Lots Of Pro Action *Jamaica Invite Results *Photos *Video

Usain Bolt 9.82 Opener! Sanya Richards-Ross Beaten Usain Bolt showed he should be a force in 2012 as he blasted the field. In other action, Novlene Williams-Mills ran 49.99 to upset Sanya Richards-Ross in the 400 (50.11), Yohan Blake ran 19.91, and Carmelita Jeter ran 10.81.
Video And Flash Recap Of Jamaica Invitational And Bolt's 9.82 100m Opener Ben Bruce won the steeple and AJ Nation ran the 1,500 and was in the steeple too, as Hilary Stellingwerff won the 1,500.
On The Boards:
Bolt 9.82 at 2012 Jamaica Invitational
Brigette Foster Hilton 12.51 in 100h!!!

Oxy Invitational Results:
Jason Richardson Runs 13.30, Felix Sanchez 45.34, Ryan Bailey 10.01

Some In Jamaica Upset Bolt Is Dating A White Woman Message board thread here.

Also This Weekend:

News From Over The Pond

Pro Distance News

Korir Running Chicago
LRC Wesley Korir: From #T248 To #1 At Chicago
The first time Wesley ran Chicago (photo here), he paid his entry fee like everyone else and started with the masses. Now 4 years later he's returning as the Boston Marathon champ. Learn more about Wesley (he hopes to be a US citizen soon) and how the late Sammy Wanjiru inspired Wesley to be a champion.

Stanford/Stanford Reaction *LRC Men's Recap *LRC Women's Recap *Full Results *StanfordInvite Photos

Alan Webb In San Jose Paper: "I almost try not to compare myself to what I did in the past...I know that it's there. I know I can still do it."

In Case You Missed It: LRC
Men's Recap: One Of The Most Exciting Men's 5,000s We've Ever Seen; Alan Webb Doubles; And Chris Derrick And Cam Levins Battle It Out With Sam Chalanga

LRC Women's Recap: Anna Pierce Is Back!!! Betsy Saina And Sally Kipyego Impress As Deena Kastor Returns Impressively But Comes Up Short

Entertaining Links

The Fantastic 2012 Stanford Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite Is History *Full Results *Race Videos

LRC Men's Recap: One Of The Most Exciting Men's 5,000s We've Ever Seen; Alan Webb Doubles; And Chris Derrick And Cam Levins Battle It Out With Sam Chalanga What a men's meet!!!Alan Webb finished third-to-last in the 1,500 but by the end of the night his fans were absolutely thrilled by his progress. The 10,000 matchup between the collegiate record holder Sam Chelanga and the two collegians who have recently beaten the seemingly unbeatable Lawi Lalang lived up to the hype, as Chelanga, Chris Derrick and Cam Levins battled it out for victory over the final 400. But the men's 5,000 may have stole the evening as it was one of the most exciting and fun races we've ever watched. Click here to watch it without having the results spoiled for you.

Penn Relays *Penn Results (And Photos Of Each Race) *Drake Results *Penn Video

LRC Nick Symmonds Runs 1:44.0, Leo Manzano Outkicks Bernard Lagat To Highlight 2012 Penn Relays Distance Action Nick Symmonds soloed a 1:44.0 800m in impressive fashion to run away from Khadevis Robinson, who opened his 2012 season with a 1:44.9 in the DMR. All that did was give Bernard Lagat a big lead which he coughed up to Leo Manzano. Plus, Oregon, Princeton and Penn State (with Robby Creese on the anchor) all get their second Penn titles of 2012.
*US Dominates Relays At Penn AP Recap
*Madison, Felix, Knight, & Jeter Go 42.19 @ Penn!
*Asafa Powell At Penn For Sponsors, Not To Run
Lagat: "I felt that my legs were a bit heavy."
*Nick Symmonds: "I said if I'm going to come all the way here, I might as well throw one down" + Oregon's Anne Kesselring Gets Performer of Meet Post-race interview with Nick here.

