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Olympic golf test event may be canceled, official says

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The president of the International Golf Federation cast doubt on holding a test event in Rio de Janeiro one year before the sport returns to the Olympics in 2016, citing delays in constructing the new course.

“We are not satisfied,” Peter Dawson said, according to Sky Sports. “I was down there just recently and, while the design of the course looks really good, the progress with the construction is not where we want it to be.

The course was originally scheduled to be completed this year, but last July architect Gil Hanse said it would not be ready to hold a tournament until 2015.

Dawson said there have been meetings in the last week in Rio to revise the construction plan and increase manpower “to bring the project back on track.”

“There have been so many revisions to the plan it’s quite hard to say how far behind they are, but I think we are going to struggle to get a test event a year before the Games,” Dawson said, according to the report. “I’m not writing that off completely, but we have to recognize that might be difficult. However, I still think it will be ready in time for the Olympics.”

Dawson’s comments came one week after the International Olympic Committee mentioned a “necessary sense of urgency” regarding progress in constructing Rio Olympic venues.

“There is no Plan B at present because I don’t think we’ll need one,” Dawson said.

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Olympic Track and Field Trials leave Eugene

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The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are leaving Eugene, Ore., for the Los Angeles area.

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, Calif., 20 miles east of LA, will host the 10-day event in 2020.

Eugene, which hosted the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, and Sacramento, host in 2000 and 2004, also bid for the USA Track and Field (USATF) event.

“USATF’s board of directors voted to award the Olympic Trials to Mt. SAC based upon its desire to take the sport’s biggest event to the country’s second-largest media market; the historical strength of the sport in the Los Angeles area; Mt. SAC’s record of hosting elite track events that produce top performances; and a $62 million upgrade to Mt. SAC’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium that will enable the venue to expand to a seating capacity of more than 21,000,” USATF said in a press release.

Mt. SAC previously hosted the 1960 Olympic Trials and annually hosts a popular relays meet in April.

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Wayde van Niekerk breaks another Michael Johnson record

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Wayde van Niekerk broke another Michael Johnson record, running the fastest-ever 300m in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk, who broke Johnson’s 400m world record of 43.18 in Rio with a 43.03, ran 30.81 seconds in Ostrava. Video is here.

Johnson’s previous world best in the rarely contested event was 30.85, clocked at altitude in Pretoria in 2000, his final season.

Van Niekerk previously ran 31.03 over 300m in Kingston, Jamaica, last year. At the time, only Johnson and Usain Bolt (30.97 in 2010, also in Ostrava) had run faster in the non-Olympic event.

Johnson, also the former 200m world-record holder (lowered by Bolt in 2008 and 2009), is left with one world record still standing from the 1993 World Championships 4x400m relay.

Van Niekerk is preparing for the world championships in August in London, where he is expected to contest the 200m and 400m.

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