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"I wasn't tempted to come back. If I had run well in Beijing I might have been, but I was off my game so I needed an emotional and physical break. Three marathons in a year are enough for me."
- Ryan Hall commenting in a Jim Hage article on coming back for Chicago or New York after the Beijing Marathon. Constantina Tomescu-Dita and Berhane Adere struggled in Chicago, so it will be interesting to see how Paula Radcliffe and Co. fare in NYC in two weeks. Interestingly, none of the significant men from the Olympic Marathon are attempting NYC or Chicago.

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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

NCAA XC Heats Up With Pre-Nats Leading The Way: *Meet Recap/Results
LRC Coverage: Chelanga Puts On A Show For The Ages As FSU's Kuijken Also Breaks Course Record, Washington Women Impress Liberty's Sam Chelanga had spectators and coaches alike shaking their heads as he took it out in 4:18 and never eased up until he got the course record. LRC breaks down all four races. Photos and more.
Terre Haute Newspaper: Chelanga Emerges As NCAA Favorite
Photos: LRC Photos: *White Women's Photo Gallery *White Men's Photo Gallery *Blue Men's Photo Gallery (sorry, no Blue Women's Photos as our flight was late). *Photos From Indiana State Site *More Photos
*Message Board Info On Pre-NCAAs
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Washington Women @ Prenats *CHELANGA DOES IT AGAIN!!! *Why Chelanga will not Win Nationals! *Pre-Nats Combined Results - Men *German Fernandez is a Serious Threat to Win NCAA Cross Country Nationals *Mark My Words: Chelanga Will NOT Win XC Nationals*Pre-Nats Predictions
Results: *Men White: (Chelanga, Stanford) Team Individual *Men Blue: (Tyson David, Alabama) Team Individual *Men JV/Open: (OSU, Fernandez) *Results *Women Blue: (Felnagle, Washington) Team Individual *Women White: (Kuijken, tie - Princeton, FSU) Team Individual
Not Everyone Goes to Pre-Nats
*How The Mighty Have Fallen:
Arkansas Loses To Texas A&M At Chile Pepper Meet In Front Of Home Crowd
Sally Kipyego Leads Texas Tech To Chile Pepper Title Kipyego must have been going easy as she only won by 16 seconds.

*GTown Men Roll at Penn State National as D3 #1 Cortland State Comes 1 Point Shy of #28 Villanova West Virginia put 4 in the top 9 to dominate the women's race.*
LRC: Message Board Thread on 2008 PSU National *PSU National Photos
*#27 Arkansas Men Host Chile Pepper Festival The Hogs are in trouble this year, as despite the fact they've won 34 straight conference titles, they are apparently only the 3rd best team according to the rankings.
*#1 Oregon (#2 on Women's Side) Racing Mike Hodges Invitational

Pre-Meet News
*#2 Oklahoma State and German Fernandez Ready For Pre-Nationals The Cowboys don't like to race very often and they are racing their older guys but the fans will be pumped to learn that possible freshman boy wonder German Fernandez is racing.
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Craig Forys Having Fun Leading Michigan Into Battle
The Wolverines will host Big 10s in two weeks.

LetsRun.com
2008 Pre-NCAA XC SuperPolls: Oregon Ducks Reign Supreme Vin Lananna's Oregon Ducks are #1 on the men's and women's side, but many of the LetsRun.com faithful are backing German Fernandez and the OSU Cowboys. Can the Cowboys do the unthinkable and defeat last year's national champions who return their whole squad? First up for the Cowboys is the Big 12 meet, where Mark Wetmore's men have been a perfect 12 for 12 in the Big 12. Is this year unlucky #13 for CU? Voting to reopen after this weekend's Pre-NCAA action.

IAAF Athlete of the Year Candidates Announced - Cast Your Vote Practice voting as the US presidential election approaches.

Geb On Future Plans, Usain Bolt's Accomplishments Geb didn't mind Bolt's celebrations a bit, said he and other Ethiopians back in Addis Ababa watched sprinting for a change, just to see Usain.

Tomescu-Dita Joins Benita Johnson, Haile G. And Mottram For Nov 30 Melbourne 15k

World Records Ratified: Kaki 1:42.69 (junior), Dibaba 14:11.15, Jelimo 1:54.01 (junior)

Business News: *Devine Racing Partners With Rock N Roll Marathon Competitor Group on Vegas Marathon It shows how far Devine has fallen that he has to take in a partner on Vegas. If Devine can get 30,000 (see below) in San Antonio then Vegas should have 50,000.
They Sure Can Market: Rock N Roll San Antonio To Get 30,000 in First Year

Total BS: ING NYC Marathon Seen by 312 Million People Worldwide We guess we should start saying our web site gets 10 million visitors a month if that's all marketing is. It's apparently three times bigger than the Super Bowl (95 million) was in 2004.

Carl Lewis to Be on Audit Panel That Will Look at USATF Performance

LRC The Week That Was (is finally back) Our recap of the highs and lows of the previous week is back after a longer-than-anticipated hiatus. Don't call us lazy; The Week That Was was listening to its body and taking a much needed break but is back in decent form considering it's a bit rusty. We recap a remarkable performance in Chicago, two remarkable performances in Rio, the first sub 26-minute 10k, Wesley Korir, the end of the $105,000 Brooks Johnson era at USATF, secret drug emails, and more.

Chinese Track National Champs Are Held In October And Many Big Names Don't Show Up

Moses Mosop Wins Italy's Giro al Sas in Trento Mosop missed the entire summer with an injury.

The Greatest Race on Earth Gets Charity Partner The Greatest Race On Earth really is four marathons and offers a $1 million prize for the best overall cumulative time (one runner per race). A cash cow if you get a good team. The charity partner is Seeing is Believing, which is hoping to stop avoidable blindness. *Nice Article On Seeing Is Believing

New CERA Drug Test Casts Shadow Over Beijing Olympics The IOC was expecting to get 40 positives. They only got 6. How many more cheats will CERA unveil?

2008 Bank of America Chicago Marathon *Full Race Video *Top Results *Searchable Results *Photos
1 Day After
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Interesting Profile Of The Top American At Chicago (And Running Neophyte), Mike Reneau
He only got into running 4 years ago as he had to take a PE marathon class to graduate from college. He ran 2:36 and never looked back thanks to the help of Hansons-Brooks.
*Lengthy Explanation As To Why Wesley Korir Isn't Supposed To Receive Prize Money In Chicago Korir won the citizens race and didn't compete in the elite race, so the fact that he had the 4th fastest time of the day is irrelevant. The decision was made according to IAAF/USATF rules which Chicago is obligated to follow. *Message Board Thread Saying He May Get It
LRC Men's Recap:
A New Marathon Star In Evans Cheruiyot Emerges With Spectacular Win Cheruiyot, the LetsRun.com pick to win, did his best Sammy Wanjiru impression, as he totally ignored the hot and humid conditions and scorched a 2:06:25 to win an epic duel with David Mandago, who almost cracked Cheruyiot in the 22nd mile. The pace was insane from the beginning - it was so fast the rabbits couldn't keep up for more than 11 miles. *American Wesley Korir Finishes 4th (or does he finish 10th?)
*Lidiya Grigoryeva Wins Women's Race link fixed She won Boston in 2007 in tough conditions and got the win in Chicago in tough conditions as she defeated fellow Russian Alevtina Biktimirova in a very slow race that, unlike the men's race, made sense given the conditions. American Desiree Davila of the Hanson's program was a surprise 5th in a big PR of 2:31 as we totally botched our women's predictions.
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Live Message Board Thread
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Phil Hersh Ranks The Top 12 Male Marathoners of All Time His list certainly will create a lot of discussion. Comment on our message board.
*Chicago on the Boards: *If You're Running Chicago, Post Your Goal Time
LRC:
Overall Men's Race Preview: Might A New Marathon Star Emerge From An Extremely Talented Group of Kenyans? The men's race is a very hard one to predict as a lot of people have a chance including five sub-2:07 guys. The race is the ultimate display of the depth of Kenyan marathoning, as the one thing we know will happen is that a Kenyan will win. In the end, we think there may be a new marathon star on the victory stand.
LRC: Overall Women's Race Preview: Will The Olympic Champ or Two-Time Defending Champ or The Young Upstart, Bekele, Get The Glory? In our top 5 countdown, we put Berhane Adere at #1 but we have a hunch she won't be the victor.
LRC Top 5 Men's Countdown: #1 Evans Cheruiyot, #2 Emmanuel Mutai, #3WilliamKipsang, #4 Daniel Njenga, #5 Richard Limo and Moses Arusei
LRC Top 5 Women's Countdown: #1 Berhane Adere, #2 Bezunesh Bekele, #3 Constantina Tomescu-Dita, #4 Kiyoko Shimahara (Japan), #5 Worknesh Tola (Ethiopia)
Outside Press
*Tomescu-Dita Says She'll Stay With Pack in Chicago
*Nice Profile of 3-Time Chicago Wheelchair Champion John George
Injured after falling from his 12th-floor bedroom as a 4-year-old, he peaked 2.5 weeks before Beijing but is going to give it a go.
*AP Preview of Chicago Marathon Focuses on Tomescu-Dita and Njenga
Njenga and his 6 straight near misses is an easy story for the mainstream media to understand but we don't think he'll win.
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IAAF Preview of Chicago
*Nike's Chicago Marathon Spectator Guide
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USA Today: Chicago Marathon Has People Wondering Is Two-Hour Marathon Possible? Dave Martin says it will happen in 2015, whereas Alberto Salazar says what we say - not in our lifetimes. Salazar: "I don't think we'll see it in our lifetime or with the human body as we know it. ... To do it, you are going to have to come within a minute of the world record in the half marathon and then still have the energy and reserves to do it again. It's inconceivable."
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Adere vs. Tomescu-Dita vs. Bekele
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Chicago and Bank of American Using Marathon To Promote 2016 Olympic Bid

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Olympic Champion Tomescu-Dita Headlines Chicago Field
*Weather Forecast Pleases Chicago Officials

*Arata Fujiwara Looks To Make A Big Splash In Chicago

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12:56 5ker Richard Limo and 37-Year-Old 28:09 10ker Martin Laurent Write Back and Forth About Their Chicago Marathon Preparations

On The Boards
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Is Catherine Ndereba The Greatest Female Marathoner Of All Time? Rank your top 10 as Philip Hersh of the LA Times thinks so.
*CAN I RUN A 2:50 MARATHON OF 50 MILES a WEEK?