Penn Saturday On the Boards:

Weekend Marathons

US Pro Distance News

Kenyan Olympic Team Named

Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team Announced: Makau AND Mutai Left Off The Kenyan Olympic Marathon team was announced (video here) and the AP is making a big deal of the World Record holder Patrick Makau being left off. The big news in our minds is the world's best marathoner in 2011, Geoffrey Mutai, being left off in favor of Mosop Mosop (and Abel Kirui). The women's team was the top 3 in London, although Employee #1 was surprised Boston Champ Sharon Cherop was left off.
*IAAF *Athletics West
Discuss: The Kenyan OG Marathon Squad Revealed
*World Record Holders Not Chosen For Olympic Team

Women's 2012 London Is History *Top Results *Live Splits *Video Highlights *Mary Keitany Photo Gallery From Kenya *Getty Images Photos From Kenya

LRC  Mary Keitany Runs Fastest Final 10km In Marathon History To Repeat & Become The #3 Performer In History The Kenyans certainly came to play when it was time to battle it out for the title and London Olympic spots, as they went 1-2-3-4-5, but in the end, everyone was left talking to about Keitany, who used a 5:07 23rd mile and 4:59 24th mile to pull away from world champion Edna Kiplagat and mark herself as the Olympic favorite.

On The Boards: *Live Update Thread *
Kenyan Olympic team

Non-London Marathon News

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.

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

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.  

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

US Action *Oregon Twilight Results *Twilight Photo Gallery *Twilight Video *More Collegiate

Oregon Twilight: Andrew Wheating Returns With 3:44.97 Win Over Dorian Ulrey Wheating got the win over former World Championships team member Dorian Ulrey in windy conditions. Video of last lap on right of homepage, full racehere. Tommy Skipper no-heighted and Jordan Hasay ran 4:19.90 and 2:08.32.

Oregon Twilight On the Boards:
Wheating opens with 3:44.97
Franek runs 9:39.37 steeplechase WL
HASAY doubles? 4:19.90 and 2:08.32
Pre-Race Profile:
Bridget Franek Wants To Make Olympic Final In Steeple

Oxy Invitational Results:
Jason Richardson Runs 13.30, Felix Sanchez 45.34, Ryan Bailey 10.01

Remember Him?
German Fernandez Runs 3:43.88 Two weeks ago, he ran 3:46.32. Now he's down to 3:43.88. Coach Dave Smith said Fernandez "looked the best he's looked in a long, long time. ... He competed well ... and is kind of starting to look like the old German Fernandez."
*Message Board Thread Here

High School: Marcus Dickson Of Small Washington High School Runs US-Leading 4:05.83 1,600 At Dual Meet

College Conference Action: Hepstrack.com *BigEast Central *More Conference

5-6 Things Worth Reading

Awesome Read: Cam Levins Is Profiled By The Canadian Press & Everyone Absolutely Justifiably Just Gushes About What He's Done - Including Levins Himself

50 stunning Olympic moments No 27: Ann Packer wins 800m in 1964 "Packer won gold in Tokyo having never previously run an international 800m race, and with the final itself only her eighth ever two-lap run." Not only that - she set a new world record of 2:01.1. Very impressive stuff (she had opened a 2:11 in her 1st 800 in May that year).

What's Next For Lopez Lomong? At This Point, His Coach Doesn't Know
"Lopez has a lot of possible events," Schumacher said. "He's truly an athlete who could run anything from the 800 to the 10,000 and be successful."

Wired: Study Reveals Joggers Live 5 Years Longer
20 minutes, 3 times a week is enough.

What Do You Do To Help The Sport? Former Olympian Alan Culpepper And Wife Shayne Are Volunteering To Help More 200 Children From Kindergarten To 5th Grade Learn To Run "The goal for this is not to identify future Olympians. It's to create a habit that they can maybe take through life ... hopefully changing their perception of what exercise is and that it doesn't have to be torture and it doesn't have to be punishment or only about weight management. It can be just to do it."

For Everyone Who Thinks Every Young Death Is The Result Of PED Use:
NY Times: Should Young Athletes Be Screened For Heart Risk?

Lots Of NCAA Conference/Twilight Action Is This Weekend *Conference Schedules/Results Here

Alan Webb To Race Robby Andrews & Curtis Beach At 800m On Sunday After seeing a 3:39/13:49 double last week, Alan Webb fans won't have to wait long to see if his stunning improvement continues as he'll race an 800 this Sunday at Duke. *MB: Is Webb racing too much?

*MB: German Fernandez is coming back, now 3:43 He beat Riley Masters in the process.
*MB: Big East men's 10K -- won in 33:06!!!?!
*MB: HEPS track and field--OUTDOOR 2012
*MB: Patriot League Outdoor 2012

Sad News For Chris Solinsky Fans

Chris Solinsky Will Not Enter The 2012 US Olympic Trials "I tore 90% of my hamstring off my pelvis. I'm going to have to bag it this year and swallow the hard pill that it's not going to happen. It's a matter of my body not responding."
*LRC Message Boarders Do It Again: Solinsky Pulls Plug on 2012
*Quick Interview From Before Announcement He also talks about how if he bumps into the rival Oregon Project guys on a run, they'll run together.

