August 12, 2012 |
LONDON - Eyeing the trackside clock as she approached the finish line, Carmelita Jeter pointed the black baton in her left hand at those bright orange numbers. She wanted to make sure everyone saw what she saw: The United States was breaking the world record in the women's 4x100-meter relay - and it wasn't even close. Allyson Felix, Tianna Madison, and Bianca Knight built a big lead, and Jeter brought it home Friday night, anchoring the United States to its first Olympic gold medal in the sprint relay since 1996 with a time of 40.82 seconds, more than a half-second better than a record that had stood for 27 years.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON - Dana Vollmer finished a blistering final 50 meters of the 100 butterfly Sunday, smacked the wall, ditched her goggles, and squinted at the clock. It took a moment to find it, then to sink in. She had done it: 55.98 seconds. A world record. An exultant smile spread, and she shot her fist in the air at the Olympics Aquatics Centre. Four years after missing the 2008 Beijing Games almost made her quit swimming, and eight years after winning relay gold as a 16-year-old at the 2004 Athens Games, the Granbury, Texas, native won her first individual Olympic gold in historic fashion.
September 8, 2012
Olympic champion Aries Merritt of the United States set a world record of 12.80 seconds Friday in the 110-meter hurdles at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels. He cut 0.07 seconds off the mark of Cuba's Dayron Robles from four years ago. Merritt shot out of the blocks, didn't touch any hurdles, and lunged at the line with both arms flung backward. He already had the six top times of the season and had come within 0.05 seconds of Robles' mark. But in balmy conditions with a slight back wind, he finally shattered the record.
June 24, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Meter by meter, Ashton Eaton kept swallowing up real estate on a track that has always felt like home. Second by second, the clock to the side of that track ticked away - daring him to cross the finish line in a time that would put his name in the record books. Eaton was every bit as relentless and stubborn as that clock Saturday. He set a personal best in the exhausting 1,500-meter finale and is now the world-record holder in the decathlon - the cream of the crop in the event that determines the world's best athlete.
July 1, 2015 |
Shane Lanes was reluctant to go on America's Got Talent . Then, he said, he had a flash of inspiration: "I wanted to lift Nick Cannon with my teeth. " We all have dreams, and, at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC, viewers