Quote Of The Day

"What bothers me is if you really are the greatest, is it that tough to act like you've been there before?"

- Edmonton Sun columnist Yukon Jack writing about how he's tired of Bolt's showmanship. Meanwhile, Bolt's coach has forbidden Bolt from going into London until the season is over, as Bolt can't resist the sexy British women.

Today: Stockholm Diamond League Meet *Full Results *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews *Yahoo Photos

LRC Stockholm Diamond League Full Recap Updated A slew of Olympic champions competed and some did really well and some did awful. Duane Solomon ran a great 800m, Evan Jager ran a PR and revealed he wants to run a 5k, and Shannon Rowbury and Jenny Simpson ran seasonal bests. Now with quotes and interviews.
More: LRC Evan Jager Wants To Run A 5k, But Coach Jerry Schumacher Is Against It
LRC Shannon Rowbury Speaks Out Against Drug Cheats
Taoufik Makhloufi Explains How He Got So Much Better This Year
Andrew Wheating Runs 1:46.4 In B Race And Says It's A Positive Step

Full Results *Video Highlights
*IAAF Recap *Athletics Weekly *Reuters

*Bolt Didn't Run Because He's Too Expensive, Say Meet Organizers
Valerie Adams Dominates In Stockholm

LRC Live Thread

LRC No More Steeples This Year: Evan Jager Tell Us His Goals For Stockholm & The Rest Of The Season The American record holder in the steeple is running the flat 3,000m on Friday in Stockholm. What's his goal? He tells us and also says there will be no sub-8:00 steeple this year as he's done steepling for 2012.

Looking Ahead To Next Week And 2024

Next Sunday's Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix Will Be A 12,800 Sellout We think we are supposed to be excited that a post-Olympic meet with Mo Farah can draw a minor league baseball crowd.

Paralympics Won't Be Covered Live On NBC Either

As Dallas Natives, We Say This is A Horrible Idea Unless It's In May Or October -
Dallas Wants To Host 2024 Olympics *Average Temps For Dallas By Month

Pre Stockholm News

LRC Goodbye, London: Track & Field Action Resumes With DN Galan Stockholm Diamond League Meet Stockholm may not have Usain Bolt, but it's got a slew of recent Olympic champions competing, nine to be exact: Sanya Richards-Ross (women's 400), Felix Sanchez (men's 400 hurdles), Valerie Adams (women's shot), Thomasz Majewski (men's shot), Brittney Reese (women's long jump), Yuliya Zaripova (steeplechase), Jenn Suhr (women's pole vault), Anna Chicherova (women's high jump), Sandra Perkovic (discus), Will Claye (triple jump) and Taoufik Makloufi (men's 1,500, running the 800). A big focus will be the return of Morgan Uceny versus six London 1,500 finalists and Duane Solomon and Evan Jager trying to win their first DL highlight the distance events. *IAAF Preview

LRC Sanya Richards-Ross, Jenn Suhr, Valerie Adams, Anna Chicherova, Tomasz Majewski At 2012 DN Galan Press Conference The Olympic champions addressed the media and talked about their golds and what is next.
Update: Makhloufi Is Running In Stockholm
*Sanya Richards-Ross Really Wants The One-Carat Diamond That Goes Along With Breaking A Stadium Record
*Fall Keeps Uceny Out Of 1,500 The fall caused her hips, spine and shoulders to get out of alignment and emotionally she's still struggling.
*Could Christian Taylor Get Jonathan Edwards' TJ WR? Taylor's best is 17.96 and the WR is 18.29m.
*Sally Pearson Was Slated To Run Stockholm And Zurich DL Meets, But Says She's Mentally Worn Out And Has Decided To End Her Season
*21-Year-Old Olympic Finalist Laura Weightman Excited To Race Again

USA Wins DecaNation Title *Full Results

Team USA Wins DecaNation Title; Russia Takes 2nd And Germany 3rd This is an annual scored track meet between US, France, Russia, England, China, Germany, Spain and South Africa. Alysia Montano and Nick Symmonds won the 800s, Shannon Rowbury the 1,500, and Bridget Franek the steeple. *IAAF Recap

