The normally humble and subdued Jamaican track team apparently got a little full of themselves after taking the top two spots in the men’s 100m, and then sweeping the 200m just for fun.
Yohan Blake, who finished second in both races to compatriot Usain Bolt, said that he sees Jamaica’s dominance in the sport continuing, not kidding, “Until the day we all leave the earth,” while speaking at a Kingston news conference.
Unfortunately for the United States, Blake probably isn’t too far off, a fact that he says frustrates the American team, who are less than chummy with their friends from the small Caribbean island nation.
“We don’t really have a relationship,” Blake told reporters. “We say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’, because they hated us, they totally hated us because of our exploits and because we can run and we can have fun and because of our dominance.”
Blake set a personal best during the 100m in London, winning silver and finishing in 9.75 seconds, and then shaved another 0.6 seconds off that time a few weeks later at a Diamond League meet in Switzerland. He believes he’ll be the man to beat come Rio.
“It’s going to be really hard for anybody who comes up against me,” he said. “Because I’ll be stronger and I’ll be much fitter and much faster.”
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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ROME (AP) — Rome’s city council will vote Thursday whether to support Mayor Virginia Raggi‘s rejection of the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The motion is expected to pass easily since Raggi’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement holds a majority on the city council.
Raggi announced her formal opposition of the candidacy in a news conference last week, citing concerns over high costs given the city is barely able to have its trash picked up.
Raggi’s rejection occurred four years after then-Premier Mario Monti stopped Rome’s plans to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics because of financial concerns.
If the motion is approved, it would leave only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in the running for 2024. The International Olympic Committee will decide on the host city in September 2017.
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