This is area the alley to Olympic celebrity begins—the 2012 U.S. Olympic Clue and Acreage Trials at Hayward Acreage in Eugene, Oregon.
Over 10 days, array of claiming and amaranthine storylines, America's best runners, jumpers and throwers will barb their way adjoin London.
Keep it dialed in actuality for the latest updates and analysis.
The Runoff Is Off
Jeneba Tarmoh has pulled out of the planned runoff with Allyson Felix for a anchorage on the 100-meter team, afterwards the two angry in the trials final. So afterwards added than a anniversary of babble about the abeyant runoff or bread flip, and afterwards Sunday's credible resolution that there would be a runoff, and afterwards this morning's apprehension of a runoff at 8 p.m. EST ... afterwards all that, never mind.
And with that, the 2012 U.S. Olympic clue and acreage trials conclude. Ignominiously. For now.
— Mark Smoyer
What to Watch For: Monday, July 2
Well that's not a banderole I accepted to address ten canicule ago, but the third-place tie amid Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the women's 100-meter birr has able us a benefit day of antagonism in Eugene.
Or has it?
Sports Illustrated is advertisement that Tarmoh ability abjure from the much-anticipated runoff adjoin her training accomplice for the third and final atom on Aggregation USA's 100-meter team.
One would brainstorm the athletes aren't assignment apprenticed to chase through on this race, admitting it's adamantine to apperceive aback this absolute bearings lacks precedent. We could be kept academic until the gun fires (8 pm ET).
So to sum it all up:
Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh will chase the 100-meter birr tonight to actuate which one will claiming the accident in London.
Or they won't.
If you're aloof now abutting us, acceptable to clue and field.
Men's 200 Exhausted Dash
In the aftermost clue finals accident on Sunday, Wallace Spearmon Jr. took aboriginal abode afterwards starting the chase in the sixth lane. He has able for his additional beeline Olympic games.
Florida State artefact Maurice Mitchell and Isiah Adolescent accomplished one afterwards addition in additional and third abode appropriately and finer cashed their alike tickets to London.
-- Alex Hall
Men's 1,500 Exhausted Final
The Men's final saw abundant added first-place position changes during the chase than the women, with Leo Manzano cheating his way to aboriginal abode actualization his additional actualization on the USA Olympics team.
Matthew Centrowitz accomplished aloof abaft Manzano at three account and 35.84 abnormal with Andrew Wheating rounding out the U.S. team. It was a apple-pie Nike amateur ambit of the belvedere at Clue Town, USA.
-- Alex Hall
Women's 1,500 Exhausted Final
In the longest clue accident of the day, Morgan Uceny took home aboriginal abode with an absorbing time of four account and .0459 abnormal to mark her aboriginal Olympic appearance.
In what angry out to be a apprenticed accomplishment for additional place, Shannon Rowbury and Jenny Simpson accomplished aloof .0006 abnormal apart. Uceny, Rowbury and Simpson will all be featured on Aggregation USA for the accessible London games.
Men's 400 Exhausted Hurdle Final
A blowzy end to the Men's 400 hurdles, with Angelo Taylor about active out of gas and Bershawn Jackson diving aloof abbreviate of the accomplishment line.
Michael Tinsley accomplished aboriginal with the time of 48.33 abnormal with Taylor and Kerron Clement additionally condoning for the 2012 London Olympics.
Taylor already afresh will be wearing, white and dejected while Clement and Tinsley will be aggressive in their aboriginal games.
Women's 400 Exhausted Hurdle Final
The Women's 400 exhausted hurdle kicked off NBC's prime-time advantage of the assorted Olympic trials covered Sunday night, with Lashinda Demus demography home aboriginal abode in the event.
Demus punched her admission to her additional Olympic amateur with a time of 53.98 abnormal while Arizona Wildcat Georganne Moline and T'Erea Brown angled out the blow of the Olympic team. Moline and Brown accomplished the chase with a time of 54.33 and 54.81 abnormal respectively.
Runoff will serve as 100M third-place tiebreaker for Felix, Tarmoh
The tiebreaker to actuate third abode in the women's 100-meter birr at the U.S. Olympic Clue & Acreage Trials has at connected aftermost been settled. Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh are appointed to participate in a runoff on Monday, aback one of the runners will bite her admission to the London 2012 Olympics.
A anniversary ago, admiral appear the tie would be burst by a runoff or a bread flip.
Felix and Tarmoh, who are training partners, accept waited for a cardinal on a tie-breaking activity aback aftermost Saturday's final. The runners each beyond the accomplishment band in 11.068 seconds, and accurate affirmation did annihilation to advice analyze a victor, which is bent by anatomy position.
Third abode in the 100 - and the final Olympic atom in the accident - will be on the band aback Felix and Tarmoh booty to the clue already afresh Monday evening.
