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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 1960, file photo, the medalists in the women's 200-meter event, from left, bronze medalist Dorothy Hyman, of Great Britain; gold medalist Wilma Rudolph, of the United States, and silver medalist Jutta Heine, of Germany, pose with their medals at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Italy. The 1960 Rome Summer Olympics set the standard for every Olympiad to follow. These Games were the first televised in the United States, even if film of events had to be flown from Rome to New York where Jim McKay did the voice-overs the next day. (AP Photo/File)

Wilma Rudolph turns in triple gold performance in Rome Games

Aug. 4, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

Wilma Rudolph's biggest challenge turned out not to be double pneumonia, scarlet fever or polio. Time wound up being the only obstacle the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics couldn't beat. “I think Wilma Rudolph, even though her career was short, I think you can make a...

- Benn Fields holds a high jump trophy, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Salisbury Mills, N.Y. Fields will forever be known as a U.S. Olympian, he will also always wonder about what might have been had the U.S. government not spearheaded a boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Fields harbors no anger despite missing '80

Aug. 2, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — In the grand scheme of things, Benn Fields knows he's lucky. His career as an elite high jumper has taken him around the globe more than once — to Nigeria, Mexico, Guatemala, the Middle East, even Russia. Many of those trips came while selling track and field...

AP WAS THERE: 1932 Los Angeles Olympics

Jul. 30, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in The Chattanooga News on Aug. 2, 1932. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper despite several...

FILE - In this March 1928, file photo, the world's greatest sprinters are off from their marks at the start of one of the heats in the 100-meter race at the Opening of the Olympic games in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Percy Williams, an unknown schoolboy from Canada, captured the finals. (AP Photo/File)

1928 Amsterdam: Women's track, gymnastics debut at Olympics

Jul. 29, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1928 Games in Amsterdam, the first time women were allowed to compete in gymnastics and athletics at an...

This image provided by the Library of Congress, shows Thomas Hicks competing in the marathon at the 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis. The marathon may be the single most memorable event from the 1904 Games. The race took place in 90-degree heat on dusty roads with only a single water break, and 18 of the 32 athletes withdrew from exhaustion. . (Library of Congress, Meeting of Frontiers via AP)

AP WAS THERE: 1904 St. Louis Olympics

Jul. 24, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from the 1904 Olympics on the day of the marathon. The story is reprinted here as it ran in The San Bernardino...

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, photo, the Olympic rings float in the water at sunset in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. Masa Takaya, the spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics, said Thursday, July 9, 2020, he’s confident the postponed games can be held in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Track group calls for change of Olympic protest rule

Jul. 17, 2020 5:31 AM EDT

Leaders of a newly formed athletes group are calling for a change to the rule that bans certain protests at the Olympics, saying it “is in fact preventing athletes from displaying Olympism at the Olympic Games.” The board of The Athletics Association, a group of track and field athletes that formed...

Track champs seek bigger voice, form athletes' rights group

Jul. 16, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

A group of track and field champions is spearheading a new organization designed to give athletes a greater voice in their sport. Two-time Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor is the president of The Athletics Association, which is seeking more say in key decisions made by the sport's leaders. Taylor and...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, United States' Deajah Stevens races in a women's 200m first round heat during the World Athletics Championships in London. American sprinter Deajah Stevens was provisionally suspended Friday, May 1, 2020, for repeatedly being unavailable for doping tests.The Athletics Integrity Unit said Stevens amassed three whereabouts violations in a year. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

American sprinter Stevens banned 18 months for missed tests

Jul. 16, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens was banned for 18 months on Thursday for missing doping tests and will miss the Tokyo Games. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases in track and field, said Stevens was unavailable for three doping controls in 2019 in Oregon and West...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, United States' Allyson Felix speaks during a press conference of the U.S. team prior to the World Athletics Championships in London. Early in her career, Allyson Felix would shy away from speaking on controversial subjects. The nine-time Olympic medalist stayed in her lane. Not anymore. Not since the birth of her daughter, Camryn. Felix wants her legacy to be improving maternity rights for athletes over her times and gold medals.

Track and field adapts for storied meet held in 7 venues

Jul. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In a track and field season almost entirely wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and organizers are setting new marks in creativity. On Thursday, the storied Weltklasse meet will broadcast near-live from Zurich in an ambitious mix of social distancing and technological innovation....

FILE - This is a Nov. 6, 2005, file photo showing runners on the upper level of the Verrazano Bridge at the start of the 36th New York City Marathon. The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1, 2020, has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world's largest marathon Wednesday, June 24, 2020, after coordinating with the mayor's office and deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

New York City Marathon canceled because of coronavirus

Jun. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon was canceled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, with organizers and city officials deciding that holding the race on Nov. 1 would be too risky. Organizers announced the cancellation of the 50th anniversary edition of the world's largest marathon after...