Sad News: US Women's Track And Field Pioneer Louise Mead Tricard Passes At 72

If He Came Up With Madden Football, He Must Be Good: Former Head Of EA Sports Takes Over Atop USOC

To those of you who already think California judges are crazy, this will only reinforce that belief:
BALCO Perjurer Tammy Thomas Gets 6 Months of Home Confinement And Many View It As Good News For Barry Bonds
The prosecution asked for 2.5 years in jail but the judge went light on her as the BALCO ringleader Victor Conte only served 4 months himself. That may be true, but Conte cooperated with prosecutors and she did not. If you lie to a federal grand jury, you should go to prison. Period. The judge is practically encouraging people like Barry Bonds to lie. When Bonds' trainer refused to testify, he spent 15 months in the slammer. So should she. Additionally, she blew her lid and had a "verbal and physical" altercation with a law clerk after being convicted in April.

LetsRun.com NCAA Super Polls
Conference and National Voting Our LRC NCAA Super Polls are back, where we let you tell us who the best teams in the country and in each conference are. Voting now open.

2004 4th Placer, Bulgarian Daniela Yordanova, Banned For Doping She was 4th in the 1,500m in Athens.

Paula Radcliffe To Run Great South Run A Week Before ING New York Marathon The world record holder will race at 10 miles in what she hopes is little more than her last tempo run. *Too much travel caused her to rule out World Half Marathon

Expect Some Distance Medals To Be Coming Back
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Beijing Blood Samples to Be Retested for New-Style EPO The blood test for CERA just got two Tour de France riders. Expect it to get some Olympians as many athletes seemed to think it was undetectable. It's a shame that they announced in July that a test existed. They should have let the cheats compete and win in the Tour de France and Olympics and then thrown them out in disgrace.

LRC Brooks Beijing Contest Recap
Australia Reigns Supreme, "Scandal" Hits Contest, World Indoor Champ Places in Top 5

Being an Olympic year, the LetsRun.com $1,000,000 prediction contest went to another level. Mere mortals almost had no chance in our contest. Battling out for the win was a former super agent in the sport, a previous LetsRun.com contest winner, a World Indoor champ in the 200m, and a LetsRun.com fan out to show up her husband. Read all about it.

2008 real,- BERLIN MARATHON - Watch Video Highlight or Race Replay *Results *Photos
Haile G. 2:03:59!!! Mititenko 4th Fastest Woman Ever Haile Gebrselassie
made more history Sunday on the streets of Berlin. After going through the halfway point in 1:02:04, Haile continued to flirt with world record pace but was stalked by Boston runner-up James Kwambai. Haile threw down the gauntlet the last 7km to dispatch Kwambai and just dip under the 2:04 barrier. On the women's side, German star Irina Mikitenko ran a brilliant race, running a negative split to smash the 2:20 barrier and become the fourth fastest woman ever.
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Geb: "I can go faster."
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The Science Of Sport Analyzed Geb's Splits As The Race Unfolded link fixed
*Geb's Record in Berlin Is His 24th World Record (or 26th depending on who is counting)
*Mikitenko Moves Into Tie in World Marathon Majors Standings Gete Wami must finish 2nd or higher in New York to move ahead. If she doesn't, they will be tied (and tied in the tie-breakers) so they might share the title. *Washington Post Article on WMM
*Falk Cierpinski, son of Waldemer Cierpinski, 2:13 in Berlin
On the boards:

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Wanjiru's Olympics > Geb's WR
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Haile's Splits from Berlin. ... how far could you run with him??
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Live Message Board Thread

Weltklasse Zürich -
*Results *Web Replay of Meet *Photos
LRC Recap: "Olympics in a Day" Well Worth The $$$ "The Olympics in a day" certainly lived up to the billing as Usain Bolt electrified the fans once again, Dayron Robles was pushed all the way to the tape, Jeremy Wariner got some sweet revenge as did Blanka Vlašic (after nearly blowing $500,000) and Sanya Richards. In the distance, LetsRunners rejoiced as Ramzi lost and Bekele was simply sensational once again and Paul Koech showed he might have very well been the Olympic Champion had he competed in Beijing. But the performance of the meet belonged to Pamela Jelimo, who ran the fastest women's 800m since 1983. She was so good that the 4th-placer at the Olympics couldn't rabbit her even for 600m. *IAAF Recap Of Zürich
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Bolt Leaves Crowd Breathless In Zürich
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800m Legend Maria Mutola Calls It A Career at Her 2nd Home in Zürich Mutola won one Olympic gold, 7 World Indoor titles, and 3 World Outdoor titles. She will be missed.
*LoLo Jones Gets Revenge
Nothing Like An African Bureaucracy
*57 Kenyan Athletes Went to the Olympics ... and 60 Officials
We're not making that up.

Sunday *Final Day Photos
Men's 5k

LRC: Kenenisa Bekele Completes The Double In Style - By Running The Greatest 5k Ever Run Bekele was simply sensational as he arguably ran the greatest 5k in history. Pushing the pace throughout, he ran an Olympic record 12:57.82 thanks to a ridiculous 3:57.01 last 1,600m, 4:56.97 last 2k, 7:35.53 last 3k and 53.87 last lap. Unbelievable. He clearly enjoyed this one as he showed great emotion in the last 150m as he won his first global 5k and became the 1st man to complete the Olympic 10k/5k double since his countryman, Miruts Yifter, in 1980. *IAAF Recap of Race *Reuters Recap of Race
IAAF: Kenenisa Bekele Joins Legends By Completing Distance Double

Recommended Read: Bernard Lagat Goes Home Empty-Handed But Looking Forward To The Future The New York Times gets the scoop on what has been ailing the double world champion from last year. Apparently, after the US trials he developed a serious achilles problem. Throw in a viral infection before the 5k final and you've got big-time trouble. He stayed in it until 1,200m left. Even if he was 100% on his game, no way was he staying with Bekele on this special night. *Matt Tegenkamp Finishes 13th *Nic Bideau Shocked by Mottram's Failure *Bideau Hoping To Rebulid Mottram "We feel like it's just a couple days prior to Christmas and we've found it's been cancelled." *Mottram's Career At Crossroads
*Matt Tegenkamp's Comments

Wilfred Bungei Wins Men's 800m - The Kenyan's 10 years of training in Verona, Italy finally paid off in a big way as he led the race at 400m, 600m and 800m. It's been a long time coming for Bungei, who showed great promise when he was ranked #1 in the world 6 years ago, running 1:42.34, and when he was the heavy favorite 4 years ago. The article has a great photo of the finish. *IAAF Recap of Race *Reuters Article
*4 Years After Being Favorite In Athens, Bungei Takes Home Gold Alan Webb can take heart in this story.

4 x 400m Mania
US Men Set 4 x 400m Olympic Record

Sanya Richards Comes From Behind To Take Women's 4 x 400m
*At last: Richards, Felix, Wariner get their golds
*Wariner Doesn't Do Redemption

Friday *Results *
Photos
Tirunesh Dibaba Outkicks Rival To Complete Historic Double
A 59-second last lap gave Dibaba a victory in a crazy, crazy race that went out at 5:50 mile pace for 1k. As a result, she is the first woman to ever win the 5k/10k double and now can officially be considered the greatest female runner on the planet. IAAF Recap of Race
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Tirunesh Officially The Empress of Women's Distance Running

Bolt Completes Historic Triple - 3 Races & 3 World Records Plus 3 ridiculous margins of victory - 0.22, 0.66 and 0.96 seconds. It was great to see Asafa Powell get a gold as well. Trinidad & Tobago was 2nd as Japan got the bronze - that's right, Japan. It was Japan's 1st Olympic track medal in 80 years - yes, 80 years.

Bryan Clay Wins Decathlon Gold - The world's greatest all-around athlete got silver four years ago. Bolt is clearly the world's fastest athlete.

Jamaica Blows Women's 4 x 100m as Russian Wins
*Australia's Steve Hooker Wins Men's Pole Vault *Drug Cheat Win's Women's Long Jump

Another Great Tim Layden Article: Putting The So-Called US Track Debacle In Perspective The US will end up with more medals than Sydney and likely more medals than the home field Atlanta Olymipcs. Plus you can't blame the US system as there is no US system. Additionally, Britain spent over $1 million on their relays and neither 4 x 100m finished - nor did the unbeatable Jamaican women.

Thursday *Results
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Photos
LaShawn Merritt Crushes Jeremy Wariner As US Goes 1-2-3 in 400m
The much-anticipated 400m duel turned into a rout as Merritt ran great (43.75) and Wariner was off his game. David Neville got a surprise bronze.*LaShawn Merritt Dedicates Win To His Deceased Brother *Texas Paper on Wariner's Loss *Merritt Studied Video of Bolt's Race To Come Up With Game Plan *Dick Patrick On Merritt's Win
This Is What the Olympics Are All About: David Neville Dives For Bronze He was a surprise team member and an even bigger surprise for the bronze. A great story. We enjoyed seeing him at Track Town Pizza the day he made the team. Pizza and soda to celebrate. A class act.