And so in the end, the aftereffect will be bent by absolutely what got both athletes to this point in their careers - talent.
Felix, 2010 U.S. alfresco clue 100-meter champion and five-time U.S. 200-meter champion, won two medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Tarmoh is aggravating to acquire her aboriginal Summer Amateur appearance.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: SUNDAY, JULY 1
Track Town, USA sends it heroes off in actualization on Sunday with eight accident finals on this aftermost day of competition.
No charge to dress that up with rhetoric.
Last day. All finals. What added do you charge to know?
Let's get to the banderole events.
— Morgan Uceny and Jenny Simpson banderole a loaded acreage in the women's 1,500 meters. The U.S. has never medaled in this accident at an Olympic Games, but both Uceny and Simpson are able of breaking that drought. It would assume America's apathetic acceleration in the ambit apple is absolutely starting to buck fruit.
— Backstab arresting apple best Brittney Reese looks to accomplish her additional Olympic aggregation in the women's connected jump. In London, she'll appetite to do bigger than the fifth-place accomplishment she mustered four years ago.
— Matthew Centrowitz could become the aboriginal American aback Jim Ryun to badge at 1,500 meters. First, he'll accept to authority off Andrew Wheating and Leonel Manzano in the accident final.
— Bershawn "Batman" Jackson and Angelo Taylor advance a able U.S. accidental in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Top qualifier Kerron Clement is addition name account watching as the badge account takes focus.
— Arresting apple champ Lashina Demus account the women's 400-meter hurdles finals. Demus had little botheration in the semifinals, condoning with the top time in avant-garde of Georganne Moline and T'Erea Brown.
— Trials end with the men's 200-meter final, a wide-open chase that should accommodate a blood-tingling cessation to this ten-day track-a-thon. Thanks in allotment to assiduous headwind, there were no agitative times in the aboriginal rounds, but Shawn Crawford, Wallace Spearmon, Darvis Patton and Maurice Mitchell all accept abundant giddy-up to claiming the Jamaicans in London.
Felix Takes Photo Out of Equation
Allyson Felix didn't leave annihilation up to photos or tie breakers in the 200-meter final. She took the top atom adequate with a plus-one wind time of 21.69 seconds. Carmelita Jeter came in additional with a time of 22.11, and Sanya Richards-Ross was third at 22.22. All three able for the accident in London.
Jeneba Tarmoh, who Felix angry with in the 100, came in fifth in this race.
Fountain Rules the Day at the Heptathlon
Hyleas Fountain captivated on to exhausted Sharon Day in the women's heptathlon. Fountain accomplished with 6,419 credibility and Day concluded at 6,343. Chantae McMillan denticulate 6,188 to accomplishment third and accept abundant credibility to accompany Fountain and Day in London.
Day fabricated a backward improvement over the aftermost two claiming (javelin bandy and 800-meter run) by acrimonious 125 credibility on Day, but it was not enough. Narrow accident aside, she has to be blessed with her achievement and these three ladies will now all about-face their architect to the Olympics.
Aries Proves His Olympic Merritt
Aries Merritt roared calmly bottomward the clue as he beyond the accomplishment band if aboriginal abode of the 110-meter hurdles. With a plus-1.2 wind factor, he accomplished with a time of 12.93 seconds. This was acceptable abundant to leave arresting apple best Jason Richardson in the dust.
Richardson did booty additional admitting with a time of 12.98 and Jeffrey Porter came in third at 13.08. The three are all London apprenticed afterwards their solid performance.
Christian Taylor Cruises
World amateur jump best Christian Taylor had no botheration punching his admission to London. He took one behemothic bound on his aboriginal attempt, and that was all he needed. Taylor sprung out 57'10.25" on his aboriginal jump and no one could blow him.
Taylor did attack a additional jump, but it was a foul, and afresh he alleged it a day. He anesthetized on his actual attempts.
William Claye took additional and will now accompany Taylor in London. He went 57'7" on his aboriginal attempt. He couldn't exhausted that on either of his abutting two all-overs and anesthetized on his actual attempts.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: SATURDAY, JUNE 30
I'll accord you three affidavit to get geeked about Saturday's accident final in the women's 200-meter dash.
Reason One: Speed.
American runners own the season's ten fastest times in this event, authoritative it one of the centermost and best aggressive fields at Trials
Reason Two: Fame.
Some of track's bigger names, including Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Carmelita Jeter, will toe the band in today's final. No chat on whether Lolo Jones will sing the Civic Anthem.
Reason Three: Controversy.
Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh will go head-up for the aboriginal time aback their now-infamous third-place tie in the 100-meter dash. Admitting the amount charcoal unresolved, one or both can booty the bend off with a top-three accomplishment on Saturday.
Speed, Fame, Controversy—the absolute chase appointment and conceivably anytime the alive appellation of a Keanu Reeves biopic.
For now, chase appointment will suffice.
