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LetsRun.com's Coverage Of The 2012 US Olympic Trials

Previews/Recaps/Results By Day From Eugene, Oregon

By LetsRun.com
June 21, 2012

Below you will find LetsRun.com's coverage of the 2012 US Olympic Trials from Eugene, Oregon organized by day. It includes race previews, race recaps, photos, interviews,and links to outside coverage.

More: *Results *TV Schedule *LRC Trials YouTube Channel (Interviews) *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) *Sunday Oregonian Photo Gallery *Check Prediction Contest Scores

Post-Trials News

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 enjoying 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

 


Rec. Read:
Tim Layden's Final Column On The Non-Runoff After a tiny bit of help from the initial LRC interview with 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

Overtime: Monday July 2

*Jeneba Tarmoh Has Conceded Her Spot To Allyson Felix And There Will Be No Runoff
*Jeneba Tarmoh Says She Felt Bullied By USATF To Make A Decision, But That She's At Peace With It Now "I felt pressured into having to make a decision. They said, 'Do you want to concede or do you want to run?' I was like, 'Are those my only two options?' They said yes, so I said, 'Yes, I will run.' But then as I was going throughout the day, I thought about it and I ran that 100m, I took my victory lap, I went through the press conference, I got my medal, and then they tell me I have to run again, after I ran six rounds of the 100m and 200m? I just had a whole lot of emotions and was heartbroken because in my mind, I felt like my joy was kind of taken ..."

Tarmoh Feels Tired & Robbed, Tarmoh-Felix Run-Off May Be Off Friend of LRC Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated has an exclusive story saying the run-off may be off. The first year pro Tarmoh feels robbed because Roger Jennings told SI.com (thanks to the exclusive LRC interview with Jennings that set this whole thing off), "If I went back and read that photo 100 times, I would call it the same way every time (for Tarmoh)."  Amazingly, USATF asked Layden for a copy of the article late Sunday night. Did USATF not know what their head timer said over a week ago? Have they not heard of google? Unbelievable. Tarmoh: "In my heart of hearts, I just feel like I earned the third spot. I almost feel like I was kind of robbed."
*Deadspin: Amateur Hour At The U.S. Track And Field Olympic Trials
*Good Read: USATF's Handling of the Felix-Tarmoh Match Race Undercuts a Good Meet The Eugene Register Guard also criticized USATF for its bumbling on the run-off (insisting that the team would be selected last week by Sunday).


Sunday July 1 *Results *Sunday Oregonian Photo Gallery

LRC 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 Race Video

 

 

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

*Oregonian Recap of Men's 1500m Where Leo Wins and 2 Former Ducks Make Team
RRW:
Manzano and Uceny Win Trials 1500 Crowns

Greatest Long Jump In US History?: Chelsea Hayes Jumps 17 Inch PR to Make Olympic Team in Long Jump It was the first long jump in US history with 3 women over 23 feet, as Hayes had the huge pr on her final jump to take the lead. Reese passed her on the final jump of the competition that was called a foul, then overturned.

400 Hurdles:
Michael Tinsley Wins Hurdles as Angelo Taylor Clips Hurdle, Batman Misses Out, Lashinda Demus Wins Women's Batman tweeted about Taylor hitting his hurdle here.

Men's 200m:
Wallace Spearmon: "If I didn't make the team this year, that would have been on my mind for the rest of my life."

Javelin: Brittany Borman Hits "A" Standard on Final Throw to Win Javelin and Go to London

Felix, Tarmoh Run-off at 5:30pm on Monday

Race Previews:

LRC A Great Way To End A Great 2012 US Olympic Track & Field Trials - The Men's 1,500 Final (Preview) Centro, Wheating, Manzano, Andrews, for sure one of them will go home? What about David Torrence or Will Leer? Can someone else break through? We break down the action and tell you who the LRC fan nation favorite is.


LRC Women's 1,500 Final - Uceny, Simpson, Rowbury or Pierce - Who Goes Home? (Preview) 4 of the US women's top 1,500 runners are used to being amongst the world's best, but at best, just three of them will be going to London. Who will be left at home? Or might two be left at home if someone like cancer survivor Gabriele Anderson pulls a shocker?

LRC USATF Explanation on Why Alice Schmidt Is in the Final Let us just say for the record, "Alice Schmidt should not be in the final." It is not logical.

