More than 30 athletes who won gold medals at the 2011 World Masters Outdoor Championships will be among the 1,118 total competitors at the upcoming USA Masters Outdoor Championships scheduled for August 2-5 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill.
by Alfons Juck
In total 2151 athletes are entered for athletics at London Games. Among them 1117 men and 1034 women. Beijing 2008 had 2056 (1082 men and 974 women competing), Athens 2004 had 1995 (1079 and 916). But the record is so far from Sydney 2000 with 2137 athletes (1257 and 880). For example, Athens 1896 started with 63 competitors (all men). The biggest number of entries (could more than allowed to compete in each event, so the final numbers will be less) is in the women marathon 119 and men marathon 109.
Paula Radcliffe, the world record holder in the marathon, has withdrawn from the London 2012 Olympic marathon. In her official statement (courtesy of the BBC.com), Paula cites a foot injury, which have made her unable to find a level of fitness that would allow her to compete well in the London Games.
by Toni Reavis
It is a spectacle beyond wonder, and an all but incomprehensible effort to stage. Primarily so for the host city and its organizing committee, but also for the grand ayatollahs of the IOC, the member bishops of their national committees, and their deep-pocketed supporters, the sponsors. Yet it remains the labor of the plebian athletes to be the sine qua non for the entire enterprise. Without them, what?
LONDON – After spending more than a week at Team USA’s training camp in Birmingham, athletes are now moving into the Olympic Village on the eve of the Opening Ceremonies.
Pre-Olympics USA Track Questions Linger, Commencement Of London Olympiad Will Provide Answers To A Half Dozen USA Track Question
By Dave Hunter
Last month's USA Olympic Track & Field Trials provided many answers to the backlog of lingering questions that had piled up in the weeks leading up to the showdown in Eugene. But the intervening weeks since the Trials and the approaching Olympic Games have served to generate a whole new round of queries - questions that won't be answered until the 30th Olympiad is actually underway.
Bothell, Wash. - July 24, 2012 - Complete dedication to their teams and communities. The ability to motivate and support their athletes during challenging situations. An unwavering Run Happy spirit. After reviewing more than 1,300 nominations for high school track and/or cross country coaches who inspire their athletes every day, Brooks Sports, Inc. today announced this year's top 25 and will share each coach's unique, poignant story with the running community so they can help select the 2012 Inspiring Coach of the Year.
INDIANAPOLIS – 2012 Olympian Evan Jager has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week following his American record performance in finishing third in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League meet Friday.
New York, July 24, 2012 - When the 2012 Olympic Games' Opening Ceremony begins July 27, many of the world's most famous track & field athletes in London can count The Armory as a place where they showcased their extraordinary talents. As many as 156 athletes competing in the 2012 Olympics have performed at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.
Courtesy of USATF
Two-time Olympic silver medalist, former world record holder and National Track & Field Hall of Famer Jack Davis died peacefully Saturday at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif. He was 81 years old.