China started out strong in the Youth Olympic track and field competition, but the U.S. has come on strong with one day of events left at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center.
Noah Lyles, 17, won the 200m in 20.80 seconds out of lane 7 on Sunday.
“I was so excited to run, but being able to come out here and win gold on this stage is just amazing,” Lyles said, according to TeamUSA.org. “There are not enough words to explain the emotion that I’m feeling right now.”
Lyles is a rising junior at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Va., famous for being the “Remember the Titans” school. He overcame none other than his brother Josephus to win the Virginia state championships 200m.
Josephus Lyles competed for the U.S. in the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., helping the U.S. 4x400m relay team to gold.
On Monday, Myles Marshall won the U.S.’ second track and field gold in the 800m in 1:49.14. Marshall’s father, John, made the 1984 Olympic 800m quarterfinals.
The two-lap distance has not seen much recent U.S. success on the Olympic stage, no men’s golds since Dave Wottle famously went from last to first in a cap to win by .03 in 1972.
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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.”
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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.
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