The first two finals at the Olympics were the women's 10,000 meters and the men's shot put. Nearly 80,000 people were entertained by two great competitions and a range of athletic excellence that we have not seen in years.
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LONDON — The third time was the charm for Reese Hoffa in the men’s shot put Friday night in Olympic Stadium as the 2007 world champion won his first Olympic medal while competing in his third Games.
by Larry Eder
The day started off cloudy, then rainy, and now, wondrous. It is 4:30 pm Local time in London, and we have two and a half hours to go before the evening sessions start. Here is how I saw the first session of track & field.
by Alfons Juck
LONDON (GBR): The athletics is here, the number one sport of the Games. As IAAF President Lamine Diack said: "For me the Games are beginning on Friday, August the 3rd." We have the same number of events (47) as in Beijing. Last Olympics brought 5 World records, 12 Olympic records, five succesfull title defenders, world leading marks in 8 men and 13 women events. USA got 7 golds, Jamaica and Russia 6 and in points USA 207 over Russia 200.
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LONDON - Team USA advanced two men to the Olympic Steeplechase final for the first time in 16 years during a smooth first session of track & field Friday morning at the 2012 Olympic Games. In total, 12 Americans advanced to the next round of competition.
by Jon Gugala
The 10,000-meters was never Plan A for Amy Hastings. Hastings, who competes for the U.S. in the women's 10,000m this evening, had her initial sights set on the U.S. marathon team at the Olympic team trials in January. And despite the fact that it was only her second time running the event, she was arguably the most gutty in the race, being the aggressor repeatedly in her attempt to dislodge any of the Big Three, which included eventual trials champ Shalane Flanagan, runner-up and former Arizona State teammate Desiree Davila, and America's Marathon Mom Kara Goucher.
By Larry Eder
Tyson Gay is back. That is what his competitions have shown over the past six weeks. After not racing for nearly a year, from July 2011 until June 2012, Tyson Gay came out fighting. His 10.00, into a head wind, at the adidas GP NYC on June 9, showed that he was coming around.
ARLINGTON, Va. - (July 31, 2012) - Since 1996, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has awarded grants totaling more than $400,000 through the Roads Scholar® program. The goal of the program is to assist American post-collegiate runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class road running athletes.
By Jon Gugala
In a phone interview dated June 12, Desiree Davila, calling from her Chula Vista cell phone number in her Rochester Hills, Mich., home, speaks with me for 18 minutes. Never once do we talk about running. For a conversation with Davila, this is not unusual.
INDIANAPOLIS - Denzel Harper has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning five gold medals at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Baltimore, Maryland. Harper became the first ever athlete to win five individual events at the Junior Olympics.
By Dave Hunter
A large measure of the enjoyment of an approaching Olympic Games - indeed any highly-awaited sporting event - is the speculation about the athletes, their expected performances, and the anticipated event outcomes. The London Olympiad is no different. And while this building excitement reaches across all Olympic sports, there is, to be sure, no shortage of enthusiasm or conjecture surrounding the running, the jumping, and the throwing that will begin this Friday in London's Olympic Stadium.
By Larry Eder
All the works that I have listed below are the labors of love of the IAAF communications department. The IAAF team provides this gems to enhance your enjoyment of the London Olympics. I have linked to some of the best links on our sport. Check them out!
by Alfons Juck
In total 2151 athletes are entered for athletics at London Games. Among them 1117 men and 1034 women. Beijing 2008 had 2056 (1082 men and 974 women competing), Athens 2004 had 1995 (1079 and 916). But the record is so far from Sydney 2000 with 2137 athletes (1257 and 880). For example, Athens 1896 started with 63 competitors (all men). The biggest number of entries (could more than allowed to compete in each event, so the final numbers will be less) is in the women marathon 119 and men marathon 109.
BALTIMORE, Md. - Each athlete was determined to make the record books as 11 records fell on the final two days of competition at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships. Competition concluded Sunday at W.A.C. Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University.
by Toni Reavis
It is a spectacle beyond wonder, and an all but incomprehensible effort to stage. Primarily so for the host city and its organizing committee, but also for the grand ayatollahs of the IOC, the member bishops of their national committees, and their deep-pocketed supporters, the sponsors. Yet it remains the labor of the plebian athletes to be the sine qua non for the entire enterprise. Without them, what?
BALTIMORE, Md. - Spectators witnessed an additional three national records at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships Friday as competition continued at W.A.C. Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University. The trio of records bring the total to seven for the Championships.
LONDON – After spending more than a week at Team USA’s training camp in Birmingham, athletes are now moving into the Olympic Village on the eve of the Opening Ceremonies.
BALTIMORE, Md. - Avana Story bettered the National Junior Olympic record in the Young Womens hammer throw while Jaiden Woodbey defended his title in the Midget Boys pentathlon as the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships kicked off at W.A.C. Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University.
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