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friday, february 18, 2000 daily news

The Runner's World editorial offices will be closed Monday, February 21, for the President's Day holiday, so RW Daily will not be published on that day. We'll be back on Tuesday the 22nd with the weekend's news and more interviews and updates leading up to the Women's Marathon Trials.

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Kenya looking to avoid repeat of '96 Olympic "embarrassment"
     A critical meeting will take place today in Kenya when track and field leaders of that country consult with agents representing the top athletes in an effort to ensure Kenya maximizes its prospects for gold medals at September's Olympic Games in Sydney.
     Four years ago, the Olympics were a "disaster" for Kenya, with only steeplechaser Joseph Keter earning a gold medal. Some felt that too many of the best Olympic prospects had competed too often on the European circuit and weren't at their peak in Atlanta.
     "What happened in Atlanta was there for everybody to see," said Kip Keino, a two-time Olympic champion and chairman of the National Olympic Committee. "After being overworked by the agents, our athletes got only one gold medal, which was shameful."
     Representatives for the top runners will try and work out arrangements with Kenyan federation officials that will be beneficial for all sides involved. "This move is aimed at ensuring that we do well at the Sydney Olympics," said David Okeyo, Kenya Amateur Athletic Association secretary general. "No athlete should feel that we're interfering with their personal programs. We also want them to make a living through athletics."
     What are the Kenyan prospects for gold medals in the middle- and long-distance running events at the Sydney Olympics?
     The steeplechase gold is almost a certainty, as the Kenyans have more talent in this event than anywhere else. They have not lost a gold in world competition in more than a dozen years, and even if their top rated runner has an off day, one of the other two team members will almost certainly come through.
     The good news in the 800, 1500 and 10,000 meters is that Kenya has clearly the second best runner in the world: Japhet Kimutai, Noah Ngeny and Paul Tergat respectively. The bad news is that the number one men - Wilson Kipketer, Hicham El Guerrouj and Haile Gebrselassie - are so superb, it will take a major upset to displace them from the top step of the Olympic awards platform.
     Gebrselassie has been the top 5000 man in the world since the '92 Olympics, yet the schedules and tough track conditions have worked against his doubling and he has not contested a world or Olympic 5000 since 1993. If he tries in Sydney, he'd be the favorite there.
     Even if Gebrselassie falters or doesn't run, his young countrymen like Million Wolde are coming on strong and there's always a potential for an upset like 5000 winner Venuste Niyongabo in 1996. This still might be the Kenyan's best gold medal chance in a flat race.
     That leaves the marathon. World record holder Khalid Khannouchi will almost certainly not run in Sydney because of citizenship squabbles. In the past few years Kenyans have won almost every major marathon in the world and turned in unprecedented string of sub-2:08 and even sub-2:07 times. The Kenyan trials race will be at Boston in April, but lucrative paydays at races from London to Berlin may see a lot of prospective medal winners bypassing the chance for Olympic glory.
     Keino, who won his gold medals in 1968 and 1972, recalls his day when athletes had simple priorities. "The Olympic Games take place every four years; why can't the athletes sacrifice for the benefit of their country like we used to do in our days," he said.

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Olympic history:
In 1936, sprinter Marty Glickman was set to run in the Olympic 4x100 meter relay. He was replaced at the last minute, quite probably because the Games' Nazi hosts put pressure on U.S. team administrators. Glickman's story, along with other disappointments, ironies and triumphs experienced by Jewish athletes around the world that year, is told at an exhibition entitled "The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936" that opens Sunday at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. The traveling exhibition, assembled by the U.S. National Holocaust Museum in Washington, will remain here for six months.

Suzy Favor-Hamilton: Suzy Hamilton, nee Suzy Favor, has decided to compete henceforth as Suzy Favor-Hamilton to honor her brother Dan Favor, who suffered from depression and late last year committed suicide. Favor-Hamilton, who missed most of last year's big track meets with a foot injury, is currently training hard with an emphasis on strength-endurance work.

