August 15, 2004 |
If the torch can be passed in a swimming pool, it happened here in the final event Saturday, the women's 400-meter freestyle relay at the Olympics. The greatest relay swimmer in recent history couldn't hold a lead, and a new generation, led by Australian Jodie Henry, stepped right up. So often, 31-year-old American Jenny Thompson has been the closer on successful relays, but this time, it wasn't even close.
September 17, 2000 |
Reality did not disrupt the years of Ian Thorpe's daydream-believing in the swimming pool. Incredibly, this was better than some fantasy on career day at school. Call it Ian's World. Back when Thorpe's foot size was still measured in single digits, who would have believed he would win two Olympic gold medals--setting two world records, the second with three of his buddies in a relay to beat the favored Americans--all in front of his family, friends and country?
April 8, 2000 |
Fred Williams of Taft High was battered and bruised after a West Valley League track and field showdown Friday against visiting Birmingham. But the pain was worth it after the senior anchored Taft to a come-from-behind victory in the mile relay to push the Toreadors past the Patriots, 68-59. Taft, the top-ranked team in the region by The Times, had a 63-59 lead over No. 2 Birmingham entering the mile relay, the final event of the meet.
May 12, 1991 |
Rio Mesa High track and field co-Coach Brian FitzGerald believes it was best for Marion Jones and the Spartans that the school's 1,600-meter relay team did not qualify for Saturday's Southern Section 3-A Division preliminaries at Camarillo High. The team finished fourth at the Channel League finals May 3 with only the top three advancing to the preliminarie. An athlete is allowed to compete in only four events, and the sophomore sprinter was kept pretty busy as it was Saturday.
July 30, 1990 |
Carl Lewis anchored the Santa Monica Track Club's 400-meter relay team to victory and won the 100-meter dash at the New York Games Sunday. After taking a poor baton pass from Floyd Heard, Lewis began the final 100-meter leg about a half-meter behind Tony Dees of the Florida Clippers. But about 40 meters later, Lewis was in the lead. Instead of bursting through the tape, however, Lewis slowed before it and the winning time was 38.18 seconds, short of the world record of 37.83 set by the 1984 U.S.
May 31, 1989 |
When Beno Bryant of Dorsey High School runs the 400 meters, he looks at ease with himself, unlike his preparation that is anything but easy. "I really dislike the quarter (-mile), especially when it comes time to run," said Bryant, who set a new City record of 46.63 last Thursday night at the City Track and Field Championships at Birmingham High School. "The only time I like it, is after I am done." Bryant, who only started to run the 400 meters late last season, has found success in this one lap race despite his pre-race jitters.