Kerron Clement's Bus To Olympic Village Gets Stranded - He Tweets - Help We Need to Pee "Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London. Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we
get to the Olympic Village please."
Press Tries To Create Impression of Talented Kenya Team in Disarray
Reuters: Kenyan Team needs "a counsellor, psychiatrist and psychologist" to resolve a myriad of personal and legal issues Ezekiel Kemboi has been accused of stabbing a woman while double world
champion Vivian Cheruiyot's fiancé Moses Kirui has been taken to court by his ex-wife, marathon runner Caroline Kwambai, over maintenance of their three children. Meanwhile, two Kenyans who aren't even on the Olympic team somehow showed up in Bristol to get ready and even the AK head was perplexed: "How did they end up in Bristol?"
*One Athlete's Response "In Kenya, nothing is straightforward." The 10,000 OT controversy, the men's marathon controversy, the Kemboi stabbing may seem like a lot but hey this is Kenya.
*Prime Minister's Wife Wrote Letter Defending Ezekiel Kemboi Kemboi claims the woman was stabbed by her own accomplices who were trying to rob him.
More Distance News:
Ciarán Ó Lionáird Returns Home Looking For Spark After Missing Lots of Time With Achilles Injury - Will Race 14 Sub-4 Guys O Lionaird, who recently took time from his rehab to call letsrun 'gutter press', is racing for the 1st time since World indoors.
The 12 Best Moments From The World Junior Champs Mary Cain and Ajee Wilson aren't on it.
400 Meters Controversies
Cuddihy's appeal against her deselection from Ireland's 4x400m relay team for the Olympics will be heard by the Olympic She clearly isn't as good as the girl who wasn't initially selected. MB: Maybe it was her looks?
Australian 400 Guy Cites Racism - Threatens To Drop Out Off of 4 x 400 If He's Not Nominated For Indivudal Event John Steffensen did beat his 19yr old competitor at the Trials but neither has the 'A' so we could easily see why they'd run a 19-yr old over him.
Bureaucratic News - Be Thankful Track Isn't Run As Badly As Soccer
FIFA Head Steph Blatter New of Millions In Bribes To Son
In Law Blatter's defense: hey technically it was legal.
At Least They Don't Just Lavishly Spend On Themselves: IAAF To Send 12 Kids To IAAF Gala in Spain *The IAAF Turns 100
US High School Record/Incredible World Jr. Results (More On Right Column)
LRC Mary Cain Smashes American High School 1,500m Record The 16-year-old sophomore ran 4:11.01 to smash Jordan Hasay's high school record by nearly 3 seconds to finish 6th at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona,
On The Boards: MARY CAIN 4:10
*Day 6: Conseslus Kipruto Runs 8:06 Steeple!!!! Faith Kipyegon Runs 4:04.96 1,500! Both times were meet records.
*Complete Day 6 Recap: Botswana's Nijel Amos Wins 800 By .77 Over Kenyan Olympian To Prove He's The Real Deal Olympic medal hopefuls, you'd better hope his "injured leg" is bad, as this guy is a medal threat in the Olympics if he shows up.
Half Of Competitors In Olympics And All Medallists Will Be Drug Tested At Olympics Let's hope they test 4th as well, as some medallists will get DQed.
*BALCO Scandal Head Victor Conte Says Anti-Doping System Is Flawed, High-Ranking Officials Have A Vested Interest In NOT Cleaning Up The Olympics
News From The UK/Ireland Or Related To London DL Meet
- Did UK Coach Charles van Commenee Jinx The British? Two weeks ago, he was talking about their low rate of injuries. Since then Tiffany Porter, Yamile Aldama, Greg Rutherford and Phillips Idowu have joined Paula Radcliffe and Hannah England as people less than 100%.
- Liu Xiang's Coach Not Worried Liu Pulled Out Of London Final With Back Discomfort "He will be sure to fight to the end in the Olympic Games."
- Nigerians Are Praying For Blessing Okagbare After Her Upset Of Carmelita Jeter LetsRun.com is as well, as we think Jeter's association with the banned Mark Block is ridiculous.
- Phillips Idowu Gets Slammed in Daily Maily For Being A Distraction
- Irish Politicians Defend Their Upcoming Trips To Olympics As Necessary - Not Extravagant
News Relating To Kenya
- Isaiah Koech Says His 12:48 Has Given Him A Lot of Confidence
- 2008 800 Olympic Champ Wilfred Bungei Says Kenya Should Use Olympics To Strengthen Ehnic Unity Ahead Of Elections, Which Some Fear Will Lead To Another Massacre
- It's Official: Steepler Bouabdellah Tahri Is Out Of Olympics He was 4th at Worlds last year and 3rd in 2009.
US Olympians In The News
5,639-Word NY Times Front Page Sports Article On The Faith-Coached Ryan Hall Sara Hall: "The Bible is not going to tell you how to be a good runner ... I don't think Ryan is looking at the Bible for a formula, necessarily. There are certain things that God highlights for him that he applies to his training."
