Kenyan / African News

Doping: Liliya Shobukhova Goes Down

Forget Sub-4, How About Sub-5? Beer Mile WR Goes Down

 Drake And Penn Weren't The Only Relay Action This Weekend 

World 5,000 Silver Medalist Mercy Cherono Anchors Kenyan 4 X 1,500 Team To World Record At Kenyan World Relay Trials The team won in 17:05.72. Also in action was Asbel Kiprop, who won the 1,500 in 3:36.1 over Silas Kiplagat (3:36.4). Eunice Sum won the 800 in 2:03.2, beating 2007 World champion Janeth Jepkosgei (2:03.9).
*Kenyan Writer Laments The Fact That Kenyan Sprinting Has Taken A Back Seat To Distance Running He was frustrated that the Kenyan World Relays Trials “became a middle distance relay event rather than the sprint relays it was intended to be.”
*IAAF Recap Asbel Kiprop: “With the squad we have, then a world record in the (4 x 1,500m) relay is possible since we have all run under 3:32.”
*Capital FM Recap With Full Selected Team Roster Hellen Obiri was left off the 4 x 1,500 team despite being Kenya’s top miler this year.

Distance News

Haile G’s Masters Marathon World Record Attempt In Hamburg Is Off As He Pulls Out Due To Pollen Allergies It’s a shame as the world record holder Andres Espinosa is being flown into Hamburg by meet organizers.
*LRC World Record Holder Andres Espinosa Of Mexico To Be Guest Of Hamburg Marathon Espinosa’s masters world record of 2:08:46 was going to be no easy feat for Geb, as it is the best Masters World Record in all of track according to the IAAF tables.
*MB: Say it ain’t so: Haile G pulls a Rupp – pulls out of Hamburg marathon WR attempt with pollen allergy

Jumping News

News From Down Under

Previous Drake/Penn News

Drake – Wed: WR Holder Renaund Lavillenie Returns To Competition and Wins in 18-8 3/4 at Drake PV Mall Competition Cuba’s Yarisley Silva won the women’s comp in a world lead of 15-4 1/4 (4.68m). *Video *Photo Gallery *Athlete Quotes

Penn: Recommended Read: NY Times: Penn Relays – The meet that never stopped running The article includes a historical photo gallery of Jesse Owens, Roger Bannister, etc. *Photos

Kenyan News: Moses Mosop And Abel Kirui Return To Action

 More Upcoming Track Action 

David Rudisha’s Younger Brother Dreams About Following In His Footsteps And Breaking The 800 WR Francis Leparon Rudisha is in high school and has a 400 PR of 49.38.

LRC Boston Photo Gallery (32 Photos Now, We’ll Have Hundreds Tomorrow)

#66Days #Transparency

LRCDQGate Gets Interesting: Gabriele Grunewald DQ Footage From US Indoor Women's 3,000 Mistakenly Leaked By USATF

USATF put up some never publicly seen footage before of the Gabriele Grunewald reversed DQ on its Vimeo page. Once people became aware of this, USATF took it down. Fortunately, downloaded the video and has it for you in the name of transparency. Is this the “new conclusive evidence” used to DQ Grunewald in the first place? Plus, a non-update update on the Andrew Bumbalough DQ.
Update From USATF: Report On 3k DQs Coming In June
It doesn’t take 4 months to acknowledge Andrew Bumbalough was DQed improperly. The NBA has already acknowledged it blew 2 calls in the playoffs last week.

