Diamond League Begins Friday In Doha (Main Meet Starts at Noon Eastern) *Start Lists/Results *US Visitors Watch Here *UK Here
LRC We Break Down Friday's Incredible Doha Diamond League Meet Forget about time trials, the real track and field season gets underway. Tell us which is best: Asbel Kiprop vs. Abubaker Kaki
vs Silas Kiplagat at 1500, Kenenisa Bekele vs.
Augustine Choge, Soi and Kipchoge at 3000m, Pamela Jelimo vs. Jepkosgei at 800m, Meseret Defar vs. Vivian Cheruiyot at 3000m, Veronica Campbell Brown vs Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce vs Allsyon Felix at 100m, or Asafa Powell vs. Justin Gatlin at 100? Not to mention Walter Dix and LaShawn Merritt. A great meet with a great LRC preview.
LRC Kenenisa Bekele Returns to the Shorter Distances on the Track for the First Time Since 2009 Bekele hasn't run anything under 10,000m on the track since 2009.
*Bekele Wants to Double at Olympics, Says He Is Not Training at Full Capacity Because of Injury Fears
- Pre-Meet talk: Angelo Taylor Talks Trash Back to Dai Greene, LaShawn Merritt Keeps His Mouth Closed
- Justin Gatlin Returns To Place Where He Had "Magical" Doped Up Night He equaled Asafa Powell's WR of 9.77 when he was juiced to the gills in 2006.
- In Doha, David Rudisha Talks About Usain Bolt
- Ryan Gregson Hoping to Secure His Olympic Birth in the 1500m in Doha on Friday Then he'll do the dream mile in Oslo
- After Missing Jamaican Meet, Asafa Powell to Run in Doha
- IAAF Fantasy Athletics Returns in Time for Friday's Diamond League Kickoff in Doha
Also This Weekend:
Next Weekend: Liu Xiang vs. Jason Richardson + Keninisa Bekele At 5000 Will Highlight Next Week's Shanghai DL Plus some great mid-d action including Asbel Kiprop vs. Lewandowski and
World champions Alfred Kirwa Yego and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi at 800m and Genzebe Dibaba vs. Janeth Jepkosgei at 1,500.
May 20: Haile G. Vs. Patrick Makau to Clash at Bupa Great Manchester Run
*Sanya Richards Ross Running 200, Dwain Chambers, Walter Dix 150 at Street Meet Next Week in Manchester
June 2nd: A Look At The Great Mid-d Action That Will Take Place At Pre Classic A great men's 800 with 5 WC finalists including Kaki, Amam and Americans N. Symmonds and KD. Jenny Simpson, Anna Pierce, Shannon Rowbury and NCAA ace Sheila Reid at 1,500.
*Pre 800/1500 Field Released: Nick Symmonds, KD Taking on Mohamed Aman, Yuri B, Mulaudzi; Jenny Simpson, Anna Pierce in Women's 1500
*Behind the Scenes with Paul Swangard, the Voice of Hayward Field
June 9th: Dayron Robles To Makes 1st US Appearance on June 9th at adidas Grand Prix He'll face Jason Richardson, David Oliver and Aries Merritt. *Robles ""I am very fired up to run in New York,"
UAE Healthy Kindey 10k Is This Weekend in Central Park
Bobby Curtis Is Purposely Not Racing Much Early This Year But He's Certainly Paying Attention To His Fellow Competitors Races He will race this weekend in Central Park at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k."I'm
paying attention. I know who has the "A" standard and I know who's clos
Ben. St. Lawrence - Former Partier & Fat Guy - Is Also Running UAE St. Lawrence has lost 50 pounds since his fat days. "A reporter once asked me if the media overstated how hard I partied when I was younger. I told him that, if anything, it was understated. I was completely off the rails. One morning I woke up with my head in a cooler in a house I didn’t know, with gravel under my lips and bruises all over my body. I thought, “What am I doing to myself?” and decided to try to become a normal person again. Not an athlete, just a normal person."