- Chicago Tribune Piece On Evan Jager Jager on the US Trials steeple final: "I have never had so much fun running in my entire life."
- Australian Blogger Comes Out From Under His Rock And Discovers Lolo Jones
- Donn Cabral And His Mom Talk About His Start In Running And Rise To Elite Status
- LaShawn Merritt: "Six dollars cost me millions over a couple of years."
- US Shot Putter And TFAA President Adam Nelson Speaks Out On New Rule Forcing Athletes To Wear USOC Sponsored Footwear On Olympic Podium See LRC's piece on Nelson after he missed the US team here.
International Olympic Stuff: Vlasic Out, Kemboi Still In
- Apparently Ezekiel Kemboi Is Still On The Kenyan Olympic Team He has left the Kenya team's training camp in Nairobi for Bristol City so he will have a "quiet and calm environment to train" ... and won't stab anybody.
- Blanka Vlasic Won't Compete In London Due To Injury Issues "I'm not interested in jumping below my usual level."
- Caster Semenya Says She Wants The Gold And WR In London A lot of confidence from someone who hasn't ran faster than 1:59 this year. She says she was motivated By Nelson Mandela during her "dark days" after Berlin 2009.
- Japanese Paralympian Poses Nude To Pay For Prosthetics
- The Telegraph Takes A Look At What Goes On At The Athletes' Olympic Village
- Vivian Cheruiyot's Husband Sued For Not Paying Child Support To His Ex-Wife
- Aussie 400 Runner John Steffensen Claims He Was Not Selected For 400m Team Because Of Racism Was only selected for the 4 x 4.
- Yelena Isinbayeva Is Finding Joy In Competing Again, But Says She'll Retire After 2013 Worlds
- Debbie Dunn Tests Positive
- The Telegraph: "Presence Of Returning Drug Cheats Means We May Have To Suspend Disbelief At Games" Deer Russia, the first step to solving a doping problem is admitting you have one.
- Comrades Marathon Winner's B Sample Has Tested Positive Apparently his lawyers are angry SA broke "confidentiality" by announcing the results.
US/International Olympic News
- Good Interview With Emma Coburn "I have 11 more months of being a collegian, and 11 years of being a professional."
- Athletics Canada Nominates Five More To Olympic Games Team
*5 Questions With Olympian Sheila Reid She says when she first got the call she was confused because she thought the appeal process was over.
- Uniform Controversy: Philip Hersh To US Congress: "Put up or shut up." "Until the U.S. government starts providing funds for Olympic athletes, as every other government in the world does, Congress has no truck telling the U.S. Olympic Committee where to get its uniforms or where they should be made."
He also points out US Coast Guard shirts being made in China.
*Ralph Lauren Promises 2014 Olympic Uniforms Will Be Made In USA
- Video: Tommie Smith On Black Power Salute: "That national anthem was the longest song I've ever heard."
- Update On Irish 4 X 4 Controversy: OCI Will Hear Caitriona Cuddihy's Appeal Against Her Deselection Early Next Week
- 1996 Marathon Olympian Eddy Hellebuyck Says He's Living In A Homeless Shelter Hellebuyck is a confessed doper and says his ex-wife (also former agent) stole all his savings to cover it up.
- What Are The Longest-Standing Track And Field World Records? Not surprisingly, you have a lot of doped up women's records from the '80s.
- School Board Might Ban Vibram 5 Fingers
US/Canada Pro News
- Meb Keflezighi Thinks He Has Another PR In Him For London Says he's never been at "high mileage" for a marathoner, as he never hit 150 (highest is 136) and is usually between 115-130.
- Recommended Read: They Told Gunshot Victim Bryshon Nellum He May Never Walk Again, But Now He's An Olympian Coach Ron Allice: "I'm happy he's going to the Olympics. But as far as I'm concerned, he's already won."
- Sheila Reid Will Be An Olympian: After A Second Appeal Sheila Reid Named To Canadian Team
*Athletics Canada Official Release
- Two Stanford Stars & NCAA Champs Are Going To Olympics - But Not In Distance Events Katerina Stefanidi (wPV) and Amaechi Morton (m400H) did what Chris Derrick was unable to do - win an NCAA title and make the Olympics.
- A Look At Kim Conley And The Group Which Helped Fund Her Olympic Dream, The Sacramento Running Association Director John Mansoor: "The number of texts and e-mails I've gotten, suddenly everybody thinks anything's possible."
- Pat Tyson Talks About Steve Prefontaine And Says The Pre Movies Are Only About 50% Accurate Read the book "Pre" or watch the movie "Fire On The Track" if you want the 100% true story.
- Women's 100 Hurdles Highlight Toronto's National Track League Finale As It Included 5 Of 6 Canadians With "A" Standard Nikkita Holder won in 12.83. Nate Brannen easily won the 1,500m in 3:38.68.
