LetsRun.com's Coverage Of The 2012 US Olympic Trials
Previews/Recaps/Results By Day From Eugene, Oregon
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
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).
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
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
- On the boards: LEO!!
- UCENY, ROWBURY, SIMPSON. WHY DID THEY BOTHER WITH 3 ROUNDS.
- Will Any of the M1500 Top 3 Make It to the OG Final??
- Robbie Andrews has got to be in Shock right now...
- Should Sanya Richards-Ross be DQ? She was all over the line in the 200?
- 20/20 Hindsight Anna Pierce Should Have Stayed With The Steeple
- Angelo Taylor- America's hardest working and toughest runner
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.
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.
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
- High Jump: Chaunte Lowe Wins High Jump, Amy Acuff Becomes 6th 5 Time Track Olympian
*15-Year-Old High School Sophomore Gets 5th In Olympic Trials HJ
- Hurdles: Jeff Porter's Late Dad's Dream Helps Carry Him to London
*Jason Richardson Celebrates Sub-13 With A New Tattoo
- 200: Tim Layden: Despite Controversy Felix Proves Her Elite Status In The 200 Felix and Tarmoh's coach, Bob Kersee, said that Monday would definitely be too early for a 100 race-off.
*Ken Goe Explains Where They're At With The 100m Tie Fiasco USATF, coach and athletes met last night so there should be news soon. Neither athlete hinted at much in yesterday's interviews: *Tarmoh Interview *Felix At Press Conference
- Triple Jump: Christian Taylor, Will Claye Dominate Triple Jump, Walter Davis Gets 3rd and Retires Right After
- Heptahlon: Hyleas Fountain Wins, Chantae McMillan Prs to Hit "A" Standard
Eugene for 2016?: Hyleas Fountain Wins, Chantae McMillan Prs to Hit "A" Standard
- NY Times Looks at Whether Eugene Should Keep Hosting Trials
Article claims Asics is a sponsor of the Trials which is news to us. "No one wants to get Nike upset because they effectively fund USA Track & Field, so they’ve painted themselves into a corner" -James Dunaway
On the boards: Allyson Felix just dropped the hammer
- Wake Up Letsrun! - Stop sleeping on the women’s 200m
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
*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.
- Justin Gatlin and Dix Pull Out of 200
- RG3: "If I wake up one day and it’s 2016 and I say I want to go run the hurdles again, I can do that"
- After Slow Start Jill Camarena-Williams Wins Shot
- Alberto Talks about Galen's Wins
- Galen Met Uncle Phil after Winning Trials Eugene Register Guard
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.
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
*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??
- More Trials: AP Recap of Thursday
- Race of Her Life Puts Kim Conley on the Olympic Team
- Talk about Pressure: Lance Brooks Qualifies For Olympics With "A" Qualifier on Final Throw
- Alberto to Rupp: "If you put yourself with him, you’re going to get a surge from the crowd and an adrenaline rush that you’ve never gotten before." Oregonian
- Tianna Madison Leads 200m Round 1 at Trials
- Wheating has another chance for stardom ... and not just in videos Sports Illustrated
- Track Town is Nike Town
- LRC What To Look For In Men's 5,000 Final Updated Can Galen Rupp end his 0-12 streak against Bernard Lagat? Will the 2008 flag bearer Lopez
beat them both? Who will set the pace? Rupp? Or will he get help from guys who don't have the "A"? Updated: Will the higher pollen count hurt Rupp? Will he wear his mask?
*USA Today Profile: At Age 37, Bernard Lagat Still Hunting For 1st Olympic Gold The article reveals Lagat does 90% of his training with Abdi. *NY Post On Lagat
*Lopez Lomong Has Been Running Since Age 6
*MB: Is it possible that Galen Rupp doesn't get a spot in the 5k?
LRC What To Look For In Men's Steeplechase Final In what will be his fourth-ever steeplechase, Evan Jager is the dominant favorite to win. If NCAA champ Donn Cabral takes second, it will be a dog fight for third.
*Once On Food Stamps During Olympic Quest, Ben Bruce Hoping To Make 2012 US Olympic Team In Steeple On Thursday
*Steeplers Hulinger, Olinger, Leslie, McAdams & Franek All Have Ohio Ties
*Sara Hall Hoping To Walk Hand-In-Hand With Ryan In Opening Ceremonies Of Olympics
LRC What To Look For In Women's 5,000 Final Julia Lucas is the US leader. Molly Huddle is the American record holder. Will either or both of them make the Olympic team? Who get third? Who sets the pace?
LRC 1,500 Starts Thursday:
What Big Names Goes Home?A Waste Of Time The 1,500s should be epic, as in both the men's and women's races one very famous person is bound to go home empty-handed. One of the following men will go home: Matt Centrowitz, Leo Manzano, Andrew Wheating or Robby Andrews. One of the following women will go home: Morgan Uceny, Jenny Simpson, Shannon Rowbury or Anna Pierce.