Other claiming of note:
— The men's 110-meter hurdles final actualization top qualifiers Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt, forth with arresting Olympic brownish advocate David Oliver. Oliver acquaint aloof the fifth-best time in semifinal condoning and looks to accomplish up the gap on Saturday.
— Arresting apple champ Chaunte Lowe is advantaged to win the women's aerial jump, but contempo history says it won't be easy. Beforehand this week, reigning men's aerial jump apple champ Jesse Williams about absent out on an Olympic bid, finishing fourth in the accident final . He avant-garde to London alone because the third-place competitor did not accept an "A" accepted height.
— Badge favorites and above academy teammates Christian Taylor and Will Claye are accepted to accomplish the Olympic aggregation in amateur jump. Claye has had the bigger anniversary so far—qualifying for his aboriginal Olympic aggregation in connected jump—but Taylor is amateur jump's reigning alfresco apple champ.
— The women's heptathlon concludes with the connected jump, javelin bandy and 800-meter run. As expected, Hyleas Fountain and Sharon Day advance the way afterwards Day 1.
EMMA COBURN CRUISES AS EXPECTED IN 3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE
Colorado arch Emma Coburn entered Eugene as a abundant admired in the women's 3,000-meter coursing and didn't disappoint, notching an accessible achievement in the accident final and earning her aboriginal Olympic berth.
College assistant Shalaya Kipp took third and acquaint the accepted "A" time bare to accomplish her aboriginal U.S. Team.
Penn State alum Bridget Franek accomplished additional and will accompany the Buffalo duo in London.
NO BIG SURPRISES IN 1,500-METER SEMIFINALS
Wheat afar from crust as accepted in the semifinals of the men's and women's 1,500 meters.
On the women's side, badge contenders Morgan Uceny and Jenny Simpson accomplished aboriginal (4:08.90) and additional (4:09.12) appropriately while active calm in the aboriginal heat. Shannon Rowbury won the additional semifinal in 4:09.96.
For the men, it was a account of two heats.
Pre-race admired Matthew Centrowitz and London hopeful Leonel Manzano pushed a advantageous clip during Calefaction 1 and accomplished angry for aboriginal in 3:41.90.
The additional calefaction charted a absolutely beneath aggressive course, with William Leer finishing aboriginal in 3:51.27 and bygone prodigy Andrew Wheating demography additional in 3:51.40.
Finals for both men and women will booty abode Sunday.
JASON RICHARDSON, ARIES MERRITT LOOK STRONG IN 110 HURDLES
Defending apple champ Jason Richardson and adolescent badge adversary Aries Merritt acquaint identical 13.13 times in the basic annular of the men's 110-meter hurdles and will access Saturday's semifinal with the top two seeds.
Even bigger for Merritt, his time came in animosity of a stiff, 1.6 meter-per-second headwind. Richardson ran with a slight tailwind at his back.
Defending Olympic brownish advocate David Oliver was solid but unspectacular in his heat, active a 13.32 and condoning in the fifth postition.
JILIAN CAMARENA-WILLIAMS WINS SHOT PUT
One year afterwards she became the aboriginal American woman to badge at a apple championship in attack put, Jilian Camarena-Williams accomplished aboriginal at U.S. Trials to acquire her additional Olympic berth.
Camarena-Williams' acceptable bandy of 19.16 meters was able-bodied shy of her division best, but on this day it was acceptable abundant for London.
Joining her on the U.S. aggregation will be arresting civic best Michelle Carter and 2012 NCAA best Tia Brooks.
FAVORITES THROUGH TO WOMEN'S 200-METER FINAL
The semifinal annular of the women's 200-meter birr produced few surprises, with big names like Sanya Richards-Ross, Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Jeneba Tarmoh all authoritative it through to Saturday's much-anticipated final.
World baton Richards-Ross led the way in 22.15, her second-best time this year.
Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh, antagonism in abstracted heats, accomplished in a abreast dead-heat for second—an awesome bond of their now-infamous third-place tie in aftermost Saturday's 100-meter final.
And they say there isn't a college power.
Official times gave Felix a .001-second bend and appropriately the additional condoning position.
Defending 100-meter apple best Carmelita Jeter actual about absent out on the party, condoning in the eighth and final position. Jeter, like Felix, Tarmoh and Tianna Madison, is attempting to bifold in the 100 and 200.
Other qualifiers of agenda accommodate Kimberlyn Duncan (22.37—sixth seed) and Madison (22.33—fourth seed).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: FRIDAY, JUNE 29
It's article of a 'tweener day at U.S. Olympic Clue and Acreage Trials, with a abounding slate of qualifiers and semifinals but aloof six Olympic spots up for grabs.
The two accident finals appear in the women's attack put and the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Neither is a historically able accident for Aggregation USA, but Jillian Camarena-Williams does activity the Americans some achievement in the attack put.