*Veronica Campbell-Brown PRs & Defends Olympic 200m Crown Allyson Felix ended up in tears with the silver but we think given her struggles so far this year, her sub-22.00 clocking was a hell of a performance.

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US Drops Baton In Both 4 x 100m Relays
No one should truly be shocked as the US men botched it for the 5th time in the last 12 global championships. On the plus side, we won't get the opportunity to get smoked by Jamaica in the final. *Britain (Thanks To Craig Pickering) Blows It As Well
*Tim Layden Looks At Struggling US Short Sprinters - Personally, we think Americans are spoiled by the US sprint domination and think the media is overblowing the US failures (and taking for granted our domination of the 400m hurdles and 400m). Plus the Jamaicans just have some big time stars. But it is the first Olympics that the US will not win any of the 100m, 200m or 4 x 100m for at least one sex.
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Washington Post Puts Proper Perspective on USA's Performance - 6 Medals in 3 Finals is Damn Good

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Dayron Robles Masters 110m Hurdles The Cuban makes the hurdles look so effortless - unlike anyone we've ever seen before. The US got 2nd and 3rd. It's too bad Liu Xiang wasn't in this race or it would have been a huge spectacle.
*Bryan Clay Leads Decathlon After Day 1
*Nelson Evora Wins One of Best TJs in History
You had to jump farther than ever before to get a medal as 7 men broke 17 meters.

Wednesday *Results *Usain Bolt 200m Photos
USAIN BOLT 19.30!!! Lightning struck twice as Bolt ran a ridiculous time into a .9 headwind. More than a half second behind Bolt, the race was marred by the DQs of the 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
IAAF Recap of Race
*Video of the Race
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Bolt Stakes His Claim as the Greatest Sprinter Ever A good article with a great conclusion: "Perhaps it is too much to hope that he has also banished the suspicions that have undermined the integrity of Olympic sprinting for so long. But when you look at him, at his 6ft 5in, 13st 8lb frame and at the articulation of his limbs as he devours the track, you might be forgiven for believing that he, more than any leading sprinter for several generations, might just be able to achieve such feats without artificial assistance. There is none of the sense of physical distortion created by the excess muscle that powered recent generations out of the blocks. He looks balanced and natural."
*London Times: Usain Bolt Leaves Beijing Spellbound Again Bolt was very nice to MJ's legacy. Bolt: "Michael Johnson revolutionised the sport," he said. "I just changed it a little bit."
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Tim Layden: Bolt's 19.30 Cements Greatness This is a good article that follows up Layden's remarkable pre-race article. Sports Illustrated Vault: MJ Was Shocked by His 19.32
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Christine Brennan: Bolt Becomes an Instant Legend
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Dutch Antilles: US 200m Protest Not in Olympic Spirit We agree with their sentiment and think in the future the IOC should automatically look for blatant lane violations so countries don't get blamed. "It's a pity for a big country like the United States to make such a small statement."
*Usain Bolt 400m Mania Erupts - Apparently He's Promised To Run the 400m in 42.5 in 2014 This isn't some BS article. This is an article by the IAAF where the 1983 World 400-meter Champion Bert Cameron says that Bolt has promised him he'll run the 400m in 2014. Cameron thinks he'll run 42.5. Insane.
Other Action From Wednesday
Men's 800:*Nick Symmonds Advances As Andrew Wheating Is Edged Out in Tough Heat and Christian Smith Fails to Advance * Eugene-Register Guard Article on 800m
IAAF: Men's 800m - Round 1
IAAF: Melaine Walker Wins 400m Hurdles In Olympic Record Rojo's favorite 400m hurdler Sheena Johnson Tosta gets a much deserved silver after being denied a bronze by a drug cheat 4 years ago.
IAAF:
Men's 110m Hurdles - Semi-Finals

Tuesday *
Results *Nick Willis Photos!!

Men's 1,500m: Nick Willis Wins Bronze!!!!! (as Rashid Ramzi Wins Gold) The men's 1,500m final was thrilling for sure. In the end, former Michigan Wolverine Nick Willis had given hope to Westerners across the globe as he won New Zealand's first track medal in 32 years, as Kenyan Asbel Kiprop won the respect of Letsrunners across the globe for his sensational silver medal performance. Meanwhile, Rashid Ramzi won gold and it seems that most LetsRun.com viewers aren't happy as they all seem to think he is a drug cheat. *Honest question: why is everyone so sure Ramzi is doping? *RAMZI WON - WHENEVER THE US SEES SOMEONE [From Another Country Win] WE ACCUSE THEM OF DOPING *Ramzi should have been DQ'ed Video: *Men's 1,500m Final Video
LRC: Recap of Men's 1,500 Final, Men's 400m Semis
The top two in the world proved it in the 1,500m, while Nick Willis put together the best possible race to come away with the bronze. The 400m semis had no major casualties, as Wariner and Merritt made their expected statements and other main medal contenders got through.
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Legends Hail Willis' Bronze
*Willis Cries for Those Who "Sacrificed" for His Victory
*Willis Takes Coach's Advice and Gets Medal
*Pre-Race: Nick Willis' Road to Bronze Ran Through Ann Arbor
*Rashid Ramzi Wins 1st-Ever Gold For Bahrain
IAAF: Men's 1,500m Recap
IAAF:
Former Banned Brit Christine Ohuruogu Wins Olympic Gold Sanya Richards felt a cramp and ended up 3rd
IAAF: Both LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner Impress In 400m Semis Both won and both ran fast. Who will win the final?
IAAF: Dawn Harper Focuses On Herself and Wins 100m Hurdles Olympic Title The JJK protege shockingly won after pre-race Lolo Jones failed to medal.
IAAF:
Andrey Silnov Wins Olympic HJ Title The guy was only 4th at the Russian Trials but was added to the team at the last minute after some good European performances.
Mens' 200 Semis:
Usain Bolt Wins Easily And Then Pours Powerade Down Wallace Spearmon's Back
IAAF: Women's 5,000m - Round 1
Monday:
*Results *Photos Day 4 (Discus, w800, 10k medals, Steeple) *Day 3 Updated (Men's 10k, W. Marathon, W. Steeple, M. 1,500m semis, W. 100m)
LRC:
Steeple, 800m Recap: A Kenyan Wins A Steeple For The Ages As Pamela Jelimo Sensationally Captures The Women's 800m
The men's steeple had it all - an American leading more than halfway through and then 3 competitors side-by-side going into the final barrier (and one of them was not a Kenyan). In the women's 800m, the 18-year-old was simply sensational from start to finish as was her teammate Janeth Jepkosgei. IAAF: 18-Year-Old Sensation Pamela Jelimo Wins Women's 800m Title A year ago she had never raced the distance in her life. Now she's an Olympic Champion. Simply unreal. *IAAF: Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Recap

*IAAF: Angelo Taylor Electrifies Beijing and Wins His 2nd Olympic Gold in the 400m Hurdles as USA Sweeps Taylor shockingly won in 2000 out of lane 1. Let's hope the USA puts him on the 4 x 400m as he looked sensational. Two years ago, he was up laying electric cable at 5 a.m. in Atlanta. *Nice ESPN Article on Angelo Taylor's Resurgence
*IAAF: Isinbayeva Puts on a Show! Sets WR & Wins Olympic Title Jenn Stuczynski was 2nd. *
Isinbayeva Talks Tons Of Trash About Stuczynski After Winning Gold
*IAAF: Irving Saladino Wins Panama's First-Ever Olympic Gold in Men's Long Jump
*IAAF:Recap of 2nd Round of Men's 200m

Sunday:
*Results *Photos (Marathon, Men's 10k)
LRC: Kenenisa Bekele Sets Olympic Record in Men's 10k
The men's 10k produced great drama as you had it all - a fast pace, Haile G in the medal hunt and more.
*Video: 3 Minute 10k Highlight
LRC: Historic 1st Women's Olympic Steeple Produces A World Record And an American Record as Well
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Steeple Final
LRC: Men's 1,500m Semis Produce Shocker As Bernard Lagat Fails To Advance
The two-time World Champion didn't advance as he was edged by Nick Willis, the lone athlete with NCAA experience to make the final. *Bernard Lagat Fails To Advance *Nick Willis Makes 1,500m Final He becomes the first Kiwi to make a men's final in any track event since 1996. *Canada's Kevin Sullivan Fails To Make Final - Doesn't Want To Talk About Retirement *Nate Brannen Fails To Advance
*Video: *Men's 1,500m Semi #1 (Kiprop, Lomong, Brannen) *Men's 1,500m Semi #2 (Lagat, Ramzi, Willis)

*IAAF: Jamaicans Sweep Women's 100m Video: Women's 100m Final
*IAAF:
Women's Steeplechase Starts its Olympic History with a World Record
*IAAF: Radcliffe: Looking ahead to London 2012
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David Epstein of SI: Night To Forget For US Runners - Swept in the women's 100m, zero men's 1,500m qualifiers, etc.
*Phil Hersh: *American Track Athletes Off To Slow Start - In addition to what's already mentioned, the US also has no LJ finalist or HJ finalists for the 1st time in history.
*Pre-Race Article on Lagat's Preparations - Lagat ran a 2:19 1k time trial last Sunday. This and Alan Webb's time trials prove that it's easy for runners to use them to get a false sense of raceworthiness. The article said Lagat was hoping no one noticed how he ran in London.
*More Lagat: Seattle Times: Lagat Fails To Advance

Saturday *Results *PhotosUSAIN BOLT 9.69 The men's 100 meter final was arguably the most anticipated sprint matchup in history. It more than lived up to the hype, not because of the expected 3-way matchup of Powell/Bolt/Gay, but rather due to the sheer brilliance of Usain Bolt. It was truly stunning. The question now is how fast can Bolt run in the 200m?
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Tim Layden (and Ato Boldon) on Usain Bolt Ato did another excellent job on the commentary. Can the other announcers defer and let him do the distances as well? He is knowledgeable and injects excitement.
*Usain Bolt Skipped Breakfast and Ate Chicken Nuggets for Lunch and a Snack Before the 100m Final
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Jamaica Prime Minister Planning Huge Homecoming for Bolt
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Usain Bolt and Jamaica Celebrate USA Today
*On the boards: 9.69 is Believable?

