Boston Marathon Monday *Live Stream @ 9:30am ET Monday *Full Boston Elite Fields
LRC Men's Preview: 2012 Boston Marathon Men's Preview: Can Anyone Possibly Stop Geoffrey Mutai? The fastest Boston Marathon field ever assembled is ready to take on the current World's Greatest Distance Runner Geoffrey Mutai. Former NYC champ Gebre Gebremariam, 2:05 men Levy Matebo, Tadese Tola and Wilson Chebet want
him a run for his money along with David Barmasai, Peter Kamais and our Budweiser long shot, a 2:10 guy we think could challenge.
LRC A Look Back At Boston 2011 And A Look Ahead To Monday's 116th Running Boston 2011 "changed the history of the marathon" as we nearly witnessed the first 2:02 marathon. What does that mean for 2012? Employee #1 is back from Kenya for the 2nd report in our series "8 Days for Glory" on the 6 Kenyan marathoners going for 3 Olympics spots over 8 days.
Sunday's BAA 5K: Quest for $100,000 Begins at BAA 5k Sam Chalenga has a good shot at winning and is up against Ethiopia's Ali Abdosh and defending champ Ben True.
Friday's Press Conference Highlights:
Men: LRC Mutai Set To Defend, Wesley Korir Ready To Challenge, Americans Arciniaga And Hartmann Ready
Women: LRC Defending Champ Caroline Kilel And NYC Champ Dado Try To Recreate Drama Of Last 4 Years 2, 3, 1, and 2 seconds are how close the race has been the last 4 years.
*Top Athletes Shrug Off Heat Worries At Boston Marathon
*Americans Nick Arciniaga, Jason Hartmann Hope For Boston Marathon Success
LRC 8 Days For Glory - A Kenyan Flavored Preview Of The Upcoming Men's Marathon World Record Assault Over 8 days starting this Sunday, six Kenyan men - the four fastest marathoners of all time (Geoffrey Mutai, Moses Mosop, Patrick Makau and Wilson Kipsang), plus double World Champion Abel Kirui and Virgin London Champion Emmanuel Mutai - will fight for three Kenyan Olympic spots on the streets of Rotterdam, Boston, and London.
- Kenyan Diplomat Recalls His Time With Joan Benoit
- Sergio Reyes Talks About Running And His Job As A Engineer Testing F-16 Fighter Jets For The Air Force
- Brian Boyle Running Boston After Coming Back From Car Accident And Being In Comma For 2 Months
- A Look At Self Coached Mutai's Typical Training Week
- Boston Herald: Champ Caroline Kilel Hopes To Show Her Medal
- IAAF Preview
- Tadese Tola (2:05 In Dubai) Is A Scratch As He's Been Added To Ethiopian Provisional Olympic Team List
- Q&A: 57-Year-Old Kyle Heffner Has Fastest PR Of Any American In Field (2:10:55) Heffner was 3rd at the 1980 Marathon Trials (for Moscow, where we didn't send a team). At 57, he's in good shape, as he ran 2:44 at Houston and is shooting for 2:40 in Boston.
- Recommended Read: Brief Chat With Dick Beardsley On His Dual With Alberto Salazar And His Career Afterwards Includes some great quotes that weren't QOD.
- Firehiwot Dado Tells Some Interesting Stories From Her Marathon Victories In NYC And Rome (2009)
- Running Times Article On Self-Coached Geoffrey Mutai Reveals that he leads a 50-60 person training group in Eldoret where one member ran 2:05:48 to break Mutai's Eindhoven CR.
- Debate Over Women’s Road Racing Records Still Continues Desiree Davila: “It’s like getting into baseball statistics where you say, ‘It’s the first home run in a Wednesday game when the sun was at 45 degrees. If we’re going to qualify all these different things with the record, it’s going to start becoming silly. I feel like it kind of takes away from it.”
- Matthew Centrowitz And His Father Talk About How He Learned Strategy For The 1500 Washington Post Matt Centro Sr. talks about how he used reverse psychology on his son to get him into track in the first place.
- Much Of London Opening/Closing Ceremonies Music Won't Be Performed Live Also, there is a rumor that the Spice Girls will be playing during the Games.
- Is The Use Of Hi-Tech Shoes & Uniforms Cheating?
- Where Are They Now?: Greek Drug Cheat Kostas Kenteris Talks about his career and staged motorcycle crash and history of missing drug tests.
- Q&A With Yelena Isinbayeva She refuses to reveal what she says when she's seen talking to her pole.
Previous News: Paris, NYC, Kenenisa Bekele 10km In Ireland, Paula And Haile G In Vienna
- Vienna Marathon: John Kiprotich Looking To Go Sub-2:07 This Sunday
*Good Read: Haile G Vs. Paula Radcliffe In Half Marathon Chase Race Article is really on Paula, her comeback while raising her children, tough stance on doping, and outlook ahead of London.
- Paris: Elite Fields For Sunday's 2012 Paris Marathon Are Released
*Cambodian Marathon NR Holder Looking To Take 7 Min. Off His PR To Qualify For 2012 Games
- Ireland: RRW Kenenisa Bekele Returns To Action This Weekend With Road 10km In Ireland
- NYC: Brief Chat With Jen Rhines Says she's planning on doing both the 10k and 5k at Olympic Trials.
