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Reigning Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser overcomes sore elbow, advances to finals at trials

Jun. 22, 2024 00:22 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Two-time defending Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser took one attempt and packed up for the night. No sense pushing his sore elbow. Or a healing torn pectoral muscle. Crouser took a business-like approach to qualifying on Friday at the U.S....

Sha'Carri Richardson overcomes wobbly start for win in first heat at Olympic trials

Jun. 21, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Her burst out of the starting block was more like a wobble. Sha'Carri Richardson also raced with one of her shoelaces untied. None of it mattered much on the opening night of U.S. Olympic track trials. Even in a race that was far from a masterpiece, Richardson...

Steeplechaser Mason Ferlic shoots for the stars on the track and in his field as aerospace engineer

Jun. 21, 2024 20:20 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Mason Ferlic may someday boldly go where no steeplechaser has gone before — space. The 30-year-old with a master's in aerospace engineering from Michigan has aspirations to become an astronaut. For now, that plan remains a galaxy away. ...

Athletics to move to 1st week of 2028 Olympics, swimming to 2nd week, plus some venues changed

Jun. 21, 2024 15:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics on Friday announced changes to its venue plan that it says will create an estimated $156 million in combined savings and revenue increases. Swimming will be held in a temporary pool at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, with its 38,000...

Graduation, lack of opportunity force most gymnasts to quit. A women's league is out to change that

Jun. 20, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

Luisa Blanco knows her gymnastics career has an expiration date. The funny thing is, the older the recent Alabama graduate gets, the more it seems to keep getting pushed back. For a long time, the 22-year-old Blanco figured her final season with the Crimson Tide this...

Paris awaits for Sha'Carri, Lyles and dozens more, but Olympic spots must be earned at trials

Jun. 20, 2024 15:40 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The endorsement deals have been signed, the commercials have been shot. In some cases, an airline ticket — maybe for friend or a family member — has already been purchased. There is one more item to scratch off the list before everyone from Sha’Carri...

At Olympic trials, deaf runner Eric Gregory will rely on signals, coach's prompts to shine in 400

Jun. 20, 2024 15:10 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When Eric Gregory crouches into the starting blocks, his coach will be right next to him. It’s the best way for the 400-meter sprinter to ensure a fast start. Because Gregory can’t really hear the starter’s commands or sometimes the starter’s pistol. ...

Olympic sprinter Knighton allowed to run at US trials after contamination case

Jun. 19, 2024 23:50 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sprinter Erriyon Knighton tested positive for a banned substance that an arbitration panel determined came from contaminated meat, a decision that keeps the 200-meter specialist eligible to run at the upcoming U.S. Olympic trials. The 20-year-old from Florida,...

Hurdler Aries Merritt feeling 'very healthy' 9 years removed from kidney transplant, becomes coach

Jun. 19, 2024 11:07 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Some reach out to him as Aries Merritt, the 110-meter hurdles world-record holder. Top hurdlers seek his input all the time. Others reach out to him as Aries Merritt, the kidney transplant recipient. They ask about his journey in 2015, when days after winning a...

McLaughlin-Levrone to focus on her best event, the 400 hurdles, at Olympic trials

Jun. 18, 2024 16:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone plans on defending her title in the 400-meter hurdles at the Paris Olympics, and has scratched from the 200 and 400-meter flat races she had originally signed up for. The world-record holder had been entered in all three races for this...