LRC Gabriele Anderson Reinstated and Put in Final: "She's in. There is a god in track and field after all." That's the quote from Anderson's fiancee Justin Grunewald. Video of the rightfully reversed DQ is here. Thread on DQ here.


Saturday June 30 *Results *Day 9  (200, 110h)

LRC Allyson Felix 21.69!!!, Aries Merritt 12.93 Allyson Felix ran the fastest time in the world in 14 years in a brillian performance. Merritt picked the right occasion for the first 13 clocking of his life. Jason Richardson went sub 13 for the first time in the semis and backed it up with a 12.98 in the final. Jeff Porter did a superman dive to make the team in a superman effort with prs in the semis and final. David Oliver did not make the team. Amy Acuff became the 6th, 5 time track Olympian, Christian Taylor won and Walter Davis retired.
*Video of Hurdles *Video of 200


Friday June 29 *Results *Day 8 (W Steeple)

LRC Steeple Recap: Coburn Cruises, Kipp Gets "A" to Join Franek in London (link updated with article) The last 3 NCAA champions in this event secured the Olympic spots for the US.
LRC  Emma Coburn Gets Emotional, Shalaya Kipp, Bridget Franek, Delilah DiCrescenzo Olympic Trials Interviews Delilah: "Not everyone is meant to be an Olympian."
*MB: 1500, 5000 & steeple play by plays - women and men
*CU's Emma Coburn, Shalaya Kipp Book Tickets in Steeple to London  Denver Post
*Patience Pays off for Bridget Franek as She Makes Olympic Team Oregonian

LRC Gabriele Anderson DQd, Alice Schmidt Put Into Final Anderson was a clear second in her semi-final but has been DQd with an apeal to be held in the morning.

LRC Flash  Women's 1500m Semifinal: Favorites Advance as Uceny and Rowbury Impress, Alice Schmidt Goes Out
*Women's 1500m Post Race Interviews: Simpson, Uceny, Rowbury, Hasay, and more.

LRC Flash Men's 1500m Semifinal: Wheating Has to Make Late Charge to Advance, Favorites Advance Russell Brown did not advance
LRC Men's 1500m Interviews: Andrew Wheating, Matt Centrowitz, German Fernandez, Will Leer, Russell Brown Men's 1500m Semifinal Interviews
*Andrew Wheating Makes Final, Russell Brown Goes Home Oregonian
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Wheating Says Russell Brown Trains Harder Than Him, Deserves to Be on Team More than Him

LRC German Fernandez is Turning Professional
updated Fernandez looks back on his collegiate career and says the 5000 is his best event.

More Trials:

Race Previews:

LRC What To Look For In Women's Steeplechase Final at the 2012 US Olympic Track & Field Trials Much like the men's steeple yesterday, there is a clear favorite who is above the rest of the field. Emma Coburn could probably fall twice and still wins this race, but who else will join her on the Olympic team? Will Bridget Franek take second and if so, whom of the many possible contenders takes 3rd? There is Sara Hall who has never made an Outdoor US team, NCAA champ Shalayla Kipp, "Hey There" Delilah DiCrescenzo, and more. After Coburn the rest of the field is extremely tight and it should make for an exciting race.


Thursday June 28 *Results *Day 7 (5000s)

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.

M 5000: 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 championship 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.
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LRC Steeplechase Interviews
*Oregonian Recap of Jager's Tongue Wagging Fist Pumping Win

1500s: LRC
Recap of 1,500 Prelims  Since USATF in its brilliance only ran three heats of 10 instead of three or four heats of 12, hardly anyone was eliminated. The favorites all looked pretty good. Two guys without the 'A' - Will Leer & Jordan McNamara - looked great in the men's action as well and got heat wins.
*More: LRC Women's 1500m Round 1 Post Race Interviews
*LRC Men's 1500m Round 1 Post Race Interviews 

LRC
Semi-Live MB Coverage/Discussion of Thursday's Action The women's 1,500 first round is in the books.
*MB: How long would it take Lagat to break the American Record in the steeple??

Race Previews:


Wednesday June 27 - Rest Day News

LRC Justin Gatlin Did Not PR, And Other Drug-Related News Justin Gatlin is back, running a 9.80 PR after 4 years away, with a new coach. What sort of fantasy world is the media living in?
*San Diego Tribune: Doping pasts haunt Olympic track trials

LRC
Bryan Clay - Don't Let A Pointless USATF Rule Keep You From London Another poorly thought-out USATF rule is possibly keeping Bryan Clay from London. He should follow Genevieve LaCaze's lead and hit the standard and we guarantee the USOC sends him to London.