*Jen Rhines Shares Her Secrets To Longevity Ahead Of This Sunday's More/Fitness Women's Half Marathon
- Paula Radcliffe Says In 2004 She Would Have Only Been Satisfied With The Gold, But Now Bronze Will Definitely Do On the future, she says, "My body has done a lot of running and I don't want it to reach breaking point. I want to be 60 and still be able to go for a run with Gary (her husband)."
- Cool: Grassroots Running Program Parkrun Starts In UK And Goes Worldwide Every Saturday at 9am at over 100 locations around the country there are free, timed, 5km Parkruns.
- BOA Calls For Increase To A 4-Year Ban For Serious Doping Offences And Exclusion From At Least One Olympic Games
- Officials Worried London Airport Won't Be Able To Handle Influx Of Tourists For Olympics
- Steve Cram Says He Doesn't Envy British Olympic Team Selectors Comments on the benefits of the US's "first-past-the-post system" where ("A" and "B" standards aside) top 3 go.
Previous Boston Marathon News
*Brutal Weather Forecast For Boston
*Geoffrey Mutai Ready To Defend Boston Title Next Monday Mutai is the world's top marathoner coming off his course records at Boston and New York. American eyes will rightfully be on Boston, but don't forget about Rotterdam on Sunday, where Chicago champ Moses Mosop will go after Patrick Makau's world record of 2:03:38.
*Joan Benoit Will Race Boston - Meb Will Be There As Well (As Race's Grand Marshall)
*Boston Champs Bill Rodgers, Geoffrey Mutai, Greg Meyer And Runner-Up Desiree Davila Will Give Clinic To Boston HSers On Wed.
*After Finishing 25th In Trials In 2:15, Sergio Reyes Is Feeling Energized And Excited About Boston
*Many Boston Charity Runners Are Struggling To Raise The $4,000 Required To Run
US Distance News
- Competitor Group VP Tracy Sundlun Wants USATF CEO Job & Says What He'd Do If He Got It
He's got the support of Toni Reavis, which means a lot to us and he clearly is a distance guy, as one of his goals would be to "place a real effort behind putting together our absolute best Senior National XC Team
- especially men's - and go after the Kenyans and Ethiopians at the IAAF World XC Champs."
*MB: Tracy Sundlun for USATF CEO !!!!!!!
- Foundation Formed To Carry On Micah True's Ultra Marathon Race
*Photo Exhibit That Features True's Race Opened At Philadelphia Musuem On Day True Died
- Penn Relays HS Acceptances
World Youth 800 Teammates Tre'tez Kinnaird And Cameron Thornton Have A Friendly Rivalry
Hakone Ekiden's Fifth Stage Star Ryuji Kashiwabara, 22, Holds Debut Press Conference For Fujitsu, Says His Goal is 2:06 In Marathon He won't make his debut, though, until 2014.
News From The UK
- Embarrassing: Sex Pistols Refuse To Play At Olympic Closing Ceremony You don't get paid for your efforts, so why bother?
- Britian's 800 Star Andrew Osagie Believes He Is On Track To Capitalise On His Breakthrough Bronze Medal Winning Performance At World Indoors "A lot of people say they love training and love just going out running. I almost hate the training but I absolutely love the racing. The competitiveness and the edge that you need to win. I think I have it, and I love it."
- Perri Shakes-Drayton In No Rush To Be London's Olympic Golden Girl
Strange Sport News
- High School Student Crashes Car Onto Track During Meet (with photo)
- Protesters Halt Oxford, Cambridge Rowing Race By Swimming Into Middle Of River And Nearly Getting Run Over (with video) London 2012 officials are worried about another incident like in the 2004 Olympic marathon.
Recommended Read: Meet 2:19:44 Marathoner Florence Kiplagat, Who Is Focused On Winning London The former World Cross and World Half star was a soccer player in school who picked up running after being told do so by her uncle - 2:06:50 marathoner William Kiplagat. Her goal was to come to school in the US, but that didn't work out and the rest is history. A year ago, we wondered prior to Boston if she'd be the world's new marathon star. The answer seems to be yes. Her 66:38 half from February proves she is fit.
Weekend US Track Action *Stanford Results *Florida Results
Jeremy Wariner Runs 1st 400 Of Year - 45.64 - Leaves "a little disappointed." Last week, he split 44.58, so we understand why he's upset. He did say, "My strength is where I want to be at."
Stanford Invite: Nice IAAF Recap Of Stanford: Areson Makes Up 35m Gap And Catches Lisa Uhl & Gets World Lead; Ritz Wins And More Dathan Ritzenhein won the 10,000m in 28:21 in his first track race in 2.5 years, Jackie Areson got an Olympic "A" qualifier in the 5,000 (15:18.31) as Lisa Uhl just missed (15:21). Chris Derrick won his slower section of the 1,500 in 3:41.17 to beat Evan Jager and Lawi Lalang, and Kevin Castille ran 28:57 10k at age 40!