Post-Olympic US News *Olympic Daily Schedule/Results *LRC Check Prediction Contest Scores

More Post-Olympic News: A Lot Of Athletes "Went Missing" In London

Goodbye, London

Getting High Praise in the Email Inbox:
LRC Mediocre Great Britain: You Lived Up To Your Name "For a country where pessimism is now part of the national consciousness, the Olympics were a resounding success. Not okay, not pretty good, but truly Great ..."
*IAAF's 12 Highlights Of London 2012
*London Athletes Face Post-Olympic Blues It now even has an official name: Post-Olympic Stress Disorder, or POSD.

Stephen Kiprotich Returns Home And Gets $80,000 Check, Hero's Welcome And the govt. will build his parents a new house.
Good Read:
Everyone In Uganda Was Resigned To To Another Olympic Failure, But Kiprotich Was Determined To Save Them The week before the marathon, he posted on facebook: "Am coming with the weapons to save our country."

More London Leftovers:

Edward Cheserek's HS Coach Might Not Let Him Race This XC Season If He Doesn't Do Well On His SAT

2008 1,500 Olympic Bronze Medallist Mehdi Baala Ending His Season Due To Injury

What Happens To The Athletes When The Games Are Over?

Alberto Salazar: "When Mo [Farah] Came To Me He Was The Weakest Athlete I'd Ever Trained" "He was a skinny distance runner with a great engine but no upper body ... in terms of core strength and being able to do push-ups, sit-ups and single-leg squats. He was a 90lb weakling. The No 1 thing that has helped Mo is not the 110 miles a week he puts in on the road, but the seven hours a fortnight in the gym."

US News

Olympic Gold Medallists And Non-Medallists Speak After The Games

The Associated Press Catches Up With Morgan Uceny "I couldn't believe that this was happening to me again. It seemed impossible and unreal. My emotions just took control and I couldn't do anything but sit there and cry. It feels unfair."
*The Tall Christophe Lemaitre Makes No Excuses For Struggling In Lane 2 In 200: "I was not able to seize my opportunity in the semifinal and I got what I deserved."
*Meseret Defar Says Her Husband Was The Key To Her Gold & Says The Religious Picture Was An Orthodox Christian Virgin Mary Her husband helped her prepare for an uneven pace and insisted she only run the 5,000.
*Pat Butcher's Praise For Rudisha's Frontrunning World Record It reminds him of Filbert Bayi's world record from 1974. Watch Bayi set the 1,500 WR from the front here and mile here.

Four Recommended Reads

Usain Bolt News

Edwin Moses - Bolt should retire now why he's on top"I am not sure it would be wise for Bolt to carry on."
*Bolt Partied Until 6am After 4 X 100 *More On Bolt's Partying
Bolt In Negotiations To Play Professional Cricket Next Year In Australia

Sports Illustrated Debates Who's Greater - Phelps Or Bolt?

*Phil Taylor: Usain Bolt - Not Phelps Was The Main Man In London "With all due respect to the greatness of Michael Phelps, the 2012 Olympics have been, more than anything, Usain Bolt's show."
*Michael Farber: Bolt's star power is unmatched, but Phelps' numbers set him apart

Usain Bolt Beat Michael Phelps In Terms Of Twitter Mentions During Olympics

*Michigan QB Says He Can Beat Bolt In A 40-Yard Dash
*Will Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt Give Jamaica Tourism A Jolt?

Need A Running App For Your iPhone? Runtastic Gets Praise In NY Times

LRC The Incredible Meb Keflezighi Reacts On Just Missing A Medal, Ryan Hall & Abdi Talk About Dropping Out Post-race reaction from the Americans and the medallists. Meb used the fact he was slighted and not introduced to the worldwide audience at the start, even though he was the only Olympic medallist in the field, to fuel him. Ryan Hall reacts to his first non-top-10 result and Wilson Kipsang says he has no regrets about the 14:11 3rd 5k.

