Quote Of The Day

"You're a world champion for one year, but you're an Olympic champion for life."

- Quote from 1948 Olympic rowing gold medallist Richard Burnell of Great Britain that appears on our The Week That Was weekly recap, which is back after an Olympic-sized vacation.

You Begged For It, And We Give It To You

LRC The Week That Was Is Back After an Olympic-sized vacation, our beloved weekly recap is back. We start by taking a look back at the Olympics and comment on how it was surprising the US men outperformed the US women, how it was surprising so many gold medallists were asked drug-related questions, and talk about finding the right running/life balance. Along the way we talk about Nick Willis, Lisa Uhl, Lukas Verzbicas and Christophe Lemaitre.

Another Scientific Study That States What We Already Knew: Study Shows 10% Mileage Rule Is Too Conservative We always knew it shouldn't take 17 weeks to go from 20 to 100.

News From Down Under

*Valerie Adams Gets Her Gold Medal
*Valerie Adams: "I do this for you."
*Adams Will Compete On Home Soil Next Year

*Sally Pearson Is 3rd Most Admired Olympian In Australian History - Might Be Worth $2 Million Per Year "If Sally plays her cards right she will be a household name right into her 70s."

Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska Will Return To Frankfurt Next Month To Defend Her Title And Try To Break 2:20 She set the course record last year at 2:21:59 and will face Bezunesh Bekele.

College News

ING NYC Marathon Fields

LRC Olympic Champion Tiki Gelana To Face Edna Kiplagat, Sharon Cherop; Mary Keitany Out With Injury Tiki Gelana is hottest marathoner on the planet and she'll be on the streets of New York in November trying to prevent Sharon Cherop or Edna Kiplagat from winning the $500,000 World Marathon Majors prize. On the men's side, London champ and Olympic bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang will face Moses Mosop.

Wilson Kipsang Vs. Moses Mosop (And Meb) Wilson Kipsang did not win the Olympics (bronze after a crazy early surge) but he may be the best marathoner on the planet. He'll have his hands full with 2:03 guy Moses Mosop in New York. Course record holder and defending NYC champ Geoffrey Mutai will be in Berlin (see below).

Next Week: Geoffrey Mutai Headlines BMW Berlin Marathon

Ethiopia's Netsanet Achamo Is Shooting For The Win And 2:22 CR At The Toronto Waterfront Marathon On Oct. 14th

More Post-London Stuff: Another Post-Olympic Doping Story Comes Out, Valerie Adams Finally Gets Her Medal

UK News

More Weekend Results

Random News

US Action: US 5k Champs RnR Philly Half *RnR Philly Live Results (Full Results Here) *US 5k Champs *Philly Photos *CVS Photos

Philly Half: Stanley Biwott Wins, Ritz Takes 3rd In 1:00:56, Wants To Run 2:06 In Chicago Biwott is a 2:05 guy who won in Paris. On the women's side, Sharon Cherop ran the second fastest time on US soil to win in 1:07:21. Next up for both winners: 2012 ING NYC Marathon.
*Philly Inquirer Recap Of Rock N Roll Philly
*Video Interview Of Ritz

CVS 5k:
Ben True Outleans Andrew Bumbalough, Molly Huddle Over Neely Spence At US 5k Championships The mens race was close with only 2 seconds separating the top 3 as Andrew Bumbalough and Robert Cheseret went 2-3. Neely Spence was second woman in 15:34.
On The Boards: Alan Webb - 14:14, 12th place at CVS

Cow Harbor 10k:
Mo Trafeh Beats Sean Quigley At Cow Harbor Run, Alisha Williams Defeats Stephanie Rothstein

Karl Meltzer Wins Rabbit Run 100-Mile Ultra And $10,000 *Results

American Heroes

International Olympic Stuff

UK Coaching Updates

LRC Does Politics

LRC Meet The Man Who Changed American Politics Started The Paul Ryan Marathon Controversy LRC Poster and 2:29 marathoner Bill Walker started the thread that made Paul Ryan's marathon time a matter of national discussion. Until now, Mr. Walker has received no credit for his contribution to the American political landscape. Meet the man behind it all. Plus learn who he's voting for.

Bolt/Jamaica News

Reid Coolsaet To Return Pacemaking Favor To Kenyan Stephen Chelimo When He Runs The Toronto Waterfront Marathon On Oct. 14th Chelimo paced Coolsaet through 34k in his PR race and now Coolsaet will pace Chelimo in his debut.


