Gatlin, Lagat bull their way into Olympics

by Douglas Stevenson Julio 11, 2016, 6:08

QUALIFICATION ALERT: Jenny Simpson earned a spot on her third Olympic team with a victory in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Trial.

"I don't believe I'm old", Lagat said. Stowers fell to the track after hitting the final hurdle and finished eighth overall. "So to walk away today being sound of body, I'm happy about that".

Such was the quality of performances that Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and London 2012 silver medallist, failed to qualify for the final, despite clocking 13.01. She had advanced with a throw of 58 feet, 2½ inches in the preliminaries.

Paul Chelimo (right) congratulates Bernard Lagat.

Woodard, who competes for the University of Oklahoma after a stellar career at Cherokee High School, fouled on all three attempts in the final flight. In all, she fouled in four of her six throws. Felix qualified last weekend for the 400, but had been dealing with a sore right ankle and could not make it in her signature event.

The American distance star qualified for the Olympics earlier this year as marathoner.

Max Siegel, the chief executive of USA Track & Field, says that it is sorrowful that some of the veterans will not represent the USA, but at the same time, it is exciting to see new members in the team. I was really fortunate to make that team.

Maggie Malone, the current NCAA champion from Texas A & M, earned first place with a mark of 199-7.

NEXT TRIALS: USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel said at a federation board meeting Saturday that, nice as it would be to firm up the choice, he's waiting to see how the finances play out with meet organizers in Eugene before deciding whether to bring the Olympic Trials back in 2020. "I'm going to go through anger, more disbelief".

At this Olympic Trials, Winger also said she felt like the elder. "And knowing you've been there before and know how to handle it, it gives you a chip on your shoulder".

Dobson focuses on developing a team spirit while helping runners to set up a training plan and, just as importantly, taking them through "circumstances for success ... what their personalities require".

Although the hurdles competition will only take place for an hour, there is still a lot at stake. In February past year, he returned to Lawrence, Kan., to start working with his former throws coach, Andy Kokhanovsky.

"I challenged them. I said, 'Love someone". "At that point, in my head, I was just counting numbers". Of Winger, she said, "I met her when I was a sophomore in college".

"My daughter tells me, "Daddy, I want to go back to the Olympics so I can watch gymnastics".

Afterward, Gatlin tried to pay forward the inspiration he got from Lagat, urging a record crowd of 22,847 to remember the goodwill they've experienced here and carry that spirit beyond the walls of Hayward Field. "I definitely wanted to get a good throw in one of the first two rounds". I know he's got it in the tank. "I don't really want to go to Europe so we will see if something domestic can happen". It is the only country with more medals than any. "I'm not sure exactly what that will take based on my fitness level this year. I was hoping it would work out, but unfortunately it didn't", White said.


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