Administrative News

Did You Make The Olympic Team? We've Got A Prize For You - 3 Hours Of Paperwork To Fill Out
The article reveals that Ashton Eaton can get a single room in the village if he wants it - everyone else is double occupancy.

*Meet Hayward Field Announcer Paul Swangard

*NPR Picks Up LetsRun.com's Interview Of Timer Roger Jennings

200s Start Friday:
Sanya Richards-Ross Enjoying Going For 200/400 Double With Aaron Ross In Stands Supporting Her
*After Losing Medal For Lane Violation In 2008, Wallace Spearmon Excited For Start Of 200 Trials
*Can Drug Cheat Justin Gatlin Be Marketable Again?

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."


Tuesday June 26 - Rest Day News

Distance News:


Monday June 25 *Results * Day 4 (800)

LRC Mr. Hayward, Nick Symmonds, Makes It 5 In A Row, KD Goes To London And So Does Duane Solomon Nick Symmonds ran faster than any American ever at Hayward field (1:43.92) to get the dominant win, veteran rival Khadevis Robinson "KD" made his second team, and the Johnny Gray-coached Duane Solomon came up huge with a PR and "A" standard to book his ticket to london. Recap and analysis. *Race Video
*Nick Symmonds, KD, And Duane Solomon Get Olympic Spots
*USA Today Article On Symmonds And Webb
*Unsponsored Mark Wieczorek PRs And Places Seventh In 800
*Great Pre-Race Article: KD is running with purpose

LRC Montano Hangs On, Gall Comes On, Schmidt Sneaks On, 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

LRC  Alan Webb's 2012 Olympic Dream Is Over article link updated w comments from USA Today, SI The dad-to-be faded to last in his 5,000m heat and immediately after said he would not run the 1,500 at the Trials. It's soul-searching time for Alan Webb. Article, links and video.
*Mboard thread

LRC 5k Prelims: Alan Webb, Jackie Areson And Brie Felnagle Go Home - Lauren Fleshman Does Not Alan Webb
finished last in his heat and then announced he won't be running the 1,500. Some other big names went home as well, including 2012 US #3 Jackie Areson.

LRC Steeple Prelims: All The Favorites Are Through As US Champ Billy Nelson Barely Makes The Final Former US Champ Steve Slattery did not advance. In the women's race, Emma Coburn  showed why she's the favorite as she tempoed to victory in her heat while some others tried and failed to hit the "A" standard.

Monday on the Boards:

More Trials: Reuters Recap Of Monday At The Olympic Trials

Race Previews:

LRC Preview Of Monday's 800 Meter Finals: America's Best Primed For 800 Showdown The men's 800 final was one of the highlights of the 2008 Trials, as an Oregon Duck thrilled the fans and grabbed a spot. Will history repeat itself in 2012? Can Charles Jock rebound? Will Symmonds and KD come through as they almost always do? On the women's side, there is a ton of talent, as the top six seeds in each gender are in the final. Will Maggie Vessey go home? Both races are a must watch in our minds!!!
*Khadevis Robinson Running With A Purpose

LRC Preview Of The 5,000s At The 2012 US Olympic Track & Field Trials Big race! Bernard Lagat or Galen Rupp - who takes it? Rupp is 0 for 12 against Lagat, but could he get lucky number 13 at Hayward Field? The women's 5k features 11 under the soft IAAF standard of 15:20.00 and five more who have run within 5 seconds of it. Who gets through the first round.

LRC Preview Of The Steeplechases At The 2012 US Olympic Track & Field Trials It will be a battle for the final Olympic spots, as after the favorites there is very little separating those with the "A" in both the men's & women's fields. Emma Coburn, Donn Cabral and Evan Jager are pretty much locks for the team. Who will get the remaining spots?


Sunday June 24 *Results *LRC Day 3 Photos (100, 400)

24 Hours Of Amateur Hour At USATF Comes To An End (In Case You Missed LRC Featured On The Homepage Of Deadpsin):

*
USATF Tie-Breaking Procedures Announced A run-off will break all ties unless BOTH athletes agree to a coinflip. We can't wait to see a run-off in a 10,000m.