Distance News

Rieti Meet Sunday

Rieti Results Taoufik Makhloufi won the 800 in 1:43.74, Silas Kiplagat dominated the 1,500 as Andrew Wheating disappointed, Collis Birminghman won the 3k as Olympic steeple champ Ezekiel Kemboi and German Fernandez disappointed. Burundi youngster Francine Niyonsaba got her second win in three days over Olympic champ Mariya Savinova in the 800. Vivian Cheruiyot got the best of Sylvia Kibet in the 3,000m.

*IAAF Recap Of Rieti Valerie Adams had three throws over 20m.
*Aussie Collis Birmingham Stuns Olympic Medallists Ezekiel Kemboi & Thomas Longosiwa - Wins Men's 3k
*Lemaitre Finishes Season With 10.04 Win - But That Means He Failed To Break 10 This Year

Rieti On The Boards:

Brussels: The Last Diamond League Meet Of The Year Was Friday *Results *LRC Photos

LRC Aries Merritt Runs 12.80 To Destroy World Record Prior to Friday, the world record had come down .06 seconds in 21 years. On Friday, Aries Merritt lowered it .07 seconds. We look at the race and his amazing year. Video and post-race press conference.

Merritt: "This answers all the people who said I should pack it in and get a real job."
*Recommended Read: Phil Hersh Looks At Aries Merritt's Special Year Merritt: "This is a dream season for me, a dream season for anyone. I don't think anyone has ever done what I have done this year. Ever." We agree. From 13.09 to 12.80 in a single year. Well Done.
*Aries Merritt World Record Press Conference Highlights
*Aries Merritt World Record National Media Teleconference Excerpts

*Full Results
Brussels On The Boards:

Paralympics: Oscar P Loses Again As A Brit Wins The 100 At Home

Rovereto *Results

Zagreb *Results

Patrick Makau Loses A 10 Miler, And Other Weekend Results

Thursday: The Track Season Is Winding Down, But We Hope You Saved Something For Zürich *Results *Yahoo Photos

LRC 2012 Weltklasse Recap: Rudisha Loses, Bolt And Blake Win, Drama In Women's Steeple, And Americans Fizzle In 5,000m It's the best one-day track meet in the world for a reason - it gets the stars. This year was no different and there were a few shockers. In the men's 5,000, Bernard Lagat broke 13:00 for the first time this year but his AR survived as Galen Rupp finished ninth in 13:09.

David Rudisha Gets Beaten Mohammed Aman ruined David Rudisha's perfect season for the second straight year.
*Full Results
*Other Recaps: *
IAAF *Athletics Weekly *Reuters Recap
Rudisha Is Lucky The Weather Was Great For The Olympics: "I never feel good when the track is wet and it is raining." www.independent.co.uk
800 Video (US Visitors)
*US Men With Gay & Bailey Beat Jamaican "B" Team In 4 X 100
Grabarz Wins The Diamond League HJ Title & Now Wants To Buy A Porsche A Year After Losing Lottery Funding

Lance Armstrong Pleads Guilty Gives Up

USADA To Ban Lance Armstrong For Life And Strip Him Of All 7 Tour de France Titles USADA chief exec Travis Tygart: "It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and athletes. It's a heartbreaking example of win at all costs overtaking the fair and safe option. There's no success in cheating to win." *ESPN
*MB: BREAKING Report: Lance Abandoning Fight vs Doping Charges, TDF Titles Gone
*Lance Armstrong's Full Statement On USADA Refers to USADA's investigation as an "unconstitutional witch hunt."

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.

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.

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


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

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.


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

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


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!!!!

LRC Team USA Named for 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships - Luke Puskedra And Shalane Flanagan To Lead Squads *MBoard Thread

#1 Wisconin's Star Mohammed Ahmed May Redshirt The 10k Olympian also says he might have been in 27-flat shape at the Olympics, where he ran 28:13.

