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January 31, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
There was no shortage of drama at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Five countries boycotted, either because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Hungary or the tension in the Middle East over the Suez Canal. Hungarian athletes hauled down their flag in the Olympic Village and tore off the Communist emblem. A water polo encounter between the Soviets and Hungarians had to be stopped because of violence.
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August 6, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - American Jennifer Simpson, the 2011 world champion in the 1,500 meters, had a scare in her first-round Olympic heat on Monday and had to lean at the line to grab the final spot in Wednesday's semifinals. Simpson, of Monument, Colo., said she miscalculated the pace and physicality when she competed in the second of three heats. She finished sixth in a time of 4 minutes, 13.81 seconds. “It's definitely not OK,” she said of her performance. “How can I have made this big mistake?
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April 1, 1998
Cal State Northridge sophomore Cheree Hicks took advantage of breezy conditions Saturday, throwing the discus a school-record 188 feet, good for eighth place in the UC San Diego Invitational. The mark crushed Hicks' school record of 180-2 and led to her selection as the Big Sky Conference women's field event athlete of the week. Aretha Hill of the University of Washington won with a U.S. collegiate record of 215-3, with UCLA's Suzy Powell second at 213-5 and Seilala Sua third at 209-8.
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August 6, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON -- They're not very big, but they certainly are amusing. In events such as the hammer throw and discus, track and field staff has taken to ferrying the implements back to their throwers by way of remote-controlled cars. At the 2012 London Olympics, they are using miniature versions of Mini hatchbacks, built to 1/4 scale. According to BMW, each car can carry about 17 pounds, the equivalent of one hammer, one discus or two javelins. There are three cars working in four-hour shifts, each traveling about 6,000 meters per day. They zip around the infield in circles and dashes.
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June 4, 1995
Cal State Northridge junior Kristina Mataafa finished ninth in the discus Saturday with a throw of 164 feet 2 inches at the NCAA track and field championships. The effort was the second best of the year for Mataafa, who ranks second on the all-time Northridge list at 167-1.
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May 22, 1997
Scott Moser of Huntington Beach High set a state high school record in the discus Wednesday at the Salinas Throwers Meet. Moser, who in March recorded the state's second-best throw at a dual meet against Edison High, threw the discus 213 feet 11 inches to break Brian Blutreich's 1985 record of 210-8. Blutreich is a former Olympian who graduated from Capistrano Valley High. According to Moser's coach, Tony Ciarelli, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior set the record on his second attempt in Salinas.
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August 6, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - American Jennifer Simpson, the 2011 world champion in the 1,500 meters, had a scare in her first-round Olympic heat on Monday and had to lean at the line to grab the final spot in Wednesday's semifinals. Simpson, of Monument, Colo., said she miscalculated the pace and physicality when she competed in the second of three heats. She finished sixth in a time of 4 minutes, 13.81 seconds. “It's definitely not OK,” she said of her performance. “How can I have made this big mistake?
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May 17, 1992 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every once in a while, Brian Blutreich looks up from his weightlifting, discus throwing and everything else that constitutes his life as an Olympic hopeful and glances out on the world of Joe Average. Business suits and salaries. Working your way up, settling down. Safe, secure, predictable. Blutreich, a former shotput and discus standout at Capistrano Valley High School and UCLA, can't help but wonder about the 9-to-5 world, the one he has put off while following a dream.
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June 7, 1987 | JOHN ORTEGA, Times Staff Writer
On a day of upsets and surprises, when many state leaders and favorites were tasting defeat, Dave Bultman of Royal High was quenching his thirst for victory at the state track and field championships at Sacramento's Hughes Stadium. Bultman, a transfer from Independence High in San Jose, won the shotput and the discus, as expected. His effort in the discus (193-6) was his second-longest throw of the year and his 67 feet in the shotput destroyed his personal best (62-0) and the field as well.
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March 29, 1990
Senior Andy Marrone set a Dana Hills High School record in the discus with a throw of 171 feet 3 inches Wednesday as the Dolphins defeated El Toro, 85-56, in a South Coast League track and field meet at Dana Hills. Marrone broke the mark of 168-7 1/2 he set last week. Also for Dana Hills, Daniel Niednagel won the 800 meters in one minute, 54.4 seconds; Alaric Greenfield won the 110 high hurdles in 15.18 seconds and Matt Jordan won the shot put with a throw of 55-3.
