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This Weekend's Action
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Soufiane El Bakkali got the win before the home crowd, Prudence Sekgodiso got a world leader in the 800, Emmanuel Wanyonyi kept winning and Shericka Jackson got the 200 win, but in a slow time, as Olympic champs Emmanuel Korir and Conseslus Kipruto were awful.

SML doesn't race often but when she does it's almost always incredible. Bryce Hoppel appears to be at a new level in 2024 and is there still a little magic left in Centro?

The runners from Africa ran in the back early but dominated late and went 1-2-3-4 as Grant Fisher was fifth (12:53.30). Teammates Cooper Teare (12:54.72, 9th) and Cole Hocker (12:58.92, 11th) broke 13:00 for the 1st time. In the women's 5000, Elle St. Pierre lowered her pb from 14:58.17 to 14:34.14 and won as Venezuela's Joselyn Brea set a South American record in 2nd (14:36.59).

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Controversty at Oregon HS State Meet

(link fixed) A biological male won the 200 and nearly won the 400 at the Oregon state meet but the crowd booed the trans athlete and cheered wildly when "she" lost the 400. You can hear the boos at the end of the 200 in the video above.

Night Of The 10,000m PBs

Top American honors went to Paul Chelimo in 4th (27:34.04) and Fiona O'Keefe (31:03.46).

Field Event News
The King is Back at the Olympics

Twenty years after his first Olympic gold and 12 years after his last Olympic appearance, Bekele will return to face Eliud Kipchoge on the sport's biggest stage in Paris.

Universality Controversy
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Diamond League News

This is not the first time Kenya used Pre as their Olympic Trials. They also did it in 2012. Let's hope the runners have visa and were getting ready for the race.
*MB: Kenyan Press: Kenya to Select 10,000m Teams at Pre Classic

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    NCAA News
    Our Written Weekly Recap

    What a week. The NCAA conference action was HOT, particularly on the track at the SEC Champs and we break it down for you. Might a guy who didn't even make NCAAs indoors be the 1500 favorite? Plus meet the latest teen phenom and more.

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      Track Fest Was Saturday Night

      After a night that saw him win two races, Grijalva called out Mo Katir for his whereabouts violations. Plus Val Constien looked good in her return to the steeple (Evan Jager was 8th in the men's race) and Craig Engels talked big after finishing last in the 800. The women's 10k ended up being a huge letdown as anyone thinking of going for 30:40 was a DNS - D'Amato, Henes, Kurgat, Infeld, and even China's WuGa He even though some of them warmed up.

      The Latest Teen Phenom Explosion Has Occurred

      Gill, who just turned 17 two weeks ago, ran 2:03.34 at age 15 and had a 2:01.50 pb coming in. She's also run 4:05 for 1500. 

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      Conference Champs Weekend
      USATF 25k Champs

      (link updated with recap) Estrada ran 1:13:00 to win over Nico Montanez (1:13:30) while Saina (1:22:32) beat out Annie Frisbie (1:22:37) and Olympic Marathon Trials third placer Dakotah Lindwurm (1:23:08). *Results *Men's video highlights *Women

      Doha DL Was Friday

      Kenny Bednarek and Alison dos Santos earned statement victories, while Kenya may have a new 1500m contender in Brian Komen made his first DL appearance count as he got the win.

      Distance News

      Also Oli Hoare, Cole Hocker, Hobbs Kessler, Jake Wightman, Matt Centrowitz and many more.

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      The NAU Star talks about his breakout 2024 outdoor campaign.

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      Olympic Marathon News

      Korir, who was in strong position to qualify, looks set to be bumped from the field after World Athletics awarded an unexpectedly high number of universality places, but his coach Scott Simmons isn't giving up hope.

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      Kipchoge Speaks / Socially Media Is Officially Detrimental To Everyone
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      Our Written Weekly Recap

      The 34-year-old Centrowitz is gaining momentum as he pushes for one final Olympic team but should he be worried that he doesn't have the standard? Plus Japanese teen Kazuma Maeda ran 27:21, breaking his 5000 pb in both the first and 2nd halves of the Japanese 10,000 champs.

      World Relays

      In case you didn't have 7 hours to watch some fantastic relay action over the weekend, we've got you covered. Gabby Thomas earned two golds as the Americans won four of the five finals at the revamped World Relays in the Bahamas.

