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former1dog
08-28-2007, 07:48 PM
will potentially be the first American man since 1908 to win a world or Olympic championship in the 1500m.

With an equally good chance at gold will be naturalized American citizen Bernard Lagat.

The last American to win a gold in this event was Mary Decker in the 1982 World Track Championships.

RenoZag
08-28-2007, 08:00 PM
In case you didn't see it, there was a lengthy article on Webb in last week's Sports Illustrated. . .

former1dog
08-29-2007, 06:55 AM
Webb ran a perfect tactical race, putting himself in excellent position coming into the final 100m of the race today. And then, inexplicably, he faded to 8th place. There was news in the USA Today that he had recently had a cold. Perhaps this sapped him of the fitness he demonstrated earlier this season where he dominated in several sprint finishes.

The good news is the USA did win the gold medal in the 1500m. Bernard Lagat won brilliantly by sprinting away from the field on the final straightaway.

America's first gold in the event in an international championship since 1908.

Great photo, courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/photo?slug=getty-76364061rb066_11th_iaaf_wor&prov=getty

http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/a72fbf84cd.jpg (http://www.freeimagehosting.net/)

23dpg
08-29-2007, 08:12 AM
She wins the first medal in women's distance running in 15 years.

http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/sports/1188096934241660.xml&coll=7

former1dog
08-29-2007, 08:49 AM
Kara's husbands start his quest for a medal later this week.

Quite a training group Kara is involved in with her husband and Galen Rupp, led by the legendary Alberto Salazar.

former1dog
08-29-2007, 11:45 AM
I can't believe I missed this connection. Bernard Lagat attended college at Washington State University!

:D

wazZag
08-29-2007, 11:51 AM
I just noticed the same, beat me to it

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/breaking/story.asp?ID=11281

mtzaga
08-29-2007, 05:09 PM
When will an American win the gold medal in the 10,000 meters? Billy Mills is the only American to do it. His win in Toyko in 1964 is one of the greatest track moments ever of all time. Truly inspirational.

former1dog
08-29-2007, 07:28 PM
When will an American win the gold medal in the 10,000 meters? Billy Mills is the only American to do it. His win in Toyko in 1964 is one of the greatest track moments ever of all time. Truly inspirational.

I've had the honor to meet Mr. Mills on a few occassions. A very inspiring individual and certainly a win for the ages.

We have some great young runners and an awful lot of improvement going on in the US in distance running in general. The Ethiopians and Kenyans have been dominate in the distance events for the better part of 2 decades, but I have a feeling we're gaining on them.

Young Galen Rupp, 21 or 22 years old represented the US in the 10,000 meters this year at the World Championships. A truly gifted athlete, this past spring he ran 27:33 for the fastest ever 10,000 meters by an American born collegian. He could be the one to make the medal stand in the next 10 years or so, or it could be another promising talent like Dathan Ritzenhein or Matthew Tegenkamp.

Heck, even Alan Webb may move up in distance in 10 years time or so and challenge at the longer distances. Last year, he ran the fastest ever debut 10,000 meters for an American by running 27:34.

Or, it could be someone that comes out of the woodwork and is currently unknown to the public at large. There is reason for optimism, though, for US distance runners.

former1dog
08-30-2007, 07:25 AM
Adam Goucher(Kara's husband), a little shaky in his prelim, but through to the finals of the 5000m on Sunday. He will be joined by Bernard Lagat and Matthew Tegenkamp, who also made the finals.

3 Americans in the finals, most of any country! :eek: Never thought I'd be able to say or write that.