Quote Of The Day

"I'm still trying to find that happiness in life. I want to find that defining moment that you're satisfied and you've done what you want to do in your life. (If I win the Olympic 100m gold), I hope it gives me that satisfaction. I hope I'll get that gold and it gives me that satisfaction of feeling that I've really accomplished something."

- US sprint sensation Tyson Gay talking in an introspective London Evening Standard feature. In the piece, a confident Gay talks about his mom's influence in his life, a cocky Maurice Greene, and why he thinks he should have already run 9.62.

London - The Most Competitive Marathon In The World - Is Sunday

Athletics Weekly Preview: Mutai Ready To Defend As Kenyans/Ethiopians Battle For Olympic Spots

Five British Women To Battle For Final Olympic Marathon Spot in Sunday's Virgin London Marathon

LRC Note:
We are a bit behind this week but are working on a preview. In the meantime, enjoy some info from the London Media center:

Laid-Back Kenyans Shrug Off Olympic Pressure
*Experience Is Key, Says Gharib
*Teamwork's Key For Britain's Men
Video: *Interview With World Champion Abel Kirui
Video: Interview With Berlin Marathon Champion Florence Kiplagat
Video: Interview With British Marathon Runner Claire Hallissey

2:15 Brit Phil Weeks Withdraws With Hamstring Injury He's obviously devastated as his home Olympic dreams are over.

Paula Radcliffe's Friend Liz Yelling Says She Doesn't Think Radcliffe Will Run London Olympics Unless She's 100%
"I think if she's injured she won't put herself through that again. She can't stand on that line 90%, 80% fit anymore and hope that she's going to have a good run." *More On Yelling/Radcliffe

Non-London Marathon News

RRW: Neely Spence Joins Hansons Brooks Updated The D2 star is Hansons-Brooks biggest pick up ever.
*Discuss on the Boards

Meet Glenn Randall

LRC The Story Behind Glenn Randall (The Guy Who Led Boston) Who was that dude leading the first 10k of the Boston Marathon? Believe it or not, he's an NCAA champion (in another sport). LetsRun.com talks to the guy who made the first 10k of the marathon entertaining. His frontrunning was no stunt and has paid off big time in the past. This time it resulted in a 2:37:13 61st place finish.

A Brief Chat With 2:10:47 Canadain Olympian Dylan Wykes
Random facts from article:
1) After dropping out of Lake Biwa, he couldn't get into any other marathon but Rotterdam 2) He was never an All-American at Providence 3) He's given up being a vegetarian.

Jason Hartmann Still On Cloud 9
"If I never accomplish anything else in the sport of running again, I can look back at this and be really happy with my running career."

London This Weekend; Yuki Kawauchi Racing A Marathon Next Weekend Followed By A Half Two Weeks Later

Post-Boston/Bekele News

Upcoming: Emmanuel Mutai Running London After Recovering From Typhoid, Haile G At Great Manchester Run

The 8 Days Of Marathon Madness Has Begun
Boston Marathon Monday *Men's Results/Splits *Women's Results Splits *Winners Photo Gallery *Video Highlights

Recommended: Excellent Post By Science Of Sport On Boston Conditions: The Surge Between 25 And 30k And The Sun Did The Leaders In We'll have more LRC analysis but this post does an excellent job of explaining what happened. Also read this post that explains why telling people to over-prepare for the heat may not be the best idea. And only 427 people deferred to next year's race.

RRW: Wesley Korir Comes From Behind For Shock Victory Korir, the former University of Louisville, Ron Mann-coached athlete was 57 seconds behind the leaders with less than five miles to go. Then the heat took its toll on leader Levy Matebo and Korir stormed to victory in 2:12:40 as American Jason Hartmann used a similar tactic to get 4th in 2:14:31. The winner was nearly 10 minutes slower than last year. Crazy.
Top Results/Splits *Winners Photos *Video Highlights

More Men's Boston:

Other Weekend Action

Worth A Read

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.

Miscellaneous News

Recommended Read

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!

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

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."

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 video proves 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.

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

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.

