“One of the accusations is that I don’t sort of get the seriousness of this issue – I do. I’m dealing with it every day and I have been dealing with this since effectively the first day I took over the role as president. … Our sport is a strong sport. Don’t run away with the idea that I don’t know that these are dark days, of course they’re dark days. The crisis actually was probably two or three years ago when what we’re having to deal with was taking place. Our responsibly now is to make those changes and to take the sport into safe territory.”
– Seb Coe speaking in a CNN interview ahead of today’s second part of the WADA doping report.
The good , the bad, and the ugly from the report.
More: Guardian: Seb Coe Admits IAAF Is A “Failed Organisation” After New Wada Report
LRC Garrett Heath Does It Again, Takes Another Huge Scalp And Beats Mo Farah At 2016 Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge In the past in Edinburgh, Heath has taken down the likes of Asbel Kiprop and Kenenisa Bekele. Now he’s beaten Mo Farah by 2 seconds in a sprint finish. UK’sKate Avery (formerly of Iona) won 4 seconds ahead of Ireland’sFionnuala McCormack.
Wejo A Look Back At 2015: Tsepo Mathibelle Is My Athlete Of Year, Evan Jager’s 8:00:45 Is My Race Of Year, Plus My Unknown Person Of Year And One Regret Wejo hands out high praise to two unknowns – one literally and one figurative. The anonymous source at the IAAF for Hajo Seppelt‘s work is is Person of the Year and Tsepo Mathibelle, who blew up at Worlds, is his Athlete of the Year.
Rojo: The Year Of Doping And Corruption, No One Is Too Big To Fall, Domination By Stars On The Men’s Side And New Faces On The Women’s Rojo is far from depressed by the doping/corruption scandals of 2015 as it shows no person is too big to fall. He has high praise forHajo Seppelt and Vitaly and Yuliya Stepanov, looks at the domination by stars on the men’s side and new faces on the women’s side, plus the emergence of Eric Jenkins and Emily Sisson.
Gault Kipchoge’s 2:04:00 Without Insoles, Dibaba’s 3:50:07, Bolt > Gatlin, The Greatness Of Montaño, Symmonds, Farah And Cheserek What a year: Eliud Kipchoge ran 2:04:00 with his shoes falling apart, Genzebe Dibaba ran 3:50.07 with both her shoes, Bolt defeated Gatlin, and Montaño, Symmonds, Farah, and Cheserek kept winning.
Linden went into depth about her Trials buildup and the trickiest parts of the LA course, while Hanson discussed Linden and Bobby Curtis before discounting Galen Rupp's chances (should he elect to run) and reminding people why they shouldn't underestimate Jake Riley.
Chris Derrick joined us on the podcast and talked about his potential marathon debut at the Trials, the doping crisis in the sport, the ticking clock on 60 minutes, Twitter, the New York Jets, how he "was" a big fan of LetsRun.com and how professional running is like a part-time job.
Once again, London has secured an amazing field with five women who have run under 2:20 and eight under 2:21. All of the top 5 from our 2015 World Rankings are in the field including the winners of 2015 Dubai, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York and Worlds marathons.
If you are interested in learning all about the history of the race that started as a dream of bartender Tommy Leonard, who wanted to get Frank Shorter to Falmouth, then this book is for you. 3.5 out 5 stars.
LRCLetsRun.com Debates: Is It Time To Panic For Mary Cain? How Many World Records Will Be Set In 2016?Mary Cain‘s 1,500 PR was set in May of 2013. Is this a make-or-break year for her? We analyze that question in great detail and talk about Ajee Wilson and wonder how many world records will go down in 2016?
Seven distance stars have won double Olympic 10,000 gold - Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zatopek, Lasse Viren, Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu - but no one has ever won three. *Discuss
A pre-med student, a collegiate record holder, and a guy dating someone on the Syracuse team took home the prizes.
Breaking News Chris Derrick Reveals That He’s Training For The 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials The men’s Trials just continue to get more and more interesting as Derrick has confirmed to LetsRun.com that he is currently training for the Trials. Only 10 men in US history who have a 10,000 PR faster than Derrick’s 27:31 have ever raced a marathon.
*MB: Breaking: Chris Derrick, “I am currently training for the marathon trials”
LRC Three Quick Thoughts On The 2016 Boston Marathon Field Both defending champs will be back. In terms of PRs, the men’s field is a little stronger than last year.
*MB: 2016 Boston Marathon field announced.
*MB: Neely Spence Gracey running Boston – good idea?
Neely Spence Gracey Skipping Olympic Trials To Debut At Boston Marathon
Thursday’s XC Action: Imane Merga And Alice Aprot Win 59th Campaccio Cross-Country Race World Jr. XC champ Yasin Haji was 2nd and steeple star Jairus Birech was third. Aprot broke the CR ahead of Ruth Jebet and Linet Masai. *Photos
*LRC Archives: Ritz Won This Race Last Year
Day 2 LRC Predictions For The New Year: Will Mo Farah Win Double Gold (Again)? Will Tirunesh Dibaba Win Triple Gold? Will Kenenisa Bekele Even Compete? The LRC staff debates all of that and more.
Day 1: LRC Predictions For The New Year: How Many Mid-D/Distance Medals Will Team USA Win At The 2016 Rio Olympics?
*MB: Crazy thought: Might Centro be America’s best hope for a 5000 medal in Rio?
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