David Rudisha In The News

The IAAF Takes A Look Back The Career Of The Recently-Retired Carolina Kluft

3:41 1,500m Man Philo Saunders Talks About Strength Training For Distance Runners

Some Good Marathon Articles: Ritz Going For Place, Not Time, In Chicago

Lance News

Q&A's With US Olympians

Top US Women In The News

International Action: Great North Run & Great North City Games *Results *Great North Run Results *Photos Great North Run

Great North Run: Tirunesh Dibaba Wins In Debut As London Marathon Champ Wilson Kipsang Comes From Behind In Last 50m To Take Win In 59:06 Over Micah Kogo 59:07 Wilson Kipsang loves running in the UK as the Olympic bronze medallist came from behind to edge Kogo. Dibaba bided her time and did not run away from Edna Kiplagat until the final quarter. Ryan Vail was 8th in 1:02:04.
*Brit Chris Thompson Is "Over The Moon" Happy With His 61:00 - 3rd Fastest Ever In British History
*Brit Jo Pavey Pleased With 5th Place (69:20)
*Dibaba: "I am thinking of running a marathon maybe next year."

Great City Games:
The US Wins Over The UK At The Great North City Games: Mo Farah Ends His Season Winning The 2-Mile Over Bobby Curtis, Collis Birmingham & Ryan Gregson In the men's mile, Bernard Lagat won over UK's James Brewer and Jordan Macnamara. For the women, Brenda Martinez beat Hanah England and Anna Pierce; Jenny Simpson was only 4th. Other event winners include Dwain Chambers/Jeneba Tarmoh (100), Wallace Spearmon (150m ... Ryan Bailey dropped out with injury), and Jason Richardson (110H). The LJ was a good competition with an upset in Chris Tomlinson beating out Olympic Champ Greg Rutherford, TJ champ Christian Taylor, and LJ bronze medalist Will Claye.
*Farah Says He'll Enjoy Not Thinking About Running For The Next 2 Weeks On his 2-mile win: "I still had to work for it. It wasn't as easy as I thought." Good job, Bobby Curtis.
*Farah: "I'm in control when I'm training. But the twins can wake up at any time of the day or night, they can poo at any time of the day or night ..."

Australia: 39,000 Run Sunday Mail City-Bay Run In Australia And Craig Mottram Is 4th

Kenya: African 10,000m Champ Kenneth Kipkemoi Wins Kenyan XC Event In Eldoret And Says, "I can run and win the cross-country world title."

Jamaica: Cocky Or Confident?

US Olympians In The News And At The White House


2012 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Field Is Released

LRC Kebede And 4 More Sub-2:06/10 Sub-2:07 Guys Will Battle Ritz At 2012 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Carey Pinkowski's full 2012 field was released early Wednesday. The women's field features two sub-2:20 performers and eight sub-2:25s. *Discuss

US News: Ryan Hall Considering A Coach, Chris Derrick Still A Free Agent, And Nick Symmonds Starting A Straight 800m Road Race

Athletics Kenya Announces That All Kenyan Marathons Must Give At Least $5,954 To Race Winners AK boss Isaiah Kiplagat: "There is really no need for people to go out there getting sponsorship, putting money into their pockets and you pay a man who has ran 42km Sh150,000 that is a joke!" Better news is they're requiring drug testing, too.

Oregon-Related News

Weekly Free Coaching Advice - Don't Read LetsRun.com Before You Go To Sleep
Using A Computer Before Bed Can Disrupt Sleep
Update: A LRC visitor has written in, saying, "I'm a big fan of this software program and think it's helped me sleep better. It automatically darkens the screen in the evenings." http://stereopsis.com/flux/

Bureaucrats In The News

Ryan Hall Out Of NYC

Ryan Hall Withdraws From ING NYC Marathon His nagging injuries are not behind him. Hall's year ends with a second place at the Olympic Trials and a DNF a the Olympics.
Discuss: Ryan Hall Out of NYC
Video Message From Ryan Hall To Fans (also embedded on right) He says he's more motivated than ever to make amends in 2013.

Paula Won't Quit

Paula Radcliffe Ignores Those Who Tell Her She'll Never Run Again, Has Foot Surgery & Is Now Targeting 2012 London Marathon LetsRun friend Amol Saxena apparently did the surgery again.

