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August 7th, 2021

On the final day of the competition inside the Olympic stadium, two marquee events were of special note.

The final of the women's 10,000 meters presented several pre-race questions. Sifan Hassan, in pursuit of an unprecedented triple, looked dominant in winning gold in the women's 5000. Yet days later the Dutch athlete looked vulnerable and frankly tired finishing third in the 1500 meter championship race. Which version of this incredible athlete would show up today?

Cheptegei 5K Victor; Miller-Uibo and Kipyegon Repeat

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August 6th, 2021

As the Olympic track & field schedule of events races to its concluding crescendo, impressive performances are coming fast and furious. At the forefront of Day Eight were the finals of the men's 5000 meters, the women's 400 meters, and the women's 1500 meters. And with apologies to British broadcasters and announcers everywhere, each one was "an absolute cracker!"

Sydney's WR!. JuVaughn's "Triple Double"!

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McLaughlin_Sydney-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgSydney McLaughlin, 400m hurdles, WR 51.90, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

6 27 21 HuVaughn Harrison

Harrison_JuVaughn-Q1-OlyTrials21w.jpgJuVaughn Harrison, oh, just pretend that he's high jumping, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto


Olympic Trials / Day Ten: 

June 27th, 2021

No one was happy when it became clear that the final weekend of the Olympic Trials competition would feature temperatures hovering around 110 degrees. But Mother Nature's nasty little meteorological surprise, while annoying, could not rattle USA hopefuls on the final weekend of the 2021 USA Track & Field Olympic Trials. While it was extremely uncomfortable on Saturday, it was Hades hot on Sunday, forcing a safety-driven mid-day suspension of several hours which sent athletes and their coaches scurrying to craft 11th-hour Plan B performance day procedures and tactics.

American Shot Putter In World Of His Own


 August 5th, 2021

Top-performing athletes are always searching for ways to cultivate inspiration. It's all about setting goals: identifying a targeted outcome; creating a plan; solidifying the commitment by sharing your goal with others, and then pursuing that dream. For world-class track & field athletes performing at the highest level, the inspirational targeted achievement would be the progressive steps of Olympic Games performance: making the team; getting to the final; earning a medal; perhaps even a gold medal - the zenith of track & field performance. Or is it? For only a very few in any generation, there is a greater calling: to rise even higher, to go beyond the gold medal, to not only be the greatest performer of the generation but to assemble an entire body of work that undeniably establishes the athlete as the best ever.. In the men's Olympic shot put final, USA's Ryan Crouser further strengthened his case as the Greatest Of All Time.


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Holloway_Grant-QR-OlyTrials21w.jpgGrant Holloway, on his way to Tokyo and the record books, photo by Kevmofoto

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Benjamin-Rai-SF-OlyTrials21w.jpgRai Benjamin, on his way to Tokyo and .05 from the record books, photo by Kevmofoto

USA Olympic Trials / Track & Field

University of Oregon / Hayward Field Eugene, Oregon

Trials / Day Nine: 

June 26th, 2021

Undaunted by the record heatwave gripping Eugene, the country's best track & field athletes soldiered onward in their individual quests to earn a berth on America's Olympic Track & Field Team and to represent the USA at the Tokyo Games. When you attend the Olympic Trials you expect to witness an outstanding moment here or there. But no one could have forecasted the abundance of record-shattering performances that made Day Nine truly memorable.

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Peruth.jpgPeruth Chemutai took gold in the steeplechase, the first steeple medal for Uganda! photo: @BSRagencynl

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Frerichs_Courtney-w-OlyTrials21w.jpgIn a bold move, full of risk, Courtney Frerichs ran away from the field with 3 laps to go, only getting caught by one Peruth Chemutai, and holding on for Olympic silver medal

August 4th, 2021

To earn the opportunity to stand on the Olympic podium and receive a hard-earned Olympic medal, you have to be talented, be committed, be willing to sacrifice other opportunities, have a savvy coach and dedicated support team; be able to summon up your best performance when it counts - and one more thing - you still have to be willing to be bold, to make a vulnerable move in the hopes you will be rewarded. You have to risk it to get the biscuit.



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Bor_Hilary-OlyTrials21w.jpgHillary Bor took the steeplechase with a fast last lap in the heat of Eugene, photo by Kevmofoto

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Hayward_Field-Panow.jpgHayward Field, June 2021, photo by Kevmofoto


USA Olympic Trials / Track & Field

University of Oregon / Hayward Field

Eugene, Oregon

Trials / Day Eight:

June 25th , 2021

In Friday's afternoon session under hot and sunny conditions, discus specialist Mason Finley and steeplechase athlete Hillary Bor made it to the top step of the podium in the only final competitions of Day Eight.


 The Norwegian's 45.94 Clocking Shocks All

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IMG_0487.jpgKarsten Warholm battles Rai Benjamin, 45.94 WR to 46.17 AR, photo via TV by Kathy Camara

August 3rd, 2021

In the kaleidoscope of events that take place on the track and in the field at global championships, invariably there are a few - but only a few - select competitions that showcase two athletes who are heading toward a converging athletic collision. These competitions are often long-awaited showdowns to determine who between these exceptional performers is, in fact, the better athlete in the event in question. Think CK Yang vs. Rafer Johnson; Coe vs. Ovett; Smith vs. Evans; Ryun vs. Liquori. The event lead-up can often include a frantic race to see who can be the first to break a long-standing world record. In these Olympic Games, one such marquee event is the men's 400-meter hurdles and, at last, a highly-anticipated showdown between Norway's Karsten Warholm, and USA's Rai Benjamin...





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50516727_ORANGE_PICTURES.jpgSifan Hassan, 5,000m gold medalist, photo courtesy of Orangepicturesnl.


August 2nd, 2021

There is no question: the Olympic Games is the world's most difficult competition in which to excel. But on Day Four - a day interrupted by a seemingly relentless heavy rain - the most difficult suddenly became the nearly impossible. With the deplorable conditions impacting everyone, the better performances came from the Olympians who shook it off and simply did their best.



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Murphy_Clayton-FH1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgThe roar of vindication, Clayton Murphy roars away 3 years of frustration, wins the Men's 800m, photo by Kevin Morris

Trials / Day Four

June 21, 2021

Way back in 2016, former University of Akron middle-distance star Clayton Murphy was hotter than today's Hayward Field track. In March of that year, Clayton won the NCAA indoor 800m championship clocking 1:46.68. Moving outdoors, Murphy ran the 1500m at the NCAA championships and won going away in a time of 3:36.38. At the Olympic Trials, Clayton - now running for Nike - reverted back to the 800m. The then-21-year-old raced expertly through the rounds, followed his championship race plan to the letter, and won the final in 1:44.76 to make the Olympic team. At the Rio Olympics, Murphy ran through the rounds like a savvy veteran. In the final, the Ohio native executed the perfect race plan closed hard over the final 200 meters and passed France's Pierre Bosse on the homestretch to capture the bronze medal in 1:42.93 behind Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi [1:42.61] and 800m world record holder David Rudisha [1:42.15]. Murphy ended the year ranked 6th in the world in the 800m by Track & Field News. Three of the athletes ranked ahead of Clayton finished behind him in the Rio final. Not to worry, life was good.

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