Quote Of The Day

“If you thought Monday’s announcement that there would be no more 5,000s on the Diamond League circuit was a dark day for distance running, this is MUCH, MUCH worse if you are US distance fan. To be honest, this might be the worst day for US distance fans that we can think of since LetsRun.com was founded in 2000 (ignoring tragic deaths).

“The reason the US Olympic Trials are so great is that the drama is so, so high and it basically represents the American Dream. America is known as the land of opportunity and that’s what the Trials are supposed to represent. It doesn’t matter if you are the reigning world champ or an unsponsored collegian – show up at the Trials, finish in top three and you are going to the Olympics.”

“How USATF doesn’t understand that is beyond us. We think firings should happen if this travesty of a decision stands.”

“Now the Trials are about what you did last year or last month and not what you did in that moment. One of the reasons why the college admissions scandal that broke this week is garnering so much attention right now is because it goes totally against the American Dream. People are outraged that people with inferior accomplishments were falsely being elevated. That’s what’s going to happen in the 2020 Olympic Trials if the rules aren’t changed.”

“If USATF doesn’t come to its senses, they honestly should have those with the standard to wear a special colored jersey or a sash – almost like a scarlet letter – so the fans will understand why the 9th place finisher in the 1,500 is jumping up and down after getting his or her ass kicked.”

– LRC’s Jonathan Gault and Robert Johnson writing about USATF’s decision that it will send athletes to the Olympics based on not whether they are top 3 at the Trials, but rather if they have hit the automatic qualifying standard. This could reward an athlete who hits the standard in 2019, but is not fit at the Trials in 2020.

Assorted Distance News


The IAAF Knows People Have LOTS Of Questions About The New Olympic Qualifying Rules

LRC Find Out Who Would Have Qualified Under The IAAF’s New World Rankings If Worlds Were Held Last Year, Plus The IAAF Answers Our Questions On Olympic Changes The IAAF is very much aware that people have lots of questions about the new Olympic qualifying system so they have shared with us the spreadsheet they gave to the member federations showing you who would get into Worlds based on the new rules.

The Beauty Of US Olympic Marathon Trials Is In Jeopardy

LRC Rich Kenah, Head Of Atlanta Track Club (Host Of Olympic Marathon Trials) On New Olympic Qualifying: “(I hope they) reconsider the damage this will do to the Olympic movement.” Kenah is worried the simplicity and dream of the US Marathon Trials will be lost by the new qualifying system. The new qualifying system treats the US Trials equal to the national marathon champs of Andorra.

The Sport Is Changing, But For The Better?

LRC Did The IAAF Just Kill Off Some Of The Significance Of The Olympic Trials? IAAF Announces New Qualifying System & Entry Standards For 2020 Olympics We’re not opposed to change but we have a lot of questions about the qualification system that will be used for the 2020 Olympics. For example, the men’s marathon standard is now 2:11:30 – what does that mean for the US Trials?
*MB: New 2020 Olympic Standards Posted – They Are WAY Tougher – Will US Olympic Trials take a hit

MB: BREAKING: IAAF Guts The Diamond League? Bans 5,000 And Reduces TV Times From 2 Hours To 90 Minutes If changing the Olympic qualifying wasn’t enough change for you, the IAAF has doubled down and totally altered the Diamond League starting in 2020. The longest event allowed will be the 3,000.

Unbelievably Stupid

Absolutely Stunning LRC Our Worst Fears Realized: USATF WILL NOT Honor Top-Three Finish At The US Olympic Trials Unless You Have The Standard This is one of the darkest days in history for US distance fans. We emailed USATF to make sure they would be honoring the IAAF world rankings so those top 3 at the Olympic Trials could go to the Olympics – they told us they would not. That means Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo wouldn’t have made the 2016 team, nor would Jared Ward and five others, including Bernard Lagat, who won the most thrilling race at the Trials. Some US Olympic Trials races may now be totally meaningless.
*MB: Breaking: An Absolute Travesty! USATF WILL NOT honor top 3 finish at US Olympic Trials unless you have the standard!!!

Pushback Against The IAAF’s Recent Changes Is Growing

The Indoor Season In Review

The Backlash Continues

The Diamond League Initially Wanted To Kill ALL Distance Races

LRC Q&A Prefontaine Classic Director Tom Jordan On New Diamond League Format: Original Proposal Was To Drop All Races Longer Than The Mile The Pre Classic meet director answers our questions about the Diamond League and Olympic qualifying changes.
*MB: Tom Jordan tells AP Pre Classic will still focus on distances: “We are certainly going to play to our base and that is middle and long distance plus virtually every event,”

LRC Distance Runners And Fans Around The Globe React Negatively To Diamond League Cutting The 5,000 It wasn’t hard to find a lot of people expressing their disapproval, but we did find one person who is “not against” the move – former Diamond League 5,000 winner Lauren Fleshman.

LRC Podcast The Death Of The 5,000m, New Olympic Track Qualifying Procedures, Grant Holloway Machine, NCAA Indoors, The Future Of The Diamond League – LetsRun.com Track Talk We have a funeral for the 5,000m on the show. *Discuss

Previous Distance News

LRC Paul Chelimo Pushes Back Against Recent IAAF Decisions & Explains Why He’s Making His Half Marathon Debut In New York This Weekend Paul Chelimo isn’t a fan of the IAAF killing off the 5,000 in the Diamond League: “I don’t know if they’re trying to kill distance running or what.” And it may cause him to move up to 26.2 sooner than he expected: “I know I’m going to be a great marathoner.”
*MB: Paul Chelimo on IAAF rule changes: “I don’t know if they’re trying to kill distance running or what.”

One Final Look At NCAAs

LRC 5 Final Thoughts from 2019 NCAA Indoors: Grant Holloway Is Ready for His Closeup, You Don’t Need to Train Indoors to Win Indoors, & Florida’s Other Sprint Phenom And how about some love for USC’s Caryl Smith Gilbert and NAU’s Mike Smith?

Our Weekly Recap

LRC Week That Was By The Numbers: New Champs Erika Kemp, Julia Rizk & Geordie Beamish, Canada Vs. The USA, And Mo Farah Says He’s Ready For London This week we let the stats do the work for us and they reveal that Canada is 97.49% the equal of the US. Plus learn about the NCAA virgins that won the miles.

Women’s Distance News