World champion Brianna Rollins was upset in the 100m hurdles at the Drake Relays, losing by .005 of a second to American Kristi Castlin among closely contested high-profile events Saturday.
Castlin, who has never made an outdoor World Championships or Olympic team, and Rollins ran matching 12.58-second races. Castlin got the win with times extended to thousandths of a second — 12.571 to 12.576 — with the fastest time in the world this year. It marked Rollins’ first loss in almost two years.
A U.S. team that included Olympic champion Aries Merritt won the shuttle hurdles relay in 53.77, just .06 ahead of a Jamaican team with Olympic bronze medalist Hansle Parchment.
2008 Olympian Tiffany Ross Williams won the 400m hurdles in 55.53 over Jamaican Nickiesha Wilson (55.68) and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Lashinda Demus (55.97).
In the field events, French Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie took the pole vault.
Three-time Olympian Chaunte Lowe won the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.96m, while Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett settled for fourth.
Dix anchors U.S. to win at Penn Relays
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.”
MORE: Shirley Babashoff bows to Katie Ledecky
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.
MORE: Jennie Finch, Lisa Fernandez weigh in on Mo’ne Davis