Quote Of The Day

“When we talk about those 2%, which are misleading, we don’t quite appreciate the fact that we have to relate the number of those findings to the number of athletes tested. As just a simple mathematical example, you have 10 different elite athletes in your registered testing pool. And you test each of those athletes 10 times a year. Altogether, you get 100 tests. And from those 100 tests, you have two positive samples. That basically means two out of 10 athletes have tested positive. Officially in statistics, you only have 2% of all the tests positive. But if you take it from the testing pool, you have 20% of athletes. So that makes a huge difference. It’s important to deal with this in mind, that those statistics are misleading ….

And basically, what our study demonstrates, based on those banned athletes, that in some distances, it’s up to 68% of the athletes who are banned during their career. So that’s quite a high number. And based on that, I can definitely say the question, is who [caught] them? First and foremost, it’s an international federation (World Athletics) and this we have submitted and I will give some compliments to their job. And also, definitely the national anti-doping agency was also involved. So those are two institutions …

I have my doubts that the culture [in Russia] is changing within a couple of years. But what I can say is that the ABP set a sort of threshold – what you can do and how you can cheat and what you cannot do … They cannot use blood doping in the same amounts that was possible before the ABP, and that makes a huge difference.”

– Anti-doping expert Sergei Iljukov talking to LetsRun.com about how the anti-doping fight is more effective than people give it credit for. You may hear that only a little more than 1% of doping tests results in a positive but many athletes are being tested multiple times so they are catching a much higher percentage of cheats.  For example, 68% (13/19) of the Russian athletes in the 1,500 who achieved the World/Olympic/Euro standard at the Russian champs from 2008 to 2012 were ultimately banned. For all events collectively, at the Russian champs, the figure was 53%.

Yet Another LRC Exclusive

LRC Q&A: Anti-Doping Expert Sergei Iljukov Discusses Doping in Kenya & Russia, What World Athletics Is Doing Right — And How the Global Anti-Doping System Can Still Improve Iljukov recently conducted a study that indirectly suggested the effects of doping were between 2.0% and 3.4% in distance events and points out that 68% of the Russian 1500 women that ran an elite time at the Russian champs were eventually banned.

Free Coaching Tips

A good read for all coaches: Japanese half marathon record holder Hitomi Niiya publishes her entire training 100 days before her 66:38 NR and now is doing a Q&A about her training If you missed the full publication of her workouts last month, catch up now.

AW: What common products / foods should you be eating? Fermented soy, gelatin powder and boiled eggs make the list.

More Women In The News

Interesting Reads / Watches

Previous News From Kenya

He Will Be Missed

LRC Dathan Ritzenhein Hangs ‘Em Up: We Pick Our 5 Favorite Moments From His Career Between a 12:56 American record in Zurich, bronze at World Half and World Jr. XC, two dominant Foot Locker wins, and an NCAA XC title over Ryan Hall, there were plenty of highlights during Ritz’s lengthy career.
*MB: Breaking: Dathan Ritzenhein Retires at 37


Throwback Thursday

LRC I Was Bored, So I Watched The 1983 World Cross-Country Championships Journey back to 1983, when America was a cross-country superpower, the world’s best runners including marathoners ran at World XC, and a guy named Bekele was the best XC runner in the world. In a field loaded with stars, the top four men were separated by just one second. The 4th place finisher? Alberto Salazar. The race also included the likes of Miruts Yifter, Pat Porter, Steve Jones, Rob de Castella, and Alberto Cova.

From The Guardian‘s Archive: 7 May 1930 A Feature On Mile WR Holder Paavo Nurmi Nurmi revolutionized the mile by showing you should run all four laps fast (not rest in the middle) and by going to a more upright style.

Is The Fog Lifting – Just Over 90 Days To Monaco?

