“I may not have hit my main goal this yr (World Indoors), but you know I wasnt gonna finish this season w/out a fight. #nevergiveup”
– David Torrence tweeting after he broke the 1,000m American record last night at Boston University. He ran 2:16.76 to break David Krummenacker‘s 2:17.86. Nate Brannen was 2nd in a Canadian record of 2:16.87 while BU’s Rich Peters ran 2:18.55 to get the NCAA record.
LRCMary Cain Pulls Out Of 2014 World Indoors – Worried About “Discomfort” In Her Lower Calf Cain was a near-lock for a medal. Now America’s #1 medal prospect without a doubt is fellow teen phenom Ajee’ Wilson, who is ranked #1.
Update: Ken Goe Of Oregonian:“If this were the Olympics, she probably would run.” – Alberto Salazar
MB: Mary Cain injured, pulling out of World Indoors. Heather Kampf goes as alternate!!!
Dathan Ritzenhein Pulls Out Of 2014 Boston Marathon With Groin Injury – Moses Mosop Out As Well – Ryan Hall And Abdi Are InWe had kind of wondered if Ryan Hall would start training for his next marathon and only tell people he was doing it when things had been going well. That seems to be the case.
*Ritzen says he’s training now but a sports hernia from work in weight room put him too far behind
*Statement On Moses Mosop’s Withdrawal From 2014 Boston Marathon Mosop has a right knee injury and hopes to be in sub-2:06 shape 4 weeks after Boston.
Update From Agent Ricky Simms: "Matthew put out a statement earlier this evening. This story was completely fabricated. It would be appreciated if you could remove the post from your website."
Neely last year was 13th at the World XC Champs, but hasn't been able to run since November. Hopefully, she returns to action soon.
*Neely's Blog Post On Which The Article Above Is Based
Gold And Silver For USA? LRC Full Kenyan And Ethiopian Squads Unveiled For 2014 World Indoors – Chanelle Price And Ajee’ Wilson Will Face Zero Competitors From Either Country The Ethiopian women actually had no one qualified in the 800 and the only Kenyans qualified were from last year’s times. *Kenyan Team Named For World Indoors
Chris Solinsky believes the speed and endurance combo are no longer there at the same time, and thus it's time to move up to the marathon. We break down the news and pause to remember the greatness of his 26:59.60 10,000m.
*Discuss Solinsky's Move To The Marathon
2nd Good Read: Grunewald’s Coach Dennis Barker: Time To Act“The controversy that involved the women’s 3K was just one of several incidents that created an uncomfortable meet environment, but became a catalyst for athletes, coaches, and fans to question the credibility and independence of USATF.”
LRCEditorial: Far From Resolved, All Of The Questions Leading To The Uproar About USATF’s Initial DQ Of Gabriele Grunewald Remain The results has been changed but none of the issues that led to the nationwide uproar have been addressed – just glossed over. #USATFchange #integrityofsport
A Pro Speaks Out: LRCMark Wieczorek: “Either USATF indeed does have conclusive video evidence or they, in collusion with Alberto and Nike, lied and cheated to manipulate the system.”The 800 Olympic Trials finalist says there is “so much to be answered for” and hopes this doesn’t end up being remembered simply “as a happy, good feeling memory where an athlete did a good thing.”
A hero admits his past mistakes. Gatlin says his training with convicted doper Dennis Mitchell is going better than ever. Anyone remember in 2006 when USATF made Dennis Mitchell coach of one of its national teams then LRC pointed it out, and USATF said it really meant to invite the Akron coach named Dennis Mitchell instead?
It's official. Mo will be running the NYC Half as he tunes up for the 2014 Virgin London Marathon. *Discuss Here
As If Running Form Wasn’t Complicated Enough:New Study Uncovers Fourth Type Of Running Footstrike? Before, there were rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot, but now running biomechanics expert Ned Frederick says there’s a fourth: the “atypical rearfoot striker.”
Next Weekend:Shalane Flanagan And Chris Derrick Lead Fields For US 15K Champs Hosted By Gate River Run Also in the fields are Ben True, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Amy Van Alstine.
Without further ado, we present to you the results of our current female stars doping polls - from Molly Huddle (8.4%) to Carmelita Jeter (89.4%) and everyone else in between, who do the most sophisticated track and field fans think are "clean" and who do they think are "dirty." *Discuss The Poll Here
LRCMore Albuquerque Craziness:Sanctioned Doper Christian Hesch Volunteered As A Drug Testing Chaperone At USA Indoors Before Having Credential Revoked By USATF No, it’s not April Fools. Who knows what we’ll have tomorrow.
LRCThe Inside Story Of The Andrew Bumbalough DQ: A Case Of Mistaken Identity Or A Near Catastrophe Bigger Than The Grunewald DQ Averted? Salazar, possibly fixated on Bumbalough since he out-leaned Rupp at the 2012 Trails, got Bumby DQed from a race where he made no contact with Rupp as the officials and Salazar got him confused with Ryan Hill. But we get you to ponder for a minute, how big would have the outrage been if Hill had beaten Rupp on the track and then been DQed for making this (see above) amount of contact 1k from the finish?
*MB: Challenge: Post Examples of DQs for Actions Similar to Grunewald and Ryan Hill
*MB:Imagine for a moment that Hill had beaten Rupp and then been DQd for bumping him 1k from the finish
How About A Little More Drama? LRCLopez Lomong Says He Was Verbally Berated By Alberto Salazar After Men’s 3k: “To see the outrage in his eyes, he was very, very mad. … It was very hard to see how unprofessional, the (lack of) sportsmanship.”
Wall Street Journal Picks Up W 3k Story: USA Track Reinstates Disqualified Champ 744-word article by Sara Germano and Kevin Helliker.
The Most Popular Single Day Story In LRC History
LRCThe Inside Story Of Gabriele Grunewald’s DQ – Insider Access, False Promises And A Violation Of USATF’s Own Rules?By now, you’ve heard bits and pieces about what happened on Saturday but we tell you the inside story of what really went down, plus reveal that the Fat Lady hasn’t sung yet as an arbitration hearing will take place later this week.
LRCGabriele Grunewald Reinstated As USATF Champ As Jordan Hasay Withdraws DQ USATF CEO Max Siegel said that “they followed the process laid out in our competition rules.” Scary thought if true, with no transparency on the part of USATF. *Discuss
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