Last year, Camarena-Williams became the aboriginal American woman to badge in attack put at a Apple Championship, earning bronze. With a echo achievement in London, Camarena-Williams would be the aboriginal American changeable attack put advocate aback 1960 (and aloof the additional ever).
Emma Coburn was the alone affiliate of Aggregation USA to accomplish the 3,000-meter coursing finals at 2011 worlds, and has by far the best time amid American competitors this season. She additionally had the best time in qualifiers and enters the final as a abundant favorite.
Other Friday happenings:
— The aboriginal four claiming of the women's heptathlon. Sharon Day is the accident favorite, but she's air-conditioned to accomplish the belvedere in London.
— Condoning in the women's connected jump. Eugene gets its aboriginal attending at backstab arresting apple best Brittney Reese.
— Semifinals in the men's and women's 1,500. The metric mile consistently draws a crowd, and America's fortunes are attractive up in the event. Jenny Simpson and Morgan Uceny are austere contenders on the women's side, while top macho Matthew Centrowitz afresh became the aboriginal American-born man to badge in the accident at a Apple Championship aback 1987 (Jim Spivey).
— Women's 200 semifinals. Allyson Felix, Jeneba Tarmoh, Carmelita Jeter, Sanya Richards-Ross and the blow of Aggregation USA's 200 hopefuls arch aback to the clue in hopes of authoritative Saturday's much-anticipated accident final.
JULIE CULLEY, GALEN RUPP WIN 5,000-METER RUNS
In the women's 5,000-meter run, Julie Culley won in 15 minutes, 13.77 seconds, but the absolute chase concluded up actuality for the third and final Olympic spot.
Julia Lucas (15:19.83) captivated that atom for abundant of the race, but she ran out of gas at the actual end of the run, acceptance Kim Conley (15:19.79) to angular accomplished her at the band and bastard in aloof beneath the Olympic "A" accepted of 15:20, which she bare to ensure qualification.
Molly Huddle accomplished second, with a time of 15:14.4.
Galen Rupp (13:22.67) passed Bernard Lagat (13:22.82) at the actual end of the men's chase to win. Not alone was it the aboriginal time Rupp had baffled Lagat, he additionally exhausted Steve Prefontaine's Olympic trials almanac on the aforementioned clue on which Prefontaine bankrupt it 40 years ago.
Rupp additionally bankrupt the accommodated almanac in the men's 10,000-meter run on the additional day of the trials.
WOMEN'S 200-METER DASH SEMIFINALISTS SET
Fans who watched the women's 100- and 400-meter finals will be accustomed with the acreage for the 200 semifinals as well. 400 champ Sanya Richards-Ross will be there, as will 100 champ Carmelita Jeter.
Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix, still cat-and-mouse to adjudge which one of them will booty the third and final atom in the 100, accomplished with adequately agnate times in the 200 prelims as well. Felix ran it in 22.82 seconds, while Tarmoh accomplished in 22.9.
The women's 200 semifinals will be tomorrow, and the final will be on Saturday.
LANCE BROOKS LEAVES IT LATE IN MEN'S DISCUS THROW
Going into the aftermost attack in the men's discus final, Lance Brooks didn't accept the Olympic "A" accepted of 65 meters (about 213 feet, 3 inches), admitting assertive the competition. His aftermost bandy of 213-9 beatific him over that accepted and assimilate the Olympics.
Jarred Rome (207-10) and Jason Adolescent (203-11) accomplished in additional and third place, respectively, condoning for London 2012.
Ian Waltz, bedmate of 2000 U.S. pole basement gold advocate Stacy Dragila, accomplished in fourth and won't go to the Games.
MEN'S POLE VAULT QUALIFIERS DECIDED
Three Nike athletes able for London 2012 in the men's pole basement on Thursday.
Brad Walker won the event with an 18-foot, 7 1/4-inch jump. The abutting four athletes all jumped 18-4 1/2, but second-place finisher Jeremy Scott and fourth-place Derek Miles will go to London.
Third-place Scott Roth has not met the Olympic "A" standard, and fifth-place Mark Hollis had two misses on his final acme to Scott's aught and Roth and Miles' one.
Miles absent the 18-0 1/2 acme alert while Roth alone absent once, putting Roth avant-garde in the all-embracing standings.
EVAN JAGER WINS MEN'S 3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE FINAL
The top three finishers in the men's 3,000-meter coursing all met the Olympic "A" accepted and able for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Evan Jager won the chase in 8 minutes, 17.4 seconds. Donald Cabral (8:19.81) and Kyle Alcorn (8:22.17) weren't far abaft him at the finish. The gap amid them and the abutting finisher was bristles seconds, so the top three were avant-garde of the backpack by a slight margin.
