The 4x1500m relay is not run very often. That lack of experience was apparent in the first handoff at the World Relays on Saturday.
U.S. runner Katie Mackey was looking back to receive the baton from Heather Kampf. Before Mackey could turn to run with the baton, she smashed into Australian opening-leg runner Zoe Buckman.
Buckman had just handed off to Australia’s second leg but hadn’t yet gotten out of the inside running lanes.
Kenya ended up winning the 4x1500m by 22 seconds and in a world record. The U.S. recovered for second place, also beating the previous world record time.
The more regularly run sprint relays have been known to include collisions, such as the U.S. and Great Britain at the 2011 World Championships, but common sense says the longer the distance and the slower the pace (and, at the World Relays, fewer nations) would make it easier to avoid trouble.
Not on Saturday, though.
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U.S. runner Allyson Felix says she expects to be close to 100 percent when 400m qualifying begins on Aug. 13.
Felix, who hurt her right ankle during training this spring, was at less than 100 percent earlier this month when she ran in the U.S. Olympic Trials.
She failed to qualify for her favorite race, the 200m, and will not have a chance to defend her Olympic title at that distance.
At the U.S. training camp on Friday, Felix said she doesn’t think she’ll ever get past the disappointment of not getting to go for the 200m-400m double, but she’s focused on the task at hand. The 400m final is Aug. 15.
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics.
The IWF said Friday the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have “seriously damaged” the integrity of the sport. The eight Russian Olympic spots have been offered to other countries.
The IWF said the doping results produced by Russian weightlifters are “extremely shocking and disappointing.”
Russia, China, North Korea and Kazakhstan are the world’s top four weightlifting nations.
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