Sum Is For Real

"Eunice Sum is the real deal, isn’t she?”

- Commentator Tim Hutchings perfectly summing up the women's 800 at the Zurich Diamond League meet yesterday. Coming in at 100/1 odds, Kenya's Eunice Sum was a shocking victory at the 2013 World Championships, but backed that up winning the overall Diamond League series title (and $40,000) by taking first here in Zurich and in Stockholm last week.

Diamond League Finale #1 - Weltklasse Zürich - Is Today *Full  Results *Event-By-Event Results (With Progressions/Splits)

Share With A Less Informed Friend Who Didn't Watch Live: Watch Zurich Races Without Knowing the Results

LRC W 5k: Defar Outkicks Dibaba For $50,000; Simpson PRs Meseret Defar threw down a 58-second last lap to outkick Tirunesh Dibaba and take home $50,000 in 14:32. The side race between Molly Huddle and Jenny Simpson was a bit of a let-down, although Simpson walked away with a PR as both Americans went sub-15:00. Chelsea Reilly also came away with a PR and Jordan Hasay struggled and got lapped. *Video Highlights
DEFAR last lap 58 sec --> 14'06" potential !!!
MB: Zurich women's 5000m thread: Jenny, Huddle, Hasay on now
Why the heck is Jordan Hasay still racing?
Jenny MF Simpson 14:56

LRC M 1,500: Silas Kiplagat Reminds Us He's Very Good As Kiprop, Centrowitz, Manzano Struggle When races are rabbitted on the circuit, normally Asbel Kiprop or Silas Kiplagat get the win and that certainly was the case tonight, which wasn't a good one for Leo, Centro or World Champ Asbel Kiprop. *Race Video
Centro- Did he follow Kip @ Zurich, to better learn his Gold rival?
Ingebrigtsen the Great Nordic Hope
MB: Centro- Did he follow Kip @ Zurich, to better learn his Gold rival?
MB: Centro? Legend in his own mind?

2013 Weltklasse Live Discussion On The Boards:
MB: Official 2013 Weltklasse Zürich Discussion Thread
MB: Zurich 5,000m - Defar or Dibaba, who wins?
MB: Universal Sports is now LIVE on TWC (HD)!

Valerie Adams' World-Leading Indoor PR (20.98) Wins 2013 DL Title For Her The shot put was held a day early in the train station.
*Adams' Victory Was Her 41st Straight Win
*Shot Put Results

Running Science

Jenny Simpson's Coach Mark Wetmore: "It's not a record attempt by any means. Just get in the race and respond to what's presented to her." LRC talked to coach Wetmore about the Zürich 5,000m, the Brussels 1,500m, 2014, Jenny's future in the steeplechase and whether Wetmore is actually surprised Simpson is a 1,500m runner.

Depressing (Mostly Doping) News

2013 Worlds Special Section

Diamond League Finale #1 - Weltklasse Zürich - Is Today *Full  Results *Event-By-Event Results (With Progressions/Splits)

IAAF Full Meet Recap: Defar And Bondarenko Dazzle In Zurich Bondarenko hushed the crowd and then made 1 WR attempt.
*Athletics Weekly Full Meet Recap
*Usain Bolt Comes From Behind To Win In 9.90 As All 9 Guys Finish Within .17 Of Each Other
*Jamaican-Gleaner: Ugly 100m Win For Bolt

In Case You Missed It: Sprint Race Videos (distance links in articles and here): *Men's 100m: Bolt Vs.Gatlin *Men's 110m Hurdles: David Oliver Vs. Stacked Field *Men's 400m: LaShawn Merritt Vs. Kirani James For $50,000 *Women's 200m

LRC M 8: The Nick Symmonds Train Keeps Rolling Nick Symmonds got the win in a nice 1:43.56 as he ran aggressively from the start. Duane Solomon was 4th as Brandon Johnson struggled. *800m Race Video
MB: SYMMONDS 1:43.56 FTW in Zurich, out in 50.52.

LRC W 8: Eunice Sum Is 100% For Real - She Beats Savinova Again After A Thrilling Stretch Run Savinova and Sum were side-by-side for basically the entire last 100, but in the end Sum emerged $50,000 richer. Caster Semenya and the Americans, Ajee Wilson and Alysia Montaño, were non-factors. *Race Video
*Capital FM: Awe-Sum Eunice adds Diamond sparkle
MB: Eunice Sum dissed!
MB: Caster Semenya has gotten HUGE!

LRC M Steeple: Hillary Yego Wins As Conseslus Kipruto Manages To Hang On To DL Title The big names struggled here, making Evan Jager's decision not to steeple look a little bit wiser.

More Coverage From Outside LRC: Gemili (10.06) Bemoans His "Rubbish" 100m In Zurich Bolt told Gemili to enjoy the big meets more and and not get nervous.
*List Of US Performances From Zurich: 4 Americans Win

Marathon / Road News: US 20k Champs Are Monday

Mid-D And Steeple Preview: The Titans Clash: Men's 1,500 And Women's 800 Might Be Higher Quality Than Moscow The winner of the women's 800m will take home $50,000 and the field includes Eunice Sum, Savinova, Alysia Montano, Ajee Wilson and Caster Semenya. The men's 1,500m is tougher than the Moscow final.
*Mutola's #1 Goal For Semenya Is Sub-2 And Increased Confidence, Victory Is #2 Goal

Documentary On Meb Keflezighi's Coach Bob Larsen Set For Spring 2014 Release

How Are Your Knees? Long-Term Study On Jamaican Youths Finds That "Knee Symmetry" May Predict Sprinting Success Study found that the Jamaicans who had more symmetrical knees as children were better sprinters as adults.

US High Jumper Chaunté Lowe Has A Baby Boy

US News

Random, But Potentially Interesting

Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Ben Johnson Starts Anti-Doping Campaign

Random But Cool: LRC Video Of Olympic Champ Felix Sanchez Racing A Bike In The 400 Hurdles At Monday's Gugl Games

MB: Awesome video: Félix Sánchez races 400 hurdles against a guy hurdling on his bike - how come now DQ?

Kenyan News

World Championships Review *World Champs Special Section

LRC Jenny's Medal Shines The Brightest, Ajee Surprises, Dejen And Genzebe Flop, The US Is Better Than Ever - 15 Thoughts Looking Back At The 2013 IAAF World Champs Now that we've had some time to recover and think about it, we take a look at the back and hand out awards for the 14th World Championships in Athletics. Read to find out who is our Best US Performer, our Biggest Flop (male and female), Biggest Surprise (US and international), our Comeback Athlete, Classiest Post-Race Interview, Biggest Bonehead, and a whole lot more. Along the way, we wonder why Ezekiel Kemboi wasn't disciplined, praise the US for its best performance ever and even praise Molly Huddle and Shannon Rowbury for allegedly packing it in early in the 5,000.

Centro Silver, Brenda Bronze!: Worlds Final Day Full Photo Gallery (All Of Our Photo Galleries Are Here)

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