Grandma's the greatest: Jenny Spangler won the 1983 Grandma's Marathon, the first of 166 all-time women's Olympic qualifying performances turned in at that venue. Grandma's also has the honor of having the three highest single year number of qualifiers, topped by 32 in 1994. Check out more on these statistics as well as Spangler's reflections on her Olympic Marathon trials career in our special Women's Marathon Trials section.


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The Confederate flag, the Marathon Trials, and Runner's World by Amby Burfoot
     As the 2000 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in Columbia, S.C. grows closer to its Feb. 26 running, the issue of the Confederate flag flying over the State Capitol building in Columbia is gaining greater attention. Here's where we stand.
     1. We believe the Confederate flag has no place on the Capitol building or anywhere on the Capitol grounds.
     2. Where it comes to the Marathon Trials, however, we are most concerned about the athletes. They deserve the right to run their best in an environment free from extraneous pressures. They have trained long and hard for this day--one of the very few days when attention is focused on U.S. women's marathoning. We have seen too many situations in the past where athletics and politics collided, and the athletes always suffered. The Marathon Trials should not be postponed, canceled, or protested in any disruptive manner.
     3. We applaud the USATF for its stand against the Confederate flag, and for its concern and support for Trials qualifiers who want to observe the N.A.A.C.P.'s tourism boycott.
     4. We applaud the Carolina Marathon Association for its sensitivity to the questions raised, and for its meetings with the Columbia branch of the N.A.A.C.P.
     5. We will be attending the Trials with a team of reporters and photographers intent only on bringing positive attention to the 200+ Trials qualifiers in our internet and magazine coverage of the event. We will encourage all staffers to support any protests that don't disrupt the Olympic Marathon Trials.
     Amby Burfoot is the editor of Runner's World


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Not quite last by Parker Morse
     Unlike most of the other people in my race last Saturday, I didn't have a contract telling me what kind of shoes to wear. This was just as well, because with less than a quarter of the race done, nobody could tell what shoes I was wearing through the mud. Like everyone else, I wore the singlet of the people I get my paycheck from, but unlike them, my employers don't pay me to run. (At least, not directly.)
  Parker Morse at Cross-Country Nationals. (Photo Victor Sailer/Photo Run)
     A high number of professionals in the field is normal when you run in a national cross-country championships. After all, the first six finishers will represent the U.S. at the World Cross-Country Championships. We (the average runners) read about these events all the time. What surprised me was the relatively high number of non-professionals, starting with weekend warriors like myself and going right up through the collegiate athletes and club runners, some of them placing in the teens and higher.
     I entered on impulse, mailing my entry barely five days before the race date. I had never run in a national championships before. The only explanation I have is that I discovered nobody would stop me. The people at the registration table were more concerned about whether I'd paid my (late) entry fee and had a valid USATF number than with the PRs I listed on my entry form, which are far from national class.
     Pretty much anyone can run at Nationals, but the slower you are, the more audacity is required. I had expected hundreds of entrants and as many enthusiastic fans, but with seventy starters and very few spectators on a dismally cold and rainy day, it wasn't the size of the race that was intimidating. All I had to do was forget that I'd last seen my fellow entrants on the track at the Millrose Games, and I could be at a high school conference meet. I thought I got strrange funny looks from some of the other athletes as we warmed up, but they were most likely focusing on more important things; it's unlikely anyone was intimidated by my fuzzy red mittens.
     I'd like to say I got some funny looks during the race, but the fact is, they never saw me. I'd like to tell what it's like to be inside a pack with Robert Gary and Adam Goucher pulling from the front, but the fact is I fell off the back too fast. By the time we hit the first corner, the real race was receding into the mist, and I was struggling through the muck with the sound of one other lonely set of spikes splashing behind me. Within four minutes I'd seen two runners slow to a walk beside the course; one of them dropped out, the other started back up once I passed and eventually finished last. The course, already softened by three previous races and ninety-five percent of my own race, had the consistency of cookie dough, and those places without actual standing water (splash) generally featured mud to the ankles (splat). Fortunately, I was going too fast to notice how the cold wind was slowly freezing my face into a grimace of effort. I was loving every second of it.
     By the end of our first of two laps, I could see several other people who had dropped off the pace. In fact, there was someone not too far in front of me wearing a singlet which must have once been white, and shorts which could have started any color but were now solidly brown with mud. Rather than being concerned about the splash and splat behind me, I mentally latched on to the muddy form in front, and spent most of the lap reeling him in. My entire competitive effort in the race was devoted to passing this one runner, and eventually I did, surging around him just before we entered the finishing stretch and (I imagined) sailing away on the only real solid ground of the course. As I slid to a stop in the chute, I forced my frozen face into what must have been a horrible grin. "That was fun!" I told the volunteers taking my tag. As I hobbled off to put on my rain-soaked warmups before hypothermia caught up with me, I imagined them wondering if I was already deranged from the cold.
     According to the official results online, I finished sixty-sixth out of sixty-nine. If sixty guys break their legs, I'm going to Worlds. I figure I'm more likely to be struck by lightning. Twice. I'll be back next year to try again.

