Entering the final as a heavy favorite, Kerron Clement took home the United States' second track gold of the Rio Olympics with a 47.73 time in the 400m hurdles. He was fading a bit over the last two hurdles, but managed to hold off Kenyan Boniface Tumuti to win gold. Puerto Rico's Javier Culson was disqualified for a false start. Four national records were set in the event. Tumuti set a Kenyan NR of 47.78 for silver; Yasmani Copello got bronze in a Turkish record of 47.92; Thomas Barr of Ireland was fourth in a record 47.97l Rasmus Magi took 6th in a Estonian record of 48.40.
The United States baton woes under coach Dennis Mitchell continue as Allyson Felix and English Gardner botched the second handoff in the heats of the 4x100m relay. The U.S finished the race in last. That they finished the race was perhaps a heady move on their part as Felix appeared to be obstructed by a potential lane violation from the Braziian team. They will certainly file a protest and, in my opinion, the odds are in their favor to advance to Friday night's final.
After falling with 200m to go in the heats of the 5000m, Hassan Mead figured to be advanced to the final on protest, as that is what has happened so far in these Olympics whenever an athlete trips. However, on his initial protest, Mead was denied entry to the final. After appealing, it appears, Mead will gain entry to the final indeed. Now, all three Americans have made their way to Friday's 5000m final.
News came out hours after Wednesday morning's steeplechase final that Ezekiel Kemboi, who had initially won bronze in the event, had been disqualified for the lane violation depicted above. The French filed the protest and Mahiedine Mekhissi has been awarded the bronze medal. After Wednesday morning's race, Kemboi announced his retirement. He'll go down as one of the greatest steeplechasers of all time with two Olympic titles and four World titles in the event. This is an unfortunate end to what was a great career.
Even without their best hurdler, the United States looks ready to sweep tonight's final of the women's 100m hurdles. World Record holder Kendra Harrison did not make the U.S. team out of July's Trials, but Brianna Rollins, Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali look set to prove they don't need Harrison to bring a U.S. sweep of the 100m hurdles. U.S. Women have never had a medal sweep in athletics. The United States swept the 400m and the 400m hurdles in Beijing in 2008. The Women's 100m Hurdles final takes place tonight at 9:55pm EST.
American distance runner Abbey D'Agostino got tied up with New Zealand athlete Nikki Hamblin. After the fall, D'Agostino waited to make sure Hamblin was ok and both finished the race. D'Agostino finished despite collapsing to the track with an apparent knee injury. This is the sort of performance and sportsmanship that seems destined to be regarded as "Priceless" in Mastercard commercials for decades to come. UPDATE: D'Agostino has protested and gained entry into the women's 5000m final Friday afternoon.
Portland may be the Rose City, but every athlete wants a gold medal. Tonight we finally got a look at what the medals will look like for this year's indoor championships in Portland. Personally, I love the rose design and think they're amazing. What do you think?
Great behind-the-scenes look at Meb Keflezighi's training ahead of the 2014 New York City Marathon.
Grumpy cat's viral replacement has nothing on this new marathoner!
According to Australia's Ultra 168, these are the 25 most influential ultra runners. You probably haven't heard of most of them, but you'll know 'em after reading this.