The marquee 100m didn’t fail to provide storylines at the Youth Olympics.
Sydney Siame took the fastest man at the Nanjing Games title in 10.56 seconds, just .01 over Japan’s Kenta Oshima. That came after Jamaican favorite Raheem Chambers pulled out before the final. Chambers suffered a reported hamstring injury in winning his preliminary heat.
Siame’s victory was notable given Zambia has never won an Olympic gold medal.
The women’s favorite also did not contest the 100m final. Poland’s Ewa Nikola Swoboda was disqualified for a false start after “she appeared to tumble forward before the gun went off,” Reuters reported.
Swoboda clocked 11.30 seconds in her preliminary heat, .34 faster than anybody else over all the heats. In the final, China’s Liang Xiaojing prevailed in 11.65.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra‘s coverage of the Youth Olympics continues Saturday from 9-11 p.m. ET. NBC has coverage Sunday from noon-1 p.m. ET, followed by NBCSN from 9-10.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.