Jul 4, 2013, 4:02 PM EST
Tyson Gay continued his world-best form by winning the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday.
Gay now owns the three fastest times in the world this season — adding the 9.79 (with a barely legal 2.0 wind) to a 9.75 and a 9.86 — after beating former world-record holder Asafa Powell, who clocked a season’s best 9.88 for second place. American Mike Rodgers was third in 9.96.
Another impressive performance from Gay puts more scrutiny on Usain Bolt, who runs a 200 in Paris on Saturday. Bolt’s best 100 time this season is a pedestrian (for him) 9.94 at Jamaican nationals. Bolt was beaten by American Justin Gatlin in Rome on June 6.
Is Gay the current favorite for the world championships, which begin Aug. 10 in Moscow? You could make a strong argument, but even Gay expects better out of Bolt in Russia.
“It’s no secret that this guy is a championship performer and you have to bring your ‘A’ game to beat him, or better than your ‘A’ game,” he said before the Lausanne meet, according to The Associated Press.
The women’s 100 hurdles saw a shock in Australian Olympic champion Sally Pearson finishing seventh out of eight in 12.69 seconds. Pearson is coming back from a hamstring injury, but in three races since June 27 hasn’t run within four tenths of U.S. champion Brianna Rollins’ world lead.
2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper won the hurdles in a season’s best 12.53, leading a U.S. sweep with Kellie Wells (12.58) and Lolo Jones (12.60). Jones later led off the U.S. 4×100 relay, which was disqualified on Jones’ handoff to the second runner.
In the women’s 200, U.S. champion Kimberlyn Duncan placed third in 22.73 in her first individual race in Europe. Olympic bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter, coming back from a quad injury, was fifth in 22.77, a season’s best. The world lead is held by Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce — 22.13.
David Oliver, who surprisingly missed the 2012 Olympic team, ran a world-leading 13.03 to win the 110 hurdles over fellow Americans Jason Richardson (13.20), Ryan Wilson (13.27) and David Payne (13.30). Oliver had finished second to Wilson at the U.S. Championships.
American Francena McCorory edged reigning world champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana in the 400, 50.36 to 50.37. Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills, who competed in the London Olympics a month after learning she had breast cancer, was third in 50.87.
Nigerian Blessing Okagbare showed her versatility by beating Olympic champion Brittney Reese in the long jump with a 6.98-meter jump. Okagbare won the 200 in Birmingham on Sunday, an event where she holds the second-fastest time in the world this year.
Dec 21, 2013, 8:43 PM EST
It took more than 20 sketches and 30 enhancements before the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic hockey puck designs were chosen. Games organizers, including Russian hockey president and legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretiak, unveiled the officials pucks at the Sochi Olympic hockey gold-medal game venue Saturday. “You have to make friends with the pucks — it’s the main…
Dec 21, 2013, 8:15 PM EST
Lindsey Jacobellis made her first World Cup podium in nearly two years and met Olympic selection criteria, boosting her chances of making her third U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday. Jacobellis, 28, won a World Cup snowboardcross event in Lake Louise, Alberta, with a broken right thumb. “I’m having a hard time getting good pulls out of…
Dec 21, 2013, 2:40 PM EST
Nick Goepper locked up a spot on the first U.S. Olympic Team in slopestyle skiing at the second Olympic selection event in Copper Mountain, Colo., on Saturday. “It’s a dream come true,” Goepper said, according to the U.S. Ski Team. “It’s super fun. The Olympics add a bit more pressure, but we’re just out here trying…
Dec 21, 2013, 11:40 AM EST
The U.S. remained unbeaten in the Duel in the Pool — barely. Down 68-54 after Friday, the Americans rallied to win the Ryder Cup-style swimming event 132-131 following a tiebreaking mixed relay when the teams were even after 30 scheduled races in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday. NBC will televise the Duel in the Pool on…
Dec 21, 2013, 8:27 AM EST
Bode Miller posted his best finish in three downhill races this season Saturday, his comeback campaign from major knee surgery. Miller, 36, was fifth in Val Gardena, Italy, coming in behind a podium of three more skiers who recorded their best results in months or years. “I’ve been skiing well,” Miller said, according to the U.S.…
Dec 21, 2013, 5:55 AM EST
Lindsey Vonn said she didn’t cause greater harm to her surgically repaired right knee when it “completely gave out” and caused her to ski out of a downhill race in Val d’Isere, France, on Saturday. Vonn appeared to lose her balance, briefly lifted her left ski off the snow and missed a gate, raising concern over…
Dec 20, 2013, 10:59 PM EST
