After leaving Bryan Clay behind at Trials, can the USA’s big two in the decathlon — Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee – give America the chance to still claim majority rule on the podium? (Photo by Getty Images) By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports They had a dream. U.S. decathletes and friends Bryan Clay, […]
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (R) and his compatriot Michael Frater compete in the men’s 100 meters event at the athletics meeting in Luzern, July 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann) LUCERNE, Switzerland, July 17 (Reuters) – World 100 meters champion Yohan Blake showed he was in good heart to challenge compatriot Usain Bolt for Olympic sprint dominance in […]
Sally Pearson of Australia competes in the women’s 100m hurdles heats during the Diamond League London Grand Prix athletics meet at Crystal Palace in London, July 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett) By Alison Wildey LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) – Australia’s red-hot Olympic favorite Sally Pearson suffered her first defeat of the season in the 100 meters […]
Mo Farah of Britain competes in the men’s 5000m during the Diamond League London Grand Prix athletics meet at Crystal Palace in London, July 13, 2012. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) By Alison Wildey LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) – World 5,000 meters champion Mo Farah underlined his credentials to become Britain’s first Olympic long-distance gold medalist by winning […]
It was a 12-day mini-Olympics, a stretch ending July 1 that delighted us with the overlapping U.S. trials for track and field, swimming and gymnastics. Out of these 12 days of Christmas-in-summer came the rosters for perhaps the three most high-profile sports at the Games. We were served heaping helpings of high-end performance, along with […]
Yohan Blake (L) and Usain Bolt (front R) cross the finish line during their men’s 100 meters final event at the Jamaican Olympic trials in Kingston city, in this file photo taken June 29, 2012. The men’s 100 meters is the jewel in the Olympic crown and Yohan Blake’s surprise humanization of Usain Bolt has […]
Tyson Gay of USA wins the 100m men race ahead of Justin Gatlin of USA, left, at the IAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) By Julien Pretot PARIS, July 6 (Reuters) – Tyson Gay beat fellow American Justin Gatlin […]
By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports By and large, track and field events are rooted in the most fundamental of physical activities. Running, either all-out in sprints or at a controlled pace over a distance. Jumping, either horizontally or vertically. Tossing objects, most of them heavy. Then there is the steeplechase, often called the […]
Usain Bolt (C) runs during the men’s 200 meters semi-final at the Jamaican Olympic trials in Kingston city, June 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado) By Steve Keating KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 30 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake sauntered through their 200 meters semi-finals on Saturday to set up another rematch and an explosive finish to […]
World champion Yohan Blake, left, celebrates after crossing the finish line ahead of current world-record holder Usain Bolt, second from right, Nesta Carter, right, and Michael Frater to win the 100m final at Jamaica’s Olympic trials in Kingston, Jamaica, Friday, June 29, 2012. Blake pulled a stunner finishing in 9.75 seconds to upset Bolt by […]
Sanya Richards-Ross (C) finishes in the women’s 200 meters qualifying at the U.S. Olympic athletics trials in Eugene, Oregon June 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Steve Dipaola) By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon, June 29 (Reuters) – Sanya Richards-Ross sprinted to the year’s second fastest time as she won her women’s 200 meters semi-final at the U.S. Olympic athletics […]
Galen Rupp (R) and Bernard Lagat finish in the men’s 5,000 meters final at the U.S. Olympic athletics trials in Eugene, Oregon June 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Steve Dipaola) By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon, June 28 (Reuters) – Galen Rupp ran down favorite Bernard Lagat to win a spine-tingling 5,000 meters and secure the first men’s long […]
World record holder Usain Bolt, left, runs ahead of countrymen, from right, Mario Forsythe, Jacques Harvey and Kimmari Roach to win the 100m quarterfinal heat of the Jamaica’s Olympic trials in Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Collin Reid) By Steve Keating KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 28 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa […]
U.S. decathlete Ashton Eaton sets a new world record as he crosses the finish line in the men’s decathlon 1500m at the U.S. Olympic athletics trials in Eugene, Oregon June 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon, June 23 (Reuters) – Ashton Eaton set a glittering decathlon world record at the U.S. Olympic […]
By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon, June 23 (Reuters) – Former Olympic champion Justin Gatlin took a confident step forward on his comeback trail, breezing through the first round of the men’s 100 meters in an eye-catching 9.90 seconds at the U.S. athletics trials on Saturday. Gatlin, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games but […]