More News From The UK: Adam Gemili Runs 20.38 - Fastest UK Time In 3 Years

Paralympics *Video Highlights

Ridiculous: Oscar P Is Shortlisted For Paralympic Sportsmanship Award Days After Nearly Being Disciplined For Whining It is given to one "who is fair, honest and is uncompromising in his or her values and prioritises the promotion of the Paralympic Movement above personal recognition."
Paralympics = More Ways To Cheat (With Drugs & Technology):
Two Paralympic Powerlifters Banned For HGH Positives
NY Times Looks At Technodoping - That's When You Cheat With Technology In The Paraplympics
*Science Of Sport Looks More At Oscar P Case & What It Means For Future Of Sport

Oscar Pistorius Dominates To Win Final Track Gold His time was 46.68, which was a slow time for Oscar but a Paralympic record. Pistorius won by nearly three seconds and this was his first individual gold in London.
More Paralympics:
*More On Pistorius's Gold
*Crowd Of 80,000 Delighted With Pistorius' Gold
*200m Gold Medallist At Paralympics Is Glad To Have A Disability

Brussels: The Last Diamond League Meet Of The Year Was Friday *Results *LRC Photos

LRC 2012 Brussels Diamond League Recap The 2012 DL season came to an end with some great action. The men's 1,500 was worth a watch as Silas Kiplagat got the win over Olympic Champ Makhloufi as Centrowitz mixed it up. In the women's 800, Francine Niyonsaba arrived as a star as two Americans did well. Plus redemption for Brimin Kipruto and Vivian Cheruiyot.

*Athletics Weekly Full Meet Recap *IAAF Recap

Kenyan Press Chronically Unhappy: 4 Kenyans Win Diamond Titles On Friday - But Press Harps On Fact None Of 4 Won Gold In London

Lance Gets Punished

So, So Great: Lance Armstrong Banned From Chicago Marathon
*Armstrong's Agent Whines & Complains "Just the latest chapter in USADA's never-ending vendetta against Lance."
*MB: Lance denied entry into Chicago Marathon

Wow: Parents Of 4 X 100 Gold Medallist Tianna Madison Sue Her, Saying Their Own Daughter Has Defamed Them This isn't a case of an "absent parent" trying to cash in, as both mom and dad were in London.

The NYC Marathon Field Gets A Little Bit Deeper

Craig Mottram Will Run A Marathon, Usain Bolt Might Play Soccer

Mark Your Calendar For October 28th: Frankfurt Marathon Is Shaping Up To Be A Great Race

Frankfurt Marathon Adds Four 2:06 And Under Runners To Field To Challenge Patrick Makau In His WR Attempt Yemane Tsegay (who ran 2:04:48 in Rotterdam), Albert Matebor (2:05:25), Bazu Worku (2:05:25) and Gilbert Kirwa (2:06:14) have all been added to the field.

Labor Day Action - New Haven 20km - *Race Website/Videos/Interviews

LRC Matt Tegenkamp Does The 20k - Wins 2012 USA 20km Title In American Course Record Time Of 58:30 For years, it was said Teg doesn't run the 10k, but he does do that and now even the 20k!! Former Oregon Duck Luke Puskedra ran a gutsy race, but Teg blew him away at the end to get the win in a new American course record time of 58:30 - the second-fastest 20 km road race ever run by an American - in a race where the top 5 ran 60:00 or faster. In the women' race, Renee Metivier Baillie (67:08) won as four broke 69:00. *RRW Article
*Tegenkamp On Puskedra: "He made me work for it. I ran that race in the hardest way possible. I didn't know what I was doing out there."

More On The Oscar P Blade Length Debate *Video: Oscar P Loses 200

US Marathon News

  • Olympic Trifecta: Meb + Abdi Will Join Ryan Hall At The 2012 ING New York City Marathon All three US Olympic men's marathoners plus Hartmann, Gotcher, Arciniaga, Carlson, Bauhs and Vail will run New York this year. New York also announced they are going to offer $50,000 in prize money per gender for Americans only.
  • Good Interview: Runner's World Q&A With Meb The cobblestones in London really beat up his feet and he hasn't run since the Olympics, but he thinks he'll be ready by NYC. Also talks about a London mishap with Ryan Hall's drink. Some quotes "that weren't QOD" in there.

Mo Farah/Usain Bolt News

Olympic 5,000m Final Was So Loud That Finish Line Camera Shook And The Official Finish Photo Was Blurry For The First Time Ever It didn't happen in any other race in London. Farah mania > Bolt mania in London.