     Parker Morse is RW's Online Editor; his 5000m PR is three minutes slower than Adam Goucher's.


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Olympic Track Trials tickets:
     An email question the other day prompted us to re-post this one: "Where do I get tickets for the U.S. Olympic Track Trials?" This site is the answer, and if you're planning on spending serious time at the track we recommend you get moving: rumor has it the good seats are already selling at a fast clip.


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Russ Pate By Peter Gambaccini
     Russ Pate is the President of the Carolina Marathon Association and Event Director of the U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials on February 26 in Columbia, SC. He ran in the 1972, 1976, and 1980 Men's Olympic Marathon Trials and recorded his personal best of 2:15:20 at Boston in 1975. Pate is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and chairs the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina. He co-authored "Training for Young Runners" (Human Kinetics) with Larry Greene.

     Runner's World Daily: The prickliest issue first. What's the Carolina Marathon Association's position on the Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina Capitol?
     Russ Pate: It is that we strongly encourage the [South Carolina] General Assembly to get this issue resolved quickly. One of our major goals is to conduct national championship caliber running events and create positive visibility for our community. This situation works in opposition to that goal. While this issue is in some ways a new one for the national running community and the media, it's not for us. It's been brewing here at one level or another for a long time. I was concerned that it might surface in 1996. It didn't happen to.

     RWD: You hosted the trials in '96. Is it easier the second time around?
     RP: Yes and no. It's easier in the sense that we know better what has to happen and how to invest our energies and resources. We tried some things in '96 that probably didn't turn out to be worth the effort, and some other things did go well. Hopefully this time, we've weighted our energies and resources a little more wisely based on the experience that we had. The interaction with the national organization and some of those aspects is different, but it's not any easier. It's complicated and frustrating and all of things that people who follow the sport know are there.

     RWD: What impressed Trials selectors about the Carolina Marathon Association and Columbia?
     RP: It comes down to three things. One, we've been able to demonstrate the technical competence to conduct events of this sort. We've also conducted a series of national championships events in recent years, so we've had a pretty close working relationship with USATF for six or seven years. Second, we were able to demonstrate that we really want the Women's Marathon Trials, we're committed to approaching it as something that's important for every participant, not just the 15 or 20 that probably have a legitimate chance of making the Olympic team. We've bent over backwards to build an important hospitality/athlete liaison component into the project.

     RWD: And third?
     RP: The third is money. It takes a lot of money to put these things on. We've been able to convince local sponsors that the event is worth investing in. Columbia is a good fit for an event of this sort by virtue of its size and resources. It's large enough to handle it - it's the state capital, the university is here, politicians come through here, the Pope's been here - but it's also small enough so that the event's a big deal here. We have pretty broad-based support the event. WIS-TV is a very dominant NBC affiliate and does a great job of promotion as well as covering the event wire-to-wire. "The State" newspaper is the largest in the state, is a sponsor, and we've had a relationship with them for a long time. The sportswriters treat our events like important sports events.

