The Diamond League is the lead story this week, with a few athletes already in midseason form.
– The men’s high jump was insane, with Russia’s Ivan Ukhov just 0.04 meters off the world record and just 0.04 meters ahead of the next three jumpers.
– Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop set a meet record and nearly reached the top 10 of all time in the men’s 1,500 meters, finishing in 3:29.18. The top six were all under 3:31.
– Hellen Obiri, also of Kenya, ran the fastest 3,000 meters of all time aside from four people in a sketchy meet in China in 1993. She finished in 8:20.68.
– The USA’s LaShawn Merritt tied his own 2014 world lead (44.44 seconds) in the 400 meters.
Best chess news: The U.S. Championships have been entertaining.
Worst chess news: Hello? World Championship here? Anyone want to host?
Most apprehensive BMX rider: Funny thing — she won silver.
Biggest breakout win: U.S. men’s rugby exorcised a few demons …
Two bad IOC decisions that are in no way related, maybe:
1. They’re almost making progress on the golf course Rio has to build because golf was added to the Olympics.
2. The 2016 Olympics are almost definitely probably not moving to London.