Insult Of The Day

– Mo Farah going out of his way to make sure the world knew of an alleged theft at Haile Gebrselassie‘s hotel. Gebrselassie replied by issuing a statement saying Farah and his entourage were guilty of multiple instance of “disgraceful conduct” while at the hotel and says Farah was reported to the police for “attacking (a) married athlete” in the hotel gym. Details here.

*MB: Mo Farah says someone stole from while he was at Haile’s G hotel – Haile says Farah was reported for “attacking married athlete”

 

Huge Drama Already Coming Out Of London

LRC London Marathon Preview Podcast, Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie Brawling Off Track, + Special Guest Ultra Marathoner Sage Canaday Learn everything you need to know about London and then if you dare the ultra marathoner world.

LRC Exclusive Victim Of Mo Farah’s Alleged Attack Says His Altercation With Farah Was “Minor” & That His Wife Was Not Struck Good news for distance fans all around as the main athlete involved in the “brawl” with Farah says the whole thing was “minor” and his wife was not struck by Farah as Gebrselassie alleged.
*Haile says Farah has held a “grudge” ever since he refused to let Farah bring Jama Aden into his hotel in 2016
*Farah accused of 2nd assault at Haile’s hotel A hotel gym instructor says Farah grabbed him by the neck an pushed and shoved him in 2018.
*MB: Mo Farah says someone stole from while he was at Haile’s G hotel – Haile says Farah was reported for “attacking married athlete”

More LRC London Coverage

LRC  London Marathon Preview: The Greatest Field in Women’s Marathon History Set to Battle in 2019 Even without Tirunesh Dibaba this is the greatest women’s marathon field ever assembled.

LRC Mo Farah Says Training Has Been “Perfect,” Expect A 61:20-5 Opening Half, & More From London Marathon Media Day Get the inside scoop from today’s press event in London.

LRC Show You The Money: 2019 London Marathon Betting Guide Whether you like to bet favorites or long shots, we’ve got you covered.

LRC Callum Hawkins Is Dreaming Big As He Enters The 2019 London Marathon “[The] plan is to go out at 63:30, so 2:07 pace, and either speed up or keep going,” said Hawkins.

LRC 3 Massive Reasons To Get Excited For London: Kipchoge Vs. Farah, Women’s Race For The Ages, Huddle And Sisson Trying To Run Fast Eliud Kipchoge vs. Mo Farah (and the field) on the men’s side, the greatest women’s field ever assembled, and Americans Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson trying to run fast.

High School News

Other Distance News Of Note

Previous London News

US Weekend Track Action *All NCAA Results *Mt. SAC Results

LRC Michael Norman Opens Up Season With Sensational 43.45 400 Meters The American is now tied with Jeremy Wariner as the fourth-fastest man in history and in the process he shattered Michael Johnson‘s record for fastest time ever run in April. Updated with Norman quotes.
*MB: Michael MF Norman!!! 43.45!
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MB: Michael Norman can break 1:40 in the 800. Change my mind 

Texas Tech’s/Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru Runs 9.95/19.76 Double (Wind-Legal) In Less Than 1 Hour At Baylor

Ryan Crouser Throws 22.74 (74′ 7¼”) – Best Shot Since 1990!

Week That Was

LRC Edna Kiplagat Gets Her Green Card, Greg Meyer Gets His 10-Mile Record Back, Jordan Hasay Is Back, And An Indoor Marathon World Record Plus we compare the 2000 Boston finish to 2019 and look at how many sub-2:10 marathons have been run by Ethiopia, Kenya, and the USA.

LRC What are the Best Ultra Marathons in the World? We Have No Idea Comrades? Western States? UTMB? That 3,100 mile race around the block in NYC? We really don’t have a clue. It’s time LetsRun.com to get up to speed on the ultra marathoning and HOKA is sponsoring our five week quest and has given us no instructions. We want your input. We’re going to give away 10 pairs of HOKA shoes to the LRC visitors who help us most in this quest. (sponsored content by HOKA ONE ONE)
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MB: What are the best ultras in the world?