Mo Farah's Wife Gives Birth To Twin Girls

Lausanne DL *Full Results

LRC: Matt Centrowitz Runs 3:31.96 For Third The twenty-two-year-old American continued to roll as in his first race post-London, he skipped the 3:32s and 3:33s to run 3:31.96 and come close to the win in Lausanne.
*Video Of Centro's Race
*MB: CENTRO 3:31!! *What the hell happened? Centro 3:31, Rupp DNF, Manzano/Willis 3:34

Results: Yohan Blake 9.69, Usain Bolt 19.58, Pamela Jelimo Over Mariya Savinova, Matt Centrowitz 3:31, Leo Manzano 3:34, Galen Rupp DNF The two Jamaican sprint stars came to play in Lausanne. But the mid-d and distance action left you wondering how the Olympic results were as they were. In the 1,500, the American silver medallists didn't really show up as Leo Manzano was 10th and Galen Rupp didn't finish, as Silas Kiplagat got the win and Matt Centrowitz showed why he's the best American miler when healthy. In the women's 800, Pamela Jelimo got the win over the 2012 Olympic champion, and in the 3,000, Jenny Simpson was dead last - proving in our minds that her problems in 2012 aren't a matter of confidence or tactics, but rather of fitness.
*IAAF Recap *AP *BBC
*MB: The Good: CENTRO 3:31!! *9.69 - My head just exploded
The Bad: What the hell happened? Centro 3:31, Rupp DNF, Manzano/Willis 3:34
The Ugly: JennyB needs a new coach fast

Monday/More Weekend Track Action

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

Saturday: W800: 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.
*Reuters 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.
*MB: Rudisha 1:40.91 WORLD RECORD!!
*Epstein: 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?

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."

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$200,012 LetsRun.com Prediction Contest Results

LRC 2012 LetsRun.com London Prediction Contest Winners Announced The London Olympics are in the rear view mirror and the gold medals awarded. The real winners, the winners of our $200,012 LetsRun.com Prediction Contest have not been given the accolades they deserve.

After 14 Months Out And Two Ankle Surgeries, France's Indoor TJ WR Holder Teddy Tamgho Is Back At Training

USTFCCCA Rankings And More Scholastic News

LetsRun.com T-shirts Hit The Streets Trails

LRC High School Team Dominates In LetsRun.com T-Shirts If you're going to run fast, you should also look good doing it. That's what the Blue Valley Northwest XC team did in Topeka, Kansas as they sported their new LRC T-Shirts and swept four of the top 10 places last weekend. With Wejo no longer competing, maybe we should sponsor them.


LetsRun.com T-Shirts Are Here Labor Day Special, 4 Different Shirts $50

LRC The Wait Is Over: Buy Your LetsRun.com Shirts Today The Empire State Building was built in 2 years, the US put a man on the moon in 8 years, and 12 years later the LetsRun.com T-Shirts are here. 4 designs coming from you. We've got a Labor Day Special: All 4 shirts, $50 with free shipping.


Sprint News

Collegiate News

Upcoming: Renato Canova-Coached 2:07 Man John Kiprotich Added To October 14 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Field He'll add to those chasing the $25,000 bonus for breaking the 2:07:58 CR.

Findings Of Hearing Against Suspended Athletics South Africa Chief Expected Next Week

Other US News

Voting Open

LRC NCAA Cross-Country Pre-Season Polls Sure, the NCAA XC season is underway but nothing has happened yet, so tell us who your top 10 teams are in the country or in each region.

Need Coaching Advice? Coaches Of Jessica Ennis, Sally Pearson & Tafouk Makhloufi Among Speakers At International Festival Of Athletics Coaches Conf. In Glasgow October 26-28.

Atami Yurakkusu Marathon Cancelled Because Organizers Say They "cannot ensure adequate evacuation routes in the event of a tsunami."

Scandal Updates: Ostapchuk And SA Athletics

Doping News

Ryan Hall's Message To His Fans After Dropping Out Of NY

THE 41st DAY Update from Tim Jeffreys on Vimeo.

Brussels Diamond League Photos: Aries Merritt 12.80 And More

LRC Guest Columnist: Lactic Acid - Is It All That Bad?

LRC From Time Magazine To NBC Commentators: Why is everyone still so confused about lactate (and exercise physiology)? LRC guest scientific contributor, PhD Matthew Goodwin, takes a look at some common exercise physiology misconceptions. His #1 target: The idea that lactic acid causes muscle soreness.

Political/Historical Stuff

Nick Symmonds' Beer Mile AR

Lausanne 1,500: Centro 3:31.96

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

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

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

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.