On The Boards: *Derrick Finally Beats Lalang *Ritz in the 10,000!
Florida Relays Marvin Bracy False Starts, 7th Grader Daesha Rogers Runs 2:09.44 Orlando Sentinel
*Results Alan Webb's 2012 struggles continued as he ran 1:54.17 for 800m and then 40 minutes later 3:54.08 for 1,500m.
On The Boards: 3:54 Webb? Really?, 7th Grade Girl Wins Florida Relays 800
Oregon: Pepsi Team Invitational Thanks To Elijah Greer's 1,500, 4 X 400 Heroics, Oregon Men Narrowily Win Pepsi Team Invitational The 800 star won the 1,500 in 3:45 and then held off Texas A&M in the 4 x 400. The Duck women won in a laugher.
*Alex Kosinski Was Surprised By Her 15:36, A 21-Second PR
*Might Sprinter English Gardner Be Oregon's Olympic Trials Hero Like Andrew Wheating Was In 2008?
LSU: LSU Sweeps Team Titles At "Battle Of Bayou" *LSU Results
MB: Loxsom Returns But Loses To Sowisnky (1:47.98 to 1:47.02) - 3 Penn State Guys Break 1:50
Duke: Curtis Beach Runs 1:47.99 With Middle 400 At 49.8
A Racewalker That Would Make Jimmy Wyner Proud
Kiwi Olympic Racewalker Was DQed For Doing Forward Somersault At Finish Line Of 1st National Champs "Some people might get upset about [the disqualification], but I did what I set out to do and I wasn't too concerned whether they gave me a medal or not."
News From Europe
- UK Columnist Thinks It Sucks That He's Hoping That Drug Cheat Dwain Chambers Gets To Compete In London, But Since Cheats From Other Countries Get To Compete It's Only Fair "It is a sorry state of affairs when sport has come to this: feeling sympathy for the devil ... But there you have it. Such is the sporting world we inhabit."
- Does This Mean There's Hope For USATF?
2.5 Years Ago A New Head Took Over A "Thoroughly Dysfunctional" Athletics Ireland After Previous Head Was Sacked, Now All Seems To Be Going Well
- British Author Of New Book - "Running With The Kenyans" - Says Hard Work Is Key To Kenya's Success Memo to Chris Lear: "Imitation is the best form of flattery."
- Irish Author: Saudis claim gold for sexism - Should be banned from Olympics South Africa was banned from the Games for a long time for violating the Olympic charter which forbids discrimination, but the Islamic countries are allowed to discriminate against women at will.
*Qatar Will Send Women - 3 Of Them - For The First Time
Kenyans In The News
- Geoffrey Mutai: "I am just going to Boston to win." He wants the win and an Olympic spot, not a fast time.
- 2011 WChamps Semifinalist Eunice Sum Beats Olympic 800 Silver Medallist Janeth Jepkosgei In 1,500 In Kenya On Friday, Jekpkosgei had said, "(Winning the Olympics) will not be easy. (Pamela) Jelimo is not the only one to offer challenge. We have South Africa's Caster Semenya and that's why I am using 1,500m to gauge my endurance."
Other Olympic News
- A Refreshing Read: An Interview With The Oldest Living Olympic Gold Medallist - 97-Year-Old Evelyn Furtsch Ojeda She won 4 x 100m gold when in 1932 when the Olympics were totally different.
- Delano Williams Got His UK Passport 4 Days Ago And May Represent The UK In London 2012 He's from the Turks and Caicos islands, which can't send athletes to the Olympics. The weird part is that he is now a UK citizen, but still plans to compete for Turks and Caicos at the World Jr. Champs in Barcelona in July.
- Dutch Angry About Fanny Blankers-Koen Snub From London Underground Olympic Re-Naming She won 4 gold medals at the 1948 Olympics but wasn't chosen by Transport for London as a name for one of it's 361 Olympic stops.
- SA Marathoner Hendrick Ramaala Trying To Qualify For His 5th Consecutive Olympics
High School Big News
17-Year-Old High Schooler Cayla Hatton Runs 33:17 10,000m Olympic Trials "B" Qualifier The prodigy only started running full-time this year. Now she's putting up a time that would make her 5th in the NCAAs last year. Truly ridiculous. The time is so fast some were wondering if it was a lap short, but this
it's legit and shows she ran every lap (16:30-16:46).
*A Q&A With HS Prodigy Cayla Hatton Two years ago, she was in awe of Kara Goucher and asking for her autograph. Now she'll be racing against people like her at USAs in the 10k.
Super-Fast Road Races In The US *Elite Results
Carslbad 5,000: Dejen Gebremeskel Repeats At Carlsbad 5,000 In 13:11 Gebremeskel let the Olympic 5,000 medallist Eliud Kipchoge do all of the
in the wind before kicking home to a 2nd straight win in 13:11. Alistair Cragg (pictured left) set a new European road record of 13:26 as Ryan Gregson ran 13:39. Anthony Famiglietti struggled with a 14:21. Kevin Castille, who ran 14:01 this winter, won the Masters race easily in 14:57.