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August 20, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Harold Connolly, who at the 1956 Olympics captured the gold medal in the hammer throw as well as the attention of the world for his Cold War romance with the discus champion from Czechoslovakia, died Wednesday. He was 79. Connolly, who was one of the greatest ever to compete in his event, was exercising on a stationary bicycle at a gym in Catonsville, Md., when he fainted and hit his head on the floor. He died of brain trauma from a concussion, his family said. A four-time Olympian, Connolly broke the American record for the hammer throw 12 times and the world record seven times.
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August 25, 2008
The Beijing Olympics were a tableau of sights, sounds and action -- inside and outside the athletic venues. Above left, locals cool off in water jets near the National Aquatics Center. Above right, U.S. women's basketball player Seimone Augustus flashes a heart sign during the Americans' 92-65 gold-medal win over Australia. Below, Cuba's Jorge Fernandez prepares for his discus throw. Clockwise from lower right: The Netherlands' Jolanda Keizer in the javelin portion of the women's heptathlon; a volunteer naps before the start of the track and field competition; and sand flies during the men's beach volleyball final won by the United States' Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser.
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October 2, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Al Oerter, one of only two track and field competitors to win gold medals in the same event in four consecutive Olympic Games, died Monday of heart failure at a hospital near his home in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 71. While Carl Lewis also won four straight Olympic gold medals, Oerter did Lewis one better. Oerter not only won four gold medals in the discus event, he also set Olympic records in the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968 Games.
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July 23, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
If there were a gold standard for silver medals, discus thrower Suzy Powell would own it. Seven times in the last 10 years Powell has been runner-up in the national championships. "It was frustrating," Powell said. "No doubt it was frustrating." All that frustration ended last month, though, when Powell uncorked a throw of 198 feet 11 inches to win her second U.S. title and first in 11 years. Yet that wasn't even the highlight of her season.
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August 25, 2004 | Philip Hersh, Chicago Tribune
Track and field set an Olympic record for infamy and tied another Tuesday. For the first time in a single Olympics, more than one athlete in the sport has lost a medal over drug testing. Even worse: Both are gold medalists. The latest culprit is discus champion Robert Fazekas of Hungary, disqualified after he failed to provide a urine sample after winning Monday night. All medalists are tested.
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April 24, 2004 | John Ortega, Times Staff Writer
She is not the best girls' pole vaulter in the Southland. Nor is she the region's top performer in the shotput or discus. But senior Whitney Johnson of Mission Viejo could achieve a first of sorts if she advances to the Division I final in those three events in the Southern Section track and field championships at Cerritos College on May 22.
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August 8, 1997 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you want to be one of the best, you might as well learn from the best. That was Adam Setliff's line of thinking three years ago when he asked 1976 Olympic discus champion Mac Wilkins to coach him. Setliff, who lives in Valencia, had capped his senior season at the University of Washington by finishing fifth in the discus in the 1993 NCAA championships. He was becoming increasingly frustrated by his inability to master the intricacies of the event the following year.
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June 6, 1987 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Michael Bain of Corona del Mar High School, who had the No. 2 mark in the state this year in the discus, failed to qualify for today's finals in the state high school track and field championships. Bain finished 10th Friday at Hughes Stadium, one spot too low, with one throw of 166-5 and two fouls. His best mark this year was 189-feet 10-inches.
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July 14, 2003 | John Ortega, Times Staff Writer
Nick Petrucci improved his career best to 217 feet 8 inches to win the men's discus in the Mid-Summer Games at Mt. San Antonio College on Sunday. But the former All-American at Northern Arizona will have to wait another month before learning whether he'll represent the United States in the world track and field championships Aug. 23-31 at Paris. Petrucci finished fifth in the U.S. track and field championships at Stanford last month, but he still could nab one of the three spots on the U.S.
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November 20, 2002 | From Associated Press
Ben Plucknett, a great American discus thrower who twice set the world record in 1981, has died. He was 48. Plucknett died Sunday at his home in Essex, Mo. The cause of death was a brain aneurysm. Visitors to his home found him soon after his collapse Sunday morning and summoned emergency help, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, officials of the funeral home handling the arrangements told reporters.
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