RIP Robin Williams

 Robin Williams talking about Abebe Bikila‘s historic 1960 Rome Olympic marathon victory. Williams was a good high school runner with a 1:58 800 PR and mentioned running/marathons occasionally in his acts. In an interview, Williams said he thought that a sports movie should be made on Bikila.
*Video Of Williams’ Act Talking About Bikila, Doping, Caster Semenya And More *NOTE: Video was removed from YouTube because of licensing. Here is another video, but if it is also removed, just Google “Robin Williams Weapons Of Self Destruction” and go to just after the 52-minute mark”.

faraheuroLRC Mo Can Still Kick: Wins 10,000m Gold at Europeans The last kilometer was slower than usual, but in the end it was vintage Mo Farah with a 54.4 final lap. Recap, analysis and video of final lap. 
*Discuss Mo’s win here

 RIP Robin Williams 

 Mid-D News 

Chicago Just Got Really Interesting

Kenenisa Bekele Will Run His Second Career Marathon At The 2014 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Bekele ran 2:05:03 in Paris and says his goal is to break the 2:03:45 CR in Chicago. *Discuss

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A Real Running Hero

LRC A Real Running Hero: The Flo Groberg Story Two years ago, former Maryland track and field and cross-country runner Flo Groberg helped thwart a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. This is his story.

2014 European Champs *Schedule/Results (Link Fixed) *Watch Live On 9 Feeds (Link Fixed)

RRW 40-Year-Old Jo Pavey Makes History, Wins 2014 European 10,000 Title Pavey finally has European gold and is the oldest European champion in any event in history. She’s also the slowest 10,000 winner (32:22).
*Pavey Has No Plans On Retiring And Still Wants To Break Her 2:28:24 Marathon PR

W1,500: RRW Sifan Hassan And Abebe Aregawi Win Heats, Set Up Clash For Women’s 1,500 Final The women’s final is Friday at 1:25 pm ET. Laura Muir won’t be in it, nor will Olympic silver medalist Gamze Bulut.
GB’s 4:00.07 Woman Laura Muir “Gutted” After Going Out Heats In other news, Paula Radcliffe denies criticizing Mo Farah, saying, “Mo’s maybe seen the headline and not read further in the article.”
*MB: Guess who bombed out of 1st round of women’s European 1500?

Men’s Steeple: Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Begins Quest For Double Gold The reigning champ took it easy in the steeple prelims.
*Video: Spain’s Victor Garcia Knocked Out When He Hits The Track Face First In A Steeple Fall He has no lasting injuries, but has no memory of the crash.

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Day 1 African Champs News

Eritrea’s Nguse Amlosom (Tesfaldet) Wins Eritrea’s First-Ever Medal (And Gold) At African Champs In Men’s 10,000 Morocco’s Mustapha El Aziz was 2nd and CG silver medalist Josphat Bett was third as Moses Kipsiro was a DNS.

Good Start: Russia DQs 6 Coaches Whose Athletes Were Doping We agree that a big part of the anti-doping fight needs to be going after athletes’ support crew.

Week That Was

Day 2 African Champs News

IAAF Day 2 Recap: Shock Result In Women’s 5,000 As Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana Wins Over Genzebe Dibaba And Mercy Cherono Ayana ran 15:32 to beat Dibaba by almost 10 seconds as Cherono was way back in 5th (16:08). In the men’s 800 semifinal, Mohammed Aman just beat Nijel Amos (1:46.63 to 1:46.73) as both advanced to the final along with Olympic 1,500 champ Taoufik Makhloufi. Despite a strong headwind, Nigeria’s Blesing Okagbare won the 100 in a championship record of 11.00.

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