Tirunesh Dibaba Remains Undefeated On Year With An Easy 15:01 Win Dibaba: "I'm happy about the race but I didn’t run a fast time because of the wind. ... I'm going to be ready for the Olympics."
DC: Allan Kiprono Sets Course Record (45:15) As Julliah Tinega Repeats At 40th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run
More Sprint News
- Recommended Read: Lengthy Edwin Moses Profile "My story is not one of someone who was born to be a champion. I stayed in the sport longer than some who were better than me at 15, 16, 18 or even 20. And I put more into it."
- Alan Abrahamson Takes A Look At Wallace Spearmon's Amazing 19.95
World Indoors *Results *Video Highlights For US Visitors *UK Visitors *Yahoo Photos
LRC Men's 3,000m Final Lives Up To The Hype World 5,000m champion Mo Farah squared off with two-time world indoor champion Bernard Lagat and 2012
World leaders Augustine Choge and Edwin Soi of Kenya. Once again, Bernard Lagat was too good. They were all in contention on the final lap. There was some contact, two guys running on the infield, a DQ and a resintatement, but none of that stopped Bernard Lagat from showing he's the best 3,000m runner in the world.
LRC 800s: Pamela Jelimo Is Back As USA's Erica Moore Gets Bronze, 18-Year-Old* Mohamed Aman Gets Gold The last time Pamela Jelimo was any good, Erica Moore wasn't an 800m runner. They both left World Indoors pleased, as Moore made her first sub-2:00 clocking count with a bronze medal. In the men's race, 18-year-old* favorite Mohamed Aman got gold. On The Boards: Erica Moore 800m at Worlds
LRC Hellen Obiri Stuns Four-Time World Champ Defar link fixed Obiri Closes In 4:06.6 For Gold Get used to the name Hellen Obiri. Last year, she ran internationally for the first time and won the Kenyan 1,500m championships. This year, in the fourth 3,000m of her life, she came from behind to stop Meseret Defar from getting her 5th world title.
IAAF Final Day Recap: Brittney Reese Is Incredible, Aries Meritt Upsets Liu Xiang, Will Claye Wins Brittney Reese had her back to the wall in the long jump, so what did she do? Unleash a jump that made her #3 all-time to win.
US Men's Olympic Trials Marathon News *LRC Vote Totals *Men's Results *Women's Results *Mile-By-Mile Splits *Yahoo Flash Photos
Marathon Trials Analysis And Reaction The 2012 Trials race was a classic. We throw some love to the top 3, ponder Ritz's future in the marathon, tell you who had the best debut, and tell you who that guy you never heard of was. Plus we talk about Meb's 74-year-old badass dad and look at the fortune of some old timers who didn't make the team, Josh Cox and Dan Browne, in addition to the ones who did (Meb and Abdi).
Race Recap: Meb Keflezighi Captures 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon Title
Non Rotterdam/Boston Weekend Action
- Jamaica: Exciting 4x100 Set For Jamaican UTech Classic Today Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt (anchor) against a team of Asafa Powell leading off, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter and UK's Dwain Chambers on anchor. Blake is also in the open 100 and Powell the open 200.
- Ireland: Kenenisa Bekele Up Against Top Spanish Runners At Spar Great Ireland Run 10k Bekele has been struggling with injury, but is feeling good and has lost weight. Still undecided on whether he'll do the 5k/10k double in London.
- Vienna Half: Paula Radcliffe Will Get 7min 52sec Head Start Ahead Of Haile Gebrselassie Was calculated based on the difference in their record eligible PR's. Paula says she's been sick with bronchitis, but is hoping for at least sub 70-minutes.
*Paula Argues Supports A Minimum Of 4-Yr Ban For Drug Cheats "Otherwise the gain is too great for the deterrent, if you just sit out two years if you get caught."
- Paris Marathon: Benjamin Kiptoo Set To Defend His Title He will be challenged by 2:05 man Albert Matebor. Tirfi Beyene (2:22:44) is the favorite for the women.
- Kenya: Asbel Kiprop Racing In Kenya Again This Weekend After Being Tripped Up In The 800 Last Week
- Japan: Francis Kibiwott (2:07:32) Leads Field At Nagano Olympic Memorial Marathon
Rotterdam Kicks Off 8 Days Of Marathon Madness Sunday *Full Rotterdam Elite Field
LRC Moses Mosop Goes For Glory: "Moses Has Speed That Has Never Been Seen" Moses Mosop ran 2:03:06 in his
first marathon. In his second marathon, he set the Chicago course record while only being
80-85%. Now he's at full strength and trying to make the Kenyan Olympic Team. His coach Renato Canova knows the only way Mosop will make the team is with a World Record in Rotterdam on Sunday. Employee #1 spent 20 days in Kenya and looks at Mosop and Rotterdam, which also features half marathon stars Sammy Kitwara, Stephen Kibet or Peter Kirui.
*IAAF Preview: "'The Big Engine' Is Well Prepared"
*Travel Visa Issues Almost Kept Moses Mosop From Arriving In Rotterdam Thankfully, his visa was renewed on special appeal and he arrived confident ahead of Sunday. He says he visited 5 weeks ago to preview the course and adjusted his training to prepare for it.
