2013 Worlds Start On Saturday *Schedule *LRC Previews: *800M *800W *1,500M *1,500W *5,000M *5,000W *10,000M *10,000W *SteepleM *SteepleW

LRC Women's 5,000 Preview: Meseret Defar Tries To Get A Second World Championships Gold To Add To Her Two Olympic Golds This race could have been something special - Defar vs Dibaba Round II - but now Defar is the heavy favorite. Rojo goes on a tirade about how this shows an inherent problem in the marketability of track and field. In other sports, greatness (say Federer) always must eventually face other greatness (say Nadal). In track, two greats can just avoid each other by choosing different events.

LRC Men's 5,000 Preview: Yenew Alamirew And Edwin Soi Try To Take Down Mo Farah – Do Rupp And Lagat Have A Shot? What are the odds someone can actually take down Farah and besides the Alamirew and Soi, who are the other medal contenders? We break down the men's 5000 for you.

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LRC Women's 1,500 Preview: Can Jenny Simpson Repeat Or Does Abebe Aregawi Get Gold? Jenny Simpson was the surprise World Champion in 2011. This year she's running way better than in 2011. Before you hand her the gold medal, realize the rest of the world is running much better too and in particular Abebe Aregawi. If you've got time to read one preview today, read this one.

LRC Men's 1,500 Preview: Can Anyone Stop Asbel Kiprop And The Kenyans? Can Leo Or Centro Get Back On The Medal Stand? Asbel Kiprop leads a strong four-man Kenyan contingent that got shut out as last year's Olympics. Will one of them serve as an unofficial rabbit in the final? Can American Olympic silver medallist, Leo Manzano, or Worlds bronze medallist, Matt Centrowitz, get back on the podium? Read to find out.

LRC Women's 800 Preview: Alysia Montaño And Brenda Martinez Try To Prevent Mariya Savinova From Three-Peating At Home The American medal chances just went way up as it's being reported in the French press that Francine Niyonsaba is a scratch.

LRC Men's 800m Preview: Nick Symmonds And Duane Solomon Searching For Gold An American has not won a global 800m title since 1972. That could all change at the World Championships in Moscow, where Americans Nick Symmonds and Duane Solomon are two of the gold medal contenders. They'll have their hands full with Mo Aman. We break down the action that starts on Saturday (thumbnail from Trackandfieldphoto.com).

The Fans Lose Again: Dibaba And Defar Both NOT Doubling In Moscow Dibaba vs. Defar X 2. It doesn't get any better than that for track and field fans. Now it won't happen at all as Ethiopian journalist Elshadai Negash is reporting neither Meseret Defar nor Tirunesh Dibaba will double in Moscow. Dibaba and Defar seem to be saying they would rather not lose to one another than win another World Championships medal. There is one positive to this - Shalane Flanagan's medal hopes went WAY up. *Discuss

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Men's 10,000 Preview: Can Anyone Possibly Beat Mo Farah? (Maybe) We break down the action like only we can and tell you we think Galen Rupp's going to have a hard time repeating what he did last year, and Mo Farah's victory may not be nearly as easy as you think.
*MB: Men's 10,000 - Rupp will have to PB to medal
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Brendan Foster Talks About How To Beat Mo Farah And Remembers When Farah Wasn't Very Good Telegraph Farah was 59th at the 2001 World XCs.
*Reuters Looks At Farah's Attempt To Double

Next Sunday: LRC Women's 10,000 Preview: Tirunesh Dibaba And Meseret Defar Clash For The First Time Ever At 10,000 - Can Shalane Flanagan Medal? Track fans won't get to see rivals Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay clash at 100 but they will get to see two all-time greats clash in the women's 10,000. Does Dibaba cement her status as the GOAT or does Defar upset her like she did in London? Plus Jordan Hasay's world debut and Amy Hastings looks to be just fourth US woman under 31:00.

Doping News Continues To Dominate The Headlines

Brit Steven Way Wins Stockholm Ultra Marathon

2013 TD Beach To Beacon *Top 10 Results

Deena Kastor Preps For Moscow With Fastest US Masters 10k Ever As Joyce Chepkirui Wins Kastor's still running well at age 40. Top non-African honors overall went to Great Britain's Gemma Steel, who had a huge breakthrough to grab 2nd.

In First Race Since Boston Marathon, Micah Kogo Wins As Meb Takes Top American Honors Meb was fifth but Ryan Hall was a total non-factor in 10th.
How did Ryan Hall do in the Beach to Beacon 10k? 2013 Discussion Thread
*Press Herald Recap *Toni Reavis Recap

More Road Racing News: Boston Marathon To Have An Extra 9,000 Runners In 2014

A Lot Of Drug News Updates

Doping News

Will Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Cause Conflicts At Moscow World Champs?

Karhu $200,013 LRC Worlds Prediction Contest - Better Than Ever - New $2,013 4-Event Challenge

LRC $200,013 Worlds Prediction Contest: Pick 4 Events Correctly And Win $2,013 Our world-famous prediction contest is back and is better than ever. In addition to our full-fledged contest with some great prizes from Karhu, we've gotten a little carried away trying to get more casual fans involved as we've added a $2013 Four-Event ChallengePick the top three in order in the four events of your choosing and win $2013*. Don't know anything about Worlds? We've got a guide for you. Plus, you only need to do four events if you don't want to do the full thing. So start picking and more importantly spread the word to non-track fans.

