Brief comment on the trials from Bill Schnier:
"The OT provide great theater. This was apparent when Brenda Martinez was tripped in the 800 but came from behind to qualify for the Olympics in the 1500. I was happy for her but sad for Eccleston from Hillsdale College whom she edged out by .01 seconds as both fell to the track. The OT for women's gymnastics followed T&F and I was surprised at how ordinary it seemed compared with our sport, yet in the OG it often takes center stage, at least for Americans if the US does well."
From Roy Mason:
From John Bork
- Speaking of youth, 400M hurdle wunderkind Sydney McLaughlin is only 16 years old!
- Candace Hill, who made the semi-finals in the 100/200, is only 17 years old, and in December 2015 at age 16 signed a ten-year contract to run for Adidas. She has a best of 10.98 in the 100.
- Ageless youth Bernard Lagat, at 41, was jumping around like a kid at Christmas after winning the 5000 with a very youthful 52 second last lap.
- Lagat has won two Olympic medals running for Kenya in 2000 & 2004, can he win one this summer? Back in 1984, an aging 37-year old Carlos Lopes of Portugal won the Olympic marathon gold medal; in the same race, youthful 25-year old Alberto Salazar finished 15th.
- The Kenyan "B Team" --
U.S. distance runners are the Kenyan (African) "B Team" --
Lagat, born in Kenya; Paul Chelimo, born in Kenya; plus Somalian born Hassan Mead
Shadrock Kipchirchir, born in Kenya; Leonard Korir, born in Kenya; plus U.S. born Rupp
The Marathon -
Galen Rupp and Jared Ward will joined at the starting line by 41-year old Eritean-born Meb Keflezighi !"
From Bruce Kritzler: Link to Film on Sarah Brown training while pregnant to get to the O Trials. Did she make it?
Run Mama Run
Editor's note: Sarah Brown, four time NCAA All American made it to the trials but did not advance out of her semi heat.
July 7 (pm) Watched 2 hs kids win 200m heats in 20.04, 20,05 both windy, but impressive. Then hs girl Sidney McGlaughlin won heat of 400h in 55...Great women's steeple, where 5 contenders broke away in last kilo, but one of group faded to last, and another lost about 4 places in last 200m. This was after Emma Coburn waited till 2k to put the hammer down.