Beautiful Videos Of Top Stars In Rotterdam Training In Kenya And Talking About Training:
*Moses Mosop *Sammy Kitwara *Peter Kirui
RR: Sports Illustrated: The Mercurial Life And Mysterious Death Of Sammy Wanjiru David Epstein: "Expect Kenyans at the London Games to try to break the rest of the world from the gun. That will be Wanjiru's legacy."
South Africa National Champs
- Oscar P Makes 400m Final With Slow Times At SA Champs This article says he "eased" to 48.34 and 47.91 in the semis. However, another article says he looked "sluggish". Caster Semenya didn't race as there were enough scratches to cancel the heat and advance her automatically to today's final.
- Stephen Mokoka Wins And Gets 10k Olympic "A" Standard At SA Champs He won in 27:40, but is leaning towards doing the Olympic marathon which he already qualified for.
- Aussie Champs: Recap Of Day 1 Of Aussie National Champs
US News From A Retired Runner, Alan Webb, And The 2nd-Fastest HSer In The Country
- Alan Webb's Wife Julia Says He's Healthy & This Past Weekend's Races Aren't Indicative Of His Training
- Recommended Read: Adam Goucher Writes On Walking The Line Between Tough And Stupid
- Foot Locker Runner-Up Futsum Zeinasellassie Commits To Northern Arizona University
- Typical HS Mindset: 3 Seconds Over Pace Halfway Through A 3,200 And You're "Extremely Nervous" So many of even the best high schoolers don't understand that often the best way to run a distance race is with negative splits.
- US's World Indoor 60m Hurdle Champ Aries Merritt Credits Success From Change To "7 Step" Approach He says with US depth, the Olympic Trials is harder than the Olympics, but that's definitely an exaggeration as he won't have to race Liu Xiang or Dayron Robles at the Trials.
- Would Steve Prefontaine Have Become A Legend In An Era With Few College Dual Meets?
- RIP 1948 Olympic SP Silver Medalist Francis James "Jim" Delaney
Interesting Olympics News
- Seb Coe Says China Will Top Overall Olympic Medal Tables He predicts China, US, and then Russia and hopes UK could be 4th.
- Good: Japanese Comedian Hiroshi Neko May Be Ineligible For Cambodian Olympic Marathon Team The guy who deserves to go is Hem Bunting, who will be trying to break the 2:18 Olympic B standard at Sunday's Paris Marathon.
- Kenya 4 X 4 Team Will Get Some Experience At The Penn Relays
- Group Creates Fake Version Of London Games Website To Protest BP's Olympic Sponsorship
- NBA Players Ray Allen And Dwyane Wade Say They Should Get Paid To Play For Team USA At The Olympics LeBron James says he's happy to play for free, though.
*Columnist Says No Way Olympic Players Should Be Paid "The chance to lean over, and have someone slip a gold medal over your head. For many, it will be the most cherished day of their sporting lives. That's not enough for someone? Then why be there?"
- Sprinter Delano Williams Defends Decision To Try Out For GB Olympic Team Because His Native Nation Isn't Eligible For London 2012
- After A Poor 2011, UK Olympic 400m Champ Christine Ohuruogu Is Clocking Better Times In Training Than She Did Before Beijing
- Kenya To Spend ~$5.5 Million Marketing Itself At London Olympics Mary Kimonye: "These games are very important to the country considering that we have won more than 50 per cent of the medals since the Games began." Not sure where that stat came from, but it's clearly wrong.
US Track News
- April 21st: Deep Mile Field For Kansas Relays Field has Nick Symmonds, Will Leer, A.J. Acosta, Russell Brown and Lee Emanuel.
- A Revised Fundraising Plan May Save Maryland Men's Track And Field Calls for no indoor team and an outdoor roster of only 14 opposed to 27.
- Chris Solinsky Says He Never Realized How Easy He Had It Until Trying To Come Back From Surgery/Injury
- Oregon Announce Two Transfers & Two Prep Signings Includes NAIA steeplechase champion Katie Conlon (10:25), who starts this spring quarter.
- Track & Field News Article On The Value Of Scored Meets "In my humble opinion there are few things more exciting than two 4 x 4 teams battling, with the winning relay clinching a victory for that school."
- Article On OP's Jackie Areson, Who Set A 33-Second 5k PR To Get The Win And Olympic "A" At Stanford Apparently she had no idea what pace she was on until the last lap as her coach told her not to look at the clock until 400 to go.
- 40-Year-Old Kevin Castille Set Masters (40-44) Record Of 28:57 At Stanford 10k
- David Rudisha To Next Race At Doha Diamond League Meet On May 11th He says he thinks he can eventually runs sub 1:41, but doesn't know if 1:40 is humanly possible.
- Rudisha Says He'll Only Run 3 Races Before The Olympics Mentions that he could run for the Kenyan 4x4 team in London.
