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LRC WHAT A RACE: Conseslus Kipruto Preserves Kenyan Steeplechase Streak By The Tiniest Margin Possible Kipruto was beaten, and then he wasn’t, winning by .01. The 3 Americans ran well but were left out of the medals in a historically fast final.

LRC Fabulous Friday: For One Night, Qatar Gets Its World Championship Moment A big enthusiastic crowd, a world record, a hometown here, and a legend staying on top. Veteran journalist Elliott Denman put it best, “A great night for track and field.”

Video Dalilah Muhammad 52.16 World Record To Edge Sydney McLaughlin Video of the race with post-race reaction. The only times Sydney McLaughlin lost this year, Muhammad ran the world record to beat her.

LRC Men’s 1,500 Semis: Timothy Cheruiyot, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Craig Engels And Scotland All Excel Tiny Scotland, population 5 million, has 3 finalists while Team USA has two, but Matthew Centrowitz only made the final on time.
*MB: Calling it now, Jakob wins the Gold Medal on Sunday He easily qualified for the final as Centro had to get in on time.

Salazar / NOP Updates

LRC Will NBC Ever Disclose They Are Paying A Nike Executive To Talk (Or Not Talk) About Alberto Salazar’s Doping Ban? NBC’s main distance analyst, Craig Masback, is a Nike employee. Somehow that fact still hasn’t been mentioned on air.

Craig EngelsLRC Craig Engels Defends Himself & NOP Teammates, Responds To Jenny Simpson: “People have a moral compass besides her.” Craig Engels did not like some of Jenny Simpson’s comments from the day before, Jenny did not back down after hearing Craig’s response.

The World Reacts To Salazar’s Ban

LRC Jenny Simpson Unloads On Alberto Salazar: “Get him out. I’m a believer in lifetime bans. I wish it was longer. Don’t cheat.” Jenny Simpson won’t shed a tear for the departure of Alberto Salazar from the sport. “Why anyone chooses to be a part of that group I have no idea. Anyone that is shocked isn’t involved in the sport.”

Monday At Worlds

LRC The King Remains On The Throne: Muktar Edris Surprisingly Repeats As 5,000 World Champ What drama. The men’s 5,000 had it all, including a bold bid for gold by Jakob Ingebrigtsen and a historic medal for Canada’s Mo Ahmed.
*MB: The Mo Farah slayer is back. Muktar Edris wins SENSATIONAL 5k. Pre would be proud of Jakob!!!
*MB: All Ingerbrigtsens no medals in 5k- go home devastated! There is a god
*MB: Filip Ingebrigtsen (DNF) and IAAF “bona fide” honest effort rule He dropped out while ahead of the eventual winner with just over 500 meters remaining. Should he be allowed in the 1,500?

Non-Worlds Distance News

BMW Berlin Marathon

LRC The GOAT Is Back: Kenenisa Bekele Runs Stunning 2:01:41 At BMW Berlin Marathon What a run by Bekele, who just missed the world record by 2 seconds. Ethiopia’s Ashete Bekere won the race in 2:20:14 while American Sara Hall ran 2:22:16 to become the 6th-fastest American of all time and Matt Llano had a 4-year PR.

Pre-Race Article On How A Training Trip To The Netherlands “Provided The Long-Awaited Reboot” To Kenenisa Bekele’s Career Bekele spent two months in the Netherlands where he could get regular medical treatment to stay healthy, had a nutritionist prepare all his meals to lose weight, and had time to train away from his busy life as a businessman and family man to focus on training.

Day 1 In Doha

LRC Ruth Chepngetich’s Marathon Hot Streak Continues: 3rd-Fastest Marathoner In History Wins World Title In Brutally Hot Conditions You can’t always tell the story of a marathon by looking at the results, but in this one, you could. A woman who ran 2:17 earlier this year ran 2:32 today and still won by over a minute. 28 of the 68 starters (41%) dropped out of the race. These were truly miserable conditions to run a marathon but that didn’t stop Ruth Chepngetich from winning yet again.
*MB: Test of Will in Brutal Marathon Conditions-Perfect for a 40 something mother & full time nurse from Jersey Congrats to 41-year-old Roberta Groner, who was 6th.
“Feels like temp: 109F” for WC Women’s marathon start 

LRC  Jakob Ingebrigtsen, DQed And Then Reinstated In 5,000 The 19-year-old Norwegian phenom and betting favorite for gold is out after stepping inside the rail for at least 3 steps.
*MB: Jakob Ingebrigtsen DQ’d, then reinstated in men’s 5K at Worlds 

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LRC WTW: Some Guy You’ve Never Heard Of Was On Pace To Break The 2-Hour Marathon But Came Up Short, NAU > Stanford The sub-2 hour marathon will have to wait a little longer. NAU looks primed to keep on dominating.

Our Annual Top 10 NCAA XC Countdown

Terre Haute – Men – MB: Hand them their 4th straight title right now? NAU holds out two runners, stlll DESTROYS Stanford in Terre Haute The final score wasn’t close, 31 to 51, but Stanford’s 5-man average was only 10 seconds back. *Arizona Daily Sun Recap
*Women: #5 Arkansas Edges #8 Stanford 49 To 54 #3 Washington had 66 and #4 Michigan 75.