Friday: *Results *Photos
*Greatest Women's 10k Ever
Dibaba Smashes Olympic 10,000m Record as Two Dip Under 30 Minutes! Flanagan Gets Bronze and American Record Tirunesh Dibaba got the one thing missing on her resume, an Olympic gold, and she did it in grand style. She outkicked Elvan Abeylegesse to win in 29:54.66 as they became the 2nd and 3rd women in history to break 30 minutes for 10k and the first since Wang Junxia's unbelievable 29:31.78, 15 years ago. Shalane Flanagan came from behind to smash her American record (30:22.22) and get the first American medal in a track event over 400m since 1992. In other action, the American men bombed in the shot put (many expected a US sweep, but Christian Cantwell was the only American on the medal stand), the American women bombed in round 1 of the 800m and the USA was the only country to have all 3 of its entrants advance to round 2 of the 1,500m (Manzano on time), but Bernard Lagat didn't look great doing it. We'll hopefully have a letsrun.com recap of these races later, but in the meantime the IAAF has event recaps: *Men's 1,500m Round 1 *Women's 800m Round 1 *Women's Steeple Round 1 Recaps (Willard and Barringer advanced)
More 10k: NY Times Recap on Dibaba's 10k Victory, Flanagan's Bronze *
Washington Post Recap on Flanagan
On the boards:
*TWO women under 30 minutes in the Olympic 10000m final A historic day.
*1,500m Heats Talk Here

*USA's Flanagan wins bronze in 10,000 meters USA Today *Flanagan shows American distance runners can compete with best ... ESPN

*IAAF Recap of Day 1 - Kara Goucher 30:55 PR

Shot: Poland's Tomasz Majewski Surprise Shot Put Winner
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US Shot Putters Come Up Short New York Times

8/8/08 Dazzling Opening Ceremonies Kick Off Beijing Olympics A reader abroad wrote us saying, "I thought it was mind blowing ... it's like China is saying: 'We are the next power' ... I'm telling you, it was the most amazing visual display I have ever seen on television. And I'm not even watching on an HD or anything. London must be shitting their pants because that was unbeatable. It was amazing ... It just went on for 4 straight hours." We agree.

Advanced Poll
Who Will Win the Men's 100?
Usain Bolt 41.8%
Tyson Gay 41.8%
Asafa Powell 14.0%
Other 2.5%

Total Votes: 1927


 
 
Sprint/Foreign Olympic News:
Men's 100:

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Tim Layden Looks at Tyson Gay: Coach Jon Drummond Says Tyson Gay is 100% Sports Illustrated Drummond hints Gay was 100% by London.
*Asafa Powell Nearly Quit the Sport to become a Mechanic When His Brother was Murdered in a NYC Taxi
*Asafa Powell's Coach Steve Francis Says: "Since May [Asafa] has been almost reformed. It has done wonders for his performance"
*Forgotten Five Will Try to Break Up Bolt, Gay and Powell
IAAF

NY Times Looks at Liu Xiang's Decision to Not Run Any Races Before Olympics New York Times

LetsRun.com Rojo's Tour of China, Part 2 - The Great Wall Not too much about athletics in this one, except Rojo was too exhausted to make it to the top of the Great Wall and he did meet Leo Manzano's dad's employers. Rojo talks about the smog, the taxis being bugged, getting some digits, and getting only the money stolen from his wallet. Plus he's embarrassed about the American cyclists who showed up wearing black smog masks.

LetsRun.com Rojo's Tour of China, Part 1 - Hanging Out With Usain Bolt
Rojo went to the Puma Party put on for Usain Bolt. Open bar, Chinese dancers putting on their best sorority girl imitations, and then Rojo going 1-on-1 with Bolt. Rojo actually asked Usain about moving up to the 800m. Bolt hinted the Jamaicans want him to run the 4 x 400m. More importantly, Bolt apologized for visiting Facebook instead of LetsRun.com.

Thanou Refuses IOC Request to Appear for Herself at Hearing on Whether She Can Compete at Olympics

Again, Who Are The Idiots That Schedule USA Jrs and NON For The Same Weekend???
USA Jrs. *Schedule/Results*8:34.40!!!! German Fernandez Breaks Jeff Nelson's 2 Mile Record *Results 64.2, 2:10, 3:14.9, 4:19.4, 63.9, 64.7, 63.3, 62.9
*Message board thread
*Nice Recap from Dyestat Fernandez played basketball Friday afternoon before breaking the record.
*Videos of Race
On the boards: How long till Fernandez record goes down?
*Photos

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Neely Spence Won Girl's 2 Mile at NON

Marathon Recaps:
Amsterdam:
Paul Kirui 2:07:52, Lydia Cheromei 2:25:57 debut. Chala Dechase (ETH) 2:08:31 debut for second.  
Beijing:
19-Year-Old Bai Xue 2:26:27.
Dresden: Baha Sulle of Tanzania in new course record.
Detroit Free Press/Flagstar: David Cheruyiot wins in 2:16, Clint Verran (2:18) 2nd. Women: Tetyana Byelovol over Mary Akor.
*Byelovol Coached Last Year's Detroit Winner, Who Convinced Her To Run This Year
Unusual Finishes In Kansas City Marathon Men's race sees an American pass a Kenyan in the last 3 miles (and then win by 4 minutes), women's race decided by 1 second.
On The Boards: 2 Barefoot Runners Top Duke City Marathon
 

London Grand Prix To Be Held Over 2 Days Again In 2009
13,000 extra spectators paid to see the 2-day meet.

80 & 84 Olympic Decathlon Champ Daley Thompson Waiting For Call From New Head of UK Athletics Thompson says he'll help in any way that he's asked.

*Spira's David Cheruiyot Looking To Win and Set Course Record in Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon This Weekend The guy has won 6 of 8 marathons.

Sara Slattery Blogs After Winning US 8k Title


British Star Lisa Dobriskey
's Father Is Helping Build London's 2012 Stadium
She might get a medal in her dad's stadium.
Bernard Kohl Admits To Doping
... in a cowardly way (though admission is far better than dishonest denial). Kohl shamefully says his actions - doping up with CERA and stealing the Polka Dot jersey from a potentially clean competitor - were only human considering the pressure he was under.

Great Choice: Glen Mills Chosen As NACAC Coach Of The Year

Upcoming Marathons: Amsterdam Marathon This Sunday, Should Be Fast (8 Under 2:10)
On the boards: Kansas City Marathon

Ludicrous: British Rower Matt Wells Blasts His Track Countrymen Britain won more medals in rowing than in track, so apparently the track athletes sat in the back of the plane on the way back.

America's Finest:
*Interview With One Of America's Best: Josh Rohatinsky
*Discussion With American Pole Vaulter Derek Miles
*Abdi Abdirahman Talks About Leading the Charge at the ING NYC Marathon
He says more of his focus here on out will be on the marathon.

Zola (Budd) Pieterse Has Left S. Africa, Is Living in S. Carolina and Will Be an Assistant at Coastal Carolina

After 3-Week Break, Nick Willis Is Back Running Again

Many Olympic Drug Tests Missing from Beijing

Gebrselassie Wants 15k Road World Record at Great Australian Run Next Month

USOC Not Sure How Uncertain Economic Climate Will Effect 2009 Budget USA Today

USA Wrestling, Diving, Boxing in the Hot Seat for Poor Performances in Beijing

Clint Verran Looking For Win & Course Record At Saturday's Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon

Eric Grossman Wins US 50-Mile Road Title And Gets Course Record The guy ran 6:58 pace for 50 miles at age 40 to become the first to break the 7:00-per-mile barrier at the course. Not too bad.

Drug News
Feds Urge Prison Time For Trevor Graham
The guy needs to go to jail for as long as possible (which appears to be 10 months) as he's a liar and cheat. But of course without the angry cheat Graham, BALCO might never have been uncovered.
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Ivan Basso Fined For Role In Operation Puerto

Former Game Show Star Shaunna Thompson Wins Commonwealth Youth Gold At 100m The 16-year-old receives 6,000 pounds per year from millionaires to train until 2012. She persuaded them to give her the money on a television show.

*Molly Huddle Named USATF Athlete Of Week *Molly Huddle Ends Tough Year on High Note A nice win to conclude her road season.

Holiday Weekend Road Action
Molly Huddle Uses Late Kick To Win US Road (And Overall) Title At Tufts Health Plan 10k
Huddle beat Ethiopia's Aziza Aliyu by less than a second in 31:51.2. Amy Rudolph, who had a 10-meter lead at 4 miles, was fourth overall (2nd American). *Top 25 Results
*59:44 Guy Charles Munyeki Wins BAA Half Marathon
He prevailed in a sprint finish over his training partner Gilbert Okari, who beat him a week earlier in San Diego, to pick up $5,000. Ethiopia's Azalech Masresha won the women's race. *BAA Release On Race
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19-Year-Old Kenyan Julius Keter Runs 2:11 To Shatter Baltimore Course Record
The depth of the Kenyans is simply unreal.