- NY Times: Jeneba Tarmoh And Her Agent Still Unhappy About How Dead Heat Controversy Was Handled Tarmoh says she felt they "were puppets" and her agent complained that they had no chance to appeal initial decision since they didn't hear from USATF until later that night. We can confirm that since we were there.
- LRC Day-By-Day OT Coverage If you were living under a rock during the Trials, go here to catch up.
- Senator Furious That US Olympic Dress Uniforms Were Made In China And Says "They should ... put them in a big pile and burn them." Not to mention the competition uniforms have almost no white or blue.
- Joe Paterno's Name Taken Off Nike Facility
- Michael Phelps Responds To Teammate Calling Him Lazy *MB: Lazy Phelps called out by Clary
- What's Next For DyeStat? John Dye: "It's totally up in the air at this point. ... I hope that something does come through."
- Recommended Read: A Peek Inside At The Top Athletes Looking for an Edge and the Scientists Trying to Stop Them Great article. A little doping science, history, and inside stories all wrapped up into one.
- Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Dwain Chambers Warns Olympic Athletes Of Doping Dangers "World records can be done cleanly. I got worse on drugs. It did not help me in any capacity. It made me a very unsociable person and ruined my career and the image of the sport."
US Pros In The News
- Galen Rupp Switches Agents From Michael Johnson To Ricky Simms *Discuss
- ESPN The Magazine: Body Issue 2012 (Featuring Ashton Eaton, Walter Dix)
- Brief Chat With US Trials Steeple 3rd Placer Kyle Alcorn He finished 5 seconds ahead of 4th place, but collapsed on the track when he finished as he was all out and running scared right up until the line.
- USA Today Q&A With Reese Hoffa, Who Says TV Camera Angles Make Him Look As Tall As Everyone Else Even Though He's Only 5' 11" "There's a lot of time between now and then, and who knows what could potentially happen to me. I could be walking to my car and fall off the curb wrong and there goes my ankle. I'm trying to be very careful on curbs."
Cherobon-Bawcom Only Started Running At Age 19 After Randomly Getting A
Ride From Peter Rono And Came To The US With A 5k PR Over 20 Minutes
*Q&A With Cherobon-Bawcom "To be honest, I was so sick in Eugene that I can't even pretend that I had a strategy."
- Good Profile On US Trials LJ Champ Brittney Reese "I can say it feels good, hearing that I'm the favorite, but [in Beijing], I was the favorite to win the bronze and I went out there and got fifth."
- Ashton Eaton And Allyson Felix Are Among Athletes Who Could Get 6-Figure Endorsement Deals If They Win Gold In London
- Twitter: List Of US Olympic Track Athletes On Twitter
LRC 2012 Ethiopian Olympic Track & Field Team Named: Mr. Silver Sileshi Sihine Stays At Home - Tirunesh Dibaba Only "Reserve" In Women's 5,000
*Crazy: After Diamond League Win, Swedish Govt. Gives 1,500 Ace Abeba Aregawi Citizenship & Files Suit With IAAF Saying She Should Represent Them, Not Ethiopia, In Olympics The article, which is based off an Ethiopian report, says Aregawi's citizenship request had been going nowhere until her sudden fame and that she wants to represent Ethiopia. Given Ethiopia's press manipulation, this should be interesting to see how it develops.
*Update: Swedes Have Totally Different Story: Aregawi Really Wants To Compete For Sweden But Ethiopians Have Taken Her Cell Phone & Threatened Her (Translated form Swedish)
Amateur Hour II
Update: Nike Responds (Like We Thought They Would) "Gaining entry into the Nike box is an informal process and we plan to review our protocol for access for future events." *MB: Mark Block: Nike
LRC Why Was A Man In The Midst Of A 10-Year Doping Ban Enjoying The 2012 US Olympic Track & Field Trials From The Nike Sky Box? If you thought the days of looking the other way at doping were totally over, then you need to read this. Supposed former agent/coach Mark Block, who is in the midst of a 10-year doping ban, was seen by LetsRun.com njoying the Trials in the sky box of the #1 sponsor of both USATF and the Olympic Trials - Nike. All we can say is shameful. *MB: Discuss
2012 US Olympic Trials *Results *LRC Trials YouTube Channel *Photos: Day 1 (10ks), Day 2 (Eaton), Day 3 (100, 400), Day 4 (800), Day 7 (5,000s), Day 8 (W Steeple), Day 9 (200, 110H) *LRC Day-By-Day Coverage *Sunday Oregonian Photo Gallery
Three Best Punch Their Tickets To London As Leo Gets US Title #1 Leo Manzano, the man who had been top three every year since 2006, finally got the win he deserved but even he didn't expect. Manzano chased down Centro to get his first national title as Wheating pulled away from Robby Andrews to get third. *Men's
LRC World #1 Uceny, World Champ Simpson And Medallist Rowbury Get It Done The Big 3 came through as US #1 Morgan Uceny got her second straight US title with Rowbury 2nd and Simpson third. LetsRun.com recap hopefully coming later. *Women's Race Video
*After Winning The State XC Title As A Freshman, Morgan Uceny Quit Her Junior Year To Focus On Basketball That's what you do when you live in Indiana in a small town of 10,033 that has a high school basketball gym that seats 4,600
The US Olympic Trials *Results *TV Schedule *LRC Trials YouTube Channel *Photos: Day 1 (10ks), Day 2 (Eaton), Day 3 (100, 400), Day 4 *Check Prediction Contest Scores *LRC Day-By-Day Coverage
LRC The Women's 5,000 Final - The Olympic Trials At Its Absolute Best This race is what the Olympic Trials are all about. The race had the American record holder in the race, it had seven women with the "A" standard in it, and it had a bunch without the "A" who dreamed of the "A" and were wiling to do the work to try to get it. At the finish, there was a surprise winner in Julie Culley and American record holder Molly Huddle finished 2nd to make her first Olympic team. But for eternity, this race will be remembered for one thing - the most thrilling of victories and the most agonizing of defeats - and by victory and defeat we mean the victory of finishing third and defeat of finishing fourth.