     RWD: The Women's Trials standard has been 2:50 for a long time now. The women's field is bigger. Should the standard be tougher, or do you have a "the more the merrier" attitude?
     RP: In general, I like the way the Women's Long Distance Running Committee approaches this. Clearly, an Olympic Trials is a meaningful activity because there are standards. There's a line below which there's not adequate selectivity for participation to be a really meaningful accomplishment. But I think it makes sense to be reasonably inclusive. It doesn't cost significantly more to have an extra 50 people in the race. In some ways, it makes it a more attractive undertaking. That's an important thing in a person's life, to have that opportunity.

     RWD: You had that cold, snowy weather in January. What's your sense of what it will be like on Trials day?
     RP: If I have a concern right now, it's that it could be a little warm. We're doing this race later than we normally do; our traditional Carolina Marathon is around February 10. The high today [Thursday] is 60 or so. The odds are it's going to be pretty nice.

     RWD: Why have you altered the 1996 course? What will be the impact?
     RP: We were encouraged by Carol McLatchie and the Women's LDR Committee to flatten it out a little bit. They know the terrain well, and there's only so much you can do. It's not markedly flatter than the course in '96, but we have eliminated a couple of stretches that the athletes noticed as particularly difficult. There were also promotional concerns about laying the course out in an optimal manner for spectators and course management. There's a main east/west thoroughfare that we're going to go out west on early in the race and come back east on midway in the race. It provides a great site for people to come and be able to see the athletes several times: at the start, about two miles, around seven miles, and the finish.

     RWD: There's been much discussion about whether the top three will get under the Olympic qualifier of 2:33.
     RP: The key thing is having the winner under 2:33. I think it's very likely, if the conditions are reasonable, the winner is going to run faster than that time. There would have to be something pretty strange going on for that not to happen. I don't think the course is in any way going to preclude that.


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  All times listed are eastern. The times listed are supplied to us by the broadcasters and are subject to change. We will update the information as it is given to us, but please check your local listings to confirm.
February 19
Track and field
"The Olympic Show" (tribute to Florence Griffith Joyner),
7:00-7:30 p.m.
February 20
Track and field
"Indoor Track and Field" (Simplot Games, Pocatello, Idaho)
12:00-1:00 p.m.
February 20
Road racing
"Finish Line" (Hawaiian Ironman; Anne-Marie Lauck in the 3000 meters)
11:30 a.m.-12:00
February 20
Track and field
"Finish Line" (Mark Carroll; Regina Jacobs)
1:30-2:00 p.m.
February 22
Road racing
"Saucony Running & Racing" (Las Vegas International Marathon & Half-Marathon, Nev.; San Blas Half-Marathon, Puerto Rico; Saucony Super Run 5-K, Atlanta, Ga.)
1:30-2:00 p.m.
February 26
Road racing
"Finish Line" (Hawaiian Ironman; Anne-Marie Lauck in the 3000 meters)
10:00-10:30 a.m.
February 26
Track and field
"Finish Line" (Mark Carroll; Regina Jacobs)
6:00-6:30 p.m.
February 27
Road racing
"Finish Line" (Hawaiian Ironman; Anne-Marie Lauck in the 3000 meters)
4:00-4:30 p.m.
February 29
Track and field
"Finish Line" (Mark Carroll; Regina Jacobs)
7:00-7:30 p.m.
March 1
Road racing
"Saucony Running & Racing" (Las Vegas International Marathon & Half-Marathon, Nev.; San Blas Half-Marathon, Puerto Rico; Saucony Super Run 5-K, Atlanta, Ga.)
3:00-3:30 a.m.
March 4
Track and field
"Indoor Track and Field" (USA Track & Field Indoor Championships, Atlanta, Georgia)
2:00-3:00 p.m.
March 7
Cross country
"New Balance Elite Racing Show" (USATF Winter Cross-Country Nationals,Greensboro,N.C.)
1:00-1:30 p.m.
March 22
Road racing
"Saucony Running & Racing" (Walt Disney World Marathon and Half-Marathon, Orlando, Fla.; Great Aloha Run, Honolulu, Hawaii)
2:30-3:00 p.m.
March 26
Road racing
"Saucony Running & Racing" (Walt Disney World Marathon and Half-Marathon, Orlando, Fla.; Great Aloha Run, Honolulu, Hawaii)
4:00-4:30 a.m.


