Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics
We usually forgive readers for spending their weekends with family and friends or watching big sporting events (so long as they’re on NBC), but not this weekend. If you missed the Track and Field Trials in Eugene or the diving Trials in Washington then you’ve only yourself to blame. Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it. But just this once. Here’s your weekend review.
Track and field:
Geez, where do we start?
Ashton Eaton ran a 4:14 in the 1500m to break the world record in decathlon on Saturday with 9039 points. The 1500m was his tenth event of the meet and he had already broken two decathlon world records in the 100m and long jump (in case you were feeling pretty good about your last workout).
While Eaton and defending world champ Trey Hardee were securing spots in London, 2008 gold medalist Bryan Clay failed to make the team after stumbling over a hurdle and pushing another one down with his hands. He was disqualified, then reinstated before fouling on three straight discus throws.
Carmelita Jeter, 32, won the women’s 100m to make her first Olympic team. Meanwhile, Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh tied for third in the event, but since the team can’t take them both, the two will have to choose between a coin-toss or a runoff to decide who gets to go to London.
After barely advancing to the finals after a poor showing Friday,Lolo Jones made her way back to the Olympics by finishing third in the 100m hurdles in 12.86 behind defending Olympic champion Dawn Harper in 12.73, and defending world champion Kellie Wells in 12.77.
Justin Gatlin won the men’s 100m in 9.80, the fastest time of his career and a faster time than he ran when he won gold eight years earlier in Athens. He’ll be joined in London by American record holder Tyson Gay, who ran 9.86, and Ryan Bailey, who finished in 9.93.
Chris Colwill saved the best dive of the competition for his last, scoring a 99.75 on the 3m springboard to jump from first to third and secure his spot in London. Troy Dumais, who has gone zero for six in three previous Olympics, held off Kristian Ipsen to take the second spot on the team.
“I knew this was going to be a nail-biter. I knew it was and that’s why I switched my list … knowing it was going to come down to the last dive,” Dumais told the Associated Press. “I would rather put pressure on a dive that I knew I was capable of doing.”
On the women’s side, Brittany Viola finally made the Olympics in her third attempt, winning the 10m platform dive by nearly 60 points over Katie Bell, who will join her at the Games.
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