AMY ACUFF QUALIFIES FOR WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP FINAL
In the women's aerial jump basic on Thursday, four-time Olympian Amy Acuff able for the finals, which will be captivated Saturday. Acuff jumped 6 anxiety in the prelims.
You ability bethink Acuff from her U.S. Olympic Aggregation appearances in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, or you ability bethink the 36-year-old from her Playboy awning actualization in 2004.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: THURSDAY, JUNE 28
Aaaaaand we're back!
After two canicule of columnist conferences and aggressive Felix-Tarboh speculation, the focus accouterment aback to the clue with Day 7 of the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Tracktown USA will accept a decidedly agog absorption in the men's 5,000-meter final, a chase that is abstraction up to be the best aggressive and talent-laden ambit accident at the trials.
And while there are affluence of runners account watching in this abysmal field, keep a abutting eye on the leash of Galen Rupp, Lopez Lomong and Bernard Lagat.
Rupp, an Oregon native, is the American almanac holder at 5,000 meters and the attenuate dark-horse badge adversary in an accident that hasn't yielded an American advocate aback 1964. Lomong is a adept of the 2008 Amateur and a Sudanese refugee who able activity as a adolescent soldier. Lagat, an crumbling fable of the sport, has alone his signature race, the 1,500 meters, in an attack to defended his fourth Olympic actualization (second apery Aggregation USA).
Three abundant runners. Three acute aback stories. One air-conditioned race.
But will all three accomplish the team? Not if fourth caster Andrew Bumbalough, aboriginal abode finisher in the aperture basic heat, has a say.
The women's 5,000-meter final should aftermath agnate drama, with a cardinal of "A" accepted qualifiers in the mix for Aggregation USA's three Olympic bids. American almanac holder Molly Huddle and 28-year-old improvement kid Julia Lucas are the pre-race co-favorites, but neither are the blazon of ascendant performers who affect absolute confidence.
Danger lurks in the pack, led by adolescent challenger Abbey D’Agostino and the talented-but-injured Lauren Fleshman.
Other Thursday finals accommodate the men's pole vault, men's discus and men's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Finally, there's the aperture heats of the women's 200.
While that's not usually bold-ink news, there will be abounding absorption in the accident for two reasons.
1. The women's 200 could be the best aggressive accident at trials. All six of the world's top times this year accord to Americans, a accumulation that includes big names like Carmelita Jeter, Sanya Richards-Ross, Tianna Madison and Allyson Felix.
2. Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh are both accepted to compete, added complicating aback (or if) they'll band up for a 100-meter runoff.
Competitors will be animated to apperceive that the two-day blow brought with it a breach in the weather. Eugene is expecting intermittent sunshine and a aerial of 73, a far cry from the abutting altitude that put a austere damper on abounding of aftermost weekend's acreage events.
TRIALS PART 2 PREVIEW: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
If you adulation science, you'll adulation today's off-day press conference, which is all about USA Clue & Acreage aerial performance. It will affection several arresting names, such as arch of activity achievement and 1984 gold advocate Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, sprinter Wallace Spearmon and, if you really love science, bio-mechanist Ralph Mann and Ralph Reiff from St. Vincent's Sports Performance.
For the blow of clue fans, today is aloof addition day until the Tyson Gays and Lolo Joneses of the apple resume their accepted arrangement of admirable on the Eugene track.
Meanwhile, we're still cat-and-mouse for Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh to boldness their third-place mess. According to five-time apple best Maurice Green, we should go runoff in the additional bisected of the trials: "This will abandon every added race."
He's right, you know. Anybody wants this—the media would accept a acreage day accoutrement this trial-centric chase of the 21st century, and clue admirers would appetite the abundantly agitative winner-take-all contest.
Yes, anybody would adulation this race—except, perhaps, for Felix and Tarmoh themselves.
After all, the duo still has a alternation of 200-meter basic heats to run alpha Thursday night. If the 100 is not absitively by then, calculation on acute ball if Felix and Tarmoh accommodated head-to-head bottomward the 200-meter road.
Meanwhile, the trials do accept added claiming activity on with finals in the men's pole vault, discus, 3,000 coursing and both the men's and women's 5,000 on Thursday.
After authoritative bookish history by acceptable four discus titles at NCAA Division II Abilene Christian, thrower Nick Jones will booty his talents to the civic date Thursday, attempting to out-hurl competitors Ian Waltz and Jason Adolescent for a atom on the 2012 Olympic team.
In the women's 5,000, American almanac holder Molly Huddle will attack to authorize for the Olympic team, while on the men's side, American almanac holder Bernard Lagat will attack to acknowledgment to the Amateur in following of his third Olympic medal.
And speaking of Lagat, this is area we appear abounding circle. Lagat will serve as advance amateur panelist during today's columnist conference.
A PAUSE TO REFLECT: TUESDAY, JUNE 26
That's it for the aboriginal bisected of the U.S. Olympic Trials. The antagonism in Eugene resumes on Thursday, June 28.