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This week's poll:
     We all know that one of the 210 women qualified for next weekend's Olympic Marathon Trials is faster than the others. But which one? Who's going to win the Trials?

View the poll archives.

As usual, we welcome opinions which cannot be confined to multiple choice in the Daily Opinion.  


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I'm mad as h*ll and we shouldn't take it any more by Craig A. Masback

     I'm mad as h*ll and we shouldn't take it any more. The famous words from the movie "Network" express my opinion upon reading the Monday newspapers following a great, even historic, weekend of running, track and field, and race walking. In one weekend, three athletes qualified as the first members of our Olympic Track and Field team in the 50-K walk, two athletes distinguished themselves with precedent-setting performances at the National Cross-Country Championships, there were some great road races, and a new, purpose-built track arena debuted with spectacular success. The attention paid by the media outside of the cities where the events took place was dismal, pitiful, and barely existent.
     Let me begin by admitting that much of this is our own doing. We as a sport have been dismal, pitiful, and barely existent vis-a-vis the sophisticated, well-funded marketing and public relations machines of the professional sports organizations. The fans of our sport sat by silently while a demonstrable decline in coverage of our sport has occurred. But enough is enough.
     I had the privilege of witnessing the Olympic Trials for the 50-Kilometer Walk in Sacramento on February 13, when an exciting battle for the three Olympic spots unfolded in terrible weather. A driving rain and winds up to 30 mph made competing at the more than 30-mile distance extra-difficult, but in the end Curt Clausen, Andrew Hermann, and Phillip Dunn emerged as Olympians, with Clausen establishing a new Trials record and Hermann recording a personal best. This race featured amazing stories of personal courage and the ability to overcome adversity.
     The U.S. will send its best-ever 50-K race walk team to Sydney. However, few people know it because the race went unreported except by the local media. About 70 million Americans call themselves "fitness walkers" and both the participation and performance levels of our race walkers have improved dramatically in recent years. Even if the race walk participation numbers weren't huge, there are far more race walkers than lugers and bobsledders, sports that get heavy attention in Winter Olympic years despite years of modest performances at the Games.
     Cross-country running is not an Olympic event, but many of America's best middle- and long- distance runners took part in the USA Winter Cross-Country Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, on February 12-13. The Championships featured impressive and historic doubles by Deena Drossin and Adam Goucher in the short- and long-course races. Once again, the conditions were challenging and the performances outstanding. But there was only minor wire service coverage, picked up by few papers, despite a series of press releases and teleconferences. Ditto for the Tyson Invitational Track Meet in the new $6 million indoor track arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Ditto for numerous road races across America on the weekend of February 11-13. There was no recognition that these were major events of national and international significance in a sport with a huge participation and fan base.
     What should we do? First, USA Track and Field needs to improve its interaction with the media. We have firm plans to achieve this in the near future with both traditional and on-line media. Second, you shouldn't accept this treatment of the sport you follow and love (why else would you have made it this far in this column?). Instead of muttering under your breath about the situation, write a letter, make a call, or send an e-mail to USA Today, or ESPN SportsCenter, or Sports Illustrated, or your local paper asking or demanding more coverage ("I'm mad as h*ll and I'm not going to take it anymore"). The sports editors or producers at these organizations tell me they don't cover our sport because "nobody cares." I care, you care, and if we make our wishes and voices heard, our athletes and their performances will get the attention they deserve.
     Craig Masback is the CEO of USA Track and Field.
     Next Week (Feb. 16): Janet Heinonen writes about blood testing at the Sydney Olympics.


