR #1: Parents & Ex-Teammates Remember In Wyoming Paper Anyone who has ever lost a child will be incredibly moved by these articles, as the parents say every day is still incredibly painful.
- RR #2: Denver Post Wyoming Article
- AP Recap: Drunk Driving Laws Have Gotten Much Stricter
12-Year-Old Girl With 100 Barbie Dolls Runs 54.57 400m Lynna Irby is a pre-teen phenom.
Great North City Games - USA Vs. GBR *Results *Event-By-Event Report
- Mo Farah Caps Magical Year With Win In Gateshead
- IAAF: Great City Games Recap - Farah, Dix And Lagat Thrill Walter Dix ran 14.65 in the 150m while Mo Farah got an easy 2-mile victory and Bernard Lagat got an easy mile victory.
- AW: Mo Farah Returns To British Soil For 1st Time As World Champion & Gets Easy Win
BUPA Great North Run Is Sunday
- Martin Lel Withdraws From BUPA Great North Run With Illness
- After Long Layoff, Mara Yamauchi Returns To Competition At Bupa Great North Run
Phil Hersh: "All those stats are just a way to make a simple point: most of the world doesn't give a flying fish about swimming." Usain Bolt is way bigger than Michael Phelps.
Berlin, Chicago And 5th Avenue Mile Finalizing Fields
This Week: Jenny Simpson (Lagat, Symmonds, Laalou, Hannah England, Sally Kipyego) Running Fifth Avenue Mile That's World Champion Jenny Simpson. Great fields, although Morgan Uceny (who could win the Diamond League this weekend), may be calling it a season.
*Alysia Montano's Mile At Fifth Avenue Will Be Her First Since 5th Grade Presidential Fitness Test
Berlin: Patrick Makau To Take On Haile G At BMW Berlin Marathon Haile G could actually lose a marathon or enter one not as the favorite.
Chicago: Evans Cheruiyot And Bernard Kipyego Join Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Field, Ryan Hall's Got A Chance Last year, with Sammy Wanjiru and Tsegaye Kebede squaring off, Chicago was maybe the greatest marathon finish we've ever seen. This year, it is much more wide open, and if Ryan Hall ever wants to win it, this might be his best chance. The final additions to the field were announced yesterday and they include 2008 Champ Evans Cheruiyot, former World Half Marathon runner-up Bernard Kipyego, plus two 2:05 Ethiopians who have some question marks coming in, Bazu Worku (just dropped out of Worlds) and Getu Feleke (has run one race all year). Moses Mosop is the one name on paper Hall is worrying about big time.
New York Gets Some Studs
Emmanuel Mutai And Martin Lel Rematch In NYC! Emmanuel Mutai and Martin Lel put on a marathoning clinic at this spring's Virgin London Marathon. Mutai ran 2:01 pace for the 4th 10k of the race, what we called "unofficially the greatest fourth 10km stretch ever run in the history of the marathon" to destroy the London field. Lel, once the world's greatest marathoner, came back to the sport and surprised even himself by finishing second. They'll get a rematch in NY with 2-time World Champ Jaouad Gharib, plus the previously-announced Gebre2 and Meb. Britain's Jo Pavey is joining the women's field.
Sunday 90th ISTAF Berlin Meet *Results
*Yohan Blake's 9.82 Highlights 90th Berlin ISTAF Meet Before 51,812 Blake ran 9.82 and afterwards said, "I could have run 9.7 easy." Kirani James won, so did Paul Koech and Jesse Williams, as Janeth Jepkosgei beat Caster Semenya in the women's 800.
*World Champ Jesse Williams Wins HJ
*Jav WR Holder Barbora Spotakova And Hamer WR Holder Betty Heidler Both Won Their Respective Events
*Recap Of Kenyan Weekend Performances From Berlin. Rieti, And More
*AP Recap Of 80th Berlin ISTAF Meet
*Olympic Champ Yelena Isinbayeva Pulls Out Of ISTAF Berlin, Citing A "Lack Of Form" Remember she was a disappointing 6th at World Champs.
Gold For Lukas *Two Photos Of Lukas
V Gets World Junior Triathlon Gold He delivered on his promise to get gold for his friend with cancer. Now it's off to freshman year of Oregon.
On The Boards: LUKAS VERZBICAS - GOLD!
*Philip Hersh Covers LV's World Junior Triathlon Win Of going into the run with a 30-second lead, LV said, "On the run, I just kind of enjoyed the moment. It just felt nice."