Athletics Kenya Botches It Again
Athletics Kenya Whittles Down 10k Olymipc Hopefuls To 30 "A" Qualifiers & Says All Must
Race On Tuesday To Pick 15 That Will Compete In Eugene Athletics Kenya says there are no exceptions for not competing in next Tuesday's pre-trials race, from which 15 will be sent to Eugene. So that pretty much rules out last year's 10k national champ Peter Kirui, who is running Rotterdam this weekend Geoffrey Mutai, who is running Boston and is arguably the world's greatest runner, isn't even on the list. "B" qualifiers aren't even allowed to compete, nor are three "A"
we don't think US-based guys like Sabmu or Korir will make it either.
*Kenyan Article With 30 Competitors' Names Listed
*AK: B Qualifiers Don't Matter As They Are Mostly Road Runners
*The Science Of The Sport Weighs In On Kenya Marathon/10k Selection Dilemma Also talks about the biological passport and the resignation of one of its leading developers.
More Kenyan News:
Something The IAAF Overlooked: Asbel Kiprop Was Beaten By Evans Kosgei In Kenya Last Weekend The IAAF report didn't mention Kiprop being in the race, but this report says he was tripped 450m in and that the race was won by Evans Kosgei in 1:48. Two-time steeple world champ Ezekiel Kemboi failed to get out of the heats of the 1,500 as well.
Usain Bolt & Yohan Blake Both Going To Race This Weekend
Sprint Fans, Get On A Plane:
Yohan Blake Says This Saturday In Jamaica, He'll Run Open 100m Then Team Up With Usain Bolt On 4 X 100m
Censorship In Iran & The US
Iranians Are Currently Being Banned From London 2012 Website If you think that's unbelievably crazy, don't. LetsRun.com is banned at US military bases.
Action We Missed
- 2008 Olympic 5,000m Bronze Medallist And 2012 World Indoor 3,000m Bronze Medallist, Edwin Soi, Outguns Thomas Longosiwa By 3 Seconds In Swiss 10km
- 4:17 Wins North Pole Marathon (video)
- At Pyongyang Marathon, Ukranian Celebrates Early, Loses Lead On Track But Batles Back To Get Win
Non-Usain/Yohan Sprint News
- IAAF Recap Of 2012 CARIFTA Games Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas stepped broke Veronica Campbell's 200m record by running 22.85.
- Turk & Caicos Delano Williams, Who Will Run For GBR This Summer, Wins 200m In 20.83 & Then Complains It Was Too Cold He's so worried about it being cold in London that he's flying over early.
- British Sprinter Richard Kilty, Who Trains With Linford Christie, Is Pumped After Opening With 10.23 And 20.50 PRs In Arizona
Alberto's Book Went On Sale Monday, Buy It From Our Partner Amazon And Support LRC
Great Read If You Didn't Read It Yesterday: Alberto Salazar Unplugged - Part II This interview with Amby Burfoot is
From Ritz's struggle in the marathon, to Ritz's form change, to Alberto's competitive relationship with Jerry Schumacher, to Galen Rupp's marathon future and, to Alberto's biggest
regrets, Amby Burfoot leaves no question unasked and Alberto doesn't shy away from any of them and talks about Rupp running 12:45 and in the 26:20s.
*Part I: Alberto's Book & The "Duel In The Sun"
MB: An Incredible Amby Burfoot Interview With Alberto Salazar
*The Wall Street Journal Positively Reviews Alberto Salazar's New Autobiography Pre-order the book today here (it's released tomorrow) and get Amazon price guarantee.
More Action From The Weekend
- Korea: David Kemboi Kiyeng Gets $110k And Course Record At Daegu Marathon
- New Orleans: Crescent City 10k: Solomon Deksisa, Who Won Cooper River 10k, Defeats Cherry Blossom Record Holder Alan Kiprono Genoveva Jelagat Kigen won the women's race and said of the Ethiopian-Kenyan rivalry: "We are friends when we travel, but when we see each other in a race, we are like two lions. We want to kill each other."
- Navy Beats Army In 4 X 400 To Win 86th Army-Navy Dual Meet
- Olympian Carrie Tollefson Runs 16:26 5k, 4 University Of Minnesota Athletes Break 1:50
- Scientist Says With Max Wind, Max Altitude & Quicker Reaction Time, Usain Bolt Could Run 9.45 This guy wasted his time doing a published paper on this. He could have just used this free online calculator.
- Renaldo Nehemiah Looks Back At Olympic Boycott, Amateurism, The NFL And At Today's Crop Of Hurdlers
- Is The Hammer Throw Being At The Olympic Trials On The Nike Campus Good For The Event Or Bad?
Japanese Amateur Marathon Ace Yuki Kawauchi Shows Up Unannounced At Half Marathon, Beats Many Top Japanese Collegians The guy is a star in Japan as he got an ovation from the mass runners at the start line. His time was 63:48 but it was very windy.
- MB: It's Official - 9:00 Is What 9:15 Was 20 Years Ago - 16 Boys Break 9:00 At Arcadia
- Princeton: High Schooler Edward Cheserek Runs 29:42 10k
- Canadian Jr. Tyler Smith Runs 1:49.30 At Arcadia
- Sarah Baxter Runs US-Leading 10:08 At Arcadia
- Sophomore Phenom Mary Cain Thinks 2012 Games Aren't Out Of The Question "You never know. I might get out there and be so pumped and so motivated, it might be, 'Oh my gosh, who is that kid?'"
