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.
We already knew Katie Ledecky can beat the boys in practice, even an Olympic champion.
One of the many takeaways from this week’s Sports Illustrated profile of Ledecky is that she has beaten 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in practice.
Ledecky and Lochte may rep different swim clubs — Ledecky in Washington, D.C., and Lochte in Charlotte — but they both take trips to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for altitude training.
“She swims like a guy,” Lochte said after training with Ledecky in Colorado Springs in March, according to SI. “I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. … Her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m like, What’s going on?”
When Ledecky broke the women’s 1500m freestyle world record for the third time at the August 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, her time of 15:28.36 was .01 faster than Lochte’s 1500m free time at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free).
Ledecky has since re-broken the women’s 1500m free world record twice more, bringing it down to 15:25.48.
“I trained with her in Colorado once, and she made me look like I was stopping,” Lochte reportedly told media on his 31st birthday, Aug. 3 at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “She flew by me.”
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Athens Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent minor-league baseball team on Sunday and, reportedly, become the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team.
Finch, a pitcher, retired from softball in 2010, two years after her sport’s Olympic farewell in Beijing, where she and the U.S. took silver behind Japan.
Finch has been an advocate for softball’s return to the Olympics, which could happen in Tokyo 2020.
The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if baseball and softball, among four other sports, will be added for the Tokyo Games.
Finch, who is married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle, is also known for having struck out Albert Pujols.
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