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.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The world’s best known Olympic historian says it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
David Wallechinsky tells The Associated Press that “the only time the Games have been cancelled is in war — World War I and World War II. Other than that, nothing has done it.”
Wallechinsky says “it’s pretty late to move the Games, so I’m sure they’ll go forward” and open Aug. 5.
Brazil is the epicenter of the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne Zika epidemic, which is also generating rumors that South America’s first Games may be called off.
Brazil’s sports minister says that canceling the Games “is not in discussion,” and Rio organizers and the IOC have repeatedly shot down the notion it’s even being considered.
“Race,” a film about 1936 Olympic legend Jesse Owens‘ triumphs in the face of Nazi Germany, hits theaters Feb. 19.
In the above clip, Owens competes in long jump qualifying after receiving a tip from fellow jumper German Luz Long to avoid fouling on his last attempt to advance to the final.
Owens would then beat Long in the final, though the pair forged a friendship.
In other clips, Owens, played by Stephan James, speaks with his Ohio State coach, Larry Snyder, played by Jason Sudeikis. Watch that here.
Also, Owens discusses taking part in the Olympics amid racial prejudice in the U.S. Watch that here.
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