It's Official: Olympic 1,500 Champ Asli Cakir Alptekin Charged With Doping Nevin Yanit, who was 5th in 100H final, also was charged.
*AP *Reuters

More Doping News:
Now That He's Been Cleared Of Doping, Comrades Marathon Winner Ludwick Mamabolo Will Receive Trophy & Winners Check 11 Months Later

Lots Of Hot US Action This Weekend - Including Many College Conference Meets *Links To All NCAA Action *Oregon Results

MB: HS Ben Saarel Runs 8:49 3,200 at 4,500 Feet of Altitude

Oregon Twilight: *
*Galen Rupp Moved To 3k Due To Hamstring Tightness, Wins In 7:46 With Ritz 2nd In 7:47
*MB: Oregon Twilight live FREE Video Feed Link MB: Rupp running 3000 tonight at Oregon Twilight and not the 800
MB: Galen Rupp Has NO CHANCE Of Breaking 7:35

Big 12:
Preview Of Big 12 Champs *Big 12 Meet Site/Results
A Bit Tired From Stanford, But Betsy Saina And Iowa State Are Ready For Big 12s
*Texas Tech Ready For Big 12s


1st Re-Run San Diego Is Sunday: $5,000 For 1st *Re-Run Website
Toni Reavis Says Re-Run Meet Is 1st Pro Meet In San Diego In 25 Years
*With Alysia Montano Out, Who Will Win $5,000 In Women's 800?

Road Action: Allan Kiprono To Defend His Bloomsday 12k Title This Sunday Against Abdi Abdirahman And 2012 10k World Leader Emmanuel Bett (26:51) Past champions Simon Ndirangu and Gilbert Okari are also in the field as well as US's Brent Vaughn. For the women, 2011 champ Misiker Mekonnin will attempt to regain her crown while Alice Kimutai is the top seed with a 31:51 10k earlier this year.

Kevin Liao's Top 5 Rankings For All US Mid-D And Distance Events

Last Year's US Jr. Sensation In Javelin Is Taking Year Off From Competition, Going To Enroll In Marines And Wants To Be A Cop

Man To Run 48 Hours, Then Do Pittsburgh Marathon

Former World Steeple Champ Mathew Birir Is Upset That Teachers Conspired Against Former Athletes To Make Sure They Didn't Win Elections

The Inspiration That Leads To A Champion Racewalker: SA/African Champ Lebogang Shange: "When I saw [race walking on TV] I thought it would be much easier than running, so I decided to become a race walker."

Legal/Controversial Stuff

Just How Unhealthy Is America?

US Pros In The News

Doping News

Asafa Powell Is Approaching His Season Much More Cautiously Now And Will Only Do 2 Races Before The Jamaican National Trials He talks about all the extra things he's added this year in an attempt to stay healthy.

Very Random News

More From Penn/Drake/Payton Jordan

2013 Drake Relays *Results *Friday's Complete Results *Saturday Drake Photos

Saturday: Queen Harrison Upsets Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells And Lolo To Take Home $25k, Nick Willis Wins Mile AP Zusana Hejnova won the 400m hurdles with a world leader, Reese Hoffa had a world leader and Nick Willis won the mile by over 3 seconds, plus Bjorn Otto won the stacked pole vault. *IAAF Recap
*Lolo Jones Says She's Ready For "Twitter Attacks" After Her 4th Place Finish At Drake "I can take away some positives, but I feel like people will automatically attack me and turn it into something negative."
After Finishing 4th, Hometown Hero Lolo Jones May Skip Future Drake Relays For "Sanity's Sake"
*Father To Be (And 30-Year-Old) Nick Willis To Run Shanghai, Pre And NY But Not Run In Europe Before Worlds
*HS: Josh Evans Runs 4:10.86 1,600 For Iowa State Record

On The Boards: Nick Willis Dominates Drake: 3:55.7 Pumps Up Crowd!