Maybe the best U.S. halfpipe skiers aren’t so clear cut. One week after David Wise and Maddie Bowman won the first Olympic selection event, two different Americans prevailed in Copper Mountain, Colo., on Friday night. Brita Sigourney had the two highest scores in the women’s competition, winning with 86.60 points. Bowman was second with 83.20 to keep her overall lead…
Dec 20, 2013, 10:27 PM EST
Welcome to U.S.-Canada, Kevin Dineen. The new Canadian coach couldn’t do much to stop the bleeding, or flying punches, in his first game behind the bench. The U.S. won its second straight over its rival, 4-1 in dominating fashion at Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday night. A brawl among several players broke out in the final…
Dec 20, 2013, 5:54 PM EST
President Barack Obama made his first public comments about the White House delegation to Sochi that includes three openly gay athletes, saying the group “speaks for itself” in a press conference Friday. The delegation includes tennis legend Billie Jean King, two-time Olympic hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow and 1988 Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano. In February, they’ll be going to a…
Dec 20, 2013, 5:48 PM EST
It looks like Lindsey Vonn will have company for her downhill race in Val d’Isere, France, on Saturday — boyfriend Tiger Woods. Woods was spotted in Val d’Isere on Friday, a day after a blog was posted on his website saying he would put his “clubs away for a while” to spend time with his kids and…
Dec 20, 2013, 5:21 PM EST
Not even Katie Ledecky could keep the U.S. from sinking to start the Duel in the Pool. The European team is up 68-54 and now one day away from handing the Americans their first loss in the Ryder Cup-like event. Ledecky, the four-time 2013 World Championships gold medalist, was sixth in the 400m freestyle on Friday in…
Dec 20, 2013, 1:34 PM EST
Nike released its 2014 Olympic apparel, clothing Americans will wear at podium ceremonies in February, on Friday. Some of the highlights include hidden elements such as the words “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave” embroidered in jacket hand pockets (see picture below) and an unspecified nod to 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb…
Dec 20, 2013, 12:42 PM EST
Bode Miller never doubted he would come back from major knee surgery in February 2012. Here he is, back on the World Cup tour, going for broke like the Bode of old. And many might shrug off the five-time Olympic medalist because of his age, at 36, trying to make his fifth U.S. Olympic Team. To…
Dec 20, 2013, 12:07 PM EST
Brooke Bennett is trying to go 16 years between Olympics. The three-time Olympic swimming champion re-entered drug testing nearly two years ago and has competed in masters-age and marathon events without a set goal until now. She wants to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team in open-water swimming, according to SwimSwam.com. Bennett, 33, won Olympic gold…
Dec 20, 2013, 8:51 AM EST
The setting won’t be the only story when Beijing’s Bird’s Nest hosts an aerials skiing World Cup this weekend. American Ashley Caldwell will set up some 200 feet above the ground of the stadium that hosted the epic 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony on Saturday. She will set up parallel to its polymer membrane, glide down a hill…
Dec 20, 2013, 8:34 AM EST
Bode Miller posted the best super-G result of his comeback Friday, while Aksel Lund Svindal won his third race of the season and for the third time in Val Gardena, Italy. Svindal, the reigning Olympic and World Cup super-G champion, consolidated his pre-race favorite status by winning in 1 minute, 35.82 seconds in the Dolomites. It marked the…
Dec 20, 2013, 7:55 AM EST
Due to lack of snow, the third of five Olympic selection events in ski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle was moved from Northstar, Calif., to Breckenridge, Colo., on Thursday. Breckenridge, which hosted last week’s first selection event, will now host the Jan. 8-12 stop, too. “While the snow conditions are great at Northstar and the…
Dec 19, 2013, 5:08 PM EST
Amanda Kessel, the reigning NCAA Player of the Year and World Championships-winning goal scorer, has not played a minute for the U.S. Women’s National Team against international opponents this fall. Don’t be worried, U.S. coach Katey Stone said. Kessel, 22, has been dealing with a lower-body injury but will “absolutely” (Stone’s word) be ready for the Sochi…
Dec 19, 2013, 3:29 PM EST
Lindsey Vonn‘s focus is on the Olympics, but her mind is also peeking ahead at one of the most hallowed records in ski racing. The Olympic downhill champion believes the all-time record for World Cup wins is attainable. Vonn, 29, has 59 career wins. She is second all-time among women behind Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell, who had…
Dec 19, 2013, 3:19 PM EST
NBCUniversal will present at least 1,539 hours of coverage of the Sochi Olympics, including men’s and women’s hockey finals live on NBC. The hours, spread across five TV networks and NBCOlympics.com, mark the most ever for a Winter Olympics and more than the previous two Winter Games combined. More details are available here. NBC will…
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