Boston: MB: They’re back baby. #13 Syracuse DESTROYS #3 Washington and #21 Arkansas in Boston

LRC 2019 NCAA Men’s XC Preview: #5 Washington Through #1 Northern Arizona Who is going to win NCAAs? One of these five teams.
*MB: And your 2019 NCAA men’s xc team champion will be …

LRC 2019 NCAA Women’s XC Preview: #5 NC State Through #1 New Mexico #2 Colorado certainly has a chance to repeat but it’s an odd year and that means UNM is the team to beat.

Previous: LRC 2019 NCAA Men’s XC Season Preview: Men’s Teams #10 Oklahoma State Through #6 Notre Dame We begin our 2019 NCAA XC countdown by unveiling the back half of the LRC top 10, which includes some big names – #10 Okla. State#9 Portland, #8 Colorado, #7 Oregon, #6 Notre Dame.

LRC 2019 NCAA Women’s XC Preview: #10 Michigan State Through #6 Washington In between those two we have #9 Oregon, #8 Michigan and #7 Stanford.
*MB: My gooodness. When did the NCAA start letting teams take pre-season altitude trips?

NAU Frosh Drew Bosley, Who Was Twice Top 10 At Foot Locker, Admits He Never Even Ran 7 Days A Week In HS

Thursday In Doha

IAAF Recap: Salwa Eid Naser Wins 400m In 48.14 To Become The Third-Fastest All-Time Olympic champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo was runner-up in 48.37 while Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson took bronze (49.47).
*MB: Naser wins 400 m in 48:14 (Video of Race)!!!!!!!!

LRC After Historic Women’s 1,500 Semis, Everything Is Set Up For An Incredible Final We can’t wait for the final, which will include Shelby Houlihan, Laura Muir, Olympic champ Faith Kipyegon and world champ Sifan Hassan. Former world champ Jenny Simpson believes she’s as fit as she’s ever been.

LRC Men’s 1,500 Prelims Go Mostly According To Form As Centro Sounds Confident: “I ran 3:52 at the Pre Classic, and I’m in worlds better shape than then.” The Olympic champ sounds confident, the 2012 Olympic champ explains why he didn’t race the last two years and another guy talks about how he’s gone from working for Postmates to the World Championships semis in less than a year.

Previous Doha Coverage

LRC Grant Holloway Closes Out Epic 2019 Season With His First World 110M Hurdles Title In his 48th race of the year, Holloway won his 1st world title – the perfect cap to an amazing year which also saw him break the NCAA record and lead Florida to an NCAA team title.
*MB: Drama in men’s 110h: IAAF, Give Holloway the gold but re-run the hurdles for everyone else (save McLeod)!!!

LRC Women’s 5,000 Prelims: Karissa Schweizer Rips 14:52 To Become 7th-Fastest American Ever She had never even broken 15:00 before and didn’t even have the biggest PR of the night as two other athletes PR by more than 10 seconds.
*MB: Karissa Schweizer runs 14:52 – 7th all time in US history – IN THE HEATS

LRC Women’s 1,500 Prelims: The Big Names And All Three Americans Cruise To The Final After the heats, Shelby Houlihan said she wants gold, Faith Kipyegon talked about her struggles in 2019 and Sifan Hassan declined to speak to the media.

LRC Nikki Hiltz Talks About What It’s Like To Be Gay In Qatar After Advancing To 1,500 Semis At Worlds Nikki Hiltz is openly gay and competing in a country where homosexuality is illegal. She advanced to the semifinals with ease on Wednesday.

LRC Podcast: Doha Worlds Halfway Point: Alberto Salazar Has Left The Building, Kenenisa Bekele Is Back, And Donavan Brazier Is Sublime Subscribe today on itunes.

LRC 2019 Worlds Men’s 1,500 Preview: Can Timothy Cheruiyot Complete Near-Perfect Two-Year Run With His First Gold Medal? Cheruiyot has been almost unbeatable on the circuit but has never claimed a gold at any international championship. Can he change that in Doha?

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Day 1 Distance Prelim Recaps

LRC With One Shoe, Paul Chelimo Makes 5K Final, Calls Out LetsRun Doubters Chelimo looked very good despite only having one shoe the final mile.
*MB: Paul Chelimo calls out LetsRun: “LetsRun you never believe in me. Today I showed you. Wait for the final and you will see. “ 

LRC Women’s Steeple Prelims: Everything Goes According To Form As Coburn And Frerichs Cruise Through Courtney Frerichs enjoyed the easiest 9:18 of her career and Emma Coburn raved about the Doha setup, “The air conditioning works … I was very, very impressed with it. I think it’s gonna lead to some fast races. The track felt good, the crowd was loud. So it was a really good experience.”

