Jenny Simpson Wins Gold in the Women’s 1500m at the 2011 World Championships at Daegu

Another great finish at the World Championships at Daegu. This time American Jenny Barringer-Simpson kicks to a 1st place finish in the women’s 1500m. As reported on Runner’s World, she is the first American female middle distance gold medalist at a World Championships since Mary Decker Slaney in 1983 – a huge boost for American […]

Amazing Finish in the Men’s 10,000m at the 2011 Daegu World Championships: Mo Farah vs. Ibrahim Jeilan

Amazing finish – watch it (via BBC)! Quick analysis – I counted the number of steps that Jeilan and Farah took starting at the 16 second mark (about 26:36.7 on the race clock) of the video and ending at 26 second mark. If my count is correct, both took 34 steps during that segment of […]

Chris Solinsky Sets American 10K Record in 26:59 at the 2010 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational

Chris Solinsky just set an American record with time of 26:59.60 at the 2010 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford Universtiy. This was Solinsky’s debut race at the 10K distance, and his record beats the previous American 10K mark of 27:13.98 set in 2001 by Meb Keflezighi. Here are some videos of this amazing race […]

Dathan Ritzenhein Sets American 5K Record of 12:58.21 – Race Video

Image by Getty Images via Daylife American distance runner Dathan Ritzenhein broke the American Record for the 5K (5000 meters) on August 28, 2009 with a time of 12:56:27 at the Weltklasse Meet in Zurich, Switzerland. The previous American record was 12:58.21, set by Bob Kennedy in 1996. The current 5K world record of 12:37.35 […]

The Perfect Mile: Roger Bannister, John Landy, and One of the Greatest Races of All Time

Image by I am I.A.M. via Flickr The final of the one-mile race at the Empire Games in Vancouver, Canada on Aug. 7, 1954 might just be the greatest running race of all time. The race featured two of the titans of middle-distance running, Roger Bannister of England, and John Landy of Australia. Both of […]

Great Races: Hicham El Guerrouj Sets the Mile World Record

Image via Wikipedia Sir Roger Bannister was the first runner to break the 4:00 barrier for a mile run. Bannister’s time of 3:59.4 in a race in Oxford in 1954 was a monumental moment not just in the history of running, but in the history of all sport. Since 1954, Bannister’s record has been improved […]

Roger Bannister: Video of the First Sub 4-Minute Mile

I’ve recently been listening to the audiobook version of “The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It” by Neal Bascomb. The book recounts the story of Roger Bannister, John Landy, and Wes Santee as they competed to become the first runner to break the 4-minute mile barrier. It’s […]