August 4, 2012 |
LONDON -- Usain Bolt and other sprinters stole the spotlight Saturday morning but British heptathlete Jessica Ennis earned her share of applause from the hometown crowd as she extended her lead through six events. Ennis moved close to the gold medal with the second-best long jump of the day (21 feet, 3¼ inches) and a personal best of 155-9 in the javelin throw, giving her 5,971 points. Austra Skujyte of Lithuania remained second with 5,783 points, but Lyudmyla Yosypenko of Ukraine moved up to third with 5,701 points.
June 25, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Jenn Suhr's pole vaulting career has taken off since she won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but her training situation remains grounded. Suhr, known as Jenn Stuczynski before she married her coach, Rick Suhr , still trains in a cramped airplane hangar behind her home near Rochester, N.Y. Suhr has come close to hitting the hangar's ceiling in practice several times, but she didn't have to soar quite that high at Hayward Field on Sunday to triumph at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and win a berth at the London Games.
June 24, 2012 |
- For two days, the U.S. Olympic track and field trials has been an ironic dry run for the London Summer Games, where the weather could be iffy. Wet. Unseasonably cold. Intermittent flashes of brightness, both in the sky and on the track. And no one shone brighter during those two days than decathlete Ashton Eaton. The conditions were perfect Saturday when Eaton completed the most stunning performance in the 100 years since the decathlon made its Olympic debut at the Stockholm Summer Games and King Gustav V of Sweden said to winner Jim Thorpe, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world.
April 10, 2010 |
There was a football-like capacity crowd of more than 7,000 that filled Arcadia High's stadium Saturday night for the Arcadia Invitational, and the 400-meter relay resembled an all-star team of football players. There was USC-bound Robert Woods leading the state Division III champions from Gardena Serra. There was California-bound Kaelin Clay from always fast Long Beach Poly. There was the No. 1 junior running back prospect in the state, De'Anthony Thomas, running for Los Angeles Crenshaw.
April 9, 2010 |
Anthony Curran has been coaching pole vaulters at UCLA for 28 years, and he has never had an incoming high school recruit quite like Michael Woepse of Santa Ana Mater Dei. "He's the toughest, most aggressive kid I've ever seen in high school," Curran said. "He has more passion than anyone in the event." Woepse cleared 17 feet 6 inches last month in a dual meet, and on Saturday he could try for 18 feet when he competes in the Arcadia Invitational, where he went a season-best 16-9 last year.
August 29, 2009 |
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva bounced back from losing her world title by setting a world record of 16 feet, 7 1/4 inches in the Weltklasse meet on Friday in Zurich. Usain Bolt , in his first race since smashing world records in the 100 and 200 meters, shook off Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell to win the 100 in 9.81 seconds. He was well off his world record of 9.58 set less than two weeks ago at the world championships in Berlin. World champion Sanya Richards won the 400 meters in 48.94 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.