Relay Season/NCAA Action Heats Up *More NCAA Results

Mt. SAC Relays: Live Results *Mt. SAC Entries
Evan Jager Throws Down Last Lap of 64, Wins Steeple Debut In Olympic B Standard of 8:26 Jager's steeple debut was a big success as he crushed WC team member Dan Huling tin he process and he took 45 seconds off his 3,000 PR. In the 10k, Stephen Sambu ran 28:06. *Track Focus On Jager *Post Race Interview with Jager *Race Video

ACCs Have Begun:
We love to call it "the conference that doesn't care about track, so they put the outdoor conference meet before Penn Relays to save money."
*Live Results/Stream *Schedule/Meet Home *MB: Discuss
*VTech Men, UVA Women Lead After Day 1
*UVA Excited To Be Hosting At New $14 Million Facility New man Fetzer is talking big like Vinny and wants to turn UVA into the Eugene of the East.

Kansas Relays: Results
*Reese Hoffa Wins Kansas Relays Downtown Shot Put As He & Cantwell Both Throw Over 71 Feet *More On Hoffa
*Janay Deloach Jumps #3 In World (6.61m) To Win Downtown Long Jump

OK State's Good News:
German Fernandez Running Again, Hoping To Be Ready For Big 12s

Oregon: Meet Oregon's Big-Kicking Becca Friday, Who Got 5th At NCAAs Outdoors Last Year/4th Indoors The 4:15.17 performer will be looking to improve her 800 PR (2:05.89).
*Oregon's Bronwyn Crossman Is Pumped To Be #3 All-Time At Oregon In 10k At 33:18  Hard to believe that's slower, though, than HS sensation Cayla Hatton.

More College News:

Only CU Students Will Have 4/20 Fun: Judge Says It's Okay For CU To Close Campus To Visitors On 4/20

Sprint, Hurdle, Pole Vault News + Kenya 400 News

Recommend Read: Ultimately All Tyson Gay Wants Is Happiness But He's Not Sure If Even Beating Bolt Would Give Him That A confident sounding Gay talks about his mom's influence in his life, a cocky Maurice Greene, and why he thinks he should have already run 9.62.

David Rudisha & Pamela Jelimo To Run 400s In Kenya On Friday

Good Hurdle News: Robles: "I am completely recovered from my injury."

Jamaica Gleaner
: Glen Mills Is Right - Usain Bolt Is Back

Yohan Blake To Run In Cayman Islands On May 9th

Oscar P Is One Of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People In The World


PV Star Isinbayeva Says Her Body Is Getting Old & She's Getting Tired Of Training & She'll Retire In 2 Years

USA Today's 100 Athletes, 100 Days Features Natasha Hastings

Sammy Wanjiru's Blood Line Continues; Battle Over His Assets Gets Complicated

DNA Tests Confirm Sammy Wanjiru Had A Son With Second Wife Judy Wambui Wairimu came forward last year, proclaiming to be his second wife and pregnant with his child. He also had a son and daughter with his first wife, Triza Njeri.

More Wanjiru: Wanjiru's Mom Claims He Was Executed By Police

Batman Jackson Throws Down The Gauntlet, And Other US Stuff

First Round Of Kenyan 10k Olympic Trials A Complete Farce *Top 10 Results

Yesterday Marked 100 Days Until The 2012 Olympic Games - "Inspire A Generation"

Boston Women *Women's Results Splits *Men's Results/Splits *Winners Photo Gallery *Video Highlights

Sharon Cherop Outkicks Jemima Sumgong Cherop was third last year and third at the World Championships but she got the huge win here as she outdueled countrywoman Jemima Sumgong. Believe it or not, this was the 5th straight year the women's race has been decided by 3 seconds or less.
Top Results/Splits  *Video Highlights Including Exciting Women's Finish
*RunnersWorld Article On Cherop's Win, Post-Race Interview As Well
*40-Year-Old First American Sheri Piers Is From Maine But Was Ready For Heat Thanks To Training On A Treadmill Text and interview.


UK News

Non-Boston News

Paula And Geb Race Aftermath: Gebrselassie To Run His Final Track 10,000m Next Month In Hengelo
*Steve Cram Says Don't Count Paula Radcliffe Out We agree 100%. Paula ran a 1:12 half marathon this weekend in her match race with Geb but was sick beforehand. More Paula here.

This Weekend Tuesday: All Set For Round 1 Of Kenyan Olympic 10,000m Trials This Weekend And A Few Top Stars Will Be Missing

Craziness: Sammy Wanjiru's Mom Says Cops Or Security May Have Killed Him And That Doctors May Have Injected Him With Lethal Chemical To Speed Up His Death *2nd Article

Good News: USADA Busts First Athlete For HGH Use

RIP: Photos Of Memorial Service For Former US Olympian And HS Coach Bob Day

LetsRun.com Post-Boston Track Talk Show which was broacast live immediately after the race:
Listen in the player or download here as Rojo and Wejo broke down the race.