*Employee #1.1 Editorial: A Rule Still With A Million Loopholes USATF needs a rule that will solve all situations; this one does not.

Justin Gatlin Wins The 100, Tyson Gay Makes The Team, Jeremy Wariner Goes Home, And Gunshot Victim Bryshon Nellum Makes The Team Nellum is a great story, as he was shot in both legs and has been coming back from that. He did not even make the NCAA final but made the London team. Interview with him here.


Saturday June 23 *Results *Day 2 Photos (Eaton)

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 PB in the 1,500 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 - Easton Wishes 'He Could Be As Graceful As' Beach "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 DQd in Hurdles
*Clay, After Hurdles DQ: 'It's The Worst Feeling Ever'  

Wha
t about the Sport?
LRC
This Doesn't Have to Be the End for Bryan Clay, He Should Do a Decathlon Next Week

800 Semis: LRC Fans Get What They Deserve - Two Stacked 800 Finals The big guns all made the final as the top 6 men's and women's seeds will all be in the final on Monday. *Monti: Mulder Upstages Symmonds In 800m Semifinals

Recommended Read:
Sports Illustrated: Children of the Internet era, Alan Webb & Dathan Ritzenhein know intense scrutiny LetsRun.com gets a prominent mention in the Tim Layden piece on how Ritz & Webb have had careers full of scrutiny since they were HS phenoms. Layden is the same guy who wrote a 2001 piece on Ritz & Webb for SI.
MB: Webb on LetsRun: "Way back in the beginning, it was fun,..(but now) every single thing I do is scrutinized by some blogger.":

Solinsky's Injury Plight Gets Sympathy in WSJ Solinsky "At this time next year, I’m going to be back to where I was. I want to get out there and make it tough on people. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most — making people hurt."

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 Carmelita Jeter won 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).
*Cleveland Plain Dealer Recap Of Felix/Tarmoh Tie With Photo Of Tarmoh Looking At Tie On LetsRun.com Computer Runner-up Tiannna Madison is apparently upset with USATF and skipped the press conference.
*Oregonian Recap Of Felix/Tarmoh Tie
*RR: Coach Bob Kersee: Let's Wait Until After 200 Meters Before Making A Decision Kersee also says he'll have no part in deciding: "It would be like, which kid do you love the most?"


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 - a old fashioned drawing of lots!!!
MB:
BREAKING NEWS FELIX TIES FOR 3RD IN REVISED RESULTS??
MB: Exclusive Interview With Man Responsible For Reading Women's 100 Final (Allyson Felix's Race) Finish Image
*Official USATF Press Release
*Felix Video Interview After Her "4th Place" Finish


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" after 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..."

Shot Put Stunner: LRC 
5-Time World/Olympic Silver Medallist & One-Time World Champ Adam Nelson Misses Final, Gives Emotional Presser and Advice for Us All Nelson may still compete but had great advice for us all: "When you do it the right way and you do it every single day, the hard work pays off time and time again." Full video and recap.

Is He Fit Or Struggling? Jeremy Wariner Lets Up At The Line And Almost Goes Home Early The question becomes did he really let up? We guess we'll find out in today's final. LeShawn Merritt spoke on the line between letting up and finishing hard saying, "You have to go from the gun to the finish line. I've lost thousands of dollars in prize money by a tenth of a second."

Women's 100 H Hurdles Protest Warranted?
The officials came out and dried the track more between heat 1 and heat 2 of the 100m hurdle semis. Heat 1 ran at a disadvantage.

MB Talk:


Friday June 22 *Results *LRC Day 1 Photos Gallery *IAAF Recap of Day 1

LRC Galen 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 Men's Post-Race 10,000m Reaction

 

 

LRC Women's 10,000m Amy Hastings Outkicks Suprising Natosha Rogers And Shalane Flanagan For Redemption This race had no drama for the Olympic spots the final mile but it was full of drama. Lisa Uhl's shoe came untied, Natosha Rogers fell and then got up and in the fourth 10k of her life beat Olympic medallist Shalane Flanagan. The laurel wreath went to Amy Hastings, the fourth place finisher at the Marathon Trials.
*LRC 10,000m Photos
*Post-Race Reaction


10,000s On The Boards:

Day 1: 800 1st Round LRC The Favorites Advance - The Top 6 Women's Seeds and Top 7 Men's Seeds All Qualify For Semis While for the most part, the big names moved on, the first round wasn't without drama and excitement. There was a bunch of contact in the women's first round, a high schooler advanced, and along the way Cas Loxsom, Chanelle Price and Erica Moore did fall by the wayside. Will Nike flex its muscle and get a tripped LaTavia Thomas into the semis?