Recommended Read: Coach Renato Canova Analyzes The Olympic Marathon: "I think nobody could think of STEPHEN KIPROTICH as a possible Olympic Champion," says Canova, who doesn't think it's really possible to do well in a spring marathon and then again in the Olympics.

On The Boards: Meb Keflezighi = American Marathon of the Year! Perhaps they mean of the last 30 years.

Update On Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahm Dropping Out Of Marathon

Olympic Marathon: LRC The Unheralded Stephen Kiprotich Of Uganda Stuns The Field And Wins The 2012 Olympic Men's Marathon
 Uganda's only Olympic medal of the 2012 Games has a great color to it and it came in a historic event, as after getting dropped at the 35km mark (21.7 m), Kiprotich stormed back to the lead at the 23-mile mark and stunned the world and Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Abel Kirui as the US's Meb Keflezighi was a surprise 4th. Kipsang tried to do his best Sammy Wanjiru impersonation with a crazy 14:11 5k early in the race, but that 5km segment at 1:59 marathon pace may have done him in later.
USA Today: Kiprotich: "Now, I am known and I am happy that I am known."
*RRW Recap *AP Recap

LRC Mo Farah Completes The Double As The British Fans Go Wild The British fans got what they wanted on the final day of Olympic track competition (marathon tomorrow is on the roads and doesn't end in the stadium) as Farah won a tactical 5,000. Bernard Lagat came up just short in his quest for his first Olympic medal for the US as he was 4th, Rupp 7th and Lomong 10th.
*Picture: Mo Farah And Usain Bolt Swap Victory Poses
*Mo Farah Says He Wants To Move To The Marathon Eventually, But Not Yet
*MB: Official men's 5000m thread *That was the worst 5000m final in an Olympics ever

Steve Cram Praises David Rudisha And Says He Thinks He Can Go Sub-1:40 He also says he thinks Bolt would definitely beat him over 400 meters. *MB: When will we see 1:39.XX

How Would The Winners Of Previous Olympics Fare Against The 2012 Victors?


W 1,500: LRC Disaster Strikes Twice As Morgan Uceny Gets Tripped Again And A Former Doper Wins Gold Disaster struck twice in the 1,500 final. First at the bell when, unbelievably, Morgan Uceny was sent sprawling for the second straight year. It struck again a lap later when a former doper won gold and her compatriot, who has gone from 4:18 to 4:01 this year, nabbed silver.
*Pat Forde:
"Saddest sight of the Games"
*Woods: "Half a lifetime of preparation, of dreaming, shattered in an instant."
*Battaglia: Uceny's medal hopes fall - again
*MB: *I am crying for Morgan Uceny *Uceny goes down! *US should protest - Let's re-run the 1,500
*UK 1,500 Runner Lisa Dobriskey Voices Concerns Over Turkey's Asli Çakir Alptekin Being Clean Dobriskey said: "I'll probably get into trouble for saying this, but I don't believe I'm competing on a level playing field."

Usain Bolt Wins 200 To Become A "Legend" Bolt became the first man to win the 100 and 200 at back-to-back Olympics and become a legend in his own words. We thought he was already a legend. After leading the Jamaica 1-2-3 sweep, Bolt trashed Carl Lewis, saying he has "no respect for him" as a result of Carl's thinly-veiled drug allegations at Bolt.
More Bolt-Lewis: *Bolt Rips Lewis
*Editorial Saying This Will Hurt Bolt In US With Endorsements We Disagree. The article nails it in describing how entertaining Bolt was in the rest of the press conference.
*Article From Last Month Explaining What Lewis Said
*Yohan Blake's Watch Has Caught The Eye Of IOC Brand Police
*Four Years Ago, Warren Weir Was Watching The Olympics From The Couch, But Now He's Part Of A Jamaican 200 Medal Sweep When asked what Bolt whispered to him before the start, he said, "1-2-3." All 3 are coached by Glen Mills.

Ashton Eaton, Trey Hardee Go 1-2 In Decathlon Hardee: "It's safe to say my reign is over. I still think my best decathlon is ahead of me, but Ashton's are too."
*Ashton Eaton: "20 years on you will have people saying 'I was sitting on my couch, watching Hardee and Eaton win.'"
*USATF Release On 1-2 Finishes In Decathlon And TJ Includes athlete quotes.