Non-Rotterdam/Boston Marathon Weekend Action

BAA 5k: LRC Course Records Fall As Ben True Outkicks Sam Chelanga For BAA 5k Title; Werknesh Kidane Wins Women's Race Olympian Desi Davila was only 10th in the women's race but wasn't too upset afterwards.

BAA Mile:
Morgan Uceny & Collis Birmingham Earn Wins The times may not appear fast but remember it's on a 500-meter long block with 90-degree turns.

Pre-Race: LRC
Quest For $100,000 Begins At BAA 5k Believe it or not, Sam Chalenga has a good shot at winning not this race but $100,000 and is up against Ethiopia's Ali Abdosh and defending champ Ben True.

George Mason: LRC Alan Webb Redeems Himself With A 3:43 1,500m/ 14:15 5,000m Double, Robby Andrews Opens With 1:49 Win
Alan didn't win the 1,500m, but his performance was so much better than last weekend's 1:54/3:54 debacle that all Alan Webb fans like this guy can breathe a sigh of relief. And the message boards went nuts with Webb: here, here, here, here.
Update: Video On Webb's Race

Usain Bolt Blasts Asafa Powell In 4 X 100 To Open Season World 100m champ Yohan Blake ran a super-impressive 9.90 to open the season as well and didn't even get mentioned in the Reuters article.
IAAF Recap Of Bolt/Blake's Run With pics of small crowd.
Video Of Bolt's 4 X 100 Win Over Powell *Video Of Blake's Opener

S. African Champs:
Oscar P Only Runs 47.28, LJ Van Zyl Only Runs 51.00, Semenya Runs 2:02.68 To Win, Mulaudzi Runs 1:45.68 To Win Sounds like Oscar didn't try very hard, saying, "I felt like I was at the verge of pushing it into the red. I didn't see the point of really doing that."
Semenya Wins But Doesn't Break 2:00 - Says It's Key She Doesn't Panic "It was okay for me. I retained my title but the race was a bit disappointing because we were hoping for a qualifier but unfortunately I didn't make it, but the time will come. I just need to be patient."

Jeremy Wariner Runs 46.43 For 400m It was really, really windy.

Australian Champs: Melissa Breen Misses Olympic Qualification By .02 In 100, Tamsyn Manou Wins In 2:02.01
Results *"B" Standard Is Not Good Enough For Tamsyn Manou To Go To Olympics

High Schooler Haley Crouser Sets National Javelin Mark (Her Brother Set The Javelin Mark 2 Years Ago And Her Cousin Set The Discus Mark Last Year)

South Africa National Champs

US News From A Retired Runner, Alan Webb, And The 2nd-Fastest HSer In The Country

Interesting Olympics News

US Track News

Alberto's Book On Sale Now, 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 great. 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"
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.

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

Khannouchi's Retirement

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.
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.

US Men's Olympic Trials Marathon News *LRC Vote Totals *Men's Results *Women's Results *Mile-By-Mile Splits *Yahoo Flash Photos

LRC Men's 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

Good News: David Rudisha To Make US Debut At adidas Grand Prix June 9th He'll be the first male world record holder in the 800 to run in the US since 1984. He will also highlight the May 25th Ostrava Golden Spike Meet.

Updated Boston Photos (Now With Many More Men's And Women's Photos)

Andrew Wheating Was Dealing With Hamstring Injury For 7 Months, Back Running Now Andrew Wheating In Drag, Moonwalking, And Lip Syncing Whitney

Update: Where Has Andrew Wheating Been? Most interviews are completely pointless. "Tell us about your race ..." This one is very different. You might not want to watch even the full 6 minutes. We did.
*MB: Wheating interview on injury, completely serious !

We Did Not Give This The Attention It Deserved On Sunday: Tiki Gelana 2:18:57 In Rotterdam To Become 4th-Fastest Ever (More Here)

Another Tight Boston Women's Finish (Larger Here, Men's Highlights Here)

Men's Boston Highlights

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

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.

Interesting Read

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, as 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 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.

Spice Up Your Day With This Steeple Fail (Turn Up Volume) *MB Thread

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Lisbon Photos

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USA XC Photo Galleries *Women Here *Men Here

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