Archived Homepage For April 23, 2024
Archived Homepage For April 23, 2024

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Week That Was

Blanks ran 13:37 in his first race since December while Christian Miller became the youngest person in history to break 10.00 for 100m.

2024 London Marathon
2024 London Marathon

Peres Jepchirchir is back and showed her chances of back-to-back Olympic golds are very real, while Emile Cairess (2:06:46) is now the second-fastest Brit ever.

Bekele hasn't appeared in the Olympics since 2012 but he is the only Ethiopian to have broken 2:05:00 in both 2023 and 2024.

More Pro Track Results

Wanyonyi won ahead of African champ Aaron Cheminingwa (1:44.10) in a field that included Timothy Cheruiyot and Abel Kipsang. Moraa beat out Vivian Chebet Kiprotich (1:58.26) and 1:58.26 and Nelly Jepkosgei third in 1:58.93. The men’s 1500m was won by Reynold Cheruiyot in 3:31.96. In non-distance action, US's Courtney Lindsey beat out Botswana’s double world medalist Letsile Tebogo with both being timed at 19.71. US's Kenny Bednarek won the 100m in 9.91. Canada's World champ Ethan Katzberg threw 84.38m in the hammer, the farthest mark since 2008 and #9 all-time.

It was Duplantis' eighth world record of his career. And he's still only 24 years old.

*Mondo Jumps 6.24 (20'6") WR

Oregon Relays

Kerr's Brooks Beasts teammates, Brandon Miller (1:47.83) and Kyle Langford (1:48.02) were 3rd and 4th. Karissa Schweizer continued her comeback from ankle surgery, winning the women’s 1,500 in 4:08.66. Kieran Tuntivate won the mile, outkicking Kieran Lumb (4:00.71).

Oregon Relays

Wynne, Isaiah Harris, Brannon Kidder and Brandon Miller ran 9:14.58 to break the 9:15.50 record set by the US team at the 2015 World Relay Championships. Raevyn Rogers won the women's 800m in 2:02.00.

    Mt. SAC Relays

    Engelhardt broke Tuohy's record by over two seconds, but Addy Wiley's 4:26.16 1600m record and Mary Cain's 4:28.25 indoor mile record are both still faster.
    *MB: Sadie Engelhardt 4:31.7 Mile

    Non-Distance News
    Uniform / Sprint News
    NCAA News

    Longer video clip at link.

    Injury / Withdraw Updates
    Recent 800m News
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    Pacer Or Paid Off?

    Controversy At Beijing Half As Three African Runners Appear To Let Chinese Runner He Jie Win Footage shows the Africans slowing down to let Jie win and even waving him past. One of the runners, Kenyan Willy Mnangat, claims that he was hired as a pacemaker to help Jie break the Chinese half-marathon record of 62:33 (Jie finished in 63:44). Mnangat said, "I was not there to compete. ...My job was to set the pace and help the guy win but unfortunately, he did not achieve the target, which was to break the national record."

    2024 Boston Marathon
    2024 Boston Marathon

    Sisay Lemma dominated most of the Boston Marathon and held on to win the 2024 title by 41 seconds over countryman Mohamed Esa as defending champ Evans Chebet was third. Plus CJ Albertson reacts to breaking 2:10 for the first time and Meb runs Boston 10 years after his win.

      Obiri got the win by running her final 4.2 plus miles at under 5-minute mile pace. Mile 23 was 4:57, mile 24 was 4:41, mile 25 was 4:54 and she ran her last mile in 4:51 to finally break free of Sharon Lokedi. Plus the American top-10 streak comes to an end and Des Linden wonders if the marathon should be extended to 30 miles.

      American Women Miss Boston Top 10

      For the first time in 13 tries, an American woman wasn't in the top 10.

      Discus WR Goes Down

      The 38-year-old mark by Germany's Jurgen Schult (74.08m) was the longest standing men's WR. Alekna also surpassed another important mark, his father's. Two-time Olympic champ Virgilijus Alekna now moves down to third on the all-time list (73.88m from 2000).

      Rotterdam Marathon In The Books
      More Bryan Clay

      He won by almost a second over UW's Nathan Green (3:34.79); Craig Engels was 3rd in 3:35.46. Dani Jones won the women's race in 4:07.19. *Final lap video

      On-Site Coverage From Boston

      Ethiopia's Fotyen Tesfay (14:44) set a course record in the women's 5K while Casey Comber (4:08) won the men's mile.

      Evans Chebet says he's ready to run at the Olympics if Kenya names him to the team, plus updates from Emma Bates, CJ Albertson, & Jenny Simpson.

      Diamond League Outrage

      To watch the Diamond League in the US, track fans will have to go from paying $6/month for Peacock in 2024 to $30/month for FloTrack in 2025.

      Boston Injustice

      Deba finished 2nd at 2014 Boston, but was elevated to first when Rita Jeptoo was banned for doping. However, Boston still hasn't paid her because they're still trying to reclaim the money from Jeptoo.

      Non-Distance Action
      Final Lap of Aussie 1500m Final If You Haven't Seen It
      Two Recommended Reads

      This profile by Taylor Dutch is one of the most inspiring articles we've read ever. Read it now. 
      *MB: Dakotah Lindwurm is more impressive all the time.

      Guest Piece

      LetsRun contributor Tim O’Hearn visited World XC in Serbia and wrote a gonzo piece on his experience watching the race without access to the finishline in a city known for its fierce history and Brutalist architecture.

      European Athletics head: "It was a superbly organised event...Europe is still at the heart of cross-country."

      Equipment News

      MB: Nike Unveils Paris Uniforms For Team USA & Kenya & Others What do you think of them? Some like Lauren Fleshman think the women's suits are too revealing.

      The Nation's Top Distance Recruit is Hurt
      The Olympics Officially Go Pro

      World Athletics announced today they will pay gold medalists in Paris $50,000 each, making track & field the first sport to offer prize money in the 128-year history of the Olympics.

      Non LRC Boston Coverage
      Let's Make The World's Greatest Footrace Matter To Everyone Yet Again

      We have a simple way to make World XC very important again - not just for those battling for the medals. Make it the primary way to qualify for the Olympics and Worlds in the 10,000.

      Non-Distance News
      NCAA News
      Who Won't Make Paris 2024?

      History says 1 out of 2 people who made Team USA in 2023 WON'T make it in 2024. In our weekly bonus SC podcast, we tell our Supporter's Club members who will miss out on the Olympics.

      Previous Non-Distance News
      Tebogo opens impressively

      Tebogo cruised at the start but had plenty at the end.

      More Sprint News: Rhasidat Adeleke reflects on how she almost didn't take the leap of faith and go to Univ of Texas She's happy she did and is looking to break the 4 x 200 world record at the Texas Relays in her outdoor opener.

      Noah Lyles and Lance Brauman Podcast

      Noah Lyles and his coach Lance Brauman have their eyes set on golds in Paris. They believe Lyles can possibly break Usain Bolt's world record in the 200m, but they know first comes the most brutal meet in the sport - the US Olympic Track and Field Trials. Article and podcast.

      Get Your Training Questions Answered By John Kellogg

      In the year 2024, there are all sorts of advice columns all over the Internet, but we’ve never seen one for distance running. There is one now as Robert Johnson and John Kellogg are here to answer your questions in our Dear Distance Gurus (DDG) column.

      The Best of

      A doctor, nuclear engineer, and D1 runner won our Marathon Trails contest and one of the top online coaches triumphed in our NCAA XC contest to become the king of LRC contests.

      Deal of the Day (Affiliate)

      Want a shoe for your faster runs? Want the #2 rated Brooks, the Brooks Hyperion Tempo on sale for $64.95.

      A Highly Recommended Guest Column
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      In a guest column, Andy Hardt describes what the fans and the sport of running have lost after Kelvin Kiptum's death at the age of 24.

      Rest In Peace: Henry Rono 1952-2024

      Rono achieved legendary status in 1978 when he set four world records in four different events in 81 days. Robert Johnson, who has an autographed poster of Rono on his office wall, pays his respects.

        Past MB Talk On Rono

        RIP Kelvin Kiptum
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        In just three races, Kiptum turned the marathon world upside down, setting a world record, and running the three fastest second halves ever in a marathon. Jonathan Gault recaps his life and career.

        Let the Anticipation Build - Only 178 Days until The Olympic 1500 Final

        Stavanger Aftenblad's Erlend Nesje went to Jakob's house to catch up with one of the sport's biggest stars who is on the comeback trail from injury. After finishing up an hour-long run, Jakob had some interesting comments to say about fame, Josh Kerr, and Jake Wightman. Presents

        We present to you the Shoe Awards for 2023. What is the best shoe of 2023, the supershoe of 2023, the newcomer of the year and more?

        Everyone's still looking for an edge

        Kelvin Kiptum, Faith Kipyegon, Keely Hodgkinson and everyone in the OAC are among the stars who experimented with Maurten Bicarb System in 2023 ($65 for 4 doses). The big question: does it work? (paywall lifted)

        We think most of you could guess the #1 brand, but the #2 might be a surprise. We break down the most popular brands overall, and for road, trail, and racing.

        Sick of Shoes that Break Down Too Soon?

        Running shoe construction has changed a lot in the last decade. Runners are still looking for more durable running shoes, but we take a look at some of the most durable shoes and what makes them stand out.

        Get a Better Running Shoe

        Stack heights on shoes are getting bigger and bigger. Runners are liking these shoes more and more. We try and make sense of the cushioning revolution.

        Fill out the shoe survey and we will enter you into a drawing a free pair of shoes.

        Better Running Shoes a Click Away

        Want to know what running shoes real runners like best? We've got some answers for you as our Better Running Shoe review site is now open to the public. Real reviews, from real runners, with data science.

        Paywall lifted!
        Paywall lifted!
        The Latest JG Feature

        What links Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the NAU cross country team, and Sebastian Coe? Double threshold training, which is having a moment in 2023. Note, most of this article is behind our SC paywall for 72 hours (until Saturday).

        How do you explain the ridiculous indoor distance times?
        Kipchoge loving the LetsRun Shirt in Berlin

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        Your latest American stars share their insights.

        Three legends of the sport.

        One of the greatest US runners ever.

        We chatted with Frank on the 50th anniversary of his Olympic Marathon gold

        American Record Holders
        American Record Holders

        Keira D'Amato, the new American record holder in the marathon, was joined by Deena Kastor, who held the record for 15 years.

        Sisson was the guest on the Track Talk podcast after she became the first American to go sub 67 in the half marathon on a record-eligible course. Podcast highlights above. Full pod here.

        Woody Kincaid joined us after he broke the American record indoors at 5000. He talks above why he left the Bowerman Track Club. Podcast highlights and link to full podcast here.

        Coogan's New Balance Boston team had 3 Olympians in 2021 and 2022 could be the biggest year yet for the program with 2 new additions and the TRACK at New Balance coming on March 1st.

        Danny Mackey has taken the Brooks Beasts from an unproven club to the Olympic podium in its first decade.

        Dathan Ritzenhein is the first of the top pro coaches to sit down and talk about his club heading into the 2022 campaign.

        Best of Jon Gault
        Best of Jon Gault
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