Gators Christian Taylor And Will Claye Go 1-2 In Triple Jump 2nd medal of Games for Claye as he got bronze in the LJ.

NYTimes: Day Of Drama In London


Allyson Felix Wins 200 Gold As USA Crushes It With 7 Medals & 3 Golds Brittney Reese also won gold as did Aries Merritt. The meet was "was slipping away" from the US when everything got turned around with a ton of medals. Lashinda Demus had to settle for silver despite running 52.77. *USATF Release On Historic Day
*Layden: Allyson Felix finally strikes gold on banner night for US track and field
*After Coming Up Short 4 Years Ago, Allyson Felix And Brittney Reese Come Through For Gold In 200 And LJ In 2012

110H: Aries Merritt Is On Fire - PRs At 12.92 As US Goes 1-2 Jason Richardson was a little disappointed he got silver.
Epstein: Merritt quest perfectionism pays off with gold medal in 110m hurdles
Reuters: After showing great promises as jr. world champ, Merritt arrives on center stage

LJ: After Four Straight World Titles, Brittney Reese Gets Long-Sough- After Olympic Gold
*Reese Celebrates With Mom Who Told Her To Turn Down Basketball Scholarship For College & Focus On Track

A Great Read: LRC
Men's 1,500m Reaction, Leo Manzano Talks About His Medal, Matt Centrowitz His Near Miss, Makhloufi, Kiprop, Willis, More LRC gives you all the athlete reaction from the crazy men's 1,500m, which saw Leo Manzano take home the first US Olympic 1,500m medal since 1968. Leo says he felt awful but his prayer was answered; Centrowitz says he was running for gold and wouldn't change a thing; Asbel Kiprop praises Leo; Nick Willlis is amazed by Makhloufi's recovery but embarrassed by his own showing. What happened to the Kenyans? What about Nick Willis? What about Makhloufi's injury? *LRC Leo Photo Gallery

Race Recap: LRC 1,500 Final: Taoufik Makhloufi Dominates As Leo Manzano Surprises With Silver (updated) Makhloufi's last 300 was just way better than everyone else's, as anyone that tried to go with him paid a big price. Leo Manzano had the next-best last lap as he went from 10th to 2nd as Matt Centrowitz just missed a medal by .04. *IAAF Recap

*Deadspin: Algerian Runner Booted From Olympics For Quitting A Race Reinstated After Getting A Doctor's Note
*Taoufik Makhloufi: The Man Who Won Olympic Gold After Being Thrown Out For Not Trying An honest assesment of the DQ situation and questioning the rules around it.


400 Final: 19-Year-Old Kirani James Wins Grenada's First Olympic Gold In The 400 Luguelin Santos took silver and Lalonde Gordon bronze. Kirani James is Mr. Clutch at age 19. Incredible.
*Grenada Prime Minister Declares National Holiday To Celebrate Kirani James' 400 Win
SI: US 400m Dynasty Comes To An End
*MB: Kirani James 43.94!!!!

Felix Sanchez Weeps Tears Of Joy And Dedicates 400H Win To His Grandmother, Who Passed Away After The First Prelim In Beijing 2008 He ran with a photo of him and his grandma tucked under his jersey and "Abuela" scrawled in black pen on the straps of his spikes. When he won, he honored his grandmother by kneeling in the middle of the track and kissing her photo.
*Yahoo Photos

LRC Taoufik Makhloufi (One Of The 1,500m Favorites) Kicked Out Of Olympic Track Meet Reinstated Makhloufi's performance in the 1,500m semifinal on Sunday was absolutely stunning but not as stunning as what happened 15 hours later. Less than 24 hours after the race, he was disqualified from the meet for not giving an honest effort in the 800m round 1 on Monday. After an appeal, he has now been reinstated. *Discuss


LRC Men's 10,000m: Mo Farah Gets It Done As Galen Rupp Gets Historic Silver Mo Farah powered home to win Britain's third track gold medal of the night and first long-distance gold in 104 years, as his training partner Galen Rupp got America's first men's flat long-distance track medal since 1964 with silver. The bronze went to Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele, as he held off his brother, Kenenisa.