Friday: LRC Wow: Jenny Simpson Impresses With Drake Relays Record And World Lead In 1,500 They say the sequel rarely lives up to the original. Well, that wasn't true Friday night in Des Moines as Jenny Simpson's first race since her reunion with Mark Wetmore was simply SENSATIONAL. Mary Cain was way back but got a new HS record.
*MB: Tim Hutchens (sic) on Jenny Simpson "The World Champion is Back."
*MB: Morgan Uceny adidas 4:17.71
*MB: Official 2013 Drake 1500 Thread

Rest Of Friday's Pro Action: A Stunner In The 110 Hurdles, Jenn Suhr Loses, Jeremy Wariner Loses, Brittney Reese Wins All 3 of the Olympic 110 hurdlers were running for $25,000. None of them won as Andrew Riley pulled a stunner. Brittney Reese was very clutch.
Aries Merritt Partially Blames Drake Loss On Wind As He's "Really Thin" And The Headwind Hurts Him More Than A "Muscular Guy" Like Riley
*IAAF Recap: Simpson And Cuba's Yarisley Silva Shine
*Quotes From Friday's Stars Simpson was pumped as her grandpa was a Drake grad.

More: Des Moines Register Coverage:
*1,500: Iowa Native Simpson Sets Stadium Record
*Huge 110H Upset
Recap Of Friday's Highlights

The NFL Gets A Discus Thrower

*UK Discus Record Holder And Olympian Lawrence Okoye Decides To Quit Track And Signs With The San Francisco 49ers As An Undrafted Free Agent He's never played football before, but did well in the Combine with 4.78 seconds in the 40 yards, 35 inches in the vertical jump and 125 inches in the broad jump.
*Okoye: "I realise it's going to be a ridiculously tough process. I will have to work even harder than everyone else, I have a lot to catch up on."

We Celebrate The 2013 Boston Marathon's Pro Race A Week After The Fact *Top 25 Results *Boston Photos *Boston Pre-Race Photos

Women's Race Recap & Analysis
The Seven-Year Itch Is Met: Rita Jeptoo Closes Hard To Win Her Second Title Hometown favorite Shalane Flanagan closed hard but not fast enough to give the US its first win since 1985.

LRC Shalane Flanagan And Kara Goucher On The Beauty And Emotion Of The Boston Marathon Even before the bombings, emotions were running high for Goucher and Flanagan. We talk about their tears, the pro-American crowd and media, the incredile Joan Benoit Samuelson and even what Kara and Shalane do when there isn't time to go to the Porta Potty but a race you've trained a lifetime for is about to start.

International Action

David Rudisha Opens Season In Style - Lowers PR From 45.50 To 45.15

Japan IAAF Meet Is Sunday

Japanese 100m HS Sensation Yoshihide Kiryu To Face Sub-10 Performers Mike Rodgers, Mookie Salaam And Derrick Atkins
Bershawn Jackson is going to be at the meet and pumped as well. "I'm looking forward to seeing him more than my own race."
*Classic: Japanese Sprinter Declines Media Requests - Parents Don't Want Him "Distracted" By His New-Found Fame
*Jamaican Columnist: Japanese Teen's Success Proves Stereotypes Are Wrong "To find out if blacks have an inbuilt, inherent advantage in sprinting over whites, what we should be doing is racing three-year-olds of all races, when they are largely 'untouched,' and less affected, by cultural and social differences. If all the black toddlers start beating all the white toddlers, the theory has merit."

More Fast Japanese Youngsters: 2010 World Jr. 200m Champion Iizuka Runs World-Leading 20.21 For All-Time Japanese #3, 18-Year-Old Hashimoto 2nd In 20.35

More Interesting Sprint News: London Paralympic 200m Gold Medallist Richard Whitehead Training To Run 40 Marathons In 40 Days

Big Meet In Jamaica - Jamaican International - Is Saturday *Meet Website

*Veronica Campbell-Brown Flies Into Jamaica And Says She's Ready For A Great 100 Metres Race Against American Rival Allyson Felix
*Tyson Gay Is There
Tyson Gay Has Given Up Fast Food "I ate fast-food all the time. There are seven days in a week and I would eat at McDonald's three times a week, at least."
*Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure Is Pumped To Be In Jamaica After Making 100m And 200m Olympic Finals Last Year
*Lerone Clarke And 2008 Olympic Games 100m Silver Medallist Richard Thompson And 4 More Pull Out Of Jamaican Meet
*IAAF Meet Preview Men's 100m features Tyson Gay, Ryan Bailey, Darvis Patton, Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 200 vs. Bianca Knight, GB's Christine Ohuruogu in 400, Dawn Harper vs. Queen Harrison rematch in the 100H, bronze medallist Warren Weir, Wallace Spearmon and Nickel Ashmeade in the 200. Olympic silver winner Luguelin Santos in 400.