USATF CEO Doug Logan Announces 7 Names On High Performance Audit Panel Carl Lewis and Mel Rosen are two of the seven. *Bios of 7 Panelists

After A Decade Together, Craig Mottram Parts With His Coach Nic Bideau There is no doubt they were very successful at one point, as Mottram got a bronze at the 2005 Worlds, but all relationships come to an end. The above link goes to an interesting message board conversation where people are speculating that Alan Webb should consider a similar move. *Craig Mottram's Previous Coach, Bruce Scriven, Thinks Mottram Will Make Smart Decision On New Coach

Jelimo And Wanjiru Nominated For IAAF Athletes Of The Year All we can say is yes to Jelimo and no to Wanjiru. Bolt has to get it. Haile G is also an option. *Click Here To Vote For IAAF Athlete Of The Year

Brief Profile Of World XC Silver Medallist Leonard Patrick Komon

World Half Marathon Champs: Lornah Kiplagat and Zersenay Tadese Dominate *Photos *Results *Full RaceVideo
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Men's Race Report *Women's Race Report Both Kiplagat and Tadese defended their 2007 crowns three-peated in convincing fashion. If there is a better half marathoner in the world than Kiplagat, we're not sure who it is. Tadese's win on the men's side was even more impressive. Just before the 20 minute mark, he pulled ahead and never looked back, winning by nearly 2 minutes versus a field of sub-1 hour marathoners. The US women, led by Melissa White, finished 4th. The US Men, led by Jason Lehmkuhle, finished 10th.
*Profile Of Women's Champ Lornah Kiplagat Kiplagat thanked Paula Radcliffe's former physio Gerard Hartmann for her victory and then talked about raising $15 milliion for a hospital in Kenya.
*Tadese Talks About Future Plans A marathon and possibly marriage are in the works.

Not Going to Happen: Physio Dave Martin Says Sub-2 Hour Marathon Will Occur in 2015 USA Today
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German Fernandez is a Serious Threat to Win NCAA Cross-Country Nationals

Excellent Preview on Japanese-Based Runners at World Half

Asafa Powell's Parents Don't Like Him Dancing

Jose Canseco Busted at Border With Performance Enhancers

Patrick Moulton Wins Hartford Half

Sally Kipyego to Kick Off Season Next Weekend at Chile Pepper

Tim Montgomery Gets 5 More Years For Dealing Heroin Talk about a cheat; PEDs and fraud weren't enough for this guy. Already in jail, he got another nickel. *Victor Conte Reacts To Montgomery's Sentencing Conte certainly isn't a fan of the Montgomery/Marion Jones couple. *Local Article on Montgomery's Sentencing Interesting to see that the judge also sent former WR holder Andre Cason to prison.

Isaiah Kiplagat And His Entire Team Retain Seats In Athletics Kenya's Elections He crushed the uprising by former WR holder Moses Kiptanui 55 to 8. Two years ago, Moses Tanui challenged Kiplagat and lost as well.

NCAA XC News
*New NCAA Regional Polls Out

*Oregon Ducks Women Ranked Second In Region, First In Nation
They and Washington are amazing and will get to battle at a loaded women's PAC-10 meet.
*Interesting Odds And Ends From Dellinger Meet This Weekend
OU beat Portland without Rupp, Klotz, Wheating and Centro, Jr. Hicham El Guerrouj was the starter for the meet!

Good News for Buster Fans
After 3 Weeks Off Following Olympics, Mottram Back Training And Talking At Sportsmen Clubs

Drugs:
*Interesting WSJ Article On Recent Report On Rampant PED Use In NFL
*Four Harness Horses Doped With EPO In Kentucky

A LetsRun.com Thumbs Up
Children's Running Book Review
LRC reviews Kids Running and our guest reviewer says, "I can say with full confidence that it is perhaps the best children's running book of 2008."

Good Read: Len Johnson Debates Geb Vs. Wanjiru The article also notes Geb will be going for the 15k world record in Australia on Nov. 30th.

Seb Coe: Top 5 Things London Will Focus On Heading Towards 2012

In case you missed it
Video Usain Bolt on Letterman


Usain Bolt Answers Carl Lewis' Doping Questions In Interview

Shock: World Famous LRC Message Boards Provide False Information (or do they?)
Question of the interview:
"I've got to ask ... did you recently do a time trial, as posted on the message boards on Letsrun.com ... I believe 22:46?" Find the answer here: Quick Chat With German Fernandez *Message Board Thread Here

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Hey NBC - What Happened To The Real Olympics? NBC went for ratings and instead did fans across the US a disservice by not showing more of the traditional Olympic events.

Men's Marathon *Photos
LRC: The Future Has Arrived as Phenom Sammy Wanjiru Runs Greatest Marathon In History To Give Kenya Its Long Overdue 1st Olympic Marathon Gold
Wanjiru's early pace was outrageous (4:41 1st mile) and many people thought it was totally suicidal. And it was for mere mortals but not for this new species of marathoner who appears to have come back from the future. The 21-year-old relentlessly pushed the pace from start to finish and ended up shattering the Olympic record by nearly 3 full minutes. Unreal. American Dathan Ritzenhein had a fantastic race to finish 9th as Ryan Hall was 10th and Brian Sell 22nd. *The Guardian: Wanjiru makes marathon history for Kenya *IAAF Recap of Marathon
*Ryan Hall Talks About His Race And Sammy Wanjiru's "Insane" Pace *Dathan Ritzenhein Talks About His Surprising 9th Place Finish Ritz: "I thought I had a chance at a medal, and tried to put myself in it early. But I looked at the clock at 5k and we were already out at, I think, 14:55. I knew if I kept that up, that I wouldn't be finishing." *Brian Sell Hits Wall at 35k *Brian Sell's Family Rejoices
*Extensive Comments from all 3 Americans from Runnersworld

Women's 1,500m - "World, you’d better watch out, Kenyan women are on the march."

*Nancy Lagat Surprise Winner of Women's 1,500m Title Lagat showed great promise way back in 2000 when she was world junior champion at 800 meters but her career since then has been spotty as she had no results in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007. She was as surprised as anyone that she won and admitted she had no race plan. After this race, she won't surprise anyone anymore as she was simply sensational and knocked more than 2 seconds off her career best to blow away the field and win in 4:00.23.*IAAF Recap of Race
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Shannon Rowbury Records Highest-Ever American Women's 1,500m Finish Hard to believe an American woman has never finished higher than 7th. Rowbury seemed pleased despite the fact that she had the 2nd best seasonal best of all the finalists.
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Britain's Lisa Dobriskey Just Misses Olympic Medal A late kick got her 4th. "If you told me last year I would be 4th in the Olympics I wouldn't have believed you so I've got to take heart from that."

Unbelievable Women's HJ: Blanka Vlašic's 34-Victory Streak is Snapped Tia Hellebaut set a national record to steal gold from Vlašic, who had been perfect before missing once at 2.05m.

LRC Preview of Men's Marathon
*Online Betting Odds (Lel 4 to 1, Hall 17.5 to 1
)
The final Track & Field event is on tap! Kenya has never won Olympic gold in the men's marathon but brings in two of the top five performers of all time. Oh, they have the World Champion, too. Can they finally do it? Can Ryan Hall end the three-decades-long American-born men's Olympic medal drought? *Defending Champ Stefano Baldini May Not Run *Good Weather Predicted For Marathon


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Ato Boldon Gets Praise From New York Times - The NYT is realizing what we knew a long time ago - Boldon is a great track announcer. When they hire Rojo for the distances, then we can all watch track with the volume on.
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Boldon Is Called "A Real Star" By SportsBusiness Daily We agree but think his blaming the US's 4 x 100m dropped batons on Craig Masback's departure was really off-base and totally stupid.

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NYTimes: Track Has Chance To Regain Wider Appeal
*Sports Business Journal Talks About Track's Chances To Get Big Again

Saturday: Men's 5k Final & 6 Other Finals

*Kenyans Will Use Sacrificial Lamb & Team Tactics to Try to Defeat Lagat & Bekele The Kenyans actually think Lagat is the man to beat.
*Ethiopian Paper Previews Men's 5k Final Will Tariku sacrifice himself for his big brother? It seems likely that team tactics will occur given what happened in 2004 and 2007. The race is loaded as this author thinks 10 guys could medal.
*The 10k/5k Double Is Officially Difficult - Bekele Leaves Actress/Wife Home From Games to Watch It on TV
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Day 9 Preview - 7 Track Finals They include the men's 800m, women's 1,500m and the men's 5k.

A Day After The Men's 400m
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Did Jeremy Wariner Switching Coaches Cost Him Gold?
*Clyde Hart Talks About Jeremy Wariner Getting Silver


Friday Preview: Women's 5k Final:
A Recommended Read
Dibaba vs. Defar It should be a hell of a race. Dibaba has the world record but Defar is fresh (but jet-lagged). They haven't met since 2006. Defar leads their head-to-head matchup all-time 12 to 10. This article talks about who roots for whom in Ethiopia and why. Don't discount steeplechase world record holder Gulnara Galkina-Samitova, as she was 6th in 2004 in the 5k. *IAAF Preview of Race
LRC Read Our Preview of Women's 5k from Monday
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Ethiopians Aiming To Sweep Women's 5k Final

Women's 1,500m Semis:
Shannon Rowbury Advances To Final
She was in a fast heat and had the lead on the 2nd and 3rd laps before fading a bit at the end to get in on time. Meanwhile Erin Donohue was eliminated as was Christin Wurth Thomas. Read Wurth Thomas' Blog Here. IAAF Recap of 1,500m Semis
On The Boards: *
Why is SHANNON ROWBURY hardly getting any attention????