Previous Haile vs Farah News

LRC Haile Gebrselassie Fires Back At Mo Farah, Accuses Him Of “Disgraceful Conduct,” Says Sir Mo Was Reported For Attacking A “Married Athlete” In Hotel Gym We were expecting a titanic clash between distance legends in London – just not these two. Haile G also said Mo Farah refused to pay his $3,000 room bill and that Farah avoided a criminal charge for the alleged attack only after Gebrselassie’s intervention.

NCAA News

Sprint News

Week That Was

WTWWTW: Asbel Kiprop Is Dirty, Michael Norman Is Super-Fast And So Is Divine Oduduru, Plus The Quax Family Vs. The Centros

Don’t let Kiprop’s doping ban jade you too much as there still were some incredible performances you can hope were clean this past week.

LRC *What Are The World’s Best Sub-10/Sub-20 One-Day Doubles? We Rank Them Justin Gatlin tops the list but Ato Boldon deserves special praise. The newest entrant – Texas Tech’s Divine Oduduru – joins the list at #3.

A Good And Bad Read From The NY Times

Distance News / Road Results

Asbel Kiprop’s 4-Year Doping Ban Upheld By Athletics Integrity Unit
*Asbel Kiprop: “I’m innocent.” “It’s sad that the world will believe that I am guilty of taking the performance-enhancing drugs and yet I have been at the forefront of fighting doping in the sport.”
*Daily Nation: Why Asbel Kiprop’s Multi-Pronged Doping Defence Failed
*Capital Sports: Kiprop Insists On Innocence Despite Ban
*MB: Kenyan doper Asbel Kiprop (1500m), banned for 4 years by AIU due to convincingly made out case, can still appeal to CAS

Crescent City Classic 8:58 Steepler Celliphine Chespol Wins Women’s 10k Title In First-Ever 10k In 31:40
*7:58 Steepler Jairus Birech Wins Men’s Crescent City Classic 10k Title In 27:52
*Kevin Castille (30:52) And Jen Rhines (35:34) Win Masters Titles
*MB: CELLIPHINE CHESPOL: her potential at 17 yrs old, greater than Kenenisa Bekele – 
*MB: Parker Stinson goes for broke but still ends up top American He ran 29:10 the hard way – 14:04 – 15:06.

Sprint / Vault News


Drake And Penn Relays Are This Week – Live Results, Schedule, Startlists: *Penn *Drake *TV & Streaming for both

Thursday

Pre-Meet News

More Coverage From London

Guest LRC Editorial

LRC Want An Intelligent, Nuanced Read On Caster Semenya Before IAAF Ruling? Amby Burfoot: The Whole World Is Watching: Caster Semenya Vs. IAAF In this in-depth piece, Burfoot argues that intersex pro athletes like Semenya should only be allowed to compete in the female category if their testosterone is below a certain level.
*MB: What’s at stake in Semenya vs. IAAF — Amby Burfoot breaks down the monumental looming CAS decision 

NCAA News

International Track Action

Some Final Boston Articles

LRC Meet Stephen VanGampleare – The 2019 Boston Marathon “Open Division” Champion The BAA didn’t let amateurs run with the pros in Boston this year. That didn’t stop Stephen VanGampleare from beating several of them even though they were given a 2-minute head start. In the end, he ended up with a nearly 6-minute PR and Olympic Trials qualifier that shocked himself. “(I) still kind of am in a little bit of disbelief that I actually hit that time.”
*MB: Lawrence Cherono beat less than 70 men to win the Boston Marathon, Steven VanGampleare beat more than 7k to win the open race

LRC 2019 Boston Marathon Report Cards: Ranking The Top 10 & the Americans, A Through (DN)F Jared Ward gave himself an A-, what did the other pros get in Boston?