Diego Estrada Update

LRC Diego Estrada Would Have Been Eligible To Run Olympic Trials Diego Estrada, the recent American citizen and NAU redshirt junior, ran the second-fastest time ever by an American collegian at 10,000m on Sunday. Afterwards, he declared he'd be running at the Olympics for Mexico. One of the reasons he cited for his decision was that he wasn't eligible to run the US Olympic Trials. Turns out that was incorrect, as Diego was given erroneous information.

A Current And Former High School Star

Ajee Wilson Hoping To Be First To Break 2 In High School 800 The high school record is 2:00.07 by Kim Gallagher. Gallagher in her short life went on to win two Olympic medals (more on Gallagher here). If Ajee goes sub-2:00, hopefully it's at the Olympic Trials and she makes the final.

Jordan Hasay To Focus On The NCAA Season As She Realizes She Has A Long Way To Go To Compete With The Best In The World Message board discussion here.

Olympics-Related News

Draft Lopez Movement Begins 2012 Pre Classic Men’s 5K: Kenenisa Bekele & Mo Farah To Duel Before London Ritz, Rupp, and Teg will lead the American charge. We want to draft Lopez Lomong!!! *MB: Discuss

Brimin Kipruto Hoping To Become 1st Man To Defend Steeple Crown
"Running is my office and I have to take it very seriously. I'm training twice a day, in the morning and evening and sometimes, I train three times a day."

The Fantastic 2012 Stanford Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite Is History *Full Results *Race Videos

LRC Women's Recap: Anna Pierce Is Back!!! Betsy Saina And Sally Kipyego Impress As Deena Kastor Returns Impressively But Comes Up Short Where to begin? Anna Pierce returned to relevance with a fantastic final 200 to win the women's 1,500 as Deena Kastor impressive returned to the track but came up a little bit short. Sally Kipyego showed that she's way, way better than your average Olympian. Plus another Colorado steeple star? And strong runner-up showings by Amy Hastings and Julia Lucas.

Sally Kipyego Leads Six World-Leading Marks At Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational *IAAF Recap
*Iowa State's Betsy Saina (Who Is Redshirting To Focus On Kenyan Trials) Runs World Leader

DEENA KASTOR 31:49 *Betsy Saina 31:15. Collegiate Record

Drake Relays/Other Weekend Action *Drake Results *Drake Relays Newspaper Section *More NCAA Results

Drake: Wallace Spearmon's 20.02 Breaks Michael Johnson's Meet Record At Drake Spearmon has been running great this year. It was so cold at Drake that Lolo Jones didn't run, yet Spearmon ran 20.02. Jenny Simpson won the 1500m in 4:12.95 over Maggie Infield.
*More On Spearmon
*Chaunte Lowe's 6'6" Gets Meet Record At Drake
*Drake Relays Section

Texas: High Schooler Aldrich Bailey Runs 45.19 In Texas

Penn Friday:
Oregon Women Dominate 4 X 1,500 Without Jordan Hasay At Penn Hard to believe this was the Duck women's first win at Penn.

53.8 Last Lap Gets Princeton DMR Victory updated The men's DMR was a sit-and-kick affair as every team but 3 was in it until the final kick. Princeton's Donn Cabral showed his new speed and unleashed a 53.8 final lap to get the win over Indiana's Andy Bayer in the slowest winning time since 1973. Princeton won the 4 x mile last year and will get a chance to defend tomorrow.
Former Greats At Penn Relays Remember Incredible LeRoy Walker
LaShawn Merritt, Now Coached By Loren Seagrave, Will Make Outdoor Debut At Penn
Full Coverage From Philly Paper

*Cold, Wind Still The Story At Drake As Kara Patterson Wins Javelin
*Lolo Jones With NFL Star Ndamukong Suh At Drake Relays Press Conference

High School:
Edward Cheserek went out in 57 on the first lap of the 400 to lead his team to DMR victory.
Tyson Gay Surprises High School Sprint Star Levonte Kermit Whitfield With Entry To adidas Grand Prix

Marvin Bracy Slips Out Of Blocks, Still Runs 10.25 Into The Wind, The Fastest Time In High School This Year