LRC Ashton Eaton Sets WR & Mesmerizes On And Off The Track The former Oregon star
was sensational and got the world record after a big PR in
that sent the Hayward faithful into a frenzy. Afterwards, he sent the media into a frenzy with an amazing press conference.
LRC If You've Got 20 Minutes, Watch This Ashton Eaton Press Conference The world record holder is cerebral and fascinating.
Classy Move Of Year: Curtis Beach Lets Eaton Cross Line First As He Breaks WR - Eaton Wishes He "Could Be As Graceful" As Beach (link fixed) "I just thought it would be better for Ashton to win as he broke the world record."
*Eaton Uses Hayward Field Magic To Help Set World Record
*Ashton Eaton World Record Photo Essay
Olympic Champ Bryan Clay DQed In Hurdles *Clay, After Hurdles DQ: "It's The Worst Feeling Ever"
What About The Sport? LRC This Doesn't Have To Be The End For Bryan Clay; He Should Do A Decathlon Next Week
Friday At The Trials - Day 1
Rupp Puts On A Clinic As The Sub-13 Guys Punch Their Tickets To London Galen Rupp won and the three sub-13:00 guys made the team but this race held in a downpour was full of drama. Chris Derrick continued his fine 2012 in fourth. Recap, splits, results, and post-race interviews.
LRC Day 1 Photos Gallery
LRC Men's Post-Race 10,000m Reaction
Ryan Hall Talks To LetsRun.com
LRC Ryan Hall Hoping To Have "Best Stuff Ever" at 2012 London Olympic Marathon On Friday, LetsRun.com spent over 30 minutes talking with Ryan Hall. An optimistic Hall talked about his training has turned around, his goal for London, how he still thinks he's learning a ton, how he thinks his best marathon is ahead of him, and a whole lot more. We got Hall to give us the specifics of his training which has recently been changed to emphasize speed more often. Is he back at altitude? (Hint, he gave the interview from the birthplace of LetsRun.com). How much mileage does he do? 20 x 1k? 10 miles of in and out 400s? *Discuss
Oscar P - Michael Johnson Spat
- Michael Johnson - Oscar P is A Friend & Inspiration But He Shouldn't Run
- Science of Sport Guys - Did You See This?
Oscar P: I have a right to compete Oscar's defense is almost disgraceful as he must know he's basically just not telling the truth: "Just because a guy's got a title of doctor or professor doesn't mean he has any knowledge in the field," and "you still get people who go for a certain angle because they want to keep it a controversial story."
More Olympic News
- Blake on Bolt: ""Win, lose or draw we are friends"
- Dai Greene Hasn't Lost Faith In His Ability To Beat Javier Culson "Six weeks ago in Oslo I was one second behind Culson yet six weeks later I was only 0.06 down. I regard Javier as the best in the world through the first five hurdles and I believe I am the best hurdler in the world through the last five hurdles."
- So Much For Being A Gracious Guest
Liu Xiang Bolts London For Warmer Training Weather in Germany So much for hospitality?
- Cuba's Announces Its 47 Member Strong Olympic Track Team How many of them will defect?
- The Javelin Must Not Be That Hard: Javelin world champion Matthias de Zordo gets go ahead to train - says 3 weeks is all he needs to be ready for Lo Pole vault world champion Pawel Wojciechowski will try to prove his fitness this weekend.
- Kuwati's Suspension Is Lifted - 204 Federations Will Be at 2014 Olympics We say federations as there are only 196 countries in the world. Prior to this individual competitors from Kuwait "could only participate
under the Olympic flag with the title 'Independent Olympic Athlete'".