Men's 800m Semi Shockers - The story of the 800m semis was who didn't advance. The winner of gold (Yuri Borzakovsky) and silver (Mbulaeni Mulaudzi) from 2004 are out, as is the world leader and indoor champion Abubaker Kaki, who looked terrible. Thus Nick Symmonds, who also was eliminated, shouldn't feel too bad. In our mind, the IAAF needs to add a 4th round to the 800m as it's too much of a crap shoot. *MB Thread on Kaki Bowing Out *MB Thread on Symmonds Elimination

An In-Depth Look At Sex In The Olympic Village? According to this former athlete it's totally crazy - almost an orgy. A crazy dichotomy exists between the sexes however. Men go for the hot women while women go for the gold medallists apparently. Some men apparently look down upon the women who are the best athletes.

More Nick Willis Mania *
Updated Day 5 Photos: Men's 1,500m (Nick Willis Bronze), Women's 400m, Women's 100m Hurdles Final
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Nick Willis To Cash In On His Olympic Bronze Willis thinks the bronze will pay off his mortgage. Hard to believe that Reebok, his sponsor, only had 4 US athletes make the team.
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Nick Willis Reveals Secret To His Success Having lost his mother at age 4 has had a profound effect on his life. Willis talks about growing up without a mom and the same article also reveals that he may currently be in hot water with his new wife as he took an eternity to get to her on the victory lap.
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John Walker: Willis Shows Africans Are Beatable Walker: "What Nick Willis has done is tremendous for New Zealand, tremendous for the spirit of New Zealand." The article also reveals that Walker placed a bet at the local sports betting place that Willis would win gold.
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Nick Willis Credits Drug Tests With Helping Him Get Bronze: Willis' views on drugs very much mirror LetsRun.com's. Willis: "I'm not saying any names. But I could name seven or eight guys [who] I think didn't perform anywhere near what they should have. I really believe that our prayers were answered and that people weren't able to fulfill the ability they normally show on a weekly basis on the circuit."
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Adrien Blincoe, Willis' Roommate in China, Gives Willis Advice On Kick That Helps Produce Bronze
*Willis Describes In Detail His Pre-Race Routine
A 50-minute nap/ipod session, 15-20 minute jog, a chiropractic adjustment and prayers are key.
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Asbel Kiprop Gets Silver

IAAF: Men's 5,000m - Round 1
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Craig Mottram Out The big news is that Rashid Ramzi isn't running but K. Bekele is. In the heats, Matt Tegenkamp won his heat as did Lagat. The shocking news was that Aussie Craig Mottram was eliminated. Mottram offered no excuses.

NBC's Coverage Reaches An All-Time Historic Low - Men's 1,500m Was Broadcast at 2:15 a.m.
*Thank
God: ABC/ESPN Promises to Show More Live Coverage if They Get Olympic TV Rights in Future

Tuesday: LRC Previews of Men's 800m and Men's 5,000m
Extremely deep fields highlight these events, as eight to ten runners in each race seem equally likely to come away with a medal.

Billy Mills-esque Shocking Win Occurs Again Over 40 Years Later
*Stephanie Brown Trafton Shocks World & Wins USA's 1st T&F Gold in Women's Discus: A Huge, Huge, Huge Upset.
She was only 3rd at the US Trials and only qualified for the final on her last throw. What a story!!!

*Great Article on Stephanie Brown Trafton - The Shortest Winning Throw in 40 Years
She says: So what? Let's throw out the drug-induced records. We agree. She also points out that no one cares if someone doesn't set a scoring record in the NBA finals.
*Article on Stephanie Brown Trafton's Preliminary Performance She qualified for the final on her last throw.

*NY Times Recap of America's Great Day Led by Angelo Taylor and Stephanie Brown Trafton
*Washington Post Article on USA's Fine Performances on Monday

Monday Morning: Shock and Disbelief as Chinese Hero Liu Xiang Pulls Out of Hurdles An inflamed Achilles tendon had the 2004 Olympic Champion noticeably grimacing. He made it to the starting line but after a false start by another competitor, he realized it would be futile to compete and walked out of the stunned, deathly silent stadium.
*Video: Liu Xiang Out

Olympics: (We will not publish results on the homepage of LetsRun.com until after an event airs in the US)
Monday
: LRC Preview of Women's 5,000m
The top five women 5k runners of all time line up, with the Dibaba/Defar rivalry set to come to a head. It should be a great event.

Preview of Women's 1,500m
With the top Russians suspended, medals may be easier to come by, and American Shannon Rowbury is a real threat to grab one.

LRC: Women's Marathon: Constantina Tomescu Steals the Show Just after halfway, the Romanian surged to the front and no one went with her. For whatever reason, the large chase pack never threw down the gauntlet to go after the leader until it was just a battle for silver and bronze, as Tomescu ran very strongly the second half to steal the gold. Paula Radcliffe ran with the leaders for the first half, then her injury took its toll, but she limped gamely to the finish. The big surprise was American Deena Kastor dropping out just around the 5k with a foot injury. The incredible Catherine Ndereba did it again as she got silver with a great kick in the last 100m. In other distance action, Anthony Famiglietti made the steeple final and the favorites in the women's 800m advanced, including Maria Mutola.
*IAAF Steeple Recap *IAAF Women's 800m Semi
Excellent Read: Amby Burfoot on Women's Marathon
He talks about"over the hill" Tomescu, Paula, Catherine, and Magdalena Boulet being injured (she banged her knee on a plane).

*Race Results Weekly Recap: Constantina Tomescu-Dita Wins Olympic Marathon

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On the boards: Watching Paula Radcliffe finish made me cry
Video: *Women's Marathon (Full NBC Coverage)
*Marathon 3 Hour Video Coverage No Announcers

Women's Steeple Heats Mean Full Equality for Women on the Track The women don't have the 50k race walk, but the men should try to follow the women on that one.

Embarrassing: Britain's Kate Reed Forced To Run 2km Time Trial Day Before 10k Final To Prove Fitness link fixed Who cares if she drops out? The Brits ought to be ashamed. At least she was entered. The Canadians barely enter anyone.

Enjoy the Olympics as the World May Be Ending Soon
Lengthy Article In Kenyan Paper On Their Lone Decent Race Walker "
The dearth of race walking in Kenya is a big worry."

On the boards: "Swimming today is like what distance running was in the 1960's"

Unbelievable
New York Times Give Press to Study Showing EPO Test Isn't Effective at Catching Cheats Researchers gave 8 people EPO and then sent off blood samples to WADA-accredited labs. They rarely caught any hint of EPO and some even gave off false positives.

2008 NCAAs D1 Results
NCAA Day 4:
LRC Hernandez Edges Wheating, Manzano Wins, Hannah England Runs NCAA Record The Wheating/Hernandez duel more than lived up to its hype. Leo Manzano went out in style, Hannah England ran very fast but she owes a big thank you to Sally Kipyego. A Cornell athlete won the men's triple jump for the 2nd straight year, Walter Dix took the 200, Cory Martin won the shot and the hammer. We recap the action.
*Day 4 Photo Gallery

*AP Recap:
Florida State, Walter Dix Three-Peat, LSU Women Win

Interviews: Wheating, Hernandez, Manzano, England, Kipyego, Bowman, Dix, Martin
and more.
*4 Guys Go Sub-45 in NCAA 400

ExxonMobile Bislett Games *Bislett Game Results
14:11.15!!!!!! 1:42.69 for Kaki
*Photos
Tirunesh Dibaba's
performance was simply amazing. Running in 78-80 degree weather, she smashed the world 5,000m record. She averaged 4:15 each 1,500m and ran her last 1,500 in 4:06-4:07. Jen Rhines ran a 14:54 PR. In other action, in the much-anticipated 800m matchup between teen sensations Abubaker Kaki and David Rudisha, Kaki was simply amazing. He led coming into the homestretch then blew away the field the final 100m, running 1:42.69, the first sub-1:43 clocking in 5 years and a junior world record as Rudisha ran a PR but lost for the first time in 12 races. Pamela Jelimo showed 1:55s are routine for her as she clocked a 1:55.41, Samitova-Galkina ran a 9:14 steeple and Andrew Baddeley went sub-3:50 to get the big upset in the mile that we're sure everyone in Britain will be writing about tomorrow. Jeremy Wariner ran 43.98, his first sub-44 clocking before the Trials. Despite our harping on his decision to switch coaches, he's running very well (nonetheless, his loss may have cost him $200,000).
*Tirunesh Dibaba: "I could have run faster" iaaf.org

*Athlete Quotes from Bislett
*Baddeley Breaks Through
On the boards:
*Dibaba 14:11.15 WR!
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Andrew Baddeley 3:49.38!
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Wariner 43.98 at Bislett

LetsRun.com Boston 08 LetsRun.com Party Photos The party hosted by Puma was a smashing success. A packed house, as those passionate about running (from ages 5 to 65+) came to celebrate a great weekend in Boston. LetsRun.com fans celebrated with Rojo, Wejo, Matt Taylor, and a few legends in the sport, including former marathon world record holder Steve Jones and Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O'Sullivan. The Harpoon beer was flowing, DJ Inkognito kept things going and contrary to popular opinion, there was a healthy mix of males and females. The reviews were excellent. "It's refreshing not to see the same 50 people (industry insiders) at a party." "Most favorable female-to-male ratio I've seen in a long time."