Gearing Up For The Olympics
- Zimbabwean Track Start Ngonidzashe Makusha Will Race Usain Bolt And Dwain Chamber In Ostrava 100m On May 25th
- Jeremy Wariner Healthy And Ready To Chase Gold In 2012
- NY Times Looks At The Rise To Stardom Of Decathlete Ashton Eaton He talks about the advantage of having his fiancee, Brianne Theisen, training for the Olympics too in the same event.
- Allyson Felix Still Considering 200/400 Olympic Double
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. *IAAF
*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.
*Do You Like Rap? An Usain Bolt Rap
*Jamaica's Kimberly Williams Hits TJ "A" Standard At Jamaican Invitational
On The Boards: Bolt 9.82 at 2012 Jamaica Invitational
*Brigette Foster Hilton 12.51 in 100h!!!
Japan: In Bad Weather, Liu Xiang Opens In 13.09, Allyson Felix Runs 11.22, Amantle Montsho Runs 50.52
*Recap Of Last Week's Japan Track Action: Paul Tanui Runs 13:19 5k And Jairus Kipchoge A World-Leading 8:18 Steeplechase
Remember This Name - Dennis Kimetto: Dennis Kimetto Breaks 25km World Record In Berlin In the last 3 months, Dennis Koech has become Dennis Kimetto and gotten 10 years older. He is the same guy, is a training partner of Geoffrey Mutai, and he is a huge talent. He's 3 for 3 in races outside of Kenya with this win.
Germany: Bekele Goes To The Marathon ... TUI Hanover Marathon, Two Super-Tight Finishes As Tamrat Bekele, Bekele's Brother, Runs 2:11:11 In Debut
Oxy Invitational Results: Jason Richardson Runs 13.30, Felix Sanchez 45.34, Ryan Bailey 10.01
*Oxy Inv. 800: Brenda Martinez Beats Alice Schmidt
Kenyan Prison Champs: Kiprop & All 1,500 Runners Watch Out: Silas Kiplagat Runs 1:44.8 In Kenya updated The IAAFand tilastapaja didn't even list an 800 PR for the guy.
Day 1: Silas Kiplagat Runs Fastest 800m Of Day (1:47.1) In Pouring Rain Isaac Korir won the 10k (28:25) over Africa XC champ John Mwangangi.
*The Usually Cocky Silas Kiplagat Taking On A More Humble Tone "I cannot say that I'm the best, I'm not the best, there are emerging athletes."
*IAAF: Kenya Dominates Youth Meet: 3k Won By Kenyan Boy In 8:06 They also dominated in the sprints.
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 *Stanford Invite 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 Chelanga
LRC Women's Recap: Anna Pierce Is Back!!! Betsy Saina And Sally Kipyego Impress As Deena Kastor Returns Impressively But Comes Up Short
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:
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
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.
UAE Healthy Kidney 10k on Saturday
Meb, Abdi, Ryan Go to the Empire State Building
LRC: Ryan Hall Talks Olympic Marathon Atop the Empire State Building Prior to Saturday's UAE Healthy Kidney 10,000m with a $25,000 first prize, the US men's Olympic Marathon team of Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, and Abdi Abdirahman talked to the media on Thursday atop the Empire State Building. Employee #1 talked Olympic Marathoning with Ryan Hall. Read all about it.
More: Olympic Trio in Empire State of Mind
Off the Track News
- 77 Days Away: Olympic Torch Is Lit (And Then Goes Out) as Olympic Torch Relay Begins
- Recommended Read: "If track and field is going to survive as a spectator sport in this country, it has to redefine its constituency. The constituency has to be the fans" -Ken Goe. We almost gave this quote of the day.
- Should Saudi Arabia Be Banned from the Olympics for Excluding Women? The simplest answer is yes.
- Usain Bolt Breaks Up With His Girlfriend Some people in Jamaica didn't like he was dating a white woman.