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        Their press release says, "USATF has received reassurance of sufficient safety measures that will be in place at the event and has made the decision to field a team to represent Team USA." What about the other supposed reasons USATF wasn't going to send a team?

          World Relay Champs Day 2
            • Team USA Sweeps Men's And Women's 4x100 Titles At World Relay Champs The US men ran a world leading 37.40 to beat Canada (37.89). The US women broke the 10-year-old championship record with 41.85 to win by almost a second over France. Jamaica won the loser's bracket to secure Olympic qualification after not making the final on day one.
            • Botswana Men Take World Relays 4x400 Title After USA DQ'd On Day One; US Wins Women's And Mixed Races 20 minutes after running a 4x100 leg, Gabby Thomas doubled back with a 49.57 split to help the US dominate in 3:21.70, 3 seconds ahead of Poland. Botswana ran a world-leading 2:59.11 to win the men's race while the US won their loser's bracket heat to secure Olympic qualification. In the mixed race, the US won in 3:10.73 ahead of the Femke Bol-lead Netherlands (3:11.45). Ireland finished third (3:11.53) after Rhasidat Adeleke ran a 48.45 split (the fastest split ever recorded at the World Relays).
          Oregon Twilight
          Oxy: 1500 With Lots of US Names

          A super impressive win for the 10,000 Olympic hopeful. And to everyone who thought there was no chance Centro could make the Olympics again, are you so sure now? Watch the last lap above.

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          Supporters Club Podcast

          Colin Sahlman has been on fire this outdoor season. The NAU star talks about his breakout year and his thoughts on the Olympic Trials.

          High School: This teen phenom looks special

          Last year, Cooper Lutkenhaus set the US middle school record of 1:54.20. He's way better this year. Check out his kick above. A 25.5 final 200. Sick.

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          Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team Named

          Eliud Kipchoge will go for unprecedented third straight gold. Brigid Kosgei was stunningly given the final women's spot over Sharon Lokedi.
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           MB: BREAKING Kenyan marathon team announced Kipchoge, Kipruto, Mutiso, Obiri, Jepchirchir, Kosgei

          Benson Kipruto is pumped to represent Kenya for 1st time and says he'll dedicate race to Kelvin Kiptum "I will be running in honour of Kiptum. He was a great friend of mine, we shared and talked a lot and was looking forward to the Olympics."

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          Our Written Weekly Recap

          In track and field, did you know you can win when you lose and lose when you win? We explain. Plus Nico Young and Colin Sahlman remain on fire. And why are the men's 100 guys so slow?

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          Coaching Advice Column

          LetsRun.com has launched a new coaching advice column. In column #3, John Kellogg and Robert Johnson share their favorite 800 workouts.

          Ingebrigtsen Abuse Case Update

          Gjert Ingebrigtsen is accused of striking one of Jakob's younger siblings with a towel in the face. His lawyer says he denies any criminal wrongdoing.

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          Sahlman won, Young was third.

          Suzhou DL

          It wasn't a good day for Sha'Carri Richardson or Letesenbet Gidey but Selemon Barega got the win in the 5000 and 17-year-old Biniam Mehary really caught our eye. Plus 22-year-old Brit Megan Keith ran in the 14:40s. You can watch our video recap show above as well. *Full results

          Penn & Drake Relays
          Penn & Drake Relays

          UVA was second and Georgetown took third, even though the Hoyas made history with all 4 legs under 4:00.

          The team of Sophia Gorriaran (3:30.36), Chloe Fair (53.20), Victoria Bossing (2:02.54) and Maia Ramsden (4:21.47) beat Villanova's outdoor CR of 10:48.38 by 10+ seconds and UW's indoor (10:43.39) by 5+ seconds. Providence also got under the old record in 2nd by running 10:39.04. In the men's race, the teams jogged around and Liam Murphy anchored Nova to glory in a pedestrian 9:35.90.

            Also on Saturday

            The highlight was Emmanuel Wanyonyi's 3:54.5 WR in the road mile with Hobbs Kessler roughly two seconds back. The other male winners were Arop (1:45), Kejelcha (13:00), and Kimeli (27:04). The women's winners were Jepchirchir (4:32), Eisa (14:38), and Ngetich (30:03).

                Longer video clip at link.

                Who Won't Make Paris 2024?

