Quote Of The Day

Yet Reedie is not the problem. Nor, indeed, is Coe, despite the damage the former Olympic champion has done to athletics’ reputation. Rather, they are merely symptomatic of a wider and more dangerous problem, namely, the cosy old-boys club that monopolises the upper echelons of sports governance. Prior to becoming president of WADA, Reedie was chairman of the British Olympic Association. Twenty-two years ago, he joined the IOC and is currently a vice-president in concurrence with his WADA role. Similarly, Coe is a long-serving member of sport’s old-boys club; he has held influential posts within the BOA, London 2012’s organising committee and the IOC, as well as the IAAF.

And herein lies the issue: for all of these men, and they are invariably men, to ascend to the upper levels of the sporting hierarchy, they must gain entrance into the inner circle. Without the support of their fellow “old boys,” progress is impossible. But with this acceptance comes an unwillingness to act autonomously or in a manner that may bring the wrath of their the fellow old boys. And so, it becomes far more important for the old boys in blazers to protect their own self-interest than do what is best for their sport, and most importantly, the clean athletes who are the ones suffering the most. To go against the wishes of those at the top of the sporting hierarchy will result in expulsion from the sacred club pretty sharpish, and, make no mistake, the Reedies and the Coes of this world know this.

– Excerpt from a great column by Susan Egelstaff in Scotland’s The Herald, entitled, “Sir Craig and Coe are symptomatic of a more dangerous problem: the old-boys’ club.”

BAA 10k *Results

LRCPure Brilliance - Shalane Flanagan Runs 30:52 To Break American Record And Dominate B.A.A. 10K In Her Final Race Before Rio

Flanagan is on fire, and so is training partner Amy Cragg, who set another PR, and Dathan Ritzenhein returned with a good run.

Three Recommended Reads

Other Weekend Action / News Of Note

Looking Ahead

Nike Raised The White Flag

Will Berian now sign with NB?LRC David 1, Goliath 0: Nike Has Dropped Its Lawsuit Against Boris Berian Berian is now free to run for whomever he pleases at the 2016 US Olympic Trials.
*Keflezighi Tells Bloomberg Berian’s “First Preference” Is To Now Sign With New Balance

*Out Of The Goodness Of Their Hearts? Nike Says It Dropped Their Lawsuit To “Eliminate The Distraction” For Boris Berian Ahead Of The Trials We’re sure eliminating all the bad publicity was among the considerations as well.
*The Oregonian: “Nike, Facing Skeptical Judge, Drops Endorsement Lawsuit Against Berian” This a day after Nike told the federal court it would suffer “irreparable harm” if Berian went to NB.
*Ken Goe’s Take On The Case Before Nike Dropped The Suit “I don’t understand … why Nike wants to force Berian to stay in the fold if he doesn’t want to be there. Let him go.”

More Late-Week Action *Meeting Madrid Results

Olympic News – Rio And Beyond

Once A Doper …

2008 Olympic Race Walk Champ Alex Schwazer Fails Drug Test Just 6 Weeks After Returning From 3+ Year Ban This from the guy who got his girlfriend banned for helping him evade drug tests and broke down in apologetic tears after testing positive in 2012. Pathetic.
*Schwazer Claims He Was Sabotaged, But Aussie Jared Tallent Isn’t Buying It Schwazer returned from his doping ban to beat Tallent at the World Race Walking Team Champs last month.
*AP article

Mid-Distance Stuff

What Makes Asbel Kiprop So Good? We Try To Tell You

LRCA Week With The World's Best Miler: An Exclusive Look At Asbel Kiprop's Last Two Workouts Before The Pre Classic

The Pre Classic is this weekend and the Bowerman Mile is LOADED with Olympic champ Taoufik Makhloufi, all three medalists from Worlds last year, plus studs like Matthew CentrowitzSilas Kiplagat and Ayanleh Souleiman. But the headliner is Asbel Kiprop, and our man on the ground in Kenya, Andy Arnold, says hand him the victory and world record later this summer after getting a behind-the-scenes look at his preparation for Pre.
*MB: The secrets of Asbel Kiprop revealed - Our man on the ground in Kenya says hand him the gold and WRecord

Centrowitz_MattR1-Worlds16LRC Matthew Centrowitz And Brittney Reese Go #1 Overall In 1st-Ever Professional Track And Field Draft Track and field has entered the modern world.

2016 USA Juniors *Schedule, Results And Streaming

2016 British Championships / Trials Have Begun *Results *TV & Streaming

Sunday In Boston: 2016 BAA 10k With $10,000 For 1st Is Loaded With Flanagan, Cragg, Ritz, Abdi, Mutai, Edna Kiplagat And More Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera are the defending champs.
*IAAF Preview
*Ritz Would Like To Run Under 28:15

 US Distance News

Junior / NCAA News: 2016 USATF Juniors *Live Results *Meet Home With Schedule, Entries And Other Info

The 2nd-Fastest Man In World History Is On The Comeback Trail

LRCThe Rebirth Of Yohan Blake

Last year, on the comeback trail after hamstring surgery, Yohan Blake, the second-fastest man in history, was running and losing "B" heats in Europe. Now, the man formerly known as "The Beast" is back in form, having exorcised his demons. "The nickname was holding me back. I keep on getting injured and it was related to the beasts in the Bible ... God didn't like it, so I had to change it."

The Latest Russian Doping Updates

Distance / Mid-D News


What Are The Toughest National Teams To Make For Rio? USA women’s 100 hurdles tops the list with 37 women who have the Olympic qualifying standard. Kenya’s men’s marathon and Ethiopia’s women’s 5,000 squad also make the list.

Doping Updates

Random Road Race Stuff

WADA Head Craig Reedie Catching Flack

Jama Aden Doping Updates

Jama Aden Gets Arrested

farah-adenLRC Jama Aden Doping Raid Update: How Might The Raid Impact Mo Farah, The Dibabas And Nike? Today, we look at some of the connections between Aden and the sport’s biggest names like Genzebe Dibaba, Tirunesh Dibaba, Mo Farah, and Nike and wonder what type of impact, if any, the scandal will have on them. We also reveal for the first time in the English press that Mo Farah trained in Sansabell, Spain in 2014, a fact his agent didn’t even know, but claimed to be more than 100 miles away in France. Why?

LRC Everything You Need To Know About The Jama Aden Doping Raid That Took Place With Three Dibaba Sisters Being Present We give you the scoop on the biggest doping scandal in distance running’s history and the biggest non-country-related (i.e. Russia) doping scandal since BALCO. In the near future, we’ll have much more for you, including “What does this mean for Nike, Mo Farah and Alberto Salazar, who all have ties to Aden?”