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Media coverage: It's about us
     In response to Craig Masback's Bell Lap and Hal Higdon's letter regarding media coverage for our sport, here are five points to consider:
     One, the lack of media coverage for our sport on a national level is disappointing and frustrating, but understandable. As much as we love the sport, the majority of Americans, including corporate America, do not "get" our sport. As a result, coverage is limited and limiting.
     Two, we - all of us, the federation, the events, the running organizations, the running industry, the athletes, the past champions and the fans - need to do more. Compared to the NBA, PGA, NFL, etc., athletics is a minor sport except during the Olympics. In face of this harsh reality, we need to work harder and smarter to get the media's attention.
     As a media person for the USATF Road Running Information Center, I regularly talk with local and national media. One reason track and field coverage is lacking is that few people complain or ask for more coverage. Imagine the outcry if your paper didn't have the NBA wrap-up or box scores!
     We need to let the media know that there is an audience. Raise your hand if you contacted your local paper about little or no coverage of the National Cross-Country Championships or the Olympic Trials 50-K Walk over the weekend. When you contact the media, state your views passionately but calmly. You may be "mad as h*ll," but do not go ballistic. As importantly, if the coverage was good, let your media know.
     Three, coverage of our sport, particularly distance running, is improving - thanks to the Internet and websites like RWDaily, Cool Running, Running Network and others. In addition, I know numerous local newspapers like the Boulder Daily Camera, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, St. Paul Pioneer Press, San Diego Tribune and others that cover distance running regularly with reporters who know the sport. Be sure to thank these websites and reporters for their efforts.
     Four, USATF RRIC produces and emails the Running USA wire, which goes out weekly to over 450 media and others across the country. One of its objectives is to feed the running world (or the choir) information on the sport, but USATF RRIC also is working to cultivate the mainstream media. The future of our sport depends upon reaching beyond the choir and into the homes of average Americans. In short, as marketers say, it is about "eyeballs." With more awareness and interest in the sport, more sponsorship will follow.
     Finally, the linchpin of our sport's future is our athletes. American runners doing well and winning major races will increase coverage, awareness and interest. If we - all of us - truly want the sport to attract more media coverage and sponsor support, we must find the will and the resources to put together a true development program for our current, upcoming and future top runners. The greatest media campaign is limited by its product, and at present American distance runners in general are not as competitive as they were 10-15 years ago,. We have many great road races that receive outstanding local and sometimes national coverage, but we need more world-class U.S. distance runners in the mix to reach more media and the average American.

Ryan Lamppa
USATF Road Running Information Center

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     In this section, we provide links to recent English-language stories about running or athletics/track & field that have appeared in newspapers around the globe. You may want to refer to these links for additional information on subjects of particular interest; you'll also find occasional articles from RW Daily contributors.
     Links will run for two days, unless they expire sooner. (Dates given are the date the article appeared in "Splits," not their posting date.) Some papers require registration for free access to articles; we provide links to their registration pages at the bottom of the section. We will link only to free pages.