LRC Women's 10,000m: Tirunesh Dibaba Makes The Case For Being The Greatest Ever The Tirunesh Dibaba/Vivian Cheruiyot dual did not live up to the hype, as Dibaba was simply stunning the final 500 meters, crushing the field to assert her claim to best female distance runner ever. Sally Kipyego got second, Vivian Cheruiyot third. Afterwards, Dibaba said she wants to run a marathon next year.
*MB: Dibaba!!? wtf *OFFICIAL WOMENS 10 000M THREAD

A Slow News Saturday

Kenyans Still Mad They Didn't Win More

Sprint News

This Week's Sign Of The Apocalypse Spice Girls Closing Ceremony Concert Was The Most Tweeted-About Event Of The Olympics

Stephen Kiprotich's Agents Aren't Worried He'll Succumb To Booze & Multiple Wives "The good thing with Kiprotich is he is one of the well behaved boys we manage."
*Column: Kiprotich should be a hero to all Africans "Unfortunately, most Africans are mere participants in the human race ready to take anything, but a medal! Waiting for help and sympathy in case we fail."

How Bad Was Lukas V Hurt? This Video - Somewhat Graphic - Shows You It Was Very, Very Bad

Some Olympians Are Getting Treated Well & Others ...

More Olympic Reactions

RR: Part 3 Of 3: "It Should Be Mathematical: One Couple, Two Dreams, .04 Seconds Amazing conclusion to the article that was QOD yesterday. *Part 1 *Part 2

Dathan Ritzenhein Visits Chicago As Member Of 2012 Chicago Marathon Field To Speak With Local High Schoolers He also threw out the first pitch for the Astros/Cubs game. Suffice to say that it did not help the Cubs.

Kenya Welcomes Home Rips Their Olympic Heroes

Start Your Wednesday Off Right With Some Good Links

Support A Great Cause: 10-Man Team Will Attempt To Break 1,000-Mile Relay WR In Memory Of Penn State PVer Who Died Competing In 2002 The Kevin Dare Foundation provides college scholarships to severely injured or ill high school student athletes. Penn St. alum Ryan Foster among those running. *Website

The Blame Game Has Begun - People Need Explanations For So-Called Olympic Failures

The Olympics Are Over - Now It's Time To Start Counting The Doping Positives

And So It Begins
Women's Shot Put Champion Stripped Of Gold For Steroid Positive - Valerie Adams Is Now The Champ
*Adams: "I am speechless with this news." Wouldn't it be great if we could somehow find out how many gold medallists really were doping?
*Willis Hopes Adams Gets "A Gold Medal Ceremony At Eden Park"
*The Positive Won't Take This Back: RR NZ Press Has Been Slamming Adams For Failure For Days Adams was ripped for "not wearing her normal 'game face' when the competition began."
*Colombian 400 Runner Also Officially Busted He didn't compete but was busted in pre-Games testing.

Olympic Track & Field  *Daily Schedule/Results *Complete T&F Schedule *LRC Check Prediction Contest Scores/Change Picks

Saturday: W 800: LRC The World Champion Is Now The Olympic Champion As Mariya Savinova Wins Comfortably Over Caster Semenya (updated) Russia's Mariya Savinova came from way back to win the gold comfortably in 1:56.19 and retain her global superiority. Caster Semenya had a blazing last 100 to grab the silver, but waited way too long to kick to challenge for gold. Defending champ Pamela Jelimo led with 200 to go, but faded badly and was the first outside the medals.
*David Epstein: "Silver Medal in 800 meters Offers Little Clarity in Semenya Speculation" Talks about speculation as to how Semenya came out of nowhere again to get silver and points out how those who objected to her in the past (such as Savinova) seem to be fine with her now that she's losing.