Road Action Sunday: Preview Of Sunday's BIG 25 Berlin 25k: 2011 World Marathon Silver Medalist Vincent Kipruto Leads Men's Field Over Jacob Kendagor (Recent 59:36 Half) & Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (60:09 Half) In the women's race, Lucy Kabuu (66:09 at RAK Half Marathon) will try to break Mary Keitany's 1:19:53 WR (5:08 pace) and will face 2011 Boston champ Caroline Kilel.

Next Weekend's Action

In The Next Month

Random But Interesting

UK's Lynsey Sharp: "There's a lot of people being caught, but it's nothing compared to the amount of people getting away with it."

Dartmouth Alum Matt Miner Is "The Ivy League's Latest Gift" To The University Of Oregon The UO grad student was the only one to dip under 4 minutes (3:59.9) on Oregon's winning 4 x Mile team at Penn Relays.

IAAF Inside Athletics Episode 11: Ato Boldon Talks With 2008 Olympic Pole Vault Champion Steve Hooker

Hakone Ekiden University Select Team Made Up Of Top Individual Runners From Schools That Fail To Qualify As A Team May Be Cut To Once In Five Years Yuki Kawauchi (who benefitted from the select team) has spoken out against this.

Usain Bolt Injured, Rupp, Ritz, Centro At Oregon Twilight This Weekend

US Pro, Prep, NCAA News

Stanford Was Last Sunday *Women's Results *Men's Results

LRC Men's Results And Flash Recap Ben True's big season continued as he won the 5k, but the most improved American is Eric Jenkins, who came into the meet as a 14:04 guy but is now one of the 10 fastest collegians in history thanks to his 13:18! Chris Solinsky's comeback to relevance took a BIG step forward while Alan Webb's took somewhat of a hit.
Ashton Eaton Was 3rd In PV With 16 Feet, 3/4 Inch As His Fiance Brianne Theisen Won The HJ With 5-11-1/2
Brett Larner Looks At Japanese Weekend Results: Suguru Osako (27:38.31) And Yuki Sato (27:39.50) Go 2-3 And Come Up Just Short Of 27:35.09 NR At Payton Jordan Elsewhere at Oda Memorial Meet in Hiroshima, Kenya's Paul Tanui won the 5k in 13:16.57 as Martin Mathathi was 6th (13:41.80) and Yuki Kawauchi 18th (14:09.88).

Women's Results And Flash Recap The good news is Jordan Hasay is now one of the 5 fastest collegians in history. The bad news is she missed the "A" and "B" standards. The breakthrough of the night came from Jamie Cheever, who went from 9:51 to 9:29 in the steeple.
*MileSplit Weekend HS Coverage: At Payton Jordan, Elise Cranny Finished 3rd, Running The 3rd Fastest All-Time HS 1,500 At 4:15.07 The time is only behind the 4:10.77 by Mary Cain at Drake and Jordan Hasay's 4:14.50.

Stanford On The Message Boards:
Official Payton Jordan Updates Thread
MB: #3 AT HS 1500m-Elise Cranny at Payton Jordan
MB: Olympic Triathlon Champion Brownlee runs 28:32 for 10k at Stanford
MB: Alistair Brownlee running Stanford 10K
MB: Twin Robertsons

Penn Relays Ended Last Saturday

LRC Saturday American Women's 4 X 800 Record, Robby Andrews Kicks Too Soon, Emily Lipari Impresses And More It was a great final day at Penn. The American record got crushed in the 4 x 800, Big East XC champ Emily Lipari somehow won the 4 x 800 for Villanova, excitement in the USA vs. the World DMR, Oregon won the 4 x mile, Penn State the 4 x 800, and German Fernandez and Robby Andrews were in the mile that saw 3 4 US guys go sub-4 for the first time. In the USA vs. the World races, the US won everything but the DMR and women's 4 x 100. *IAAF Recap

Penn On The Boards:

Previous Penn News *Results/Info

The Virgin London Marathon - The World's Most Competitive - Was Sunday *Top Results LRC: Photo Gallery

Women's Race: LRC Priscah Jeptoo Finishes First In Women's London Marathon Marred By Wheelchair Collision Jeptoo was very special over the second half, but the race was marred by the fact that Olympic champ Tiki Gelana was wiped out from behind in a horrific collision with a wheelchair racer.
*Top Results LRC: Photo Gallery

