The third day of the Olympic Trials in the US is hot and humid-so it must be time for the men's hundred meters. So, dear readers, there are two ways this race can go: Tyson breaks the world record, running 9.71, or Tyson runs to win, running a legal 9.76, but either way, this will be fast. Dix, Demps, are tough, but my medalists are Tyson Gay, Darvis Doc Patton and numero bronzo is Wallace Spearmon. Walter Dix is fine, but he has to get through some very tough company.
Now, I might eat my words, but high schooler Demps should probably break 10.00 today.....
Now, some Eugene News. It seems the local constabulary in Eugene have a noise abatement deal where the cult band, Mr. Green and the Men from Modesto, was closed down in their second song at the Villard Street Pub, an infamous watering hole off said University campus. A fine of $300 was charged to the band after a rather spirited version of Taking Sally through the Alley, I believe.
Now, sportsfans, there will be some very unhappy campers in Eugene on the fourth of July if the noise abatement rule--after 10 pm the noise level has to be below 80 decibels--which is the level of a baby screaming on a small, regional United flight. This, I find is quite disturbing. My home in Fort Atkinson, with the band Disturbed blairing in the kitchen and Alice Cooper in my office, would never stand a chance in Eugene. Sound fascism, do you agree?
But, you got to love this country! Where else but the Trials would you find a line for our second placer in the shot, the immense one, Christian Cantwell, as he signs autographs?
EME NEWS (JUNE 29, 2008)
Al-Ghasra fast 22.45 at 200 m
RADES (TUN, June 28): Bahrain's Ruqaya Al Ghasra signed a strong return to track at Tunis's Zitouna meet on Saturday after a hamstring injury kept her out of competition for several months, forcing her to miss the 2007 world championships. Al Gasra clocked 22.45 in the 200m (a new national record if the wind is legal) to defeat Africa vice-champion Kadiatou Camara of Mali (23.04). In the men's 4x400m, Saudi Arabia took first place in 3:02.08 ahead of Nigeria (3:05.04) and Sudan (3:07.19). Mali's Ibrahima Maiga claimed victory in the 400m hurdles in 50.39. Egyptian Yasser Fethi Ibrahim won the shot put and the discus (19.31m and 57.73m) while Kuwait's Ali Zankawi dominated the hammer throw with a best effort of 75.64m, informs TAP.
EBERSTADT (GER, June 29): For the first time in the 30 years of history of the High jump special meeting, Eberstadt saw two winners in the men's event. Great Britain's Martyn Bernard and Cuban Victor Moya shared the first place with 230. Even the jump-off did not decide, it was stopped at 236 as both jumpers were too tired to continue before 1500 spectators. Michal Bieniek from Poland, European champion Andrey Silnov from Russia and Olympic champion Stefan Holm also cleared 230 and placed third to fifth. German Raul Spank achieved 2,27m and finished eighth. Eike Onnen did not show up in Eberstadt.
Murer 480 in Pole Vault
SAO PAULO (BRA, June 28-29): Fabiana Murer improved her own South American Pole Vault record to 480 cm during final day of "Trofeo Brasil" in Ibirapuera Parc. It is also second best result of the year. World medalist Jadel Gregorio achieved 17.28 in Triple Jump and Area record holder Maurren Higa Maggi got her seasonal (legal) best in Long Jump 699 cm. Interesting improvement for Mahau Camargo Sugimachi with 49.15 at 400 m Hurdles. Bezerra Chinin scored 7850 points to win decathlon. Jesse de Lima went over 228 in High Jump. In the first day Hudson Santos de Souza clocked 3:38.49 at 1500 m and Maila Machado 13.02 at 100 m Hurdles. Rede Atletismo registered high quality 38.89 at 4x100 m.
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