Gutsy: Defending Canadian Half Marathon Champion Krista DuChene Finishes Race With Broken Leg, Still Finishes 3rd DuChene finished this year’s race “running” with a fractured femur for the final 500m. She was in first before breaking her leg and after limping to the finish line still managed third.
*Marathoner Krista DuChene vows return after fracturing femur *Q&A: Krista DuChene ready for recovery

Field Event News: Greg Rutherford’s LJ NR Being Scrutinized

 Admin/Random: Rio 2016 Way Behind Schedule 

Start Looking Forward To Some Hot Distance Action

More Distance News

 Sprint Stuff 

Olympic 1,500 Champion Taoufik Makhloufi Leaves His Coach, Jama Aden Makhloufi (who is also leaving his manager) said it was an amicable break. He has been training in Kenya, apparently at times with Mo Farah. Other athletes in Aden’s group include Genzebe Dibaba and Ayanleh Souleiman.
*MB: Toufik Makhloufi left Jama Aden to Alberto Salazar?

LRC Aman Wote CRUSHES The Field And Nick Willis At Drake – Wins By 7+ Seconds In 3:53.39

US’s Kristi Castlin Wins Drake Relays 100H In Upset Victory Over World Champ Brianna Rollins It was a photo finish as Castlin beat Rollins 12.571 to 12.576. Rollins hadn’t lost a 100H race in almost two years. The USA White team, which included Aries Merritt, won the men’s shuttle hurdle relay over Jamaica. *Video
*Drake Recap: Arkansas And Illinois Men Tie In Overall Team Scoring; Baylor Wins For The Women
*DyeStat High School Drake Relays Highlights Stephanie Jenks ran a US#1 4:28.72 for 1,500 and a US#1 3K of 9:26.87, which broke Katie Flood‘s MR.
*MB: Official Day 2 2014 Drake Relays Discussion Thread

 Admin Stuff 

Friday Drake/Penn

LRC Hellen Obiri Crushes Americans In 1,500 For $25,000, LaShawn Merritt Over Kirani James In Round 1, Derek Drouin 2.40! Canadian Record The women’s 1,500m was no contest as Hellen Obiri got the best of Brenda Martinezand the Americans over the final 300m. LaShawn Merritt won the anticipated showdown with Kirani James, and Derek Drouin jumped really, really high.

Penn: LRC Edward Cheserek Wows The Penn Relays Crowd – Turns On Jets In Final 300 And Gives Oregon A Resounding Victory In Men’s DMR Indoors, Stanford crushed Oregon. Outdoors, with Fleet and Cheserek, it was time for some revenge and oh boy was Cheserek good. *AP
*Laura Roesler’s Tweet On Edward Cheserek’s DMR Kick: “I feel like I was just in a track video game where someone waited to use their last boost til the very end.”
*MB: 2014 Penn Relays men’s DMR? Penn State, Stanford, Nova or Oregon?

LRC Déjà Vu: Villanova And Emily Lipari Kick Past Cuffe And Stanford For 4 X 1,500 Crown – Abbey D 4:08 Split! If you read yesterday’s recap, you know exactly what happened today.

MB: Stanford Bound Olivia Baker’s runs 2:02.55 anchor leg – fastest in Penn HS history She gave her HS team Columbia it’s second straight COA win.

Meb Still Making News

A MUST READ: The Inside Story: How Did Meb Get Far Enough Ahead To Win 2014 Boston? Toni ReavisTells You Reavis has the scoop of what went on in the top African pack.

Interesting NY Times Article: What Good Marathons And Bad Investments Have In Common Researchers say the same motivation that gets you to push yourself under 3 hours can make you hang on to a bad investment too long.

The US Road Mile Champs Were Tuesday In Des Moines

 NCAA Stuff 

Weekend Track Results – Results: *Mt. SAC *Oregon Relays *ACC

LRC Mt. SAC 5k: Jordan Hasay Goes For It, Abbey D’Agostino Outkicks Her, But Sweden’s Meraf Bahta Wins Abbey-Hasay-Brenda Matchup In the end, Abbey D was only 3rd, Jordan Hasay 6th, and Brenda Martinez 8th, but there was a lot of drama getting there as Jordan showed no fear once again, Abbey outkicked her, but the internationals came out on top. Jordan did set a PR. In other action, Matt Hughes won the steeple and Kennedy Kithuka the 5k. *Results


