June 26, 2005 |
The public drama at the U.S. track and field championships was exhilarating. Three U.S. women broke 50 seconds in the same 400-meter race for the first time Saturday, Jeremy Wariner recovered from an early stumble to run a world-leading 44.20 seconds and add the 400 title to his Olympic gold medal, and Me'Lisa Barber continued her surprising progress by winning the women's 100, an event she skipped the last three years. The private drama was poignant, born of misfortune.
June 15, 2005 |
Merely five years after he took up running, Jamaica's Asafa Powell has earned the title of world's fastest man. The soft-spoken 22-year-old on Tuesday set a world record of 9.77 seconds for the 100 meters, trimming one-hundredth of a second off the time Tim Montgomery ran in Paris in September 2002. Powell's performance on the Athens Olympic track, where last year he finished fifth at the Summer Games in 9.
May 8, 2005 |
If only Maurice Greene hadn't let up. If only he had run through his Olympic 100-meter semifinal heat, instead of easing up and placing third. If he'd won the heat, he would have had a middle lane in the final and wouldn't have been, as he said, "running blind" in Lane 7.
August 22, 2004 |
Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens: Track and Field The world's fastest man and best female distance runner will be crowned. In the men's 100-meter dash, defending gold medalist Maurice Greene has a season-best mark of 9.91, second only to Shawn Crawford's 9.88. In the women's marathon, Britain's Paula Radcliffe, the world-record holder, is the favorite, but Margaret Okayo, Catherine Ndereba and Alice Chelangat of Kenya should also contend.
August 21, 2004
This is perhaps the Olympics' most glamorous track and field event, with the fastest performer often referred to as the world's fastest human. Maurice Greene, former world record holder and 2000 Olympic champion is among the favorites in this year's event, which starts today.
August 11, 2004 |
American athletes have been cautioned against extravagant flag-waving at these Olympics, and it has been suggested that they nix any ideas of using the flag as a headband, or as a cape, or as any other kind of celebration prop. Maurice Greene apparently wasn't listening.