Knighton, Felix and Richardson: the best performances at the track testing in the United States
Last week we said that Donavan Brazier’s story best illustrates the âdo or dieâ nature of trials. Five years ago, in 2016, Brazier won the NCAA 800-meter title in 1 minute 43.55 seconds, the second fastest time in the world that year. A few weeks later, he failed to qualify for the Rio Games.
So he approached this year’s essays in hopes of changing that narrative. And he was supposed to do it. The question wasn’t whether Brazier would qualify – it was who would get second and third.
Instead, it suffered a devastating upheaval, leaving spectators, athletes and members of the media in shock.
âWhat happened to the champion? a broadcaster asked as the 24-year-old walked through the finish line in last place finally.
The reigning world champion was once again denied his chance at the Olympics in one of the trials’ most notable reversals.
Clayton Murphy, bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games, won the event in 1: 43.17, followed by NCAA champion Isaiah Jewett and Bryce Hoppel.
In interviews after the race, Brazier did his best to keep his head up. A day off can be just that, he said.
âI’m always going to feel like I’m the best 800m runner in the world when I compete,â he said. âToday I was obviously not. “
Here are some more notable performances of Eugene:
Erriyon knighton: the Knighton, 17, clocked the clock as he flew over a 200-meter semi-final in first place. He beat Noah Lyles, once again. His time in the first round, 20.04, broke Lyles’ high school record at the 2016 US Olympic track and field trials. Lyles learned his record fell as he and Knighton attended a press conference: âHey Erriyon, you got broke my record, brother. He shouted across the room. In one separate video, Knighton learns he broke Lyles’ record: “Did I do it?” What was that? âHe said, clapping.
Refueling after the race: what we consume
Ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, a group of exercise scientists wrote a full scientific review on training and competing in scorching heat. Here’s what experts recommend, including whether to freeze your underwear and when (and why) to keep taking a hot shower.
Alison Bechdel’s new book, “The Secret of Superhuman Strength,” examines the exercise craze and what it reveals about our attitudes toward self-care, the booming fitness economy, and even our mortality. In this conversation with Kara Swisher, she discusses the training culture and how running gives her a “sense of calm and focus and even euphoria.”
âI think it has to do with the impact of just slamming your body against the ground,â she says. You can listen to this episode of “Sway” on Apple, Spotify, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.