More London: *
Video Of Wheelchair Collision
Good News:
Wheelchair Racers May Start Before Professional Women Next Year
Josh Cassidy (Wheelchair Racer Who Hit Gelana): "One of these years a woman is going to have a leg broken, a career ruined."
London Honors The Victims In Boston
Some Are Selling Boston Memorabilia On EBay And Giving Proceeds To Charity
Recommended Read: Paula Radcliffe And Her Husband Reflect On Her 2:15:25 Marathon WR, Which She Ran At London 10 Years Ago

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    Week That Was

    LRC Jenny Simpson, Eric Jenkins, Diego Estrada, Mac Fleet, Chris Solinsky, The PSU Men And Villanova Women Impress, The Mystery That Is German Fernandez This week, we heap praise on Diego Estrada, Eric Jenkins, Mac Fleet, Chris Solinsky and the PSU men, but give the most to the Villanova women. Along the way, we slam the Arkansas men, talk about Jordan Hasay and the mystery that is German Fernandez and announce Lawrence Okoye, a future NFL star for the San Francisco 49ers. Plus a 17-year-old runs 10.01 – and he's from Japan.

    Stanford Payton Jordan Photo Gallery

    Penn Relays Photo Gallery

    Another One Bites The Dust: Coastal Carolina To Cut Men's Track & XC Programs

    Rather Than Decrease, Boston Area Races' Registration Numbers Spike After Marathon Bombings

    IAAF: 100 Days To To Go Until Moscow 2013 *Site/Meet Timetable

    Pictures From Grueling 5-Day, 156-Mile Sahara Desert Ultramarathon

    Recent Results

    More Post-Boston News

    IAAF Good Q&A With David Rudisha's Coach, Brother Colm O'Connell "I am certain he can still improve on the 1:40.91 he ran in London ... But, frankly, I don't think 1:40 or below is going to be possible soon. 1:40 cannot be broken in the next two or three years. It will take time: 1:40.9, 1:40.8, etc. The question is, will he last long enough?"

    Which Americans Can Go To Worlds?

    RIP: European PVer Marianna Zachariadi Dies At The Tragically Young Age Of Just 23 After Battling Cancer

    2 Reviews & 1 Book Excerpt From John McDonnell: The Most Successful NCAA Coach In History

    LRC Book Review By Former Hog Marlon Boykins: "Two Thumbs Up:" - "The book is full of insight into the hard-working, team-first ethos that made us such a successful." We had two people review the book, including the 1:47 man Boykins, who was at Arkansas at the pinnacle of its heyday. "It was a self-contained UBER-COMPETITIVE atmosphere ... the sprinters, jumpers and distance guys all trying to show which group reigned supreme ..."

    Book Excerpt
    The Legendary Story Of The 1989 Penn Relays DMR, Where 4 Kids From Arkansas, Texas And Missouri Beat 4 African Olympians And The Olympic 1,500m Champ The 1989 Mount St. Mary's Penn Relays DMR team featured 4 African Olympians, including 1988 Olympic 1,500m champ Peter Rono. John McDonnell's Arkansas squad featured 4 kids from Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. A legendary motivational speech by McDonnell and Joe Falcon on the anchor made for one of the great upsets in Penn Relays history. Read all about it in this excerpt from the new John McDonnell biography.

    LRC Review #2 John McDonnell D2 Coach Torrey Olson We had Olson, who has an MFA in creative writing, give his take. "It's got a lot to offer anyone interested in an incredibly sustained passion for the both the sport and the profession."

    Blue Collar / Inspirational Runner Of The Week

    LRC Meet Conner Paez: "Please don't cut off my leg. Please just don't amputate my leg. I can't lose my leg. I need to run." Two years ago, Conner Paez was on top of the world as a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania (8:16, 14:18). Then his life turned in a second as he was broadsided by a car while on his motor bike. The injuries were bad, very bad. He almost lost his leg, then some toes. Doctors told him he'd never compete again. What's he doing this weekend? Competing again.

    Prince Harry And Richard Branson In London

    Boston Marathon Race Photos

    Learn From The Pros

    LRC Ten Training Tips From Bernard Lagat, Dathan Ritzenhein And Abdi Abdirahman The American men took center stage at the NYC Half on Thursday. You can watch video interviews with the top American men (Lagat here, Ritz here and Abdi here) and we will have more on their race preparations on Friday, but in the meantime we compiled ten training tips from Bernard, Dathan, and Abdi that you can use in your own training.

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