LetsRun.com London Women: Mikitenko Wins Crazy Women's Race The women's race went totally not according to form. German Irina Mikitenko was the surprise winner. The race went out slow, then picked up, then slowed back down again. Then Gete Wami wiped out at a water stop, nearly knocking her own teeth out, fell off the back, then battled back only to get dropped again as Mikitenko threw it down the final 5k. And a perfectly sunny day turned into a cold, windy rainstorm at times. Text, Photos, and Video
Other London Coverage:
*Yelling Makes GB Team: A great moment when she looked rival Hayley Haining in the eye at 19 miles. Amazingly, both ended up happy as both PRd.
*British Men Could Run 25 Miles, Everyone Else 26.2 Miles and They'd Still Lose in London

*World Marathon Majors Points Standings - Lel Has a Huge Lead; Wami's Is Narrowed by Mikitenko

*Dick Patrick of USAToday Writes About Ryan Hall
*American Ryan Hall Mixes it with Kenyans
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AP Story on Ryan Hall: Hall Confident About Beijing Chances
*Quotes From the Top 3 in London

*Gas Leak Causes London Marathon to Be Diverted

*Paula Radcliffe Talks About Her Beijing Preparations

*Jon Brown Blasts UK Performance Director Dave Collins The 4th placer in the marathon at the last two Olympics absolutely rips Collins - a man who somehow managed to fail to show up at world cross country last month when it was in Scotland.

101 Years Old, Still Smoking, Running and Drinking: Buster Martin: "I'm not worried about the fags because I'll carry them with me. Everyone says smoking kills but it's taking a long time in my case." The 101-year-old legend plans on smoking while running Sunday's London Marathon.

LetsRun.com 2007 Worlds Coverage:
*Sunday's Homepage
Ndereba marathon
*Saturday's Homepage
*Friday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday's Homepage Lagat
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Wednesday's Homepage Lagat
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Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
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Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
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Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage
Kibet Marathon

*NYC Reebok Grand Prix:USAIN BOLT 9.72 World Record!! *Meet Results *Video of Usain Bolt's 9.72
Bolt Runs 9.72
.The Jamaican put on a show in the Big Apple to conclude a meet that showed exactly what track can be in this country - a large sold-out crowd, live TV and unreal performances. Tyson Gay ran a great race with 9.85 but was soundly beaten. In other action (like anything else matters), Veronica Campbell-Brown ran the fastest 100 of the year (10.91). In the distances, Paul Koech ran a U.S. all-comers record in the steeple, Lauren Fleshman went sub-15 for the first time, Lopez Lomong got his first big professional win and Yusuf Kamel edged Khadevis Robinson in a very close men's 800. *Message Board Thread Here
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LRC Distance Recaps
*Photo Gallery
*Race Results Weekly Distance Recap With Athlete Quotes

*NY Daily News Recap (Only NY newspaper that delayed Sunday publication to include the Bolt article)
*Ato Boldon Wonders Whether Bolt Can Get 100, 200, and 400 World Records USA Today

*Usain Bolt Not Overly Excited about World Record USA Today
*Athlete Quotes from Reebok Grand Prix

Drug Talk: Hopefully Bolt can join some sort of baseline testing program like Tyson Gay to restore people's confidence.
*Drug Scandal Hangs Over Bolt's 9.72 Times of London

*Progression of 100m World Record
*NY Times: Is Bolt Clean? New York Times

Om the boards
Please, Jesus, Let Bolt Be Clean We think he should voluntarily join a baseline testing program like Tyson Gay. And while we're at it, we think that everyone's baselines should be published.


Olympic Trials:
LetsRun.com:
Deena Triumphs in Boisterous Boston
It was an incredible day on the streets in Boston. The fans turned out in droves to cheer on America's finest and Magdalena Lewy-Boulet made it interesting by opening up nearly a 2-minute lead before Deena Kastor came from behind for the win. We give you all the analysis, talk about Deena's strategy, and more (Joan Benoit's final competitive marathon).
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LetsRun.com Boston Women's Olympic Trials Photos
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4 Minute Highlight Video of Post Race Comments Deena, Magdalena, Blake Russell and Joan Benoit all give their take.

*Victah Sailer Photos Link fixed. Photos reshuffled. A few captions added.
More coverage:

*USAToday article by Dick Patrick
*Joan Benoit Article in NY Times
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Olympic Trials Coverage Splits for Every Mile Here
*LestRun.com Message Board Thread Here
*Watch on Demand Here

LetsRun.com London Men: Lel Leads 3 Under 2:05:30!!!, Ryan Hall 2:06:17
Ryan Hall Goes Through Halfway on World Record Pace
The 2008 Flora London Marathon will be remembered for a long time. The lead pack of 9 went through 5k at 14:21 (2:01 pace). They continued together (yes, all 9) through halfway on world record pace (1:02:13). Ryan Hall then went to the front soon after and asked the pacemakers to go FASTER. Soon Hall was off the back, but he would catch the leaders briefly again and go on to run 2:06:17. Until Sunday, only 7 guys had ever run under 2:06:15, now 11 have. Up front, it came down to a 3-man battle over the final mile before Martin Lel got his 3rd straight World Marathon Major win over the final quarter mile as he led 6 guys under 2:07 and to $50,000 bonuses each. Recap, photos, video above

This Guy Has Totally Won Back Our Respect

Maasai Warriors Finish Marathon link fixed One of them went back to the course and finished the race a day after being forced to go the hospital after a ceremonial wrap cut off his circulation. He said, "It was very important for me to do this. This is what I came to England for."

LetsRun.com Ryan Hall Reflects On His Incredible Run
We tell you (and let you watch) what Ryan, his dad, his granddad, his coach and even Martin Lel had to say about Ryan. Lel was full of praise for the American and shocked by Ryan's attempt to get the pacemakers to go even faster. If Hall didn't already have your respect, he does after reading this article, as he pays homage to a throwback type of guy - Steve Jones. Text and Video.
LetsRun.com Video: R
yan Hall Talks About His 2:06:17 at the 2008 Flora London Marathon
*More LRC London Videos Here
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Photo Gallery

Toyo University's (Japan) Top 6 Runners Break 1:02 In Road 20k And they didn't even win the Izumo Ekiden last week.

LRC Message Boards: *Masters Weekend Races And Runs *Fernandez couldn't hold a torch to Ryan Gregson

India's Hammer Thrower Kanika Kumari Tests Positive For Steroids Her rapid rise to the top had raised eyebrows and also made some believe ultimately she could be a medal threat.

Editorial:
Now That Elections Are Over, Athletics Kenya Needs To Modernize


Uganda's Athletes Didn't Get Their Passports In Time For World Half Marathon Champs So They'll Run Local Marathon Instead

Commonwealth Youth Games

*Day 3 Report World junior champ Mercy Cherono made a mockery of the women's 3k as she lapped some runners twice in setting a Games record of 9:06 - the previous record was 9:42. *Kenyan article on Cherono and boys 5k.
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Day 2 Report World junior steeple champion Jonathan Ndiku destroyed the field in the 1,500m.

Kenya Runners Thriving In War Torn Mount Elgon District The area is home to a silent genocide as more than 600 have been slaughtered since 2006. Some runners have been forced at gunpoint to carry messsages on foot more than 8km away.

With The Election Fast Approaching, Letsrun.com's World Famous Message Boards Are A Hub Of Political Discourse:
*Why Do Americans Fear Canadian Style Health Care? *Discuss The Presidential Debate Here

On the boards: Question for those that CHOSE TO NOT HAVE KIDS

Madrid Slipping In 2016 Olympic Chase After Latest Racism Scandal In Soccer Better to find out now than deal with that crap later.

Oregon Skipping Pre-Nats; Rupp Making His 2008 Debut link fixed
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LetsRun.com NCAA Super Polls
Final Day to vote is today (Thursday). Pre-NCAA polls come out tomorrow.

Picture of Al Sal Running Medtronic TC 10 Mile

James Hogue Part II?
Is The New Van Cortlandt Park HS Record Holder Solomon Haile Really A 20-Year-Old Professional Runner? It'll be sad if things unravel for Haile, as not only will he not be able to compete in HS, but he'll likely be ineligible to compete in college without at the very least giving back some prize money. *Dyestat Thread

Drug News
*Steve Cram Editorial: CERA Story Shows Drug Cheats Can Be Licked
We definitely agree. If you store blood samples, people will be much less likely to cheat, as the undetectable wonder drug of today will be detectable in the future. *IOC Has Eight-Year Statute Of Limitations, So 2008 Olympians Might Be Tested Up To 2016
*Shocking XC Skiing Revelation: Finnish Skier Offered 160,000 Euros By Skiing Federation To Take Fall For Doping Scandal
The only problem was seven of his teammates tested positive later that week.

Drugs, Drugs, Drugs
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Physician Who Exposed Fact That Lance Armstrong's 1999 Samples Contain EPO Is Surprised He's Being Encouraged To Race in Australia
*Jose Canseco Held At Border Crossing & Found To Have Illegal Drugs Canseco had human chorionic gonadotropin, which is often used by former steroid users to boost testosterone.

Olympic 800m Champ Wilfred Bungei Visits His Old School The "copycat effect" is big, as he was inspired by Henry Rono, who was inspired by Kip Keino.

Sunday's International Road Action
Geoffrey Mutai Cruises To 2:07:50 Course Record in Eindhove
n, Netherlands Greg van Hest wins Netherlands title in 2:15.
Exactly One Year After Giving Birth, Rosaria Console Wins Maratona D'Italia in 2:30:44

HS Action:
*2007 Foot Locker Champ Ashley Brasovan Defeats 2006 Champ Kathy Kroeger at Great American
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High School: Solomon Haile Breaks Van Cortlandt Course Record at Manhattan Invite link fixed

Nick Willis Says He Hasn't Changed Much as a Person

Olympic 1,500m Champ Nancy Jebet Lagat was Only 3rd at Kenyan Trials

Post-Olympic Tours
*Nick Willis Is Back in New Zealand Preaching Value of Sacrifice
*Video: Nick Willis Returns Home a Hero With His Bronze Medal

*Jorge Torres Returns to His Middle School and Preaches About Dreams Becoming Reality (and President Bush Having Read Running With the Buffaloes) The rumor that Chris Lear hoped was true has been confirmed. Bush has read his book.


