It’s been nearly three months since the London Games, but David Rudisha’s incredible 800m run and Jamaica’s mad 4x100m dash were officially etched into the record books Wednesday after the results were ratified by the IAAF. Officially.
And while we genuinely have no idea what took so long, we like to imagine that an intern was tasked with watching the races frame-by-frame and filing many, many reports with his superiors.
Kenya’s Rudisha now holds the top-three and six of the top eight times ever run in men’s 800m history after finishing the London final in 1:40.91. He also became the first man ever to break the 1:41 mark.
Not to be outdone, the Jamaican men’s 4x100m team that included Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, 100m and 200m silver medalist Yohan Blake, and a young man named Usain Bolt, ran 36.84 seconds to shatter the previous mark of 37.04 they set at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.
The IAAF also named record holders Rudisha and Bolt as finalists for the World Athlete of the Year award earlier this week, along with American hurdler Aries Merritt, who finished first in London and broke the 110m hurdles record at the Brussels Diamond League meet in September.
With the holidays coming up we imagine his record won’t be ratified until sometime after the New Year.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.