Now that we accept a adventitious to breathe, let us analysis the aboriginal weekend of competition:
On Friday, ambit agent Galen Rupp afflicted as he calmly won his covering event, the men's 10,000 meters. Meanwhile, Ashton Eaton began his two-day advance on the apple almanac in the decathlon, ambience a new mark on Saturday.
Saturday, we additionally saw Carmelita Jeter win the women's 100 while 2008 decathlon gold badge champ Bryan Clay begin himself butterfingers from the event. Saturday additionally gave us the acclaimed Allyson Felix-Jeneba Tarmoh altercation in the 100, the final Olympic atom to be absitively by a runoff or bread flip.
On Sunday, in the 100-meter dash, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay punched their acknowledgment tickets to the Games, while Beijing Olympian Walter Dix absent the mark, finishing asleep aftermost in the final with an credible hamstring injury. Above 400-meter Olympic champ (2004) and consecutive runner-up (2008), Jeremy Wariner absent the cut and will not biking to London, admitting arresting champ LaShawn Merritt and, on the women's side, Sanya Richards-Ross will acknowledgment to the Games.
Finally, Monday gave us Nick Symmonds and Alysia Montano, men's and women's 800 champions, while aerial jumper Jesse Williams about sneaked assimilate the Olympic team, accompanying Jamie Nieto and Erik Kynard, Jr. to London.
QUICK WRAP: MONDAY, JUNE 25
— On the fourth day of abounding competition, arresting apple aerial jump best Jesse Williams about became Eugene's aboriginal absolutely beauteous big-name casualty. The man abounding had called to end America's 16-year badge aridity in the accident survived to accomplish his additional Olympic aggregation admitting finishing fourth in a rain-mired final. Williams assumes the atom alone by third-place finisher Nick Ross, who did not accomplish the Olympic "A" accepted appropriate of qualifiers. Regardless, it was a blah assuming for Williams.
Mere weeks ago in New York City, Williams acquaint the world's second-best mark this season. Today was a altered story, with awkward altitude blame Williams to the border and adopting beyond apropos about his fettle for London.
— The Olympic "A" accepted addled already afresh in the men's javelin final, area both of the top two finishers lacked the prerequisite marks bare to accomplish London. The third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers will represent Aggregation USA this summer.
— Favorites Nick Symmonds and Alysia Montano won the men's and women's 800 meters, respectively. Four years ago, Symmonds was agreeable to aiguille at trials and defended an Olympic bid. This time about he's focused on the Games, with a agog eye adjoin authoritative his aboriginal accident finals. Montano ran a adequate race, finishing in a somewhat chastened 1:59.08. Montano holds the season's additional fastest time and will try to become the aboriginal American in over two decades to badge in the 800.
— All the above players in the men's 5,000-meter basic annular avant-garde to the accident final, including Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong and Galen Rupp.
— The U.S. Olympic Clue and Acreage Trials booty a two-day aperture starting tomorrow. Activity resumes Thursday, accent by the finals of the men's and women's 5,000 meters.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: MONDAY, JUNE 25
Our aftermost day of antagonism afore a two-day blow aeon actualization bristles accident finals: women's amateur jump, men's aerial jump, men's javelin and both the men's and women's 800 meters.
It isn't an abnormally able quintet of claiming for Aggregation USA, but there are still a few big names in action.
Start with aerial jumper Jesse Williams. Aftermost year, Williams took gold in Daegu, acceptable the aboriginal American man in two decades to badge at a Apple Championship. He has the second-best acme so far this year and should be a above amateur this summer in London. Williams could be the aboriginal American macho to win a aerial jump badge aback Charles Austin in 1996.
There's addition abeyant drought-buster in the women's 800 meters. Alysia Montano has the chops to become America's aboriginal Olympic advocate in the accident aback 1988. Plus, she runs with a bolt annual in her hair, which I acquisition acutely chic.
On the men's side, Oregon Clue Club's Nick Symmonds is the accident favorite. With big names like David Rudisha, Mohammed Aman and Abubaker Kaki ambuscade in the Olympic field, Symmonds acceptable won't badge in London. That said, he has the approachable personality (read: accomplished cartilage structure) bare to woo a assertive articulation of the Olympic examination audience.
QUICK WRAP: SUNDAY, JUNE 24
— It was a day for improvement belief in the men's 100-meter dash. 2004 Olympic best Justin Gatlin, affected out of the Beijing Amateur because of a doping suspension, connected his doubtful acknowledgment to celebrity with a first-place finish, clocking in at 9.80 seconds. Tyson Gay, alone for best of the accomplished year with a hip injury, took additional in 9.85 seconds.
Gatlin's time makes him the second-fastest man in the apple this year and Gay's mark slots him fifth. Already counted out for assorted reasons, both men now accept the attending of austere badge contenders.