- Fam and Nick Symmonds Fighting the Sponsorship Wars Get Picked up by NPR
- New GPS Running Tracker Used in Belfast City Marathon Broadcasts Back To Loved Ones (Or Anyone) Your Location
- Micah True Autopsy Explained
Yohan Blake 1 - Usain Bolt 0
Cayman Invitational: IAAF Recap Blake's 100 was the big news but Carmelita Jeter ran 11.04, Novlene Williams-Mills won again, William Claye won and more.
MB Yohan Blake Runs 9.84 Since Usain Bolt ran 9.82 last weekend, many may think the scorecard reads Usain Bolt 1, Yohan Blake 0. But we point that adjusting for wind, Blake ran 9.86 and Bolt ran 9.90. *Race Video *Article *More MB
David Rudisha vs. Usain Bolt At 400? Both Promise To Run 4 x 400 At Olympics Bolt will do it if Jamaica can win gold and Rudisha will do it if Kenya makes the final.
Bolt: 'I need to win ... and run fast' - Usain Bolt charts route to legendary status
*Gatorade Chooses Usain Bolt To Lead It's Global Ad Campaign
*Usain Bolt Ad in Britain Banned For Being Misleading
Cliff Notes Anyone?
Dutch Journalist Has Completed 288 Page Book on Sammy Wanjiru's Mysterious Death The Dutch version of “Death Runner - The tragic end of Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru" is out now - English version coming soon.
Caster Semenya II?
Is She a He? Furor Erupts Over Athlete's Gender At East African Track Champs "As
Kenya won the 2012 East African Youth Athletics Championships over the weekend, the Semenya phobia gripped athletics fans at Namboole when a
Kenyan 800m gold winner was mistaken for a male.
The muscled and flat-chested Sheila Chepngetich led from the start of the two-lap race to finish in a time of 2:07:14. Because of her style of
running, some fans started expressing doubt on whether she was really a
*2nd Article With Addtional Photo Here
Random But Potentially Interesting
- A Look At What HS Track Stars Might Make The Olympic Trials
- Mixing Weight Training & Strength Training on Same Day Doesn't Hurt Your Strength
- Atheltics Kenya - There Will Be No Wildcard Selections For 2012 Olympics
- British Playhouse is Performing 'The Story of the Four Minute Mile’ on Famed Iffley Road Track
- From April 21st: South African LJer Luvo Manyonga (5th at WChamps) Tests Positive For Meth
- Runnersworld Catches Up With New USATF CEO Max Siegel
Excellent News: 2004 Olympic Drug Samples May be Retested Rashid Ramzi was busted in 08 when his sample was tested for CERA.
Recommended Read: Excellent Look at Master's Ace Kevin Castille Castille was sexual abused as a kid and a former drug dealer. He finally quit feeling sorry for himself for the cards dealt to him in life and now he is rewriting the US master's record books.
*Pete Magill 15:11 5k at 50
Boston Globe Feature on Shalane Flanagan And Her Jump to the Marathon The Boston Marathon inspired her as a kid.
- Kenyan Javelin Through Who Watches Youtube Videos for Technique Books Ticket to London
- Rec Read: Lengthy Profile on Dick Fosbury and the Fosbury Flop
- Novlene Williams-Mills After 49.77 Win over Sanya Richards Ross Will Run in Cayman Islands This Week She's training "harder and smarter."in 2012
- Dwain Chambers: "I would say it was a dream come true but it's not. Because I
didn't even bother dreaming. I thought I would be sitting at home"
A Week After Being Beat in Collegiate Race at Penn, Jamaican Hurdler Hansle Parchment Runs 13.19 to Defeat Pros in Jamaica
- A Look at High Schoolers Who Could Make Olympic Trials
- Long Jumper Silver Medallist Mitch Watt to Return to Competition May 27th Before adidas Grand Prix After Being Sidelined by Injury u
Duke Twilight *Duke Results *Duke 800 Video
Duke Twilight: LRC Michael Rutt Wins The Robby Andrews, Alan Webb, Curtis Beach 800m Showdown Rutt outkicked Andrews for the win. The win may be a shock to some, but Rutt had the fastest time in 2012 of anyone in the field and was a finalist at the World Indoors. Alan Webb ran 1:51 and
Curtis Beach was a non-factor. Story, race video, and results.