- British Olympians Get Ipods With Pre-Recorded Cheering On Them
- Leap of faith needed for Hooker's pole vault defence
11 Interesting Reads To Entertain You On A Monday
Big Baltimore Sun Profile Of Matt Centrowitz: "1,500-meter hopeful Centrowitz grew up in the company of Olympians" *Discuss
Chris Derrick - A True Student Of The Sport - Gets Nice Press In Hometown Paper His HS coach says, "Chris never seems to lose focus." *Discuss
Learn About The Greatest Clutch/Heroic Olympic Story You've Never Heard Of - Olympics Retain Ability To Enthrall Imagine having to do a triple somersault dismount from 8 feet up on the gymnastic rings and land the dismount on a kneecap you know is broken. The result? A dislocated broken kneecap, torn ligaments in the leg, and a gold medal.
Learn About The Philosophy Of Dan Pfaff - One Of Two Coaches LetsRun.com's Wejo Has Ever Declared To Be A Genius "I believe that there is a way to do movement that's more correct than not, that's more efficient and lessens injuries. ... The way I see it, the further away you are from the model of excellence the more likely you are going to pay a price through inefficiency or chronic injury or inability to work as hard as your rival."
Nick Willis: John Walker's 3:49.08 National Record Is One of 3 Goals I Have Left In Track & Field The others: 1. Olympic gold 2. Sub-3:30 1,500 "I've never won a race where I haven't been in the top four coming into the bell, so if I want to have a chance of winning London, I have to be in the top three or four with 400m to go."
Good Thing He's Not In The NBA: Dai Greene Won't Be Punished For Tweeting "gayest tweet of the day" To Martyn Rooney
Christian Taylor Doesn't Want Gold in TJ In Olympics - He Wants The World Record
Caster Semenya Also Wants The World Record At the Olympics "It's a very simple plan - to win my first Olympic final in a world record time,"says Semenya, who used to survive on £10 a week with her grandmother.
Newsweek Profiles Usain Bolt: "Have the years of fast living finally caught up with the speediest man alive? "
If Only John Chaplin In The US Was Held To Similar Standards.
Great Column By Eamon Sweeney: There Should Be Resignations In 4 X 400 Mess-Up In Ireland In Ireland, a slower woman was picked for the 4 x 400 team until an appeal was filed and the initial decision was overturned. The columnist points out the "mistake" should never ever happened in the first place and people need to give explanations or be fired.
Fantastic New Documentary from Ireland - "It's Not The Taking Part" - Follows 8 People As They Attempt To Make The Olympics What if your best just isn't good enough?
Saudia Arabia Sends Women To Olympics
LRC Meet Sarah Attar - Saudi Arabia's First Female Track & Field Athlete The woman who will make history in traditional Islamic attire at the Olympics is a Pepperdine sophomore who runs in shorts during the collegiate season. She's never run an 800 in college, but that's
what she'll run in London.
*NY Times: Attar's Family Asked School Website To Take Down Photos Of Her Competing In Singlet And Shorts
*Philip Hersh Says Recent Gender News Isn't Quite As Good As It Seems Still needs to generate change at home.
LRC What Does The Paris 5,000 Mean For Galen Rupp's Medal Chances? Before Friday, only 10 men in history had broken 12:50 for 5,000. Now after on amazing race, 16 guys have done it. Surely this is the end of Galen Rupp's medal chances, right? Wrong. We argue that once one gets over the initial shock of the "6 Guys Under 12:50 In Paris" headline, then one realizes there were plenty of encouraging results in Paris for Rupp. *Discuss
Samsung DL Paris *Results *MB Discussion *LRC Winners Photo Gallery
LRC Paris Recap: A Sensational Men's 5,000, A Troubling Women's 1,500, And David Rudisha's 1:41 Highlight Fans of Galen Rupp, Bernard Lagat,
Kenenisa Bekele, Jenny Simpson
and Morgan Uceny probably had a hard time watching this meet as the results of the men's 5,000 and women's 1,500 were stunning to stay the least. Plus Tyson Gay vs. Justin Gatlin. Read all about it. *Discuss
*Results (video highlights for US visitiors in player on right)
*LRC Winners Photo Gallery
*Gaining Confidence After Paris Win, Tyson Gay Says Men's 100 "Is Open For The Games"
*Athletics Weekly Full Meet Recap Here *IAAF *Reuters
*World Champ Dai Greene PRs In Hurdles But Loses To Javier Culson
*Vanity Fair: David Rudisha: The Best Olympic Track Star You've Never Heard Of
*MB 12:46.81 *Bekele runs 12:55 on a bad day. What are Rupp and Farah thinking? *So what does the 5K results mean? No Gold for Rupp? *Galen Rupp Would Have Been 11th In Paris 5000m *Did that Paris 5k set any records for place? *Kenenisa Says He Is Not Defending His 5000m Title *Paris Meet All DOPED UP *W1500m A JOKE: 1 and 2 served doping bans *The Fastest 5000m In The Last 2 Years Will Be Run In Paris Friday
Usain Bolt Is Out (Temporarily)
LRC After Two Losses At Jamaican Champs, Usain Bolt's Glen Mills Pulls Him From Monaco Diamond League Meet On July 20th Mills says at the Jamaican champs Bolt had a "slight problem" and that he's pulling track's biggest star from the Monaco meet to "give him sufficient time for treatment and time to train and prepare for the Olympic Games in London." We're not sure if the slight problem was an injury or just the losses, but Bolt says he'll be ready for the Olympics: "I will be in London to defend my titles in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 metres."