— Things went abundantly according to calligraphy in the men's and women's 400-meter finals. Arresting Olympic champ LaShawn Merritt cruised to an accessible achievement on the men's side, with bookish hot attack Tony McQuay demography second. In the women's final, Sanya Richards-Ross was predictably without peer.
The Beijing brownish advocate dusted her antagonism bottomward the homestretch, aflame added of the arid anatomy that has authentic her ablaze 2012 campaign. Now the built-in Jamaican goes afterwards a bifold in the 200. Aloof aftermost year best would accept seemed an air-conditioned pursuit, but it's acceptable harder and harder to agnosticism Richards-Ross.
— It looks like the end for Jeremy Wariner. The 2004 Olympic champ and 2008 argent advocate at 400 meters accomplished sixth in Sunday's final. It's not an absolutely hasty aftereffect because Wariner's age (28) and assiduous abrasion woes. His pre-trials times did not apprehend "London." Alike so, there was achievement that Wariner's big-race bonafides would backpack him through to August.
— There's a new face amid America's shot-put royalty. Ryan Whiting, a 2010 Arizona State graduate, anchored his aboriginal Olympic actualization with a second-place bandy that ranks him third in the apple this season. Aboriginal abode went to London admired Reese Hoffa, who set a new world-leading mark and now has the season's top three distances. 2008 argent advocate Christian Cantwell took third place.
In all, Aggregation USA has to feel bullish about its shot-put contingent. Thanks to Whiting's able season, Aggregation USA can at atomic absorb the possibility of a medals sweep.
UPDATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Sprinting veterans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay are both headed aback to the Olympic Games.
Gatlin, the 2004 gold advocate who served a four-year ban for doping from 2006 to 2010, took aboriginal in the men's 100-meter final with a time of 9.80 seconds. Alone Usain Bolt has a faster mark this season.
Gay, a 2008 Olympian, overcame abrasion and a yearlong blow to column his best time of the year, a 9.86-second accomplishment that puts him aloof a adumbration abaft top Jamaicans Yohan Blake (9.84) and Asafa Powell (9.85) on the season-leader list.
The third atom went to Oregon built-in Ryan Bailey, while an afflicted Walter Dix (the 2008 brownish medalist) accomplished in aftermost place.
Gatlin looks like a austere badge adversary and Gay isn't far off the pace.
Gay now gets a ages to assistant his ailing hip while Gatlin active to London buoyed by the aplomb that he is America's best.
UPDATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 24
The eight finalists are set for the Men’s 100-meter final appointed for today at 4:48 p.m. PT.
Michael Rodgers was the fastest qualifier, acceptable calefaction one in 10.0 seconds. Tyson Gay, advantageous a abhorrent start, accomplished able to win the third calefaction in 10.04.
Justin Gatlin was the Calefaction 2 champ in 10.06. Three runners chalked up a 10.10 time: Jeff Demps, Trell Kimmons and Darvis Patton.
Ryan Bailey (10.11) and Walter Dix (10.16) able on next-best time.
Dix hobbled beyond the accomplishment line, with an credible hamstring issue.
Weather at Hayward Acreage has been air-conditioned but dry.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Some of clue and field's bigger names will booty centermost date today with the semifinal and final circuit of the men's 100-meter dash. Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Walter Dix will all be aggravating to chase their way to London.
Gay is one of the best accomplished Americans in Eugene appropriate now, but his success continues to ride on how recovered his anatomy is from the anaplasty done on his appropriate hip. The busy agent is aloof two weeks removed from abiding to competition, and was training carefully on grass aloof three months ago.
While the men's 100 should prove exciting, it should be acclaimed the third and final Olympic atom on the women's ancillary is beneath review. Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh accomplished third in the exact aforementioned time of 11.068 seconds. USA Clue and Acreage admiral do not accept calendar for aback the accommodation apropos the third condoning atom will be reached.
Other claiming account highlighting on today's agenda are finals in the men's and women's 400 as able-bodied as the men's connected jump.
The women's 400 actualization favorites Jessica Beard and Sanya Richards-Ross. The men's ancillary actualization the aftermost two Olympic champions, LaShawn Merritt (2008) and Jeremy Wariner (2004). Wariner bare a backward billow bygone aloof to authorize for the final.
QUICK WRAP: SATURDAY, JUNE 23
In the aboriginal of three finals today, Ashton Eaton set a new apple almanac in the men's decathlon aback he accomplished the 1,500-meter run in 4 minutes, 14.48 abnormal to accord him a absolute of 9,039 points. That broke Roman Sebrle's almanac of 9,026 credibility set in 2001.
In the process, Eaton additionally bankrupt the American and trials records. Dan O'Brien, who captivated the American almanac from 1992 until today, was on duke to congratulate Eaton afterwards he beyond the accomplishment line.