- AZ Hurdler Devon Allen Wins 5 Events At Arcadia - Only Problem Is There is A 4-Event Limit The kid won the 200 and both hurdle races plus two relays and may now be DQed for being a stud. Xavier Carter was the last guy to win 3 individual events in 2003. Whatever happened to him?
- Overworked In Jamaica As Well? Jamaican Champs Were Most Exciting In Years, But Glen Mills Fears HSers Are Way Overworked And Ran Too Many Events
- Jamaica Wins 26 Medals To Start CARIFTA Games Some weak distance running - gold in the boys under-17 1,500m came in 4:18.92. *Results
Ryan Hall Movie
LRC Ryan Hall Feature Film In The Works A full length film on Ryan Hall's quest for glory in London 2012 is in the works. Learn more about the film "41 Days," watch a trailer, and learn how you can help support the film and get some Ryan Hall memorabilia. Image below.
On The Boards: Ryan Hall's Big News
Half Marathon Madness
Ethiopia's Next Star? In Cold And Windy Conditions, Virtually Unknown Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay Runs 4th-Fastest (58:47) Half Marathon Ever The 20-year-old's claim to fame before today was a 6th place at the
World Junior 5,000 and a course record at last October's Marseille and
Cassis road race. Joyce Chepkirui, the African XC champ, broke the women's course record in Prague. *RRW Recap
Prague Berlin: Geoffrey Mutai's Training Partner Dennis Koech Stuns Half Marathon World Champion Wilson Kiprop
5 Kenyans broke 60 flat as Koech (59:14) edged Kiprop (59:15) on a day which 5 Kenyans broke 60 and 3 Kenyan women led by last year's Rotterdam
champ, Philes Ongori (68:25), broke 69. Koech's coach thinks he can get the WR.
Big Sprint News
Reuters: Tyson Gay Holds Open Workout For Media & Says He'll Only Do 100m This Year *ESPN.com
*AP Article That Is More Upbeat & Says He's Nearing Full Recovery Given his surgery, Gay doesn't feel he hasn't done enough work to handle the 200m. His coach says that the Trials might actually be his first race of the year: "You'd prefer to have a couple of races before the trials. But at the end of the day, if his first race is at the Olympic trials, then he'll be ready to run.''
More Sprint News: Slate Asks: Might Justin Gatlin (And Other Drug Cheats) Be Benefitting From Doping They Did Years Ago? Answer: Yes
We All Have Our Own Story Of How We Became A Runner, But Few Can Say It Was Because They Were Arrested
Recommended Read: Former CEO Of BETonSPORTS.com Went To Jail To Become A Runner At 50 years old, David Carruthers used his time in prison/house arrest to go from being 192 lbs. and overweight to running a 3:07 marathon and sub 5-min. mile.
LA Times Take A Look At Altitude Training At Mammoth Lakes
- Meb Keflezighi On His High Altitude Training Base At Mammoth Lakes: "This was a distance runner's heaven."
- Morgan Uceny One Of Many Elites Training At Mammoth Lakes "There's something special about this group. If you don't have a knowledgeable coach that can take that kind of training and make it work, then it's pointless. Just being at altitude isn't going to do anything. You have to know how to use it."
2012 NYC Half Marathon *Top 50 Results *LRC Photos (Updated) *Race Replay (Video)
LRC Recap: Peter Kirui & Firehiwot Dado Prevail After Head-To-Head Battles
From the start, both the men's and women's races turned into one-on-one battles but with different results. In the men's race, Peter Kirui did all the work as Deriba Merga tried to hang on, but in the end, Kirui was rewarded with a victory in the 2nd fastest time ever (59:35) as no American men finished in the top 10. Kim Smith led most of the women's race, but Firehiwot Dado pulled ahead late and won in a new CR (68:35) as Kara Goucher was 3rd.
*MB: NYC Half 2012 race coverage thread and updates.
*MB:Today was Ritz's worst finish Since....
*MB:Did Kim Smith get pawned? (sic)
*MB: Todd Williams is really good at broadcasting
*Nice WSJ Recap
*Davila Loved The Weather: "If you can't run fast on a day like today, you might as well go bowling."
*Goucher: "I had a lot more fun this year."
2012 NCAAs *Results
LRC 3,000s: Chris Derrick Pushes Lawi Lalang To The Line, Emily Infeld Wins Her First Title (link fixed) Friday night, Chris Derrick won accolades for coming within 1.7 seconds of beating Lawi Lalang. Derrick did even better on Saturday night, coming within .17 seconds. In the end, Derrick's efforts weren't enough, as Lalang completed the double. In the women's 3,000m, Emily Infeld won a four-person sprint around the final bend over (among others) Jordan Hasay. Hasay's Ducks were so good they would have won the team title if she had stayed in Oregon.
LRC Carey Pinkowski Reflects On Khalid Khannouchi's Career: "He Was The Absolute Best I've Ever Seen" The Chicago marathon director talks about the man who made his name
in the Windy City. Plus quotes from London Marathon director Dave Bedford and a tweet from Ryan Hall.