Feb18 Hanson named top track performer (Bath-Brunswick Times Record)
Feb18 Power going all out to recover cross-country title (The Examiner)
Feb18 Impressive Carroll second to Silva (The Examiner)
Feb18 Christie fights ban with lawyer (Telegraph)
Feb18 Confederate flag shadow affecting SC Sport (AP)
Feb18 Flag won't cancel marathon trials in SC (Philadelphia Daily News)
Feb18 Profile of Mt. Airy Track Club coach (Philadelphia Daily News)
Feb18 Ailing marathon runner defies cancer diagnosis (Los Angeles Times)
Feb18 Four Arizona runners in Trials (Arizona Republic)
Feb18 Jerod Void stars for track, basketball (Washington Post)
Feb18 Olympic champions trackside for horse races (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb18 Sydney official ignores Christie appeal (London Evening Standard)
Feb18 Christie ban has strengthened team (London Evening Standard)
Feb18 Ma Junren back in the spotlight (The Irish Times)
Feb18 Joe Concannon: a world of stories, friends (Boston Globe)
Feb17 Computer problems continue to plague Marine Corps Marathon registration (Washington Post)
Feb17 Joe Concannon, Boston Globe sportswriter, dies (Boston Globe)
Feb17 Christie attempts to sidestep Australian ban (Australian Daily Telegraph)
Feb17 Canadians solicit frequent flyer miles to help athletes (Globe & Mail)
Feb17 LA Invitational draws track talent (LA Times)
Feb17 Christie attempts to overturn NSW ban (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb17 Christie coaching ban flawed (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb17 Protests continue over confederate flag in South Carolina (NY Times)
Feb17 Linford Christie heartened by positive reaction (Independent)
Feb17 Jason Gardener defeats Ato Bolden in Madrid (Independent)
Feb17 EPO test almost ready (Irish Times)
Feb17 Outcry over Christie ban (London Daily Telegraph)
Feb17 Seb Coe may refuse AAA post if Andy Norman returns to sport in Britain (The Guardian)
Feb17 Moorcroft comes to Christie's defense (The Guardian)
Feb17 Gardener displays Olympic credentials (London Times)
Feb17 Moorcroft protests Christie ban (London Times)
Feb17 James Nolan goes for fast 1,500 in Sweden (Irish Independent)
Feb17 Javier Sotomayor returns to Cuba after being suspended (AP)
Feb17 Christie seeks alternate facilities (PA)
Feb17 Conoco winners eye Olympic run (Houston Chronicle)
Feb17 Utah athletes lead charge in Simplot Games (Salt Lake Tribune)

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     The following results were compiled with the assistance of David Monti, publisher of RACE RESULTS WEEKLY (, P.O. Box 8233 FDR Station, New York, NY 10150). They are listed in reverse chronological order by location. Abbreviations: AR = American record; CR = course record; MR = meet record; NR = national record; WL = world leader; WR = world record. All records are pending prior to ratification by appropriate governing authority.

Sunday, February 13
     Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S. National Cross-Country Championships: Men, 12-K - 1. Adam Goucher, 37:17; 2. Alan Culpepper, 37:42; 3. Nick Rogers, 37:47. Women, 4-K - 1. Deena Drossin, 13:30; 2. Amy Rudolph, 13:46; 3. Cheri Kenah, 13:49. Junior men, 8-K - 1. Franklyn Sanchez, 25:35; 2. Louis Luchini, 26:24; 3. Matthew Spring, 26:34. Full results available at
     Karatsu, Japan, Karatsu 10-Mile: 1. Ken-ichi Takahashi, JPN, 45:48; 2. Takeshi Hamano, JPN, 47:18; 3. Yasuaki Yamamoto, JPN, 47:23.
     Lieven, France, Meeting Gaz de France indoor track: Men, mile - 1. Hailu Mekonnen, ETH, 3:54.78 . Laban Rotich, KEN, 3:56.20; 3. Paul Bitok, KEN, 3:56.39. Women, 1000m - 1. Maria Mutola, MOZ, 2:35.68; 2. Natalya Tayganova, RUS, 2:36.73; 3. Kutre Dulecha, ETH, 2:39.47. Women, 2000m - 1. Gabriela Szabo, ROM, 5:38.76; 2. Olga Yegorova, RUS, 5:39.30; 3. Violeta Szekely, ROM, 5:39.36.
     Oeiras, Portugal, Crosse de Oeiras: Men (10-K) - 1. Martin Sulle, TAN, 29:48; 2. Boniface Usisivu, KEN, 29:53; 3. Faustin Baha, TAN, 29:58. Women (6-K) - 1. Carla Sacramento, POR, 19:31; 2. Tegla Loroupe, KEN, 19:33; 3. Restituta Joseph, TAN, 19:34.
     Sydney, Australia, Optus Grand Prix track: Men, 1500m - 1. David Lelei, KEN, 3:39.21; 2. Nick Howarth, AUS, 3:40.53; 3. Michael Power, AUS, 3:40.94. Women, 5000m - 1. Sonia O'Sullivan, IRL, 15:10.24; 2. Clair Fearnley, AUS, 15:14.26; 3 Kerryn McCann, AUS, 15:17.83. Full results available at
     Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo International Men's Marathon: 1. Japhet Kosgei, KEN, 2:07:15; 2. Lee Bong-ju, SKO, 2:07:20 NR; 3. Alberto Juzdado, SPA, 2:08:08; 4. Takayuki Inubushi, JPN, 2:08:16; 5. Baek Seung-do, SKO, 2:08:49.