2013 Worlds Start Saturday *Schedule *LRC Previews: *800M *800W *1,500M *1,500W *5,000M *5,000W *10,000M *10,000W *SteepleM *SteepleW

LRC Men's Steeple Preview: Can Ezekiel Kemboi Take Global Title Number Five Before Conseslus Kipruto Takes Over? Can Evan Jager Medal Ezekiel Kemboi versus Conseslus Kipruto for the win with Olympic silver medalist Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, two more Kenyans and Evan Jager in the mix.

LRC Women's Steeple Preview: Yuliya Zaripova Looks For Gold Medal Number Three - Can An American Make The Final? Russia's Yuliya Zaripova is the heavy favorite, but could be challenged by Morocco's Habiba Ghribi or Kenya's Milcah Chemos.

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Recommended Read: Kenyans And Russians Most Tested Athletes By IAAF - What Individuals Were Tested The Most? Alan Abrahamson tells you all you need to know.

Great Read: Science Of Sport's Final Comments On Performance Analysis And Whether The 2013 TdF Was Dirty

Go Figure: Caster Semenya Wins Again, Remains Undefeated, But Won't Be Going To Worlds As She Didn't Run 2:01.50 You can watch the race video here. "Bizarre" is all we can say. It's almost as if Semenya and her people don't want to go Moscow as there seemingly were no rabbits and Semenya went from last to first in the span of 70 meters.

Doping News: 9 More Turkish Dopers Banned

Doping News: Victor Conte Throws Out Some Major Accusations Against Jamaica

Mo Farah / Usain Bolt News: Bolt Accepts Farah's Race Challenge *London 2 Day Photo Gallery

The Amputee / Blade Length Debate Continues: Oliviera Proves Theory Which Said Double Amputees (Pistorius) Have An Advantage

Think The Sub-2-Hour Marathon Is On The Horizon? Think Again

LRC The Myth Of The Sub-2-Hour Marathon The mainstream media thinks it may be close but in reality most people reading this will be dead when it happens.
*Science of Sport's Ross Tucker agrees: Pacing, fatigue and the brain. Lessons from London.
*MB: Sub 2 Hour Marathon Discussion: My Thoughts and Yours

Nick Symmonds And Others Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Non-Worlds Pro News

World Baseball Softball Confederation Hopes Recent MLB Drug Bans Against A-Rod And Others Increase Softball & Baseball's Chances At Being Made Olympic Event In 2020

31 More Turks Banned, Bringing Total To 40 In Last Week

Recommended Read: Alan Abrahmson On Turkey's Awful Doping Scandal Abrahmson wonders who is doping these Turks. 20 of the 31 are under 23. Does a 16-year-old girl dope on her own or does someone lead/force her to do it?

Survey Finds Average Person Thinks They Have A Better Diet Than Average Person

Paula Radcliffe: "Mo [Farah] might not have it all his own way in the marathon."

Nick Willis Falls Just Short Of Michigan Record For State's Fastest Mile New dad Nick Willis deserves a big Thumbs Up for organizing the mile race himself in Saline, Michigan. He came up short of the Michigan record but won in 3:56.57 ahead of Dan Clark (3:57.40) and Miles Batty (3:58.06) as seven broke 4:00.00. *Video Of Race (updated with better video)

US Commentators Should Read This: Interesting IAAF Interview With Steve Cram: From World Champion To World Class Commentator You might be surprised at the amount of work that goes into commentating for major track meets. Cram also talks about being really nervous before some major races, almost like before you are competing yourself.

Book Review - Sports Gene Is Now Out

LRC Sports Gene By David Epstein: A Must-Read For All Coaches If you are a serious about wanting to understand elite sport performance, you've got to read the first book published by Sports Illustrated writer and former Columbia 800 runner (and LRC friend) David Epstein. Whether you want to know the keys to being a prodigy in distance running, or how to make it in the Majors in baseball, or how to dominate the Iditarod dog race, Epstein's got you covered. He even tells you the one thing you need to have to have a 17% chance of making it to the NBA. The book is out now.
*Q&A With David Epstein With Runner's World
*MB: Sports Gene By David Epstein

US News: Lindsay Lohan Fan Of Shannon Rowbury?

Week That Was

LRC What Did We Learn From The London DL?, Fast US "B" Teamers, Gabe Jennings Is A Lucky Man, And We Know Who Is Winning The Women's Steeple The final Diamond League meet and the Russian Champs are in the books and we turn our attention to Worlds. The US chances for Moscow are looking great in the distances. What else did we learn from London? Click to find out. Plus Tyson Gay tested positive a second time.

Upcoming Road Action: Farah Vs. Bekele Vs. Haile G Over A Half Marathon

London Photo Gallery Updated (260+ Photos) Click Below For Full Gallery (Day 1 Here, Day 2 Here)

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2013 Wharf To Wharf 6 Miler *Top 10 Results *MB Talk

In Road Debut, American Emily Infeld Cruises To Women's Title At 41st Annual Wharf To Wharf (Article updated) Despite what the article says, the race is 6 miles, not 10k.

Kenyan Nelson Oyugi Wins 41st Annual Wharf To Wharf In Convincing Fashion Local favorite Brett Gotcher was a career-best 3rd, Ben Bruce 5th, Lemoncello 6th, Scott Bauhs 9th and Solinsky was 10th. German Fernandez was a DNS.
*MB: Official 2013 Wharf to Wharf Predictions/Race Thread

Non-London News - 2013 Bix 7 Miler *Top 10 Bix Results

Former Iona Star Leonard Korir Wins Quad-City Times Bix 7 Meb was third, Desi 10th.
(Meb 3rd, Desi 10th)

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