Peachtree *Results *Race Website
Peter Kirui Wins Peachtree As Defending Champ Sammy Kitwara Finishes 8th Kiriui won a close race over Micah Kogo and Matthew Kisorio. Bobby Mack was 13th. Mamitu Daska won the women's race.
Blade Runner Going To London: Oscar P Named To SA Team In Open 400 And 4 X 4 Relay Despite Not Hitting A Second "A" Standard
Amateur Hour Comes To An End
Rec. Read: Tim Layden's Final Column On The Non-Runoff After a tiny bit of help from the initial LRC interview
timer Roger Jennings that kicked this off
in some ways, Layden owned this story. Another excellent, in-depth read. Three cheers for Tim Layden's coverage. Layden reveals the timer Roger Jennings has only now been overruled twice in his life. Layden has criticism for Max Siegel and Stephanie Hightower who "enacted a stunning display of non-leadership throughout the week."
*Tarmoh Wouldn't Have Much Of A Legal Case If She Filed Suit, Says Expert
More General Post-Trials: A Look At First-Time Olympians, Including 32-Year-Old Carmelita Jeter USA Today "Historically, most people weren't able to go to a second or third Games because they had to put food on the table."
*A Look At US Team: Dix, Clay, Wariner, Jackson, Oliver Staying Home
*Arizona's Brigetta Barrett Now A Medal Threat For The US In The High Jump
Swimming: 45-Year-Old Swimmer Dana Torres Misses Olympics By .10
Down Goes Bolt #2: Blake 19.80 Over Bolt 19.83 Bolt had the lead in this one and ran horribly the last 100. Video here.
*Bolt: "It is not like I was blown away. I know what I need to do to get it right."
On The Boards: BOLT IS DONE!!!!
*Jamaica 200m Trials
*Blake wins again!
Three Distance Finals Take Place Thursday *Oregonian Day 7 Photos
M 5,000: LRC Lucky 13 - Galen Rupp Snaps Winless Streak In Style - 52.54 Last Lap Beats Bernard Lagat & Steve Prefontaine's Meet Record Galen Rupp entered
the Olympic Trials 0 for 12 against Bernard Lagat during his lifetime but he left 1 for 13 and boy was it impressive. Not only did he win, but Rupp let it came down to the last 400 and then outkicked the 2nd-fastest man ever at 1,500. His last 400 was faster than what won Mo Farah World Championships gold last year.
M Steeple: LRC Evan Jager Wins With Ease As Three First-Time Olympians Punch Their Tickets To London Jager, Cabral, Alcorn. And a very happy 4th placer - former 4:22 HSer Donald Cowart.
*LRC Steeplechase Interviews
*Oregonian Recap Of Jager's Tongue-Wagging, Fist-Pumping Win
- 400: University Of Illinois' NCAA Champ Ashley Spencer Skipped The Trials To Focus On World Juniors With a 50.95 PR, she had a decent shot at making the team (at least on the relay). Young athletes all assume they'll have more chances 4 years from now, but with injuries it doesn't always work out. But if you make it, then "Once you're an Olympian you're always an Olympian."
- Webb Speaks: Alan Webb On His Past Brilliance: "I sometimes wonder how I did it myself." "Maybe I inspired everybody too much, like I created a monster, and now I have to run against these guys."
More Olympic Trials Monday Distance
LRC Montano Hangs On, Gall Comes On, Schmidt Sneaks In, And Beckwith Has A 4-Year Wait Alysia Montano won as expected, but this one was close. 5 women were in contention for 3 Olympic spots and Molly Beckwith was the unlucky 4th place loser in a dramatic final 20 meters. *Race Video
800m Final Photos (Click Below For Gallery)
Eugene Saturday *LRC Trials YouTube Channel
LRC The Inside Story Of How Jeneba Tarmoh First Saw The 100m Finish Photo On The LetsRun.com Laptop Roughly 3 Hours After The Race
the 100m, but the story was the battle for the third spot between training partners Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix. At first,
Tarmoh was announced in third by .001 but then after
the stands had emptied, a dead
heat was announced. We thought we were the only ones not knowing what was going on, until next thing we knew Tarmoh was looking at the finish photo on Wejo's laptop (pic on right).