W 5,000: LRC Meseret Defar Stunningly Stops The Coronation Of Tiruneh Dibaba The script was all set. Tirunesh Dibaba was to complete the "Double Double" and become the first women track athlete with four individual golds. Only thing was, the person making history ended up being Meseret Defar.
Defar's golden focus pays dividends Defar said she's had great health and says she changed training to prepare for a tactical race. The religious Defar says she feels "born again."
*Defar Says She Will Now Move Up To The Marathon She's ran one half before in 67:45. Dibaba has said she's making the same move, so their rivalry isn't over yet.
AP Recap


800 Could Be Was Epic:
David Rudisha Becomes A Legend By Winning Gold With A World Record In The Greatest 800 Race In History updated David Rudisha went after in London and delivered, as he became the first person to break 1:41 in the 800. The rest of the field went after Rudisha and delivered as well as 7 of 8 runners PRed in a truly epic race where places 1-8 set new all-time best time-for-place marks. Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds became the 2nd and 3rd Americans to break 1:43 and amazingly neither medalled.
Rudisha 1:40.91 WORLD RECORD!!
How low can Rudisha go in 800?
Science Of The Sport Analyzes The Olympic 800 Final And Rudisha's Race Strategy

LRC Duane Solomon And Nick Symmonds React To Their Historic Olympic 800s That Leave Them Short Of The Medals
The sub-1:43 club has two more Americans. Unbelievably both of them will leave London without medals. Nick Symmonds ran faster in the final than he thought was humanly possible for him.
*IAAF Article On Rudisha's WR 17-year-old Kenyan Timothy Kitum, who got bronze, said, "[Rudisha] told me he was going to go fast for the line. He advised me not to follow him and to go for silver. That's why (Mohammed) Aman failed. That was our plan."
*Usain Bolt & David Rudisha: Olympic Stars United In Greatness The 800 was crazy; British runner Andrew Osagie's 1:43.77 was enough to get him 4th all-time UK and would have won any of the past three Olympic finals ... but here it got him last.
*Ultimate Track Showdown: Bolt Vs. Rudisha Over 400 Both have hinted they'd be up for it. Props to whatever meet organizer makes this happen. *MB: More Dominant: Bolt or Rudisha ?

A MUST-READ BEFORE THE 800 FINALS - LRC Johnny Gray Guaranteed Duane Solomon Would Medal One Month Ago!!
You've got to read this article. LRC visitor Silver Lumsdaine sat down with Gray on July 12th after Solomon had recently completed a crazy-fast 700/300 workout back when everyone else thought Solomon should be happy to be in London. After the workout, Gray predicted Solomon would medal. Gray says Solomon did the 700 in 1:27.72, which is 1:40.26 800 pace. *MB: Discuss
*A Great Read
Kenya's David Rudisha is favourite for 800m, thanks to an Irish Brother
WSJ.com On Rudisha: "He is the most dominant track-and-field athlete at the Olympic Games."

W800 1st Round: LRC
Race Recap: The Big Names That Start, Including The Three Americans, Advance As Sarah Attar Makes History The big names that took to the track all advanced, including the three Americans, including an injured Geena Gall and Alysia Montano, who had the fastest time of the day. But the day belonged to the two slowest runners of the day, one of whom was Pepperdine's and Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar. Ethiopian star Fantu Magiso was a big-name DNS.

LRC Column/Editorial: Sarah Attar Makes Olympic Track And Field History For Saudi Arabia In 800m, But Is It Enough? Imagine the outrage if the South African delegation made its black athletes walk behind the whites and told them to not give interviews or mingle with whites."It's time for the IOC to stop supporting sexism. Gender discrimination should be treated no differently than racial discrimination. ... How about for a start, the Saudi women come out first at the closing ceremonies? Come out before anyone else enters the stadium, that would be a step in the right direction."

*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.
*Alberto Salazar Says Mo Farah And Galen Rupp Are Feeling Recovered And Ready For 5k
*Allyson Felix Looking For Redemption In 200 As All 3 Americans Advance To The Final
*Usain Bolt And Yohan Blake Prepare For The 200 Showdown In What They Both Consider Their Best Event
*Asafa Powell Won't Compete In Jamaican 4 X 1 Due To Injury He's out for the rest of the season, but plans on being back in 2013.



