Saturday, August 16

The track and field portion of the Olympics haven't started off too well for most of the Razorback participants:

  • Nicole Teeter dropped out of the 800 meters after just a few steps (illness/injury)
  • Deena Kastor dropped out of the marathon after just a few minutes (injury)
  • Tyson Gay didn't advance to the finals in the 100 meters
  • Allistair Cragg didn't advance out of the first round of the 1,500 meters (but he was using it as a warm-up for his main event - the 5,000 meters)
  • Amy Yoder Begley finished 26th in the 10,000 meters (though she wasn't expected to be a leader in the event)
  • The good news is that April Steiner-Bennett advanced to the finals in the pole vault


Did you see Usain Bolt of Jamaica run the men's 100 meters? His quarter-final win was pretty impressive: a 9.92 while he was jogging down the track, looking around. Then, in the finals (though it hasn't been shown on TV yet), he broke his own world record of 9.72 by running a 9.69. As a 6'5", 21 year old his potential in huge and his best distances are going to be the 200 and 400 meters.

OK, I just watched the 100 meter final. Now that was incredible! If he hadn't started celebrating with 15 or 20 meters to go, who knows how fast he would have run. Wow.


As one who works with college students, I found this editorial in the Wall Street Journal interesting. Any thoughts on it?

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