Week That Was

LRC USA The Best 1,500m Country In The World? Tokyo Gets The Olympics, Ben True Keeps Kicking Butt, Caster Semenya Is Back, Tegenkamp Playing It Conservative, And Lance Armstrong The focus on the track and field world was the Diamond League finale in Brussels. We ignore Brussels in our WTW and talk about everything else. If you want Brussels talk, we've still got you covered here.

Marathon News

Sunday NFL Track Action

The Historically Super-Fast Rieti Was Sunday:
*Rieti: Ben True Impresses In 3k (2nd To Soi, Beats Ndiku), Dix 9.99, Semenya Sub-2:00, Kiplagat, Cronje, Willis, Torrence Run Fast In 1,500 (Results) Walter Dix went sub-10 for the first time in 2013, Caster Semenya went sub-2:00 for the 1st time in 2013, the men's 1,500m had the first 9 set seasonal bests or PRs, led by Silas Kiplagat, a national record by Johan Cronje of S. Africa and faster times by Nick Willis and David Torrence, and (most impressively) Ben True finishing 2nd to Edwin Soi at 3,000m.
IAAF Full Meet Recap
Semenya After Her 1:58.92: "That's awesome. The race went according to plan."
Jamaican Observer: 4 Jamaicans Win In Rieti
Ben True 7:36.59, Emily Infeld 8:41.43

Ben Blankenship And Gabriele Anderson Shatter Course Records At Minnesota Mile Blankenship ran 3:52.7 to win over defending champ Craig Miller (3:53.1); Nate Brannen was 5th (3:55.0) and Matt Elliot 8th (3:58.6). For the women Anderson ran 4:21.3 to win over Heather Kampf (4:27.1); Jamie Cheever was 6th (4:43.0).
*Team USA Minnesota Article With Quotes From Anderson
*Bring Back The Mile Article

Other Sunday Results

Potential Mary Cain XC Rival Out For Season: 2012 Foot Locker Girls Champ Anna Rohrer Has Broken Bone In Foot And Is Out For The Year Rohrer, who had opened her season with an incredible 16:52, will be missed.
MB: 2012 Footlocker Champ Anna Roher: Out For The Season

Post-Brussels News

Kenyan Daniel Kitonyi Wins 5,000 And 10,000 At Japan's 82nd National University Track And Field Championships

2013 Belgacom Memorial Van Damme *Full Results *Event-By-Event Results *IAAF Full Recap *Athletics Weekly Full Recap *Race Videos

*Watch Brussels Race Videos Without Knowing Results

LRC Men's 5,000: Yenew Alamirew Outkicks Bernard Lagat To Win Men's 5,000 And Diamond League Title As 4 US Men Break 13:10 The American record holders at 1,500/5,000, steeplechase and 10,000 came to play on Friday and were with the leaders at the bell and Galen Rupp had the lead. How did it turn out? Well, Adam Goucher is no longer in the US top 10 and Abdi Abdirahman is no longer in the US top 20. *Video Highlights
MB: Four Americans, one 38 years old, just ran sub 13:09. And you still think thyroid and TUEs are not being abused?
MB: The Future Has Arrived, Jager Almost Beats Ruppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MB: Jager 13:02!
MB: Cheers to Bernard Lagat
MB: What has Rupp done recently to make you believe he can break 13?

LRC Ajee Wilson Coems Up Short In World Junior 1k Record Assault In Brussels Wilson was beaten soundly by American Morgan Uceny.

LRC Women's Steeplechase: Milcah Chemos Wins And Confirms She's The World's Best In 2013 Chemos had the lead, then gave it up at the last water jump, but rallied to emphatically state she's the World #1 and win the $50,000 as the DL champion as well.

Brussels On The Message Board:

MB: Official 2013 Brussels DL Discussion Thread

MB: Why doesn't Mo Farah race in fast non championship races

2013 Worlds Special Section

News From The Top Distance Runner And Sprinter In The Sport

Random US News

International News

IOC News: Billy Mills Gets His Wish

Marathon News

2013 Belgacom Memorial Van Damme *Full Results *Event-By-Event Results *IAAF Full Recap *Athletics Weekly Full Recap

LRC Men's 800: Mo Aman Saves The Best For Last, Nick Symmonds 1:43.03 Mo Aman was spectacular and leaves Brussels $50,000 richer and with a new world lead and a spot in the all-time top 10. Nick Symmonds was pretty darn good as well - as he ran 1:43.03 to grab second and take home the 2013 USA top mark. *Race Video
MB: Symmonds 1:43.03!!!

LRC Women's 1,500: What A Disappointment: Aregawi Wins, Jenny Simpson And Five Others Fall Talk about a disappointment. The field was loaded and claimed it wanted to run fast. Then the gun went off and no one went with the rabbits. It only got worse from there as Jenny Simpson ended up doing her best Morgan Uceny impersonation. *Race Video

IAAF Full Brussels Recap: Fraser-Pryce's 10.72 (-.3 m/s) leads Jamaican sprint triple in Brussels (Bolt 9.80 & Weir 19.87).
*Athletics Weekly Full Meet Recap - Aman Smashes 800 World Lead
Bolt Wins Again - Says This Wasn't His Best Season He was pretty darn dominant.
*USATF List US Performances: Dawn Harper And Ryan Whiting Win Natasha Hastings had a big upset win in the 400 over Amantle Montsho and Christine Ohuruogu.
*French TJer Teddy Tamgho Only Goes 17.30 In Brussels But Still Wants To Eventually Get Johnathan Edwards' WR
*Bolt: "I've been smiling ever since I got to the stadium because it's my last one and I'm just happy to be done. I'm looking forward to chilling with friends ..."
*Bolt Says Years Of Sprinting Starting To Take Toll "The older you get the harder it is to come back from injury. I gotta stay injury-free during the season that's the main factor."
*Bolt On Commonwealth Games: "I would love to go, I would love to get a Commonwealth gold medal to say I have got a Commonwealth gold medal." He's not committing though; it will be Coach Glen Mills' call.

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    LRC Eric Jenkins Has Transferred To Oregon The message board rumors are true. After Northeastern changed distance coaches for the second time in less than a year, the 13:18 phenom Jenkins has decided it's time for him to make a change as well. Are the Ducks, who didn't even make NCAAs in 2011 and were only 20th in 2012, now the NCAA favorites over Dave Smith's Oklahoma State Cowboys?
    MB: Jenkins to OREGON!
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    Chicago Elite Fields Released

    Elite Field For Chicago Marathon Released: Moses Mosop Leads 3 Other Sub-2:05 Men As The Top 2 Women From Last Year Return Mosop faces Dennis Kimetto (2:04:16), Emmanuel Mutai (2:04:40) and Ayele Abshero (2:04:23), as well as Dathan Ritzenhein, Matt Tegenkamp in his debut, Rotterdam champ Tilahun Regassa, World Half Marathon champ Zersenay Tadese and 58:47 half runner Atsedu Tsegaye. On the women's side, Atsede Baysa and Rita Jeptoo return after Baysa beat Jeptoo by only a second last year. They also face Rotterdam champ Jemima Sumgong, Maria Konovalova (2:23:50) and Stephanie Pezzullo as the top American.