3 Recommended Reads
- RR #1 Now That His Father Has Died, Olympic Champ Frank Shorter Reveals His Dad, Who Was Revered As The Town Doctor, Was A Violent & Sexual Sociopath Beatings of Frank were bad enough, but the rapes of at least two of his sisters were even worse. Sick.
- Are You Struggling In College? Read This:
RR #2 Ryan Hall Looks Back At His Stanford Career Hall admits he thought his teammates were lazy when he got there and reminds us that he really struggled in college and never made NCAAs in track until his senior year - when he won them.
- RR #3 Shot Putter Adam Nelson Talks In Great Detail About How Hard It Is To Make It As A Pro Thrower In The US If he got 4th at every Diamond League meet, he'd only earn $21,000. Maybe LRC should sponsor him.
Zürich Weltklasse *Results *Recap *More Yahoo Zürich Photos
LRC Zürich Recap: Blake 9.82! Over Powell, Nixon Chepseba?! Wins Diamond League 1,500 Title, Kemboi Wins Again, Savinova Wins Stacked 800 It's called the best one day track meet in the World for a reason, it gets the stars. This year's meet had 18 events and in 17 of them it featured the recent World Champ (and in the women's 200 it had Jeter and Felix). Yohan Blake beat Asafa
in the 100, Vivian Cheruiyot faced a tough challenge from Sally Kipyego in the 5000, as Shalane Flanagan struggled. Nixon Chepseba and Jenny Meadows got surprise overall Diamond League titles and $40,000, as Dayron Robles crossed the finish line first again. LRC Recap and analysis, as we even take a look at Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter six years ago.
AFP: Blake Gets Zurich Win
Kenya: Cheruiyot, Chepseba, Kipsiele Win Diamond trophies
*US Victories For Carmelita Jeter In 200, Jenn Suhr In Pole Vault, & Brittney Reese In The LJ In Zurich DL Jenn Suhr beat WR holder Yelena Isinbayeva, but lost the overall DL by 1 point to German Silke Spiegelburg.
*Jenny Meadows Gets 3rd, Wins Overall DL
*Sally Pearson Wins 100m Hurdles She'll run a flat 100 in Italy this weekend and then the hurdles again in Brussels DL.
*NZ's World Champ Valerie Adams Wins Zurich Shot Put/DL Title
On The Boards: Blake 9.82 (0.0) !!!!!!
*Shalane Flanagan 5k in Zurich
*With James: 44:36 NR; Blake 9.82 PB - who needs Bolt
Daegu 2011 ... It's Over, Folks
*Photos: Bolt *Centro
Final Eve: Bolt, Jamaica Set 4 X 100 WR SI.com Usain Bolt saw the 37.04, crossed the line, threw the baton 100 feet in the air, danced for 30 minutes on the track, and of course unlike any HS or college kid who might do that, was celebrated rather than DQed. *Best Video Of What Happened To US Team
*US Youngsters Carry Team - Christian Taylor's 17.96 TJ Stuns Field Taylor and Will Claye took gold and bronze in the TJ to overshadow men's 4 x 100 fall. Taylor's 17.96m jump is the 2nd-longest triple jump in World Champs history.
*LRC Video: Lananna Quick Take On USA Team Performance Simply put, the US crushed the rest of the world medal-wise, winning some surprise medals from Simpson, Centro and the TJers but also missing some opportunities in men's shot, men's 400H, men's 4 x 1.
Worlds Friday - More Gold For Kenyan Women, USA *Results *Special Worlds-Only LRC Forum More Centro Photos
LRC: Matt Centrowitz Gets Bronze As Asbel Kiprop And Silas Kiplagat
Go 1-2 Only 21, Centrowitz ran like a seasoned pro and got the first American-born track medal since 1987. Another 10 meters and his medal might have been a different color. Asbel Kiprop got Kenya its first World Championships 1,500m gold and Silas Kiplagat backed him up with silver. Ladies (and gentleman for the first time), we also tell you how to get onto Centro Nation. Recap and extensive post-race reaction.
*Matt Centrowitz Says Jenny Simpson's 1,500 Win "Set The Tone" And Made Him Believe He Could Medal
More Distance: Lauren Fleshman Gives An Inside Look Minute-By-Minute Of Her WCs Experience "I didn't know who won, who got medals, who I pipped at the line, what time I ran, or what place I finished. Complete immersion into maximum effort drowned out all my senses ... all I could think about was this: June 24th: 8th in the USA September 2nd: 7th in the world. Just goes to show, you never know what awaits you. Believe in turnarounds. Believe in yourself."