LRC Women’s 800 Prelims: Ajee And Raevyn Cruise But 3 Of Top 6 Seeds Go Home Devastated, Including Hanna Green The women’s 800 heats were full of surprises but Ajee Wilson and Raevyn Rogers looked supreme.

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LRC Worlds Previews

LRC The Casual Track Fan’s Guide To The 2019 World Track And Field Championships: 6 Story Lines To Follow At Worlds Are you someone who used to be really into track and field but no longer is or maybe the kind of person who doesn’t pay attention to athletics until the World Champs? Then this is the preview for you. If you are a casual sports fan, we imagine you’ll like it as well.

LRC Who Are The Most Popular (And Least Popular) Favorites For Worlds? Here Are The Running Warehouse Prediction Contest Vote Totals Noah Lyles (99.1%) and Ajee Wilson (95.%) lead the way while Grant Holloway (37.2%) and Katerina Stefanidi (32.2%) are the least popular.

Weekend Road Action

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Tuesday At Worlds

LRC Updated Donavan Brazier Ends America’s 800m Gold Medal Drought In Style, Wins With American Record Time Of 1:42.34 No American man or woman had won a global 800 gold since 1972. Brazier ended that drought in dominant fashion with an American and Championship record time of 1:42.34.
*MB: Donavan MF Brazier ends America’s 47 yr gold medal drought, Wins 800m with 1:42.34 AR!!
*MB: From 2015: I just got a text from a top HS coach: “Grant Fisher is not the best kid in Michigan.” LetsRun, meet Donavan Brazier
*MB: Donovan Brazier has become skinny after joining NOP

LRC Noah Lyles’ Plan (Mostly) Comes Together As He Wins His First World Title Lyles planned to run faster but he ended up running the slowest he’s run in any 200 final all year. But it doesn’t matter as he’s the 200m world champ.

LRC Men’s Steeple Prelims: Conseslus Kipruto Looks Fantastic And Sends A Warning Shot – Discount Me At Your Own Peril Conseslus Kipruto looked fantastic and he’ll be joined in the final by all three Americans.

Salazar Gets Banned

LRC NOP Coach Alberto Salazar Gets Four-Year Doping Ban The decision doesn’t prove that Salazar doped any of his athletes. It concludes that Salazar carried out a testosterone experiment on his sons, that he misled some of his athletes on what they should tell USADA, and that he had conducted a test with L-Carnitine on NOP assistant coach Steve Magness that was over the legal limits. And it proves what many suspected, these things merit a doping ban. Plus it shows the CEO of Nike to be in the loop, and that Salazar has been fighting these charges for two years.
*Salazar Statement On “Unjust, Unethical And Highly Damaging Treatment From USADA.”


Sunday In Doha

LRC Worlds Day 3: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Is The GOAT, A Record 12th Gold For Felix, Lyles Doesn’t Rule Out Sub-19 – 2019 It was mom’s night in Doha as SAFP showed she’s the GOAT and Allyson Felix added another gold to her haul. Christian Taylor turned back Will Claye again and Anzhelika Sidorova won a great pole vault over Sandi Morris.

LRC U-S-A! U-S-A! A Star-Spangled Men’s 800-Meter Final Is Set In Doha As 3 Americans Make Final Donavan Brazier cruised, Clayton Murphy made it in on time and in the final heat, Bryce Hoppel, who was running XC races a year ago, auto qualified.

LRC Christian Taylor Wins Gold Again Wearing #13 Odell Beckham Jr. Tribute Shoes Christian Taylor gave some love to OBJ.

LRC Post-Race Interviews
Official 2019 Doha Worlds Day 3 Discussion Thread
MB: 800 Nation Baby!!! “Look for the sweep” – Team USA with 3 in the 800 Final

Day 2 In Doha

LRC Not A Typo: Sifan Hassan Wins 10,000 World Title With A 3:59 Final 1,500 The women’s 10,000 may have just been broken by the remarkable Sifan Hassan.
*MB: Sifan MF Hassan just closed the 10k with a 3:59.09 1500!!! 4:17.15 last 1600!!
MB: Hassan could have paced Jenny Simpson to a 1500m SB at the end of that 10k

LRC Christian Coleman Is The New King Of The 100 Meters – And All That Comes With It After Usain Bolt‘s retirement, Coleman had to wait two years to officially take over as the king of track and field’s marquee event, but after a dominant victory tonight in 9.76, he is officially the fastest man in the world. *Video

LRC World Champ Christian Coleman Responds to Michael Johnson’s Comments: “I Don’t Necessarily Care What He Has to Say”

LRC 2019 Women’s 800 Semis: Ajee’ Wilson, Raevyn Rogers and Ce’Aira Brown All Advance To Potentially Historic Final An American woman has never won an 800-meter gold medal in the 37-year history of the IAAF World Athletics Championships. That’s likely to change in two days’ time.

LRC Men’s 800 Prelims: Nijel Amos Is A DNS As All 4 Americans Advance Once the action got underway, all of the top seeds advanced with all of the top 14 seeds advancing to tomorrow’s semifinals. All four Americans made it safely through as well.

Video: Deanna Price Wins Hammer Gold

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