LET THE GAMES (ATHLETICS) BEGIN - RIO DE JANEIRO (GBR): The athletics is here, the number one sport of the Games. We have the same number of events (47) as in London. In London 4 World records were registered (before that Beijing: 5, Athens: 2, Sydney: 0 (first games without WR since 1948), Atlanta: 2, also 5 WR in Seoul 1988 and 6 WR in Moscow 1980). London Olympics results level was far higher than at previous two Olympics. Based on All-Athletics.com scoring London got 195 146 points over Beijing 191 749 and Athens 190 871. World leading mark was achieved 30 times.
RIO DE JANEIRO - With by far the largest single team of any federation or sport at the 2016 Olympic Games, Team USA will look to find its fortunes on the track and in the field when competition begins at Olympic Stadium on Friday, August 12.
Team USA’s women’s delegation poses a formidable front. Allyson Felix, Jenn Suhr and Brittney Reese highlight the roster as individual 2012 Olympic gold medalists. The USA women’s relays swept to gold in 2012, including a world record in the 4x100m relay that featured both Felix and Tianna Bartoletta, who will compete in the 100 meters and long jump.
Emily Sisson wins American category for women; Michelle Lilienthal of Portland and Jesse Orach of Gorham earn Maine Resident titles - CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (August 6, 2016) – Maine native Ben True became the first American to win the TD Beach to Beacon 10K and Mary Keitany of Kenya shattered the course record in the women’s race on Saturday in the 19th edition of the iconic summer road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
True (28:16), still smarting after missing the Rio Olympics by less than a half second last month, grabbed a commanding lead over the final mile to end an 18-year streak of East African winners. Dathan Ritzenhein (28:27) put an exclamation point on the American breakthrough with a strong second-place finish, while Kenyan track speedster William Malel Sitonik (28:32) rounded out the top three.
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