*Based On Pre-Race Workout, Alberto Salazar Says Mo Farah Is In Perfect Shape To Win 5k Gold
LRC Vivian Cheruiyot Completes 10k/5k Double American Lauren Fleshman finished a solid 7th in a race that saw Vivian Cheruiyot run away with her 2nd gold of the champs, closing in 58.6 to lead Kenya to their 8th and 9th medals of the championships.
*LRC: Women's 5,000m Analysis And Reaction
*More Cheruiyot Photos
Rec Read: How Cheruiyot Got The Double The Daily Nation Cheruiyot's manager Ricky Simms before the race: "If it is a slow race, Vivian will win. If it is a fast race, Vivian will win."
LRC: Women's 800m Semifinals: Caster Semenya Is Back, Maggie Vessey And Alysia Montano Make The Final Caster Semenya looked like Semenya of '09 and if that is the case, there is nothing else the other women in the field can do. For the first time since 1988, two Americans are in the final. Can the US get its first medal since the late Kim Gallagher's bronze in '88?
*Vessey At Another Level In 800 Semis Steve Ritchie
*Jenny Meadows Misses 800m Final
*MB: Caster Semenya strikes again
Worlds Thursday Action *Results *Special Worlds-Only LRC Forum *Thursday AM Post-Race Interviews
Day 6 Is In The Books *Athletics Weekly Recap *IAAF Day 6 Recap
LRC Ezekiel Kemboi Gets Gold And Does The Mini Bolt Ezekiel Kemboi absolutely crushed the field the final 200m to arguably become the greatest championship steepler ever. He was so majestic the final 200 that he had time to celebrate in lane 7 before the silver medal was determined.
*Kemboi Explains To Kenyan Media Why His Celebration Was Extra Long "My friend Usain Bolt remember was not in the finals and he would have danced well. I had to do (it) for Usain Bolt and me."
*Kemboi Left Stadium "In Stitches And Awe In Equal Measure"
*Kenyan Media Happy With "Stylish" 1-2 Finish In Steeple - Proclaims Cheruiyot Winner Of Women's 5,000 Before Race Is Even Run
*Eldoret Erupts In Joy For Most Popular Runner In Town - Kemboi
On The Boards: Ezekiel Kemboi Appreciation Thread - That was the greatest final 200 (and celebration by a distance runner) ever
2011 Worlds (Race Highlights Embedded On Right)
Day 4 Is In The Books *Athletics Weekly Recap *IAAF Day 4 Recap
LRC: Day 4: Teenage King James Nips Merritt In 400m, Zaripova Takes Steeple Going Away, Uceny And Simpson Make 1,500m Final We recap all of
Tuesday's pm action outside of the men's 800m final in this piece. We break down the 400m final, the women's steeple final (and where Jenny Simpson would have finished), look at the 1,500m semis and much more.
LRC: Day 4 Daegu Distance Previews: Men's 800 Final - Nick Symmonds Goes For A Medal, 1,500 1st Round Highlight Busy Day Great distance action, including the women's steeple final, men's 1,500m round 1 and women's 5,000m round 1 and of course the anticipated 800m final with Symmonds, Rudisha and Kaki.
LRC Usain Bolt False Starts ... Or Did He? Video Proof That Yohan Blake Flinches And Then Usain Bolt False Starts The video shows very clearly that Yohan Blake flinches and then Usain Bolt subconsciously reacted and bolted from the blocks. According to IAAF rules, at a minimum Blake should have been warned. Under no scenario should Bolt have been given the DQ.
*Telegraph Article Here Picking Up The LRC Cause On The Blake Flinch
LRC Bolt's DQ, Ashton Eaton's 1,500m And More
Usain Bolt DQed For FS, Yohan Blake Wins Title *Bolt: "Looking for tears? That's not going to happen."
*Dix (silver): "I couldn't believe it, it's kind of surreal. I didn't think they were going to kick him out. It's pretty hard to kick Usain out of the race."
*Bolt's Coach: "I think he would have run in the sixties (9.60s)."