RRW World Athletics Releases New Revised Wanda Diamond League Schedule Announced for 2020 Good news track fans, World Athletics has released a new Diamond League schedule for 2020. While there will be no DL points race or DL final, World Athletics is still hoping to have a pro track season in 2020 – starting in Monaco on August 14th and ending in China on October 17.
*MB: Track may be coming back!!! World Athletics releases revised 2020 Diamond League schedule. Season to start in Monaco on Aug. 14

The Latest From Kenya

Non-Distance News

A HSer Almost Went Sub-4 In Practice

MB: HSer Ryan Schoppe Runs 4:00.78 Mile in Practice On what would have been the day of his HS state meet, Schoppe, an Ok. State signee, ran 4:00.8 (ht) for a full mile.
*Ryan Schoppe Talks About His 4:00.8 Mile Time Trial (Video Interview)

More Miler News Nick Willis Is Leaving Adidas Per Twitter – Exciting News Is Coming Tuesday

Random, But Potentially Worth A Glance

Some Actual Track Action

Drew Hunter Runs 8:36 For Two Miles In Time Trial On Instagram Live – Raises More Than $10k For A Charity In Haiti More than 3,000 people watched it live. It was supposedly 68 and a little windy (12 mph), which makes us appreciate Ritz’s 27:22 in high 78 degree temps in Berlin 2009.

More US Running News Of Note Grad Transfers Alex Ostberg And Thomas Ratcliffe Leaving Stanford To Reunite With Coach Chris Miltenberg At UNC The extra year of eligibility/free agency is getting crazy as UNC also picked up Connor Lundy and Allen Siegler. *Discuss

The American GOATs Answered Your Questions Right Here On LetsRun.com

MB: Got a question for our American GOATs Jim Ryun & Deena Kastor? Deena Kastor and Jim Ryun have been answering them this week on LRC.

10 Years Ago, Chris Solinsky Ran 26:59.60 To SHOCK THE WORLD

LRC 26:59! How Chris Solinsky Transformed A “Glorified Tempo” Into An All-Time Upset And Performance 10 years ago today, Chris Solinsky shocked the world by running 26:59 in his 10,000-meter debut. Get the inside story from Jonathan Gault and learn how the date of Solinsky’s wedding played a key role in his preparations and why his victory led to a decade-long feud between coaches Alberto Salazar and Jerry Schumacher.
*MB: Chris Solinsky’s 26:59 turns 10 years old today. Share your memories here.z
*MB:  Jonathan Gault’s new story makes Alberto Salazar look totally cringe
*MB: Does anyone have access to a recording of the live broadcast by Stanford of Chris Solinksy’s 26:59?

Speaking of Anniversaries

Speaking of Studly HS Milers

LRC We Talk To Jim Ryun After Naming Him The Greatest American Distance Runner Of All-Time What a great podcast we have for you this week as we devote the entire show to talking to Jim Ryun, who recently was voted the Greatest American Distance Runner of All-Time on LetsRun.com. Ryun talks about his entire career, including making the Olympics and running sub-4 in HS, breaking the WR as a college frosh (and meeting his wife on the same day), winning Olympic silver, getting tripped in ’72 and much more including what his relationship with Alan Webb and Matthew Centrowitz is like.

LRC’s Jonathan Gault Appears As Guest On Pace The Nation Podcast Gault talks about LetsRun’s origins and the party scene at the Olympic Trials in Atlanta. The podcast is co-hosted by 2012 Olympic Trials 5k champ Julie Culley. Rojo kindly asks that you don’t listen to this podcast as he’s very proud his appearance on the show holds the record for most listened to podcast for them – ahead of even Matthew Centrowitz.

Administrative News

A Special Anniversary Deserves A Special Podcast

Bonus Podcast LRC Chris Solinsky: “I Believe That I Was In Shape To Run Sub-7:30, Sub-12:50, And Probably Somewhere In The 26:40/26:30 Range”   Chris Solinsky reveals that the best shape of his life came in 2011, not 2010 when he ran his historic 26:59. Plus he shares his vision for the Florida Gator distance program and tells a really cool story about how Eliud Kipchoge was genuinely happy for him when Chris destroyed Kipchoge in Oslo in 2010 when Solinsky first broke 13:00.
*MB: Chris Solinsky: “I Believe That I Was in Shape to Run Sub-7:30, Sub-12:50, and Probably Somewhere In The 26:40/26:30 Range”