Evan Jager on winning steeplechase silver: ‘It was indescribable’

Aug 17, 2016

Throughout the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Algonquin’s Evan Jager kept reminding himself to relax. It was jumbled nerves that had cost Jager a potential medal at the world championships last year. So Jager, a Jacobs High School graduate, wasn’t about to put his guard up, not at the beginning, and not in the final lap when…

Jenny Simpson claims USA’s first medal in women’s 1500 with bronze

Aug 17, 2016

Jenny Simpson captured bronze in the women’s 1,500 meters on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium, storming from behind on the final lap to become the first American female to medal in the event. Faith Kipyegon (4:08.92) of Kenya outsprinted world recordholder Genzebe Dibaba (4:10.27) to win the gold medal.Simpson nearly caught Dibaba during her mad sprint…

Kenyan trio fail to make 5000m final in Rio

Aug 17, 2016

There will be no Kenyan in the men’s 5,000m final for the first time at the Olympics since the 1960 Rome Games, after its athletes failed to qualify on Wednesday. World 5,000m silver medallist Caleb Mwangangi, who was among favourites to reach the medal bracket, was shockingly knocked out after he finished sixth in 13:26.63…

Taylor, Claye go 1-2 in triple jump again

Aug 16, 2016
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Christian Taylor successfully defended his Olympic triple jump gold medal, and fellow American Will Claye earned a silver medal at a second consecutive Games. It was the fourth time that U.S. athletes have claimed the top two triple jump spots since 1984. Both Taylor and Claye competed for the University of Florida.

Shaunae Miller’s dive denies Allyson Felix 400 gold in dramatic final

Aug 16, 2016

With the finish line approaching and an Olympic gold so close she could almost touch it, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dived. She sprawled across the hard, blue Olympic Stadium track without really knowing why she had done so. Her mind was blank. Her body was cut, with skin torn away just below her right…

Clayton Murphy Chases Down Olympic 800 Bronze

Aug 16, 2016

Parlayed by his patented finishing kick, former Akron All-American Clayton Murphy became the first United States men’s 800-meter runner to win an Olympic medal since 1992, chasing down the bronze medal over the final 100 meters on the strength of the fifth-fastest time, 1:42.93, in American history, at the XXXI Summer Olympics on Monday, Aug.…

Sam Kendricks claims pole vault bronze

Aug 16, 2016

Oxonian and Ole Miss alum Sam Kendricks walked away from the 2016 Summer Olympics with a bronze medal in the men’s pole-vaulting competition tonight in Rio. Rafter’s Bar and Grill was packed as family members and friends gathered to see Kendricks compete. Among his hometown supporters was his mother, Marni Kendricks. His father, Scott Kendricks,…

Emma Coburn takes bronze in 3000 steeplechase

Aug 16, 2016

For her first few nights here, American steeplechaser Emma Coburn stayed in the same apartment as teammate Jenny Simpson, one of the USA’s medal hopefuls in the 1,500 meters. But she could never get the air-conditioning just right — Coburn wanted it frigid, but the unit wouldn’t cooperate.

LaShawn Merritt wins 400 bronze

Aug 16, 2016

American LaShawn Merritt won the bronze in the 400-meter here Sunday. America should cheer for this, cheer for him. Not simply because an American won bronze. Americans are so jaded by piles of gold medals, bronzes hardly register anymore. They should. Merritt ran a blistering 43.85 seconds. The winner, Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa,…

Gatlin wins silver in the 100

Aug 16, 2016

“Bolt! Bolt! Bolt!” they cried, feverishly and repeatedly, revelling in Usain Bolt’s every pose, wave and smile. And, most of all, in his victory. The Jamaican had promised the world he would create history in Rio and he proved good to his word, brushing past his great American rival Justin Gatlin with 25m to go…

Tori Bowie captures Olympic 100 silver

Aug 16, 2016

Tori Bowie captured a silver medal in the women’s 100-meter run at the Olympics on Saturday night in Rio, Brazil. The former Southern Miss track star finished second with a time of 10.83 in the finals. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won the Gold medal with a winning time of 10.71. Friday night during round one of…

Jeff Henderson narrowly wins long jump gold medal

Aug 14, 2016

Jeff Henderson won the long jump gold medal by the smallest of margins on Saturday. His best jump, 8.38m (27 feet, 6 inches), was just one centimeter better than Luvo Manyonga’s mark. Henderson became the first U.S. man to win an Olympic long jump title since Dwight Phillips in 2004.