LRC: Rojo Blogs From The Couch About Daegu: Post #2 - 6 Quick Thoughts About The Men's 10,000, Men's 100m And Men's 800/Thoughts On Human Nature's Attempt To Explain Everything Rojo laments that humans seemingly always try to have a nice and neat explanation for everything like Bolt's DQ or Farah's narrow loss and normally it ends up being wrong. Along the way, he refuses to throw Bekele under the bus and hopes for his resurrection but seemignly has no problems with running all over Matt Tegenkamp. Heartless. Plus big praise for Maurice Greene, Nick Symmonds and even Khadevis Robinson.
And The Real Winners From Worlds ...
LRC A Foot Locker Finalist, A Canuck, A DIII Guy And "I am Alan Webb" Win $200,011 World Prediction Contest Powered By Puma The on-the-track (and field) winners have been known for a couple of weeks, but today we announce the winners of our Worlds prediction contest. Ryan Grote, hide your eyes, as a Princeton freshman has taken home top honors. We are still looking for "I am Alan Webb" to come forward to see if he's possibly actually the American record holder. The winners get the new Puma FAAS 550 lightweight trainer and Road Runner Sports gift certificates. Click here to read about our winners who always represent the best of LetsRun.com. Updated for the Historic Princeton Repeat
Fifth Avenue Mile Saturday
- Morgan Says Uceny Says This Year Was "a good practice year."
- Hannah England Ready For 5th Avenue Mile To End Season, Says Brussels Was "an even better race to be part of than even the Daegu final."
- Please Say It's True: Geoffrey Mutai And/Or Mary Keitany Running ING NYC Marathon? That's what Renato Canova says about one or both of the top marathoners in 2011.
- After Dropping Kidane And Setting American All-Comers Record, Kim Smith Ready For NYC
- After 3rd-Fastest Half Ever, Matthew Kisorio Ready For Debut Marathon In NYC
Worth A Read
Track Superfan Picks Apart Philip Hersh's Article On Yohan Blake Philip Hersh, one of the top Olympic writers in America, wrote an article asking the questioning whether Yohan Blake is doping. While we feel the question is a totally legit one to ask (and Blake does a have a drug positive that got him a 3-month ban), Hersh's main argument that Blake may be doping is the sudden
of Blake in the 200. The Superfan takes a wider view and looks at Blake's improvement in the 100 and 200 combined and also heavily cites a LetsRun.com article critical of Hersh to question Hersh's intellectual honesty. We no longer question Hersh's intellectual honesty and generally are fans of his work, but think the Track Superfan's article is a good read.
Toni Reavis Blogs About Lack Of Marquee Matchups In Sprints Toni makes comparisons between boxing and track and field. We've always thought that was a decent comparison but hope track and field does not go the way of boxing, where a few guys get rich, but the sport falls even farther off the national radar.
Galen Rupp 26:48!!!
Morgan Uceny To Be World Ranked #1 At 1,500
Yohan Blake 19.26! (US Only)
Delilah Episode 9: The Goal On Hold (Plus She Sees If Her Boyfriend Can Run A 9:30 Two-Mile) (Sponsored)
In this episode, Delilah DiCrescenzo of "Hey There, Delilah" fame discusses having to miss the World Champs with a stress fracture. For therapy, she sees if her boyfriend can run a 9:30 two-mile.*Episode 1: Delilah Makes Worlds *Ep. 2: Training In NYC *Ep. 3: Legendary Coach Gags *Ep. 4: Fast And Fashionable *Ep 5: In The Spotlight, In The World *Ep 6: Delilah Goes To Europe *Ep 7: European Living *Ep 8: European Racing. More @Puma Running On Facebook
Rudisha's 1:41.33 (Rieti Results Here)
Kenyan Benson Barus Wins Virginia Beach Half Marathon In 1:02:22, Ryan Hall 4th In 1:03:02 Hall said, "I think I could run a marathon at that pace but when I'd go to the front and try to go a faster it would feel very uncomfortable. That's a good sign actually."
Usain Bolt And Jamaica Get World Record (International Visitors Click Here, Post-Race Press Conf. Here)
Simpson Gets Gold (International Visitors Click Here)
Ezekiel Kemboi Wins And Has The Greatest Celebration Ever (International Visitors Click Here)
Simpson After Her Gold (For More On Jenny's Post-Race Reaction, Click Here For Her Highlights From The Post-Race Press Conference)
Men's 800 Final (International Visitors Click Here, Post-Race Interviews Here)
A Scintillating Men's 10,000 Finish (US Visitors Only)
Women's 10,000 Highlights (US Visitors Only, International Visitors Click Here)
LRC Contest Recap - The Greatness Of You
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)
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