The Inside Scoop On The Sport’s Newest Star

Abraham-Kiptum-valenciaLRC Who Is New Half Marathon World Record Holder Abraham Kiptum, And How Did He Run So Fast In Valencia? Get the inside scoop on the new half marathon WR holder. Turned down for a spot at the 2018 Chicago Marathon, he decided to test himself at the 13.1 distance and the rest is history.
*MB: Meet new Half Marathon WR Holder Abraham Kiptum – Turned down by Chicago, he ran a half marathon instead and broke the WR!!

Sunday Road Action

MB: Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum Breaks Half Marathon World Record With A 58:18 In Valencia After a 28:02 1st 10k, the 29-year-old Kenyan, who has a 2:05:26 marathon PR and only started racing professionally in 2015, ripped off a 27:16 2nd 10k to break Zersenay Tadese‘s record by 3 seconds (pending verification) on a record-setting day where 8 men broke 59:30.
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Assorted Distance News

Our Weekly Recap – The Week That Was

levins-canadian-recordWTW Canada And Cam Levins Celebrate Their 1st Sub-2:10, Kenya Outshines The World And Amsterdam And Young Ethiopians Deliver What a week. A couple of young Ethiopian studs rocked the Delhi Half, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon was historically good, a LetsRunner improved from 3:21 to 2:25 in the marathon and after more than 49 years, Jerome Drayton is no longer the Canadian record holder in the marathon as Cam Levins ran 2:09. In honor of Canada’s 1st sub-2:10, we’ve decided to list the number of sub-2:10s produced by every country – all 2,706 of them.

Jos Hermens Doesn’t Hold Back

hermens-jos-2018LRC Jos Hermens Rips (And Praises) Kenenisa Bekele After Amsterdam Marathon Disappointment It’s rare for an agent to speak honestly about an athlete but Jos Hermens didn’t hold back in sharing his thoughts about the greatest distance runner in history, Kenenisa Bekele, after Amsterdam. “It all comes down to preparation. He has just as much talent as Kipchoge, but while Kipchoge will prepare for six months before a marathon, Bekele only started 7 weeks ago. That just can’t work. … It’s extremely frustrating. … I think he has some kind of dyslexia, an inability to plan. … It’s really hard with him.”
*MB: Jos Hermens holds nothing back regarding Bekele: “I think he has some kind of dyslexia, an inability to plan …”

Sound Familiar? From the Archives: 2017: LRC Jos Hermens: Kenenisa Bekele Must Become More “Professional” If He Is To Realize Marathon Potential

More Sunday Road Action: Sub-2:10 For Cam Levins!

RRW: Benson Kipruto (2:07:24) And Mimi Belete (2:22:29) Win Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon As Cam Levins Breaks The Canadian Record With A 2:09:25 Debut Tanzania’s Augustine Sulle was a close second in 2:07:46 while Levins was 4th and Jake Robertson 5th (2:09:52). Levins broke the 2:10:09 Canadian record which was set by Jerome Drayton nearly 43 years ago. Belete broke the women’s CR in a close race with defending champ Marta Megra (2:22:35).

Ethiopia's Tsehay Gemechu winning the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018, with ADHM ambassador Sanya Richards-Ross (1)Debutante Tsehay Gemechu Breaks Delhi Half Marathon Women’s Course Record As She Beats Out WR Holder Joyciline Jepkosgei And Tirunesh Dibaba Gemechu won in 66:50 to beat out Jepkosgei by 6 seconds and her countrywoman Zeineba Yim by 9. Dibaba struggled early and finished back in 6th (68:36). Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu won the men’s race in 59:18 to win over Amdework Walelegn (59:22). USA’s Leonard Korir was 6th in 60:12.
*MB: Official 2018 Airtel Delhi Half Discussion Thread

Semenya Case Update

The 2018 TCS NYC Marathon Is Sunday

180911-DesLinden-1954-Edit_2048pxLRC The Rebirth Of Des Linden After winning her first major marathon (heck, her first marathon ever), Desi Linden didn’t play it safe. She parted ways with the Hansons-Brooks team and it will be a different Des Linden that toes the line at the New York City Marathon this weekend.
*MB: After winning Boston, Des Linden parted ways with the Hansons’ team. Bold? Crazy? Wise?

Photo courtesy Nick HiltonLRC Still Chasing The Dream: Six Years After Moving To Flagstaff, Unsponsored Marathoner Nick Hilton Is (Still) Trying To Get The Most Out Of Himself Not everyone who chases the dream and moves to Flagstaff, AZ is a highly sponsored pro. Meet the unsponsored Nick Hilton, who is still chasing the dream as he nears his 30th birthday.

