What a wonderful budding of a home town hero in Braza Da Silva in the polevault and a huge disappointment to Lavillenie. Great competition, great result nontheless. A resurrection of the name Da Silva in the world of athletics more than fifty years after the great Brazilian triple jumper of that name. Congrats to Evan Jaeger for taking it to the Kenyans in the steeplechase. A huge contrast in running styles, techniques, and body structure. Conseslus Kiprutro proved the better man, but it wasn't handed to him, Jaeger made him earn it. I don't think the disqualification of Ezekiel Kemboi was necessary or merited, but it was within the rules. I've noticed a number of people stepping over the inside curb and not getting DQ'd, but then no one filed a protest. It came down to a medal and I suppose the French had a right to file that protest, but somehow it leaves a bad taste. Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad has a history of bizarre behavior in competition and this doesn't alleviate that reputation. Now this AM (Thursday) a new controversy in the women's 4x100. I can't see any interference, but haven't had a second cup of coffee yet. Looks like Allison Felix just had a misstep or hitch in her git along and it cost the US the exchange.
Also did you happen to notice Dafne Schippers take off very hesitantly then stop and then get over run by the incoming runner? I think that blunder cost the Netherlands an advance to the finals. Didn't look like Dafne got the benefit of much practice with her teammates. Good job Jenny Simpson hanging in with the Kenyan and Ethiopian chargers in the 1500 for bronze.
US gets to run again in 4x100.
Looks like the American team has been allowed a second chance to qualify in the 4x100, but will run alone and will have to beat 42.70, and if they do so they will replace China in the final. I'd like to have been in that meeting where the decision
was made. Has anyone heard of this type of re-run in the past?
Well, the US women redeemed themselves in the 4x100 didn't they? They won from lane 1 going away. And the cocky US men's 4x100 team got another DQ. Does 'snakebitten' describe that history?
Hassan Mead goes to 5000 final. After his trip, Meade got into the final.
D'Agostino and New Zealand runner Hamblin also get into Women's 5000 final after their collision connected at the wrist finish.
This story is way overblown, as neither runner would have made it into the final on their own, and Hamblin was last in the final, but NBC made sure everyone knew the agony and heartbreak. There is a movement on social media to sign a petition to let D'Agostino carry the US flag in the closing ceremony. Will they ask Hamblin to push her wheelchair? It is reminiscent of Bud Greespan making John Stephen Akhwari ,the Tanzanian marathon runner, into an iconic figure while finishing last in the Mexico City marathon as his bandage came unravelled. Sorry, but I'm not buying it.
One observation on Africa. What has happened over the years to Tanzania? They used to have some great runners like Bayi and Nyambui, now nothing. Do they even have entries? Would be a lot closer to home for a few Kenyans to slip over the border and run for Tanzania. The good Ugandan runners all come from the area right across the border from Eldoret in Western Kenya. They are tribally related to the Kalenjin runners on the Kenyan side of the border and there may be a bit of border jumping going on there. Perhaps Tanzania doesn't care to accept outsiders representing them like so many other countries are doing hoping to buy national notoriety, because they have oil money. Open door refugee policy I have less objection.
There are also some comments about the dive that was taken in the women's 400, and a few other items. We'll also put up a second question from Jim Fixx's book for the superintelligent. Here it is.
Ups and Downs
A snail is at the bottom of a well 30 feet deep. It can crawl upward 3 feet in one day, but at night it slips back 2 feet. How long does it take the snail to crawl out of the well?
Speaking of Ups and Downs during the US Olympic Trials I noticed that one of the runners who DNF in the men's steeple chase was named Tripp Hurt. What an inappropriate name for a steepler. However have you seen so much tripping and falling as of late? This all began with the fall in the women's 800 back in Eugene. Someone brought to our attention an article on the famous Zola Budd Mary Decker Slaney collision in L.A. in 1984 which also brought some comments. See further below.
Regarding the men's 800 and Clayton Murphy's bronze