LRC An Exclusive Interview With The Man Responsible For Reading The Allyson Felix 100m Finish Picture LetsRun.com exclusively caught up Roger Jennings, the man whose job it is to determine who finished third and who got fourth, and the timing whiz explained how it was determined there was a dead heat. Plus we do a little bit of research and determine that even though USATF has said there is no protocol for breaking a tie, that the USATF rule book does in fact envision such a scenario and has a solution - an old-fashioned drawing of lots!!!
LRC Lolo Jones' Third Place Steals The Show In The Olympic Trials Hurdles Final Lolo turned around her season in 24 hours after a "reality meltdown" following round one. She said, "I woke up today and did not think I would make the team. I was fighting a constant head battle to get through this. I had my sports psychologist on speed dial 1, my pastor on speed dial 2, and my mom on speed dial 3 ..."
Day 2 Photo Gallery (Eaton World Record)
Day 1 Trials Photo Gallery
Thursday Photo Gallery (Click Below. We Don't Have A Great Photo Of The Women's 5k Finish. For A Great Photo Of It, Click Here.)
London Diamond League Was Friday/Saturday *Day 2 Results *Day 1 Results *Event-By-Event Results
LRC Day 2: Nick Willis Goes For It, The American Mid-D Men Struggle & Molly Beckwith Pulls Upset On Day Full Of Upsets Day 2 was full of a lot
of upsets, particularly
on the women's side, as Carmelita Jeter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sally Pearson, Janeth Jepskosgei, Amantle Montsho and others were upset. The highlight from a LetsRun.com standpoint was wacky men's mile, where Nick Willis had a 3.5-second lead at the bell. It wasn't a good day for Bernard Lagat, an awful day for Leo Manzano, and a day to be remembered for Molly Beckwith, who
suffered heartbreak at the US Trials. But the American who had the best day may have been Nick Symmonds - and he didn't even run.
LRC Day 1: Mo Farah, Vivian Cheruiyot Win With Ease As Maryam Jamal Shocks Women's 1,500 Field Mo Farah beat a week field that included training partner Dathan Ritzenhein, the American 1,500m women did not impress, Vivian Cheruiyot kept it going, and Aries Merritt stepped up again, as Tyson Gay came from behind to win.
More: More: Track & Field Athletes' Association Statement On Nick Symmonds & Lolo Jones Being Barred From Meet *MB Thread
- MB: *What an awesome Mile *Charlie Grice High School Runner 3.57 Mile!!! *Leo Blows Up and Finishes in 4:00 at London DL *Centrowitz racing 800m in London DL, predictions? *Today's mile in London proves Alan Webb's AR was no joke *"One can't say this was anything but a disaster for Lagat and Manzano."
- IAAF Recap: Blessing Okagbare Upsets Carmelita Jeter And Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce To Win 100
- Nick Willis: "I'm still fit because to be able to do that and not die ridiculously is a good sign." He said the last time he did something like that, he ran 4:08.
- Christophe Lemaitre Wins 200 In 19.91
- Video Interview With Molly Beckwith After 800 Win
- Christine Ohuruogu Sets Herself Up To Defend Her Olympic 400 Title By Beating World Champ Amantle Monstsho
- London 100H: Kellie Wells Beats Unbeatable Sally Pearson
- From The Man Who Said He Wasn't Injured: Phillips Idowu Pulls Out With Hip Injury This is the 4th straight competition he's pulled out of at the last minute.
- TJer Yamilé Aldama Speaks Out Against "Plastic Brit" Jibe Which Is Starting To Offend Her She finished 3rd after coming back from a shoulder injury.
- GB's Goldie Sayers Breaks Javelin NR To Win
- RRW 5,000 Recap: Mo Farah And Vivian Cheruiyot Win Tactical Races
- Will He Get Robles' WR? IAAF Profile Aries Merritt, Whose World Leading 12.93 In Wet/Rainy Conditions Is Only .06 Off The WR
- Those Closest To Mo Farah Talk About His Transformation From "Daft Kid With A Dyed Blond Afro To Mature Family Man And World Champ"
- Michael Watt Wins LJ
- Tyson Gay Wins 100 In 10.03 US Trials 3rd placer Ryan Bailey was 2nd.
- MB: Nick Symmonds Barred From London DL According to his Twitter account, meet director Ian Stewart said he was a "liability."
- IAAF Recap: Aries Merritt Equals His WL To Win 110 Hurdles As Liu Xiang Pulls Out Of Final With Back Problem
- Video Interview With Dathan Ritzenhein After 13:15 5th Place Finish
- AsafaPowell Claims Sitting Out Was More A Precaution And Will Be Good For The Olympics
- Robbie Grabarz Says The Turning Point In His Career/Life Was Last Year When His Coach Cussed Him Out "He told me my attitude was s---. Don't waste my f------ time. Why are you bothering? Go away, ask yourself." He responded by PRing by 8cm this year to be ranked #2 in the world.
- JavierCulson Beats Dai Greene 47.78 To 48.10 Looking ahead, Greene says three rounds at the Olympics is very different than a "one-off event" like the DL.