On The Boards: Rutt Wins 1:46.86, Webb 1:50, Andrews 1:47.11
Some Good Interviews And Other Interesting Stuff
- Lengthy Interview With Renato Canova Great interview talking about everything from Patrick Makau not making the Olympic team, IAAF rules for WR's, doping, and him only coaching Africans.
- A Look Back At Roger Bannister's "Four Minutes To Immortality" Bannister: "There was no logic in my mind that if you can run a mile in 4 minutes, 1 and 2/5ths, you can’t run it in 3:59 ... it had become a psychological barrier.
- Brief Chat With Julia Lucas Who Ran Fastest American 5k This Year At Payton Jordan (15:08) Her thoughts just a year ago: "I've got one year to make this happen or I've got to move on with my life because this is pathetic."
- Are You Addicted To Running? NPR: Scientists Say Running Can "Produce Narcoticlike Chemicals In The Body" Which Can Be Like An Addiction
- Future Stars: Which High Schoolers Could We See Competing In Eugene At The Olympic Trials?
US Weekend 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 race here.
Tommy Skipper no-heighted and Jordan Hasay ran 4:19.90 and 2:08.32.
*More On Wheating's Win Here
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
Lilac Bloomsday: Kenya's Allan Kiprono, Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska Take Bloomsday Titles Janet Cherobon-Bawcom was second overall 57 seconds behind Daska. *Results
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
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.
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."
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
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
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.
Inspiring: Gabriele Anderson Has Survived Cancer, Now She Wants to Make US Team at 1500m
Lend a Hand: Paralyzed High School Track Athlete Needs Your Clicks
An Old Sprinter: 39 Year Old Danny McFarlane Hoping to Make Jamaica Olympic Team in Hurdles
Big 10, Pac 12, SEC Meets Are This Weekend *Championship Central Results Here
PAC 12: Can Hayward Field Magic Lead Oregon Men to 6th Straight Pac 10 Title?
*Mike Berry Focused First on Pac 10 Title, Then Trying to Make Olympics in 400
*Oregon Women Huge Favorites at Pac 10s
*Jessica Pixler (Tebo) Is Very Pleased She Chose Colorado For Grad School She got a husband, grad degree, Olympic 'A' standard and 6th year out of the deal.
Big 10: Wisco's Mo Ahmed's 27:34 Broke The Longest Big 10 Record On The Book's - Craig Virgin's 27:59 from 1976 Ahmed will run Big 10s this weekend, which Wisco hasn't won outdoors since 2007.
Excuses For Oregon Men Starting To Come OutTheir quest for a 6th straight conf. title is in doubt as Mac Fleet is out.
Duck Women Down To #7 in Latest Poll
Eight Days of Glory
LRC Eight Days of
Glory Surprise: Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team Analysis The marathon world has turned upside down in 2012, as the six best marathoners
in the world in 2011, all from Kenya, have run their spring marathons and only one, Wilson Kipsang, came out on top. The Kenyan Olympic team of Kipsang, double World Champ Abel Kirui, and Moses Mosop is not the team that would have been selected at the end of 2011. Emory Mort, author of the 8 Days of Glory Series, tries to make sense of it and he looks at the Kenyan and American medal chances in London.
LetsRun.com Track/Training Talk
32 Minutes With Diego Estrada and NAU Coach Eric Heins (Listen Below or download here)
Michael Rutt > Robby Andrews Vs. Alan Webb Vs. Curtis Beach (More Here)
Another Steeple Fail (Getting Picked Up By USA Today Blogger)
We Never Posted These: Paula And Haile G In Vienna
Virgin London Marathon Photos
Updated Boston Photos (Now With Many More Men's And Women's Photos)
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 And Endurance Now On DVD
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)