World Track and Field: So close to an incident-free evening

I didn’t have a chance to post an update yesterday during my epic escape from Rochester (see my WPS recap), but you’ve already heard the big news from the Sunday evening (morning in USA) session: Usain Bolt false-started and was disqualified. A brief history of the false-start rule (intriguing discussion here): – Before 2003, each runner could have one false start. Mess up once, and you get a warning. Twice, you’re out. – The problem was that you’d have major races in which 3-4 guys would have false starts. That made everyone rather grumpy, particularly the meet officials who are … Continue reading World Track and Field: So close to an incident-free evening

World Track and Field, Day 2b

What you should know at this stage of the World Track and Field Championships (all times ET), particularly if you’re waking up in a couple of hours: – Usain Bolt races in the men’s 100 semifinals at 5:30 a.m. ET and almost certainly the final at 7:45 a.m. – Americans Trey Hardee and Ashton Eaton are currently 1-2 in the decathlon, which wraps with the 1,500 meters at 7:15 a.m. – Kenyans won all six medals on Day 1 (women’s 10,000 and marathon). – Russia then claimed second in the medal table with gold and silver in the men’s 20k … Continue reading World Track and Field, Day 2b

The biggest non-Olympic Olympic sports event is upon us …

Live from Daegu (assuming you don’t sleep during normal hours in U.S. time zones), it’s the 2011 IAAF World Championships. (That’s track and field/athletics.) Given the time difference, soccer duties and the uncertainty of having power by the time Hurricane Irene has finished with the East Coast, I won’t be live blogging or anything like that. But as long as I’m able, I’ll post daily recaps and previews. Not that Day 1 has much to offer. It has the first five decathlon events and a lot of qualifying for later in the week. The only finals are in the women’s … Continue reading The biggest non-Olympic Olympic sports event is upon us …

2012 women’s swimming and synchro: All about the Franklins

Once again: These projections will obviously draw quite heavily from the just-concluded World Championships, and the FINA site’s “rankings” page that generates the best times in any given time period — in this case, since the really fast high-tech suits were banned (1/1/2010).

This post includes projections for synchronized swimming. And with that, we will be done with every single Olympic event.

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2012 men’s swimming: Lochte, Lochte, Phelps, Lochte, Phelps, Phelps …

The USA-Australia rivalry has given way to the Phelps-Lochte rivalry. That’s not to say the USA is poised to add to their already-substantial medal counts — the contenders are simply spread out among the rest of the world. China had a fantastic World Championship at home, and the USA still lacks dominant swimmers at breaststroke and long-distance freestyle.

These projections will obviously draw quite heavily from the just-concluded World Championships, but the FINA site has a neat feature worth checking out as well — a “rankings” page that generates the best times in any given time period. So if you want to know the fastest times since the really fast high-tech suits were banned (1/1/2010), knock yourself out. Yes, I did that.

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2012 wrestling: Not just an MMA prep course

With all due respect to the revamped formats international wrestling organizers trot out every couple of years, mixed martial arts is the best and worst thing to happen to wrestling in the past decade. Hard-core MMA fans have expanded their combat-sport interests to the more traditional mat-and-singlet sport, and the possibility that today’s U.S. champion could be tomorrow’s UFC champion doesn’t hurt the interest level. On the flip side, the sport’s top talents may decide that learning to punch someone and get paid beats toiling in international tournaments in the former Eastern Bloc for a shot at the Olympics. That … Continue reading 2012 wrestling: Not just an MMA prep course