USA Track & Field National News

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Ending a 32-year medal drought in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, American record holder Evan Jager (Algonquin, Illinois) ran a masterful race to earn silver and become the first American man to medal in the event since Brian Diemer in 1984. Four athletes advanced out of their respective track qualifying rounds Wednesday morning, while reigning Olympic champion Ashton Eaton (Bend, Oregon) began his gold medal defense in the men’s decathlon.
It was ladies’ night at Olympic Stadium Wednesday night as six Americans medaled in women’s track & field events, including a sweep of the 100m hurdles and a 1-2 finish in the long jump.
Athlete Quotes - Olympics, Day 5
Tuesday morning was a dose of déjà vu, as 2012 Olympic gold and silver triple jump medalists Christian Taylor and Will Claye repeated their medal finishes in Rio to add to Team USA’s medal haul at Olympic Stadium.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Jenny Simpson (Oviedo, Florida) made a mad dash into the annals of U.S. Olympic history, winning the first medal by an American woman in the 1500m. Along with Simpson’s historic run, seven other athletes qualified for finals Tuesday as track & field action continued at Olympic Stadium.
Athlete Quotes - Olympics, Day 4
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) ran the race of her life Monday morning, clinching the first Olympic women’s steeplechase medal in U.S. history and posting Team USA’s fourth women’s American record so far in Rio.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- A silver medal in the women’s 400m Monday made Allyson Felix (Los Angeles) the most decorated female Olympian in USATF history, highlighting a three-medal night that saw Olympic newcomers Clayton Murphy (New Paris, Ohio) and Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) earn bronze.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead, Massachusetts) proved her preparation for the streets of Rio was near-perfection, as she set a new American record in the women's-only marathon while finishing sixth Sunday at the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí. Teammates Desi Linden (Chula Vista, California) and Amy Cragg (Leavenworth, Kansas) also finished in the top 10 for the best team finish in U.S. Olympic team history.
Athlete Quotes - Olympics, Day 3
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