EUGENE – Although the stadium has been renovated for $ 270 million, it was in Eugene that Trayvon Bromell rose to stardom when he became the first 18-year-old to break 10 seconds for the 100 meters as a Baylor freshman in the Championship. NCAA 2014. At 21, he had won a bronze medal at the world championship and headed to the Olympic Trials as a favorite to be part of the team. With an annoying bone spur in his Achilles tendon, he came to the team with a second-place finish at 9.84 in testing. It would be his best time until this April.
On Sunday night, he reigned supreme in the men’s 100-meter final at the US Olympic Trials with a 9.80 victory that made it look easy.
After aggravating his Achilles tendon injury and leaving the track in Rio de Janeiro after the men’s 4x100m relay, he underwent surgery after the Olympics and did not compete again until June 22, 2017, when he was bounced in the first round of the USA 2017. Outdoor Championships in Sacramento. The heel required another surgery, leading him to question his future in the sport.
“I was standing still,” Bromell told me last August. “It was a huge turnaround for me and not knowing where I was going to land in all of this and understanding what my future will be like. I came across a blank spot asking, ‘What’s next for me?’ “
His return to racing would not come until June 8, 2019, but he still did not look like the old man and he did not break 10 seconds again until July 2020. The pandemic and the Olympic postponement allowed him another year to continue improving and go back to racing. On June 5, he scored a 9.77 in a small meet in Miramar, Florida, which puts him at the top of the world list and in the conversation for gold.
Tokyo will crown the first Olympic champion without the Bolt surname since 2004. (However, possibly another two were born this week in 2041..) It will not be the reigning world champion Christian Coleman, who remains suspended until November for missing three anti-doping tests in a span of 12 months.
Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley, who finished second and third respectively at 9.85 and 9.86, will head to their first Olympics. For Kerley, a bold decision paid off. Just two years ago, he won a silver medal at the Doha world championships but was confident in his training and decided to compete in the 100 and 200 meters in the Olympic events. The risk paid off and he landed on the Tokyo team.
Other highlights of day 3
- Hayward Field burst into cheers as Allyson Felix closed the final 100 meters hard to finish second in the women’s 400 meter final and qualify for her fifth Olympiad and first as a mother. At 35, Felix can add to his collection of nine Olympic medals (six gold and three silver). He can tie and pass Carl Lewis for the most Olympic medals by an American with a podium in the women’s 400 meters and possibly the 4×400 or mixed 4×400 relay. The race was won by Quanera Hayes in 49.78 and last place for Tokyo was occupied by Wadeline Jonathas completing the podium in 50.03.
- Michael Norman, the fastest man in the last Olympic cycle with a personal best of 43.45, won the men’s 400m in 44.07. In Japan, he will attempt to become the first United States men’s Olympic gold medalist at the event since LaShawn Merritt in 2004. Michael Cherry was the runner-up in 44.35. 2021 NCAA champion Randolph Ross, son of 2004 Olympian Duane Ross, will head to his first Olympics thanks to a third place finish at 44.72. The North Carolina A&T star will be joined by his teammate Trevor Stewart at the Games, as his fourth-place finish at 44.90 will likely secure him a spot on the 4×400 relay team.
- Keni Harrison, who finished sixth in the 2016 US Olympic Trials and broke the world record by running 12.20 just a few weeks later, achieved her redemption by winning this year’s final at 12.47. She beat Brianna McNeal, who earlier this year was sentenced to 5 years for tampering with part of a doping control process and is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A final decision on whether to compete will be released in the coming weeks. Christina Clemons ranked third at 12.51 to make her first Olympic team.
- 2016 Olympian Rudy Winkler, a former Cornell graduate who now works in cybersecurity, broke Lance Deal’s American hammer throw record of 82.52m (270-9), which he held since 1996. Winkler threw a 82.71m (271-4) on his second pitch of the day. His worst throw of the day was 76.91m (261-2), which still would have won him the competition. Winkler will now attempt to become the first American medalist in the hammer throw since Deal in 1996. Daniel Haugh (79.39) and Alex Young (78.32) will also represent the United States in Tokyo.
- In the first heat of the women’s steeplechase, former Utah All-American Grayson Murphy walked off the field in the final 200 meters to set a personal best and Olympic standard in 9: 25.37. Her momentum also dragged BYU’s Courtney Wayment below the rating mark. Now they just need to finish in the top three to make the Olympic team. The United States has been represented by American record holder Courtney Frerichs, 2017 Olympic bronze medalist and world champion Emma Coburn, and 2016 Olympian Colleen Quigley at all world championships since 2016. Quigley withdrew from testing due to a setback due to injury, so at least one spot has opened for Tokyo. Coburn and Frerichs safely advanced to the final on Thursday at 8:47 pm PDT.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.