Japanese News

NCAA Conference Championships Weekend *Live Results *All Conference Results/Coverage

IMG_4018ACCs LRC 2018 ACC XC Recap: #15 Notre Dame Men End #10 Syracuse’s 5-Year Reign; #12 NC State Women Edge #18 Notre Dame By 1 Point The Syracuse had won ACCs every year since joining the conference in 2013 but went down today in Boston. Virginia Tech’s Peter Seufer and Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike got the individual wins.
*LRC 2018 ACC XC Champs: Sean Carlson And Notre Dame Men Celebrate
*More Post-Race Interviews: V Tech’s Peter Seufer, Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike And NC State’s Laurie Henes React After Winning Titles We also have post-race reaction from Wake Forest frosh Zach Facioni, who was 2nd.
*MB: Cool story from ACCs – Coaches daughter Elly Henes delivers mom Laurie an ACC title

Big 12s MB: Iowa State Uses A Pacemaker At Big 12s, Only Finished With Five Men But They Sweep Men’s And Women’s XC Titles On their home course, Iowa State was the big winner as they took home the 2 team and 2 individual crowns.

Mountain West MB: Led By A 1-2-3 Finish, #2 New Mexico Edges #3 Boise State (33-35). #8 Boiste State Men (50) WIn Over #16 Air Force (63), #17 Colorado State (76) And #13 Wyoming (80).
The question really that remains though is simple – “Are the UNM women strong enough at #5 to win it all?” Their #5 was 28 seconds back of #4 today.

PAC-12s MB: #4 Oregon Women Destroy #1 Colorado And #6 Stanford – #4 Stanford Men Handle #7 UW, #8 Colorado And #11 Oregon Dani Jones and Grant Fisher were the individual champs.

SECs MB: Ole Miss Wins It First SEC Men’s XC Title! Arkansas Women Win 6th Straight The Ryan van Hoy show continued at the SEC meet today. With two freshman at #6 and #7, Ole Miss edged Arkansas for the SEC title – their first-ever SEC XC men’s title. In the women’s action, #5 Arkansas DESTROYED everyone for their 6th-straight title. Gilbert Boit and Jessica Pascoe were the individual champs.

Big Ten  Wisconsin Men Win Big Ten XC Title Taking Three Of The Top-4 Spots Morgan McDonald was the individual winner. *Live Results
*Michigan Women Capture Their Third Consecutive Big Ten Women’s XC Crown Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson got the individual win.

Big East Georgetown Men, Villanova Women Repeat At Big East XC

Ivy League Princeton Men Successfully Defend Their Ivy League XC Title Princeton beat out Harvard by 31 points and put their top 4 runners in the top 6 spots. The individual title went to Harvard Kieran Tuntivate. *Results
*Columbia Women Claim Their Second-Straight Heps XC Title Columbia beat Dartmouth comfortably by 34 points. Yale’s Andra Masterson won the individual title.

European End-Of-Year Awards

2018 In Review

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50 Years Ago – Bob Beamon Shocked The World

beamon-getty-only-use-twitterLRC Feature A Leap For The Ages: Bob Beamon’s 29-Foot Long Jump Turns 50 A half century later, there’s still only one way to describe the men’s long jump at the 1968 Olympics: Beamonesque. We take an in-depth look at one of the greatest singular accomplishments in sports history. Beamon improved the WR by 6.59% – that’s the equivalent of someone in 2018 lowering the marathon WR to 1:53:28 or the 100-meter record to 8.95.
*MB: 50 years ago, Bob Beamon made history. Where does his performance rank on list of greatest singular sports performances? 

Use FP only. From Why Is The Long Jump World Record So Hard To Break? Mike Powell‘s WR has stood for 27 years and the #2 mark from Bob Beamon celebrates its 50th anniversary today. What explains their longevity? Are the best athletes in the NFL? Are the runways too soft? Is there a mental block?

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Amsterdam Marathon *Tracking & Results *TV & Streaming Info

Lawrence Cherono Shatters The Course Record To Win The Amsterdam Marathon In 2:04:06 Kenenisa Bekele was with the leaders through the half, but fell off and dropped out near his hotel at the 40k mark and walked back to his room. On the women’s side, Tadelech Bekele defended her title in 2:23:14. Making her marathon debut, two-time Olympic champ Meseret Defar was 7th in 2:27:25.

bekele-drop-outLRC An Examinaton Of Kenenisa Bekele’s Bizarre Day At The 2018 TCS Amsterdam Marathon The greatest distance runner in history had a bizarre day today in Amsterdam. We detail it for you here. Updated with quotes from Jos Hermens.

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2018 Youth Olympic Games In Buenos Aires *Schedule / Live Results *Watch Live On The Olympic Channel

New Balance Nabs A Big One

2016 Olympian Sydney McLaughlin Signs With New Balance Of course we don’t know how much she signed for, but the average guess in our agents’ poll from last month was $1.725 million per year.
*MB: Sydney McLaughlin signs with New Balance