W Steeple: LRC World Champion Yuliya Zaripova Becomes Olympic Steeplechase Champion Zaripova was a deserving championas she led fromto start to finish, getting rid of her challengers with a blistering last lap. The US's Emma Coburn PRed to finish night as Bridget Franekstruggled. *Discuss
Updated: Americans Emma Coburn And Bridget Franek React On Their First Olympic Final

W 1,500 1st Round: LRC Jenny Simpson Survives A Big Scare As Three Americans Advance And Genzebe Dibaba Goes Home
(link fixed) A letup at the line is what seemingly saved the reigning world champion Jenny Simpson from bombingout in the first round. The #4 seed Genzebe Dibaba did go home.
*MB:What was Jenny Simpson doing?

More Monday Results:


M Steeple: LRC Ezekiel Kemboi Wins Second Olympic Steeplechase Title - Is He The Greatest Steeplechaser In History? Kemboi blitzed everyone in the last 300 and had time to finish out in lane eight once again before doing his now-patented victory dance. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad took silver as he did in 2008 and Kenya's Abel Mutai won bronze. Defending champ Brimin Kipruto was tripped with 700 to go and heroically tried to rally, but ended up fifthEvan Jager and Donn Cabral were 6th and 8th.
*Ezekiel Kemboi Says His Track Career Is Over Now And He'll Be Switching To The Marathon

100 Final:
BOLT: Tim Layden: "In many ways, this one was better." (link fixed) If you ever thought there was a better short sprinter in the world think again. Usain Bolt delivered on the biggest stage once again in the gretest 100m final ever. All 8 men would have broken 10.00 but Asafa Powell, the man who has gone sub 10 more than anyone else in the world, pulled up before the finish.

W Marathon:
LRC Tiki Gelana Wins 2012 Olympic Marathon As Shalane Flanagan And Kara Goucher Finish 10th And 11th The star-studded field featured Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplgat, and Liliya Shobukhova, but in the end it was the marathon's new star Tiki Gelana who got the win. American Shalane Flanagan was 10th and teammate Kara Goucher 11th. LRC analysis, recap and more from London.
*Kara Goucher After Marathon Finish: "Honestly, I haven't felt that kind of pain since I had a baby. I'm serious." Flanagan said all the turns really broke her rhythm and "trashed her legs."

More Saturday Stuff

Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah And Greg Rutherford Get Gold On Britain's Greatest Olympic Night Ever 80,000 fans got what they wanted - gold for Britain. Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis delivered as promised and the bonus was Greg Rutherford's gold in the long jump on a special night for Britain.

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.

Men's Olympic Marathon Photo Gallery

Non-DL Weekend Action

The Only Thing Worse Than Cheating Is Cheating And Then Lying About It

London Games Are Over But Track Is Not: DL Schedule

Saturday Photo Gallery: Usain And Mo

Goodbye London 2012 - Closing Ceremony Photos Gallery

LRC Asks Carmelita Jeter & Jason Richardson About Mark Block

Latest: Britain's Sunday Herald Picks Up Block Story & USADA Says "There is an investigation going on."
*Pat Forde Of Yahoo Sports Picks Up On Controversy

LRC Carmelita Jeter And Jason Richardson Answer Questions About Banned Agent Mark Block LRC's Weldon Johnson asked Jeter and Richardson about their association with banned agent Mark Block. Jeter and Richardson, to their credit, didn't dodge the questions. To say there was tension in the air is an understatement. *Discuss
*Associated Press Picks Up Story: US sprinter Carmelita Jeter defends friendship with suspended agent Mark Block
*The Guardian Picks Up Story: "A wonderful night for the USA's athletics team turned sour when Carmelita Jeter was questioned about her links with the controversial former coach, Mark Block."
*NY Daily News *Daily Mail *San Diego Tribune

Day 8 Olympic Photo Gallery: Women's 4 X 100 WR, Uceny Falls, Women's 5,000m Final

Day 7 Olympic Photo Gallery: Rudisha And Bolt

Day 6 Photo Gallery: Allsyon Felix, Aries Merritt, Brittney Reese, Women's 1,500m Semis