Saturday, February 12
     Fayetteville, Arkansas, Tyson Invitational indoor track: Men, mile - 1. Bernard Lagat, KEN, 3:56.48; 2. Kevin Sullivan, CAN, 3:57.49; 3. Jason Lunn, 3:58.21. Men, 3000m - 1. Clyde Colenso, RSA, 7:56.25; 2. Corey Smith, 7:58.02; 3. Chuck Sloan, 7:58.54. Women, mile - 1. Hazel Clark, 4:40.92; 2. Fran ten Besel, 4:41.12; 3. Courtney Babcock, CAN, 4:44.62. Women, 3000m - 1. Courtney Babcock, CAN, 9:08.05; 2. Larissa Kleinmann, 9:12.83; 3. Andrea Grove, 9:24.41.
     Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S. National Cross-Country Championships: Men, 4-K - 1. Adam Goucher, 11:56; 2. Andy Downin, 12:06; 3. Peter Julian, 12:07. Women, 8-K - 1. Deena Drossin, 27:48; 2. Jen Rhines, 28:39; 3. Elva Dryer, 28:49. Junior women, 6-K - 1. Shalane Flanagan, 21:59; 2. Erin Sullivan, 22:02; 3. Lauren Fleshman, 22:11. Full results available at

Friday, February 11
     Ghent, Belgium, Flanders Indoor track: Men, 1000 meters - 1. Kennedy Kimwetich, KEN, 2:20.05; 2. Marko Koers, NET, 2:20.09; 3. Arthemon Hatungimana, BUR, 2:20.50. Men, 2000 meters - 1. John Mayock, GBR, 5:02.53; 2. Million Wolde, ETH, 5:02.57; 3. Girma Tola, ETH, 5:03.75. Women, 3000 meters - 1. Helena Javornik, SLO, 8:52.57; 2. Veerie Dejaeghere, BEL, 8:54.15; 3. Zoia Kaznovska, UKR, 8:55.80. Full results available at


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Leg Leaders - the fastest runners of 2000

Indoor track, world men
60 meters - 6.45, Maurice Greene (USA), New York, 04Feb
200 meters - 20.60, Marcin Urbus (POL), Lieven, 13Feb
400 meters - 45.92, Alain Rohr (SWI), Magglingen, 13Feb
800 meters - 1:44.35, Yuriy Borzakovskiy (RUS), Dortmund, 30Jan
1500 meters - 3:35.58, Hailu Mekonnen (ETH), Stuttgart, 06Feb
1 mile - 3:54.78, Hailu Mekonnen (ETH), Lieven, 13Feb
3000 meters - 7:35.84, Million Wolde (ETH), Stuttgart, 06Feb
60m hurdles - 7.37, Anier Garcia (CUB), Piraeus, 09Feb

Indoor track, world women
60 meters - 7.01, Sevatheda Fynes (BAH), Madrid, 16Feb
200 meters - 22.52, Nanceen Perry (USA), Lieven, 13Feb
400 meters - 51.72, Natalya Nazarova (RUS), Erfurt, 02Feb
800 meters - 1:58.43, Stephanie Graf (AUT), Stockholm, 17Feb
1500 meters - 4:03.45, Regina Jacobs (USA), New York, 08Jan
1 mile - 4:21.79, Regina Jacobs (USA), New York, 08Jan
3000 meters - 8:51.40, Lyubov Kremlyova (RUS), Volgograd, 06Feb
60m hurdles - 7.78, Michelle Freeman (JAM), Lieven, 13Feb

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