Decathlete Bryan Clay grabs last hurdle in decathlon 110m hurdles at the U.S. Olympic athletics trials in Eugene, Oregon, June 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Steve Dipaola) By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon, June 23 (Reuters) – Bryan Clay’s chances of defending his Olympic decathlon title ended on Saturday after a sequence of events, including a temporary disqualification, left […]
They are staging a sequel of sorts to “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Call it “Fast Times at High-flying Eugene, Ore.” Instead of Spicolo and Stacy and Rat, characters in the stoner movie that toasts its 30-year anniversary this year, the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials features Tyson and Justin and Carmelita and […]
FILE – This June 2, 2012 file photo shows United States’ Justin Gatlin winning the 100-meter event at the Prefontaine Classic athletics meet in Eugene, Ore. Now 30 and eight years removed from his last Olympic trials, Gatlin’s all business as he steps to the line this weekend. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) By Gene […]
Yohan Blake (L) from Jamaica beats Lerone Clarke (C) of Jamaica and Trell Kimmons of the U.S. in the men’s 100 meter dash at the Donovan Bailey Invitational track and field meet in Edmonton, Alberta, June 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Todd Korol) June 16 (Reuters) – World champion Yohan Blake tuned up for a Jamaican Olympic trials […]
Cuba’s Olympic hurdling champion Dayron Robles trains in Havana May 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Desmond Boylan) June 5 (Reuters) – The New York grand prix meeting on Saturday lost Olympic hurdling champion Dayron Robles to injury but added another former gold medalist when Meseret Defar, the 2004 5,000 meters winner, was added to the field on Tuesday. […]
Liu Xiang of China (C) wins the men’s 110 metre hurdle event with Jason Richardson of the US (R) and Aries Merritt of the US (L) trailing during the Diamond League athletics meet in Shanghai on May 19, 2012. (PETER PARKS/AFP/GettyImages) By Nick Mulvenney June 5 (Reuters) – In 12.87 seconds on an Oregon track, […]
Track and field athlete Lolo Jones poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 17, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for USOC) Hurdler out to put Beijing ‘crash and burn’ behind her By Phil Minshull, Special to Universal Sports Not even an Olympic […]
Liu Xiang (C) of China leads David Oliver (L) and Jason Richardson of the United States over the last hurdle in the men’s 110m hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League track meet in Eugene, Oregon June 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Steve Dipaola) By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon, June 2 (Reuters) – Liu Xiang sent an ominous […]
Wilson Kiprop and Moses Masai react after placing first and second in the Kenyan Olympic Trials 10,000m in 27:01.98 and 27:02.25 at the 2012 Prefontaine Classic press conference at the Valley River Inn. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE) By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon, June 1 (Reuters) – Wilson Kiprop never imagined he would be Kenya’s […]
Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele celebrates after winning the men’s 10.000m during the Diamond League athletics meeting in Brussels on September 16, 2011. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images) By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon (June 1) – One has built a track on the outskirts of his country’s capital to aid his recovery from injury, the other trained in the […]
Nery Brenes (L) of Costa Rica, LaShawn Merritt (C) of the U.S. and Oscar Pistorius of South Africa compete during men’s 400 meters event at the Golden Spike International track and field meeting in Ostrava May 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Petr Josek) By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE, May 25 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt labored to victory in the […]
By Kayon Rayor KINGSTON, May 5 (Reuters) – Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt held his nerve after two false starts by competitors and powered to the year’s fastest 100 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational on Saturday. The 100 and 200 world record holder clocked a dazzling 9.82 seconds in his first individual race of […]
Asafa Powell of Jamaica holds his Athlete of the Meet trophy at the US Open Track and Field meet at Madison Square Garden in New York, January 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine) By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, May 3 (Reuters) – Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt could have an unexpected challenger when the Jamaican world record holder […]
Gold medalist Aries Merritt of U.S. holds his national flag after the men’s 60 metres hurdles final during the world indoor athletics championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul March 11, 2012. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) This summer, America’s elite athletes will represent our country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. These young men and […]
2012, Istanbul, Turkey, IAAF Indoor Track and Field World Championship, American champ in the women’s 60m hurdles, Kristi Castlin, gets confused in the start and doesn’t finish, stumping Vonette Dixon as well.
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