Decathlon: Ashton Eaton’s Crushes It On Day 1 Setting Two World Decathlon Records *IAAF Recap of Decathlon IAAF

Men's 400: LaShawn Merritt Posts Fastest 400 Time As Oregon's NCAA Runner-Up Mike Berry Goes Out In The First Round Jeremy Wariner was only 3rd in his heat but said everything was fine (interview here). LaShawn Merritt watched Wariner's heat with attention in the mixed zone.

Women's 400m: *"Messing Up Her Hair" Richards-Ross' Only Problem On Rainy Day 1 Of U.S. Trials
*
Sanya Richards-Ross Interview Where She Talks About Her New Hairstyle

Women's 100m: Women's 100: Carmelita Jeter, Allyson Felix And Tianna Madison Win Their Heats

Women's 100m Hurdles: Kellie Wells Runs 12.68 To Lead Round 1 Of 100 Hurdles As All The Top Names Are Safely Through Lolo Jones got through but was not happy with her race (video). She'll need a lot better to make the final and London.
*Lolo Jones Not Happy At All With Her 13.01 1st Round Run

Pre-Race:
LRC M10k:
Galen Rupp Is Heavily Favored, But Who Else Makes The Team? A record 13 guys who have broken 28 will toe the line to battle it out for three Olympic spots. Will tthe 3 previous Olympians who have all broken 13:00 in Rupp, Ritz and Teg take all 3 spots? Or will someone else knock them off? What about Bobby Curtis or Chris Derrick? Who will set the pace? Will Rupp wear his mask? This should be an epic race.




LRC 
W10k:
Will Shalane Flanagan Get The Win In Midst Of Marathon Training? Before the race even starts, we think we know who is going to the Olympics unless full-time CPA Alisha Williams somehow pulls off a shocker for the ages and sees her dream season (during which she's already gone from 33:17 to 32:03) continue all the way to London. Is that possible? Will Shalane Flanagan be able to get victory over Lisa Uhl and Amy Hastings in the midst of heavy marathon preparations?
*Deborah Maier Has Rare Ability To Bounce Back From Injury


LRC Men's 800: Will History Repeat Itself Or Does Paris Hilton Jinx Nick Symmonds? Nick Symmonds and Khadevis Robinson enter the Trials as the #1 and #2 in the US like in 2008. Will an Oregonian like Elijah Greer pull the upset and keep KD off the team? We break down the field and give you some dark horses to watch in arguably the most exciting distance event at the Trials.


LRC Women's 800: Can Anyone Stop Alysia Montano? In her one race of the year, Alysia Montano looked like she could be a Caster Semenya or Pamela Jelimo beater. Will that fine form continue? We are so confident she'll make the team that we are offering $1,000 if she runs as well as she did last time out and doesn't make the team. But who makes it besides her? Six other women have the "A" including Maggie Vessey, who was trounced last time out by Molly Beckwith, Geena Gall and Alice Schmidt. World indoor bronze medalllist Erica Moore doesn't have it - how ridiculous is that? The race has all of that plus three high schoolers.

The Power Of Nike: Anthony Famiglietti Has Told Me He Is Not In the Trials, He Says Alan Webb Was Told He Was in Last Week Fam is a 2-time Olympian, an Olympic finalist, and ranked 27th in the country, but has been more or less ignored by the USATF. Alan Web  on the other hand is not even ranked in the top 50 in the US this year in the 5000 and is into the meet. Let justice be served and help get Fam in!


Thursday June 21 *Results

LRC Hammer Time Kicks Off 2012 Olympic Trials Successfully And The First LetsRun.com Hammer Interview Ever With The Guy In The Green T-Shirt Best hammer throw we've ever seen. Plus the exclusive first-ever LetsRun.com hammer interview with the guy (Chris Cralle) who finished second in a plain green T-shirt.
*Kibwe Johnson And Amber Campbell Win Hammer Throws To Kick Off Olympic Trials In Portland
*Male hammer thrower in womens trials?


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