LRC Marathon Legend Khalid Khannouchi Officially Retires Khalid Khannouchi, one of the greatest marathoners of all time, has told LRC that he is officially retiring from competitive running. Khalid helped revolutionize the sport of marathon running, setting two world record in the span of three years, including his final one at the "Greatest Marathon Ever Run" - the 2002 London Marathon matchup that featured Khannouchi, Paul Tergat and Haile Gebrselassie.
Lisbon Action *LRC Updated Full Photo Gallery
Shalane Flanagan Wins Lisbon Half, Tadese Three-Peats Updated with IAAF story The American got the big upset win (just
as we predicted)
and Zersenay Tadese got the win but not the world record (just as we predicted - a broken clock is accurate twice a day). Flanagan ran
68:51 for the win.
OTB: Flanagan wins Lisbon. Lock for Olympic gold?
*Will there be an official Lisbon half-marathon thread?
*Letsrun...seriously your picking Shalane Flanagan to win the 2012 Lisbon Half Marathon?
*Full Photo Gallery
*LRC Lisbon Half Marathon Preview
US Women's Olympic Trials Marathon News *LRC Vote Totals *Men's Results *Women's Results *Yahoo Flash Photos
Flanagan Over Davila, Goucher Gets Third As Top 4 All Break Old OTrials Record Flanagan (2:25:38) pulled away from Davila (2:25:55) and Goucher was third in 2:26:06. Amy Hastings broke the old Trials record at 2:27:17 but didn't make the team. Deena Kastor was 6th in 2:30:40.
- New: Amy Hastings Reacts To Fourth Place Finish Obviously disappointed, but a good run for Amy.
- Post-Race Reaction None of the four former Olympic marathoners in the race made the team. Hear from the top 3 and them.
- Women's Results
- Goucher: "I never imagined myself winning this race based on the short period of time I had to train." Oregonian
Lopez Lomong's Life Saga In 3 Minutes And 51 Seconds
Excellent Video Of Mosop Running In Kenya And Talking About Rotterdam (More Stunning Videos Of Peter Kirui Here And Sammy Kitwara Here Running In Kenya) - Our Favorite Is The Kirui One Because Of The Music
Diamond League Meets Start Next Month
*Monaco Diamond League 200 On July 20th To Be Usain Bolt's Last Race Before London Olympics Bolt will also compete in the DL meets in Rome on May 31 and Oslo, Norway, on June 7.
*Universal Sports 2012 Diamond League Video Preview
Week In Review (Updated With More Info On Jeremy Wariner Here)
LRC WTW: Is Jeremy Wariner Done? What About Alan Webb? Our Favorite Race Walker, Brie Felnagle, Chris Derrick, Running Movies and More We scan the world and wonder is Jeremy Wariner done? What about Alan Webb? Brie Felnagle definitely isn't and neither is David Adams. Chris Derrick has more speed than you thought. Plus we tell you about our favorite racewalker, talk about two running movies in the works, Bekoji Ethiopia, and we even give you some injury advice.
Other Random News
*Japanese Dog Owner Arrested After Dog Bites University Runner Brett Larner also shares of his experiences with said dog and owner as he was attacked and police ignored his complaints because he was a foreigner.
*How Steve Hooker Got Rid Of The Yips (Video Included)
*Liu Xiang Says He Was Moved By Watching 70-80-Year-Olds Training For The World Masters Championships
Bekoji, Ethiopia: Town Of Runners By now many of you have heard of Iten, Kenya - the tiny town where many Kenyan stars train. The Ethiopian town of Bekoji may be even more impressive,
it is where Kenenisa Bekele (3 Olympic golds), Tirunesh Dibaba (2 Olympic golds), Derartu Tulu (2 Olympic golds), and Fatuma Roba (1 Olympic gold) were all born. Lengthy Guardian profile on the town and its unheralded coach Sentayehu Eshetu. A movie on the town - "Town of Runners" - comes out later this month.
*Bekoji Photo Gallery
Alberto Salazar's Book Released Today And Endurance Now On DVD
Week In Review
LRC WTW: America's Newest Female Running Prodigy, Galen Rupp's Medal Chances, A Kenyan Gets 7 Years Older In 2.5 Months, Bekele's World Records And The World's Winningest Marathoner Who Is Not A Big Fan Of The World We span the globe so you don't have to. Can Atsedu Tsegay knock Galen Rupp off the medal stand at 10,000m? How does someone get 7 years older in 2 months? Plus info on America's latest distance prodigy and the World's winningest marathoner seems to not be a big fan of the World. Much more, including a great profile on Edwin Moses.
Did You Miss 4/1/12 On LetsRun.com? Relive It Here
Video: Khalid Khannouchi To Run 2012 Virgin London Marathon A television report out of London confirms Khannouchi is in for 2012. Sunday's April Fool's Homepage.
Spice Up Your Day With This Steeple Fail (Turn Up Volume) *MB Thread
Train Smarter (More In The Running Training Forum)
- Marathon Training Thread - Week Ending 3/25
- Bored X coach, willing to give unwanted advice
- What are your best bang-for-the-buck running tips?
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