Men's 2012 London Is History *Top Results *Live Splits *Video Highlights *Getty Images Photos From Kenya

LRC A New #1: Wilson Kipsang Destroys One Of Greatest Marathon Fields In History In his first marathon major, Kipsang certainly wasn't scared of the bright lights, as he did something unheard of in major marathoning in the year 2012. He took off before halfway and used a 14:09 fifth 5km to obliterate the lead pack, as a 1:02:12 halfway wasn't fast enough for him, and he went to earn the largest margin of victory in 30 years, while Martin Lel was second. We recap it and speculate as to who gets the Kenyan Olympic spots and tell you why a DNF in our minds is a positive for someone's Olympic hopes.

LRC Meet Wilson Kipsang: "If I had to compare him to an NFL quarterback, I'd compare him to Peyton Manning."

*NYTimes Recap Of London *London Organizers Men's Race Recap *2:08 Audio Interview With Kipsang *IAAF
*Joe Battaglia's Picks For Kenyan Team: Kipsang, Makau, Kirui
On The Boards: *Live Update Thread
*Kenyan Olympic team  Pre-Race: Makau won't start on Sunday and Kirui will win
*Video Highlights Here

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.

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

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.

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.

Usain Bolt 9.82 (Larger, More Here)

Last Lap Of Andrew Wheating's 3:44 Season-Opening Win Over Dorian Ulrey (More Here)

The Weekly Review

LRC WTW: Is Lopez Lomong A Medal Contender Gold Medal Contender? Is Matt Tegenkamp Still Relevant? Are Alan Webb And Anna Pierce Back? Plus Boston, London And The Return Of Bekele So much has happened the last few weeks, we haven't been able to stay on top of it all. We've been so busy trying to cover one big event and preview the next big event that we haven't had time to do our weekly recap. But no worries - we get everyone caught up on the last three weeks with a monumental week in review that includes five thoughts about 2012 Stanford, five thoughts about the 2012 Boston Marathon, and five thoughts about the 2012 Virgin London marathon. Along the way, we hype Lopez Lomong as a gold medal favorite, try to make sense of Kenenisa Bekele's return and wonder if Matt Tegenkamp is still relevant anymore.

Video: The British Miler, Episode Two On Andy Baddeley, who hit the "A" standard with 3:35.5 at Payton Jordan despite having a heart condition.

*Q&A With 1960 & 64 Olympian Dyrol Burleson, Who Was A 3-Time NCAA Champ And Has 1st Sub-4:00 At Hayward Field
*A Look Back At The 1912 Olympics: Arnold Strode-Jackson Just Showed Up And Entered And Won Gold

Another Steeple Fail (Getting Picked Up By USA Today Blogger)

We Never Posted These: Paula And Haile G In Vienna

This Deserves More Attention

RIP: LeRoy Walker Pioneering 1996 USOC President, 1976 US Olympic Track Coach Dies Dr. Walker, the grandson of slaves, was born in the segregated South yet rose to the top of the US Olympic ranks. NY Times obituary.
*Legends At Penn Remember LeRoy Walker
*Philip Hersh: LeRoy Walker Was A Man Of Olympian Achievement

Virgin London Marathon Photos

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

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

Train Smarter (More In The Running Training Forum)

More London

Employee #1 Goes To Kenya
LRC Meet Mary Keitany The half marathon world record holder destroyed the best women's field in the world last year in London. Then on the hilly New York course, she went out faster than Paula Radcliffe during her world record before falling apart miserably. Now she has to qualify for the Olympics in London. Get to know Mary Keitany.
*Keitany Photo Gallery *Getty Images Photos From Kenya

LRC Meet Wilson Kipsang: "If I had to compare him to an NFL quarterback, I'd compare him to Peyton Manning." link fixed We share with you this unpublished segment on Wilson Kipsang from Employee #1's final piece in the 8 Days of Glory Series. Short segment with video interview with Kipsang overlooking the Rift Valley.

LRC The Electrifying Abel Kirui The two-time World Champion has dominated non-rabbited races. Can he do the same in London on Sunday? Learn about his training and his set-up in Iten as he talks about phantom planets and more - from Employee #1's trip to Kenya.
New: Renato Canova Talks About Abel Kirui (Video)

Train Smarter - More In The Running Training Forum

USA XC Photo Galleries *Women Here *Men Here

Training Corner (More In The Training Forum)