Victory in the 5000m at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials earned 41-year-old Bernard Lagat the right to become the oldest US runner at what will be his fifth Olympics - but for world 110m hurdles record holder Aries Merritt, desperate to defend his title in Rio 10-months after kidney replacement surgery, that dream is over; by one hundredth of a second.
Hayward Field in Eugene in Oregon is an arena awaiting drama right now as the best of United States’ athletes prepare for the sudden-death phenomenon of the Olympic Track and Field Trials, which are due to start tomorrow.
As a decathlete, Jeremy Taiwo needs different shoes for nearly every event. He has high jump shoes and long jump shoes. He has shoes for sprinting and shoes for distance running. He needs three different pairs for shot put, javelin and discus. Then he needs special spikes for his shoes for the pole vault.
Richard Thompson's face said it all after he sped across the line to win the Men's 100 metres final at the National Association for Athletic Administrations (NAAA) National Gas Company (NGC)/Sagicor Senior Championships, "It's great to be champion again." His comment after taking gold in spectacular fashion.
Quincy Wilson broke his own national record at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, yesterday, the 25-year-old athlete landing the implement 59.65 metres for gold in the Falcons Invitational men’s discus event.
On Saturday, August 6th, the first heats of the Women’s Single Sculls will take place at Lagoa Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and Aisha Chow will carry her Fluid single down to the water at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, "located in the heart of Rio with a spectacular backdrop of mountains, the Tijuca Forest and Christ the Redeemer statue at Corcovado."