                History says 1 out of 2 people who made Team USA in 2023 WON'T make it in 2024. In our weekly bonus SC podcast, we tell our Supporter's Club members who will miss out on the Olympics.

                Noah Lyles and Lance Brauman Podcast

                Noah Lyles and his coach Lance Brauman have their eyes set on golds in Paris. They believe Lyles can possibly break Usain Bolt's world record in the 200m, but they know first comes the most brutal meet in the sport - the US Olympic Track and Field Trials. Article and podcast.

                Get Your Training Questions Answered By John Kellogg

                In the year 2024, there are all sorts of advice columns all over the Internet, but we’ve never seen one for distance running. There is one now as Robert Johnson and John Kellogg are here to answer your questions in our Dear Distance Gurus (DDG) column.

                The Best of LetsRun.com

                A doctor, nuclear engineer, and D1 runner won our Marathon Trails contest and one of the top online coaches triumphed in our NCAA XC contest to become the king of LRC contests.

                Deal of the Day (Affiliate)

                Want a shoe for your faster runs? Want the #2 rated Brooks, the Brooks Hyperion Tempo on sale for $64.95.

                Rest In Peace: Henry Rono 1952-2024

                Rono achieved legendary status in 1978 when he set four world records in four different events in 81 days. Robert Johnson, who has an autographed poster of Rono on his office wall, pays his respects.

                  Past MB Talk On Rono

                  RIP Kelvin Kiptum
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                  In just three races, Kiptum turned the marathon world upside down, setting a world record, and running the three fastest second halves ever in a marathon. Jonathan Gault recaps his life and career.

                  Let the Anticipation Build - Only 178 Days until The Olympic 1500 Final

                  Stavanger Aftenblad's Erlend Nesje went to Jakob's house to catch up with one of the sport's biggest stars who is on the comeback trail from injury. After finishing up an hour-long run, Jakob had some interesting comments to say about fame, Josh Kerr, and Jake Wightman.

                  BetterRunningShoes.com Presents

                  We present to you the LetsRun.com Shoe Awards for 2023. What is the best shoe of 2023, the supershoe of 2023, the newcomer of the year and more?

                  Everyone's still looking for an edge

                  Kelvin Kiptum, Faith Kipyegon, Keely Hodgkinson and everyone in the OAC are among the stars who experimented with Maurten Bicarb System in 2023 ($65 for 4 doses). The big question: does it work? (paywall lifted)

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                  We think most of you could guess the #1 brand, but the #2 might be a surprise. We break down the most popular brands overall, and for road, trail, and racing.

                  Sick of Shoes that Break Down Too Soon?

                  Running shoe construction has changed a lot in the last decade. Runners are still looking for more durable running shoes, but we take a look at some of the most durable shoes and what makes them stand out.

                  Get a Better Running Shoe

                  Stack heights on shoes are getting bigger and bigger. Runners are liking these shoes more and more. We try and make sense of the cushioning revolution.

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                  The Latest JG Feature

                  What links Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the NAU cross country team, and Sebastian Coe? Double threshold training, which is having a moment in 2023. Note, most of this article is behind our SC paywall for 72 hours (until Saturday).

                  How do you explain the ridiculous indoor distance times?
                  Kipchoge loving the LetsRun Shirt in Berlin


                  Your latest American stars share their insights.

                  Three legends of the sport.

                  One of the greatest US runners ever.

                  We chatted with Frank on the 50th anniversary of his Olympic Marathon gold

                  American Record Holders
                  American Record Holders

                  Keira D'Amato, the new American record holder in the marathon, was joined by Deena Kastor, who held the record for 15 years.

                  Sisson was the guest on the LetsRun.com Track Talk podcast after she became the first American to go sub 67 in the half marathon on a record-eligible course. Podcast highlights above. Full pod here.

                  Woody Kincaid joined us after he broke the American record indoors at 5000. He talks above why he left the Bowerman Track Club. Podcast highlights and link to full podcast here.

                  Coogan's New Balance Boston team had 3 Olympians in 2021 and 2022 could be the biggest year yet for the program with 2 new additions and the TRACK at New Balance coming on March 1st.

                  Danny Mackey has taken the Brooks Beasts from an unproven club to the Olympic podium in its first decade.

                  Dathan Ritzenhein is the first of the top pro coaches to sit down and talk about his club heading into the 2022 campaign.

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