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.
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
- If You Read One Thing On The Site Today, This is It:
SI's Tim Layden Gives A Behind-The-Scenes Account Of The 100m Controversy Excellent in-depth explanation by Tim Layden, with photos, video, and even some props to LetsRun.com. Roger Jennings: "If I hadn't protested myself, I'm not sure anyone else would have."
- Coin Flip Or Runoff: Gatlin, Mo Greene And Others Give Their Input
- Mo Greene Says Hava A Runoff With 30-Minute TV Special Justin Gatlin caught some backlash for joking about using "Jell-O wrestling" to break the tie.
- Whatever The Outcome, Felix & Tarmoh Will Both Go On The 4 X 1 Don't expect to hear any updates until after the 200.
- Decathlon : Bryan Clay Will Not Chase An Olympic Spot
- Dan O'Brien Says Don't Expect Ashton Eaton To Break The WR Again In London More competitors and delays makes it harder to establish a rhythm.
- In Case You Missed This: Curtis Beach: "I just thought it would be better for Ashton to win as he broke the world record."
- Should Eugene Be Permanent Site Of Trials?
- 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."
*10-Minute Interview: Webb Trying To Figure It Out
- 1,500: Cornell Alum & World #1 Morgan Uceny Pumped To Gun For 1st Olympic Team
- 800: Unsponsored Mark Wieczorek Made Final And Also Was Washington's Cross-Country Coach Of The Year
- 5,000: Julia Lucas & Lauren Fleshman Both Advance But In Different Ways
- 10k: Alberto Salazar Shares His Thoughts On The Ritz/Rupp Plan During The OT 10k
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
*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.
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:
- Nick Symmonds puts on a clinic - 800m
- play by plays for 5k and steeple - women and men
- Is it possible that Galen Rupp doesn't get a spot in the 5k?
- Rupp just dissed A. Bum
- Duane Solomon is a boss!!!
- KD!!! Congratulations!
- Its not Rocket Science why Webb is struggling, i can see it why cant he and Vig?
More Trials: Reuters Recap Of Monday At The Olympic Trials
- Lucky and Good: World Champion Jesse Williams Finish 4th But Makes Olympic Team The US almost lost a probable medal at the Trials, but forunately Williams still will go to London.
- Javelin: Oh-So-Close: Sam Humphreys Wins Javelin But Misses London By 14 Centimeters
- Third, Fourth And Fifth Place Finishers In Javelin Book Tickets To London
- Triple: Amanda Smock Wins Triple Jump, Will Be Only Woman To Go To London
- NY Times Picks Up On USATF Amateur Hour Theme In case you missed it, this theme was started in a Deadspin article that featured a LRC piece.
- More 100m: Justin Gatlin Has Lost Weight In Comeback
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?
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?
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.
- Men's 400m: Recommended Read: Jeremy Wariner's Latest Defeat A Blow To Olympic Career Wariner walked through the interview area without stopping (video here) and that starts the author's article.
- Men's 100m: Justin Gatlin Wins The 100, Tyson Gay And Oregon Native Ryan Bailey Make The Team
- Women's 400m: Sanya Richards-Ross Runs 49.28 To Set Hayward Field Record In 400
- Shot Put: Reese Hoffa Wins Shot To Make His Third Olympic Team
- Discus: High Schooler Shelbi Vaughan Finishes 4th
- Long Jump: UT Football Player Marquise Goodwin Wins Long Jump
- Pole Vault: 32-Year-Old Former Oregon Duck Becky Holliday Finished 2nd To Make Team Behind Jenn Suhr
*Allison Stokke NO HEIGHT at 2012 US Olympic Trials Women's Pole Vault
Sunday On The Boards: jeremy wariner i think you should start runing the 800 now
- USATF announced Dead Heat Solution For Allyson Felix & All Dead Heats
- Justin UNDEFEATED Gatlin
- Finish Line in Eugene
- Trafeh, Webb, Teg and Rupp in the same heat.
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
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'
What 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
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.
- BREAKING NEWS FELIX TIES FOR 3RD IN REVISED RESULTS??
- Eaton WR!
- Exclusive Interview With Man Responsible For Reading Women's 100 Final (Allyson Felix's Race) Finish Image
- Major props to NBC...
- Why can't Mark Wieczorek (made 800 final) get a sponsor???
- Nick Symmonds Says He May Have a Beer and a Burger Before the Final
- Why did Jock almost fail to advance to the finals?
- Seeing her now, there is now doubt in my mind Jeter is on s**t
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
place finisher at the Marathon Trials.
*LRC 10,000m Photos
10,000s On The Boards:
- play by plays for trials 10,000 meters - women and men
- Natosha MF Rogers
- Did Shalane Flanagan screw Notosha Rogers?
