Wejo Speaks / Week That Was

LRC Why We Need The Olympics In 2021 The Olympics are not just the biggest sporting event in the world. They represent what is best about the world. They remind us of our shared humanity and never has the nations of the world coming together been more important than after a year in which we were isolated and cut off from one another.
Discuss: Official We Want the Tokyo Olympics Thread

WTW Crouser Gets His WR, Walmsley Just Misses; Patrick Mahomes Gets His Super Shoes And Michigan Gets Cancelled We hope you were entertained over the weekend. We try to tell you what it all means in our Week That Was column.

HOKA Project Carbon X 2 *Results *Stream Race Replay Here

LRC VIP Jim Walmsley Just Misses 100k World Record By 12 Seconds – Video Reaction Show The LRC staff was yelling at the TV during the final 400 urging Jim to get the record.

Walmsley Is Upbeat After Race: “Definitely feels like one of the more special runs I’ve had. I got everything out of myself today, dug real deep, and fought all the way to the line.” “I don’t feel like I gave up, but it was tough to see the seconds tick by. It’s a little bittersweet, but definitely awarded with an American record today, and those don’t come very often … A 45-minute PR. It was a pretty amazing day.”

More Weekend Road Action Pat Tiernan (62:38) and Molly Seidel (69:20) win half marathons in Vegas

Tokyo 2020 News

LRC Articles

LRC SC How Many US 1,500m Titles Would Nick Willis Have Won If He Was An American? He’s gone sub-4 for 19 straight years and won 2 Olympic medals but our research reveals there is only 1 year we are certain he’d have won a US title but 6 or 7 more where he would have been the betting favorite (Sub. required).
*MB: If Nick Willis was American, how many National titles would he have won?

Great News LRC London Marathon Plans On Hosting A Record 50,000 Runners In-Person In October A year after hosting an elite-only edition in St. James’s Park, London is accelerating its plans to reach 50,000 entrants in 2021 – its largest field ever. We chatted with London race director Hugh Brasher today about his plans for his 2021 race. He also had some interesting things to say about Valencia and the LetsRun.com track talk podcast.
*MB: London Marathon announces they are planning on having their largest in-person race ever with 50,000 runners

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Podcast Track Is Back, Guest Jim Walmsley On 100k World Record Attempt X 2 Ultra marathon star Jim Walmsley is our featured guest. He talks about trying to break the 100km world record at HOKA Project Carbon X 2 this weekend. Plus Andrew Bumbalough was on. During the regular show we talked about a ton of people, including Athing Mu, Nick Willis, Alexa Efraimson, Brianna Rollins-McNeal, Erriyon Knighton, Mark Wetmore, Imogen Stewart, Brynn Brown, Sydney Thorvaldson and Joe Biden.

Olympic News

Women’s Non-Distance News

British XC Distance Debate Heats Up

Looking Ahead

American Track League #1 *Results

LRC Ryan Crouser Shatters Indoor Shot Put World Record With 22.82m (74’10.5″) Heave Randy Barnes‘ 32-year-old record is history. Several others set world leads, including Grant Holloway (7.35 AR in 60H), Trayvon Bromell (6.48 in 60), Fred Kerley (45.03 in 400), Tonea Marshall (7.86 in w60H) and Quanera Hayes (51.76 in w400). Gabby Thomas moved to #6 all-time in the rarely run women’s indoor 300 (35.92).
*MB: Ryan Crouser SHATTERS indoor shot put world record on 1st throw at American Track League meet

T&F Vs. COVID-19

Nick Willis Breaks A WR

LRC Nick Willis Sets World Record By Breaking 4:00 In The Mile For 19th Straight Year Willis, 37, ran 3:58 in Florida to break a tie with fellow Kiwi legend John Walker.
*MB Nick Willis is going for history tonight. Will he set the all-time record of most seasons with a sub-4 minute mile at 19?

More Mile News: RRW 20 Years Ago, Alan Webb Became The 1st US HSer to Break 4:00 In The Mile Indoors When LetsRun covered it 20 years ago, we urged people to not hype Webb up to much and we wondered if Nick Willis might actually be better. *Discuss

Previous Assorted Distance News

Doping News

Congratulations Aliphine!

Olympic Marathon Trials Champ Aliphine Tuliamuk Gives Birth She posted, “Our daughter Zoe Cherotich Gannon arrived on 1/13/2021 and she is absolutely perfect. Her dad and I are just so overwhelmed with joy, love and gratitude, and we can’t stop staring at her.”
*MB: Aliphine Tuliamuk’s daughter is freakin adorable

NCAA Results And News Of Note

Catching Up With Two Of The Best Athletes In The World That Are Married To Their Coaches

What A Weekend!

Recap Track Is Back, Baby! Athing Mu 2:01, Selemon Barega 27:58 At 7,700 Feet, & Recapping Track’s First Big Weekend Of 2021 With limited competition opportunities in 2020, many athletes are desperate to get back on the track in 2021 and we saw a ton of top performances last weekend, from a triple jump WR to an NCAA pole vault record, some crazy-fast high school races, the return of Conner Mantz and …Tom Brady (?!?) running 7:58 for Michigan.

Tokyo Updates

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