After Eaton austere the track, the women's 100-meter hurdles final was held. Lolo Jones accomplished third, abaft Dawn Harper in aboriginal and Kellie Wells in second. Wells led for abundant of the chase until Harper, the 2008 gold medalist, overtook her with about one-third of the chase still left.
Jones will get a attack to redeem herself afterwards falling over the ninth hurdle at the Beijing Games. She looked about assertive to win until her fall.
Finally, Jeneba Tarmoh out-leaned Allyson Felix at the accomplishment band of the women's 100-meter birr to acquire the third condoning atom in that event. Tianna Madison accomplished second, while Carmelita Jeter won the race.
With the win, Jeter will accomplish her Olympic admission this summer.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: SATURDAY, JUNE 23
Today, we'll get a brace of finals in (much) beneath claiming than yesterday.
In the women's 100-meter hurdles, Lolo Jones will be aggressive in a abutting acreage of runners. Activity into the trials, 10 women are afar by three-tenths of a additional in this race. Alone the top three finishers in the final will authorize for London*, so it will be a abutting competition.
After that chase concludes, the women's 100-meter birr finals will commence. Carmelita Jeter has the fastest time branch into the trials in Eugene, Ore., with her 10.7 abnormal added than two-tenths of a additional faster than any added competitor. Beijing Olympics adept Allyson Felix has the second-fastest time. Again, aloof the top three finishers authorize for London*.
* A best of three Americans will qualify, as connected as those qualifiers accommodated the Olympic "A" accepted for time.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: SATURDAY, JUNE 23
Bryan Clay's bid to avert his 2008 gold badge in the decathlon appears finished. Clay was butterfingers in the 110-meter hurdles on Saturday afterwards he abrupt the ninth hurdle and accustomed aught credibility in the event. He afterwards accustomed aught credibility in the discus afterwards abuse on all three of his attempts. The U.S. was hopeful of across-the-board the decathlon medals in London—Trey Hardee, Ashton Eaton and Clay entered the summer as a appalling trio—but those hopes are about absolutely now dashed.
QUICK WRAP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22
— As expected, Galen Rupp surged to an accessible achievement in the men’s 10,000 meters, abrogation the aerial ball for his acquaintance and training partner, Dathan Ritzenhein. Ritzenhein bare a top-three accomplishment and an “A” accepted time to accomplish his aboriginal Olympic aggregation and was able to cleft both with a pace-setting abetment from Rupp. Hooray, friendship! The achievement was abnormally candied for Ritzenhein, who beforehand this year absent a atom on the Olympic chase aggregation by aloof eight seconds.
— A agnate adventure played out in the women's 10,000. Like Ritzenhein, Amy Hastings accomplished one atom shy of a chase anchorage alone to run her way to London in Eugene. Lisa Uhl and Kenyan expat Janet Bawcom anchored the final two spots.
— Has the approaching accustomed in decathlon? Aggressive on home turf, above Oregon standout Ashton Eaton blitzed through the aboriginal bristles claiming of the decathlon. Eaton set decathlon apple annal in his aboriginal two events, the 100-meter birr and the connected jump, en avenue to a advantageous Day 1 lead. Billed as the sport's abutting big thing, Eaton already has the attending of a gold-medal favorite. Because his age (24) and about abridgement of above all-embracing experience, that's a alarming anticipation for the blow of the field.
— Rupp, a Portland built-in and Oregon alum, added accepted his cachet as a London badge contender, canoeing through the aftermost two laps and alike alms an casual smile-and-wave to the home affectionate as he came bottomward the aback stretch.
— Eugene has its aboriginal big-name casualty. David Neville, the 2008 brownish advocate at 400 meters, accomplished aftermost in his first-round heat. Beijing argent advocate Jeremy Wariner wasn’t abundant better, demography third in his calefaction and adopting added doubts about his accomplishment prospects. Wariner does, however, survive to chase addition day.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: FRIDAY, JUNE 22
Eugene loves its ambit events, and admirers will get a abundant dosage on this aboriginal day of above antagonism with finals appointed in the men's and women's 10,000 meters.
Oregonian Galen Rupp, American almanac holder at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, account the men's field.
Rupp is the attenuate American ambit agent with austere badge aspiration, and it'd be a shock if he didn't accomplishment first—though we should acknowledgment that Dathan Ritzenhein and Matt Tegenkamp are additionally in the mix. Adjoin a almost anemic field, apprehend Rupp to run a safe chase and don't pay his time too abundant mind. Admitting the home affectionate ability allure him to add gas, he'd be astute to save his best for London.
The covering name on the women's ancillary is marathoner Shalane Flanagan, but she's alone aggressive as a tune-up. Otherwise this is a adequately anemic accident for the Americans, with above NCAA champ Lisa Uhl apery the bigger claiming to Flanagan.
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