- CHRIS DERRICK APPRECIATION THREAD
- Teg ran a gutless race
- Does Galen Rupp really have a good chance at a medal in the Olympics?
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
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
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?
- Day 1 Previews:
*10k: Chris Derrick Gets Profile From Phil Hersh in Chicago Tribune Derrick said before NCAAs he'd prefer an Olympic spot to an NCAA title.
*RR: Running Times Does Long Galen Rupp Profile Prior To Trials: Is America's best distance runner's contentment a weakness, or a strength?
*No Shoe Contract, But 2012 US XC Champ Bobby Mack Is Ready
*If He Hadn't Run 12:58 And 26:48, We'd Say This Is Idiotic:
Since 12:58 At Pre, Alberto Salazar Has Had Glaen Rupp Make Huge Form Changes "We made some big changes," Salazar said. "Now, I like the way his upper body looks in terms of relaxation. We made a huge, huge jump over 10 days. The change is amazing."
MB: Salazar Uses Rupp As A Guinea Pig
*800: Charles Jock: "My tactics are to take it out hard and try to break everybody."
*Olympic Trials Journal From Athete Liam Boylan-Pett The former Ivy Leaguer has PRed in 5 straight races and enters red hot
*Nick Symmonds Pursuing Paris Hilton So He Can Build His Brand He's also hoping to make track cool. "I want to show kids ... I've been to 30 countries, competed on four continents. I'm exchanging emails with Paris Hilton. This is a cool sport."
*4 Years After Leaving Olympic Trials In Wheelchair, Alyisa Montano Is Ready For 800 Trials We say she's more than ready and America's best hope for a track mid-d or distance medal.
*14 Years After Quitting Running To Be A Cheerleader, Maggie Vessey Is Poised To Make US Olympic Team
- Pre-Meet: RR: Catching Up With 2000 Olympic Trials 1,500 Champ Gabe Jennings The former Stanford star reveals he's just graduated from Oregon law school and he now roots for the Ducks. He hasn't ruled out a return to the sport in the 800 and says in his heyday Nike only paid him $20k per year.
- If Oregon-Based Runners Sweep 1,500, Vin Lananna Says He'll Shave His Beard To Please Andrew Wheating "If I see another Oregon sweep," he said. "I will shave my beard."
- A Brief Chat With A Confident Morgan Uceny Prior To Trials The world #1 in the 1,500 says she's had no setbacks and is running faster than ever for this time of year. She also says she knew Ethiopia's Abeba Aregawi was someone to watch out for.
- John Cook Is Happy With David Torrence Heading Into The Trials - Nike Not So Much Nike HQ expressed their disapproval as he got caught in a photograph not wearing Nike.
- Sanya Richards Ross To Do 200/400 Double At Trials
- Allyson Felix Doing 100/200 Double At Trials
- AFP Writes Article On Dennis Mitchell And Justin Gatlin And Doesn't Mention Mitchell Was Busted For Drugs
- Tyson Gay Says "I am feeling fast."
- Triple Jumper Erica McLean Is Back From Gruesome Injury That Left Sand In Her Leg Hoping To Make Olympic Team
- Robby Andrews Not in 800 He is only running the 1,500.
- Now That Webb is In They'd Better Let Fam in Alan Webb, a one-time Olympian, was put in the meet in the 5,000m without a qualifying time. Anthony Famiglietti, a two-time Olympian, who was much closer to qualifying in his event, has not yet been put in the meet.
- World #1 Morgan Uceny Rabbits Three To Olympic "A" In 1,500 Canada's Nicole Sifuentes (4:04.76), the US's Anna Pierce (4:05.42), and NZ's Lucy
(4:05.76) all dipped under 4:06.00 as Sheila Reid and Malindi Elmore came up short. This meet was so low key the results were done by hand, but for the conspiracy theorists out there there is a video to prove it.
*Message Board Thread
- Alan Webb In The Washington Post
Webb Petitioning To Run 5,000m At Trials This lengthy profile shows Alan Webb's softer and more competitive side (getting upset after a piano recital and after losing at Uno to his wife). LRC is officially rooting for Webb to make the Olympic team.
*On The Boards: Nice Alan Webb Profile in WPost: He's Trying to Get into Trials in 5000
- Andrew Wheating In Boston Globe "I'm beginning to believe I'm as fast as I once was." Random fact - a selling point for the LRC house in Eugene during the Trials was that the owner
said Andrew Wheating
- Chris Derrick In Chicago Tribune "I wasn't explosive enough to play a real sport." NCAAs may have been a disappointment for Derrick, but he's got a decent chance of making the Olympics.
*More Distance News: Dave Smith On German Fernandez: "He looked amazing ... he's going to be a major force in U.S. distance running again."
- Olympic Trials "A" Vs. Olympics "A" Explained For German Fernandez Fernandez would not have made the Trials if it wasn't for his clutch 3:37 on Sunday, the final day to qualify.