- Steve Hooker No-Heights
- Perri Shakes-Drayton Wins 400H In 53.77 To Become Second Fastest Brit Woman Ever
- 2012 Aviva London Grand Prix Day 1 Results
- Yahoo Photos
World Junior Champs (See Saturday's Homepage For Days 1-4) *Schedule/Results *Nice On-Site Coverage By NSSF *Live Video Stream *Meet Central With Interviews, Photos, Event-By-Event Recaps
- Day 6: Conseslus Kipruto Runs 8:06 Steeple!!!! Faith Kipyegon Runs 4:04.96 1,500! Both Are Meet Records
- Complete Day 6 Recap: Botswana's Nijel Amos Wins 800 By .77 Over Kenyan Olympian To Prove He's The Real Deal Olympic medal hopefuls, you'd better hope his "injured leg" is bad, as this guy is a medal threat in the Olympics if he shows up.
- US Junior Team Won 20 Medals - 9 Gold
- Day 5: IAAF Recap: US Men And Women 4 X 1 Relays Take WJC Gold
- Run-Off: US Women's 4 X 4 Will Be In A Run-Off Today To Try To Make The Final They won the semifinals, but were DQed for a exchange zone violation. An appeal ruled official's error; now they have to re-run the race to post a legal qualifying time to make the final.
- RRW Distance Recap: Muktar Edris Takes 5,000 In 13:38
- IAAF Investigates Nigeria-Spain Visa Denial Dispute
- Jamaica's Janieve Russell Wins 400H
- Ashraf Amgad Elseify Wins Hammer With Junior WR
- IAAF Profile Turks And Caicos Islands' WJ 200 Champ Delano Williams, Who Will Probably Compete For The UK In The Future
- GB's Katarina Johnson-Thompson's Had A Major Upset In The LJ When She Won After Coming In Ranked Only 10th
- 100/200 Champ Will Be Running In The NCAA Next Year
- Michael Johnson Thinks False Start Rule Is Bad For The Sport Because We Could Get A Repeat Of Daegu At The Olympics
- Jamaican Analysis Of Olympic 200: Will Allyson Felix Finally Get Gold Or Her Third Straight Silver?
- Carl Lewis Thinks Justin Gatlin Could Beat Bolt And Win The Olympics
- No Kidding: Michael Phelps And Usain Bolt Won't Be As Dominant In London As They Were In Beijing This article talks about how people have caught up to Bolt, but that isn't true at all. He's just slowed down.
6 Guys Break 12:50
Paris DL Photo Gallery (Click Here Or Below)
Blake Beats Bolt X 2 In 200
Emma Coburn Gets Emotional With Teammate Shalaya Kipp After Making Olympics
The Race Of The Trials: Julia Lucas' Agony Of Defeat (Race Video Here, More 5k W Interviews Here, Men 5k Here, Men Steeple Here)
Alan Webb's 2012 Olympic Dream Is Over (More On This Here (Link Fixed)). More Trials Videos Here
Tyler Mulder Showing The Emotion Of The Trials
BAA 10k 2012 BAA 10k Results
Geoffrey Mutai Runs 27:29 In Boston, Kim Smith Wins
We think Sam Chelanga still has a good chance to win $100,000 despite being crushed by nearly a minute.
Kenyan Trials *Mid-D/Distance Results
- King David Rudisha Runs 1:42.12 Altitude WR To Put Kenyan Crowd Into A Frenzy King David wasn't the only one to excite the crowd as even bigger cheers went
to Ezekiel Kemboi, who set the crowd afire when he pulled up to eventual steeple winner Brimin Kipruto and seemingly motioned to let him win with 50m to go before re-enacting his famous "Daegu jig" at the finish. Asbel Kiprop barely qualified (3rd) as Olympic champ Nancy Lagat, Linet Masai
and Paul Kipsiele Koech fell by the wayside.
*Kemboi's Dance Gets More Cheers Than Rudisha's Win
*MB: Rudisha's 1:42.12 NEW ALTITUDE WR!!! Brimin Kipruto 8:11 steeplechase and Isaiah Koech 13:09 as well, if this isn't a troll.
*MB: Kiprop 3rd: "It's a good thing that I did not win the Trials since the pressure that comes with it is too much."
- AP Recap: Rudisha, Jelimo And Cheruiyot Win
LRC Exclusive: Timer Explains The Allyson Felix Tie
Matt Taylor Speaks #2
LRC Redefine Running: Who's In Charge Of "The Sport" (link fixed) Last week Matt Taylor, the guy behind ChasingTradition, ChasingKimbia, ChasingGlory, and an upcoming Usain Bolt video game, told you running was dying. This week he tells you it's thriving. He explains the inconsistency. While the activity of running is thriving, the sport is dead with the mainstream sports fan. In the internet era, diehards get their fix, while Joe Sports-Fan has no idea who Matt Centrowitz is. How do we fix this?