(USATF) - RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead, Massachusetts) proved her preparation for the streets of Rio was near-perfection, as she set a new American record in the women's-only marathon while finishing sixth Sunday at the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí.
( RUNBLOGRUN) -As the three kings of the 400 meters came off the turn, Wayde Van Niekerk had a slight lead. Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt were dueling, as Wayne Van Niekerk continued to drive down the final straight, going where no man has gone before.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "When I went down, I thought, 'Oh my God, that is it.' I just got up and wanted to stick with the guys and stay strong. It's never easy but everyone knows what I can do. I thought about all my hard work and that it could all be gone in a minute. I wasn't going to let it go. I got up quickly. I thought about my family.
Michelle Carter wins gold, sets AR in shot-put upset! First US women's medal in event since 1960 and Earlene Brown!
Earlene Brown, a USA Track & Field Hall of Famer, who won the last medal by the U.S. in the women's shot put. That was in 1960, and the color of the medal was bronze.
What was so spectacular about Molly Huddle's race was her ability to pull herself back from the precipice.
Tirunesh Dibaba first came on the scene in 2003 in Saint Denis, France. I remember watching the 18 year old decimate a fine field in the 5000 meters and take gold. She made her agent, Mark Wetmore smile with that one!
Silver medal for Vivian Cheruiyot as Almaz Ayana runs a world record to win the women's 10,000m in Rio
Vivian Cheruiyot is the Kenyan Pocket Rocket, in my mind.
Almaz Ayana has just destroyed the World Record in the 10,000 meters, running 29:17.45 to take over 14 seconds off the World Record set by Wang Junxia of China nearly 23 years ago!
LET THE GAMES (ATHLETICS) BEGIN - RIO DE JANEIRO (GBR): The athletics is here, the number one sport of the Games. We have the same number of events (47) as in London.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Led by defending gold medalists Ashton Eaton and Christian Taylor, the next generation of USATF stars combine with experienced
veterans to comprise the men’s Olympic Track & Field Team. Competition begins at Olympic Stadium on Friday, August 12.
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