Day 5 Photo Gallery: Leo 1,500m Silver, Men's High Jump, Men's 800m Semis, Men's Discus Final

Day 4 Photo Gallery: King James, Felix Sanchez, Jenn Suhr, Women's Steeple

Day 3 Photo Gallery: Men's 100, Men's Steeple, Women's 400, More

Women's Olympic Marathon Photo Gallery

Non-Olympic News

  • Julia Lucas Recovering From Trials Disappointment By Hitting Up The Road Circuit On the Trials, she said, "Running a safe race would have meant that I would be in London. Of course I would rather be in London. I just got mad watching that race and I went into my own race saying that I wasn't going to run in a tentative and what I considered dishonorable way. I was going to go after it. I think that for the top three women at the Trials to go is the right thing. And Kim Conley deserved to go because she got third. So do I wish I had run it differently? Yes, I wish I could have won the race. Do I wish I would have intentionally slowed the pace in order to get fourth and still go? No. That's the opposite of what I love about the sport."
  • Mathew Kisorio Admits Doping He also claims EPO use is widespread in Kenya.
  • Chris Solinsky To Coach At University Of Portland

More Bolt And 100m News

Day 2 Photo Gallery: Olympic 10,000m Final Photo Gallery

You Might Want To Update Your LRC Prediction Contest: Tirunesh Dibaba Confirms She Will Race Olympic 5,000

Mark Block Talks About His "Mistake"

LRC Mark Block Gives His Side Of The Story The banned agent talks to flotrack and says he travels to track meets across the globe as a form of therapy, says he technically he still can coach athletes (yet is never asked if he actually does), says he went into the Nike VIP suite - where he felt at home - at the Olympic Trials because it was cold, and feels as if he's paid a steep price for his mistake of ten years ago. He never tells or is asked what his "mistake" was - namely the doping of his world champion wife. We obviously disagree with his take on things and tell you why.

Day 1 Friday Photo Gallery: Women's 10k And Men's Shot Final, Round 1 Steeple, 1,500

Day 1 US Non-Distance: Reese Hoffa Gets US's First Track Medal With A Bronze In The Shot Put 2008 champ Tomasz Majewski repeated to win over David Storl. US's Christian Cantwell and Ryan Whiting were 4th and 9th. All US runners advanced in the first rounds of the w100, w400, and m400 hurdles. Carmelita Jeter won her heat in 10.83.

The Conscience Of The Sport

LRC What Are Carmelita Jeter And Jason Richardson Doing With Mark Block? All year long, two of the America's three individual track World Champions from last year have been traveling the globe and associating with convicted doper Mark Block. Whether it's been dinner in California, a walk to the track in Jamaica or a pre-meet stretch in China, Jeter and Richardson haven't been shy about continuing to associate with someone deeply involved in the BALCO scandal, who is currently supposed to be banned from the sport for ten years.  All we want to know is "Why?"

LRC We Rank The US Mid-D And Distance Olympians' Odds For A Medal No one has the guts to rank all the US Olympians in terms of their medal hopes but us. While we're a little fearful of the athletes' reactions, we think the piece is very positive, as for the first time in recent memory, if not ever, the US men have a legitimate medal contender in every event. *Discuss

Help Out A LRCer Who Has Terminal Cancer: Help Cancer Guy

RIP Oregon Track Clasic Founder Paul Banta

Craziest Sports Video Ever - Worth A Watch


A Legend Passes Too Young

LRC Eight-Time US Cross-Country Champion Pat Porter Dies In Plane Crash Updated: We've added a great photo of Porter with 3-time World XC Champ Lynn Jennings.
Authorities: "There are no indications as to what may have caused this accident." Porter and his 15-year-old son and a neighbohood friend have perished.

Usain Bolt The Video Game Is Out

LRC Usain Bolt The Video Game For Iphone/Ipod - Q & A With Friend Of LRC Matt Taylor Bolt!, the Usain Bolt Iphone/Ipod free video game was released yesterday. We talk to LRC guest columnist Matt Taylor, who was instrumental in the game coming to fruition.