Dusseldorf And Other Road News *Photo Gallery

Doping News

More Drake/Penn *Penn Special Section, Drake Special Section

Penn: USA Vs. World: Team USA Takes Four Titles, Including Men’s DMR With David Torrence, Brandon Johnson And Leo Manzano
*RR: Play-By-Play Photo Essay Of US Handoff Fiasco From Penn 4 X 400 The US gave the Bahamas the win when the anchor leg Manteo Mitchel accidentally grabbed the Bahamas’ baton instead of his own.
*IAAF Recap: “Penn Relays serve up tasty appetiser for next month’s IAAF World Relays”
*Jamaican Women’s 4 X 100 Wins Penn Relays In World-Leading 42.81
*MB: USA vs World DMR – A hard way to run 2:59 – 67-58-54 – – Leo finishes of 1600 with 54.3 to give USA the win! Leo outkicked the Australian team. *Video Of Leo’s kick

Chanelle Price Wins Penn Relays Mile In 4:31.68 “Anything under 4:35 is awesome for me. The mile is a little long for me.”
*MB: Chanelle Price keeps rolling – 4:31 FTW full mile at Penn Relays

LRC Oregon And Cheserek Do It Again – Win 4 X Mile In 16:09 With A 4:11 1st Leg! Now we’re wondering, “Can the Ducks go sub-16?”
*MB: When will they go for mythical sub 16?

LRC Villanova Women Complete The Sweep – Win 4 X 800 At Penn Relays Emily Lipari had Laura Roesler sitting on her at the end of this one, but Roesler had come from too far back to have anything left.

LRC Villanova Men Go Slowest To Fastest To Win Men’s 4 X 800 In 7:16.58

Glen Mills (Usain Bolt’s Coach) Not Planning Retirement Yet But Preparing His Assistant Coaches To Continue Racers TC Program When He’s Gone He says for example, with star HS sprinter Zharnel Hughes, he’s done very little and credits his success to his assistant coach, Patrick Dawson.

 Admin News 

US Mid-D News: Spikes Mag:A Day In The Life Of Nick Symmonds Symmonds, like’s JK, loves Dr. Pepper, eats 4-5,000 calories a day (but barely touches breakfast). In the afternoons, he often tries to learn Spanish.

Sprint / Jumps News

Soon will more than 200,000 have read this?
LRC American Strong: The Untold Story Of American Teamwork And How Ryan Hall Helped Meb Win Boston American Meb Keflezighi rightfully got the glory but his American competitors helped him out. The untold story of American Strong.

“Best article I’ve ever read I believe.” – @GreccoCole
Dick Patrick – Meb Strong: How Meb Worked His Magic Once Again Meb once again pulled it off, when very few thought he could. Dick Patrick tells us how the deserving champ did it.

The 118th Boston Is Monday *Results *Tracking *Full Elite Fields *LRC Boston Photo Gallery

LRC The American Drought Is Over: Meb Keflezighi Wins The 2014 Boston Marathon The American drought is over. American Meb Keflezighi ran an extremely gutsy race to hold off Wilson Chebet and win the 2014 Boston Marathon. Nick Arciniaga and Jeff Eggleston were in the top 10 as Ryan Hall was 20th in finishing his first marathon in three years.

LRC Four Thoughts On The Women’s Race: Shalane’s Bid For Glory, Jeptoo’s Incredible Final 3 Miles, The 2:18 And 2:19 Clubs, And Desi Linden We break down the women’s race: Flanagan’s move bold or foolish?, Rita Jeptoo crushed the final 3.2 miles, the 2:18 and 2:19 clubs have 2 more members, and Desi Linden.

Rita Jeptoo Crushes It The Final 10k To Win Boston Marathon In 2:18:57 Rita Jeptoo took care of business. American Shalane Flanagan set a blistering early pace and then Rita Jeptoo brought it home in convincing fashion to smash the Boston course record. Flanagan held on for the fastest time by an American in Boston.