NCAA News
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Women's XC Div. 1 National and Regional Polls A new #1 as Oregon falls.
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Men's XC D1 National and Regional Polls
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2009 NCAA Div. 1 Track and Field Qualifying Standards Released

On The Boards:
Discuss The Presidential Debate *Engagement ring thread

Great Article On Australian Hurdle Champion Jana Rawlinson

15,000 Set To Run Nairobi Marathon Do they have the fastest finishing average of any large city marathon?

Running Tour in Kenya With Paul Tergat, Moses Tanui, Tegla Laroupe, Kip Keino, Douglas Wakiihuri, More (Nov 4th-8th LetsRun.com visitors get 20% off)

Merritt, Webb And Others On Hand In DC To Promote Worlds In Berlin In 2009 Merritt vows to run faster on blue track in '09.

The party is officially on in the new sprint capital of the world:
*Week Long Olympic Celebration Under Way In Jamaica
*Lauryn Williams Defends Jamaican Sprinters

British Press Asks: Will We Ever See A 2-Hour Marathon? We say probably not in our lifetimes - without gene doping or new drugs.

Saturday XC:
George Mason Invitational: Virginia Men & Women Give Jason Vigiliante Two Victories
Cowboy Jamboree #2 OSU Dominates
OSU's top guys packed together and Colby Lowe ran unattached.
*Message Board Thread
Bill Dellinger: #1 Oregon Men Edge Portland * Oregon Toughs Out Win At Dellinger With Team Depth

Rocky Mountain Shootout: *Results
*Message Board Thread

College Football: Jeff Demps Helps Gators Roll Past Razorbacks With 2 TD's

Friday's XC Action:
Paul Short:
*Wisco Men Win, Sammy Chelanga Dominates
The Mick Byrne era got underway with a win and Sammy Chelanga absolutely dominated, perhaps making himself the favorite for NCAAs, as Liberty may get its second straight NCAA XC individual title.
*WVirginia Women Win

*MBoard Thread
Notre Dame: Notre Dame Results - Unranked Tulsa A Surprise 2nd on Men's Side

Best weekend yet for NCAA XC Action
*German Fernandez and Oklahoma State Getting Ready To Run In Front of Crowd of 10,000
*19 Ranked Programs Head To Notre Dame Invite

*Oregon Set to Start XC Season This Weekend

*Rupp Will Sit Out This Weekend's Meet
*CU Set to Kick Season Off For Real With Rocky Mountain Shootout
*German And #2 Ranked OSU Cowboys Set To Host Jamboree

*Paul Short Run At Lehigh This Friday
Wisco, Iona, Syracuse, 'Nova men, West Virginia women.

Greek Olympic Steroid Scandal Probe Continues

Geb Has Record, But Lel And Cheruyiot Are The Only Two Men Left In World Marathon Major Challenge

Staten Island Child Actor Now Has Her Sights on a College Track Scholarship

Mikitenko Will Not Chase WMM Title in New York
Only people in NY are surprised by this.

Brief Chat With Kate O'Neill As She Battles Back After Injury And OT's Disappointment

Great Interview With 2004 Olympian Andrew Rock

Blog on LetsRun.com, Become Famous: LetsRun.com's Scott "Slicko" Anderson In the Modern Love Section of the NY Times

What Actor and Actress Would Ryan Hall Want To Portray Himself and His Wife In A Hollywood Film? Hall thinks Adam Sandler would fit the bill for him.

Video: (It will Expand) Usain Bolt Predicted His 9.69 Last Week While Playing His New Online Computer Game

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You can Race Bolt at www.chasingbolt.com

Friday Olympic Video (Women's 10k, Men's 1,500m Heats, Women's 800m Heats, Women's Steeple, Men's Shot) It only took 36 hours, but someone found a full replay of Friday's action online on NBCOlympics.com. There is no announcing and it is titled "Steeplechase Pileup" instead of "Day 1 Track and Field," but finally we are able to at least watch the events.

Today's Sign of the Apocalypse: LetsRun.com Message Boarder Quoted in Washington Post on Giving Advice on How Amateurs Can Dope

Post of the Day: "This time of year I find myself thinking, 'Being homeless in San Francisco might not be a bad gig....'" - on what its like training in Texas in the summer (well at least if you're in Corpus).

LetsRun.com the Magazine Coming Soon: Runner's World Had $72 Million in Ad Sales Last Year If you want to advertise on letsrun email us. We won't be greedy. Our reach is way more than 1/10th that of Runner's World and we only want to bring in $7 million. And with us you can actually be guaranteed your ad gets seen. How many people actually read page 27 of Runner's World anyway?

April Fools Day - See Our April Fools Day Home Page Here For all of you guys that have always thought that an Ivy League degree is way overrated based on the amount of typos we have on this site, we have to say, "You are right." We can report that Bruce Hyde got congratulatory emails for his "3:55 mile" from several idiotic Ivy Leaguers who lack common sense.
April Fools Archives:

Apparently, our 2004 April Fools edition was the best as a woman wrote us saying she "should not be forced to read an entire article" without knowing it wasn't true and we would be
lucky to escape a lawsuit.
*2007 *2006
*2005 (we didn't have one)
*2004 *2003
*2002 *2001

Blue Collar Running: Camp Phoenix Marathon Kabul, Afghanistan

Video of Asafa Powell's 9.74 WR

On the boards: Have the Japanese Perfected Lydiard Training?

Last Year's World Champs Video Race Highlights:
1,500
: The Final lap of the men's 1,500m
Video:
Horrendous Fall in Men's Steeplechase Warning: this is not for the faint of heart.
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros

Top 10 Training Tips

LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips in this letsrun.com classic when the site first launched.. They helped him knock 1:22 off his 10k pr in one race and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts
LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principles to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.

Wejo Speaks:
Why I Sucked in College
Perhaps Wejo's Most Popular Training Article Ever
"In running however, there are not bonus points for running 'hard.' The point is to run fast. There is a difference. Don't forget that."

-Letsrun.com's Wejo explaining "Why He Sucked in College" but went on to be 4th in the country in the 10k"

Rojo Speaks:
*In Case You Forgot JK is a genius: "John (JK)is the whole inspiration [for] why my brother and I are into running,His philosophy is what we use here at Cornell."- LetsRun.com's Rojo on the legendary JK

JK Speaks: JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport.

Learn From a Legend
Arthur Lydiard Quotes:

"
Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Lydiard Quote:
"Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build and build like the Africans. This is the only way to realise your potential."
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard

Learn/ Be Inspired from the Stars:
Yet Again The LetsRun.com Training Philosophy Is Proven True:

"Everything has been part of a master plan. Of course we've had to re-focus and re-adjust along the way, like everyone does, but there has always been a plan. [Years] 2005 and 2006 were all about training for 2007 and 2008. The last couple of years, we were trying to build up the strength he needs to win championship medals in the 1,500.''
-Scott Raczko, coach of Alan Webb, talking about how their focus on strength the last two years is paying big dividends in a feature in America's top sports magazine, Sports Illustrated (although we are pretty sure the article appears only online).

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in Ethiopia (we swear).

Geb:
More Great Advice from the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:

Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.
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Haile Gebrselassie's Addicted to Running:
"I always have a goal to do something. That way I keep running. It's an addiction to winning. But it's also an addiction to run - it is like a drug. If I'm not sweating I don't feel good."

Cheruyiot
A Must Read
Inspirational Profile of Boston Marathon Record Holder Robert Cheruiyot The life story of Cheruiyot, who is looking for his 3rd Boston title Monday, is truly remarkable
LetsRun.com
R
ojo Speaks: Inspired By a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags-to-riches story.

Some of the Highlights From Our Archives:
You Know You're a Runner If...
(our readers fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Kenya: LetsRun.com's Wejo went to Kenya for the World XC Championships and then he toured the country and explored the secrets of some of the Kenyan greats. See some of his insights on this incredible country.
Controlled Chaos
Read about incredible one of kind 2007 World XC Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. Tens of thousands of people packed like sardines, hanging in trees, in oppressive heat, all to see the Cross Country Championships for the first time in Kenya. There will never be a party like this one again.
Kenyan Distance Running Part I: Kenya, the Land of Opportunity
You've seen the highly praised photos, read the incredible race recap, now learn about the Kenyan distance phenomenon. In this article, Wejo looks at the motivations of Kenyan runners. Running in Kenya is by-and-large about one thing: money opportunity.
Wejo's Kenya Photos:
546 Photos from His Post-World XC Trip
See how the Kenyans live and train in Eldoret and Iten. Plus photos of Kip Keino's center, St. Patrick's High School, Singore Girls School,Lornah Kiplagat's, and the Kimbia house. Not to mention photos of Tergat, Tanui, Kiplagat, and many more.

Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers
A bit old, but we've got to remember our roots.

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ

Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After sitting on the results for months, we're proud to announce that the best running movie of all time as selected by our viewers is a not an Academy Award winner (Chariots of Fire) or a highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without Limits), but rather a running documentary, Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story. Read all about the voting and see the 10 best running movies of all time as selected by our viewers.
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Thumbs Up Showdown DVD: Wejo watched the Showdown DVD on the 2007 USA XC Champs in Boulder and was inspired.

Married Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"

- John Stiner,on getting married to his wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message boards. Read about their incredible story.

More isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train with his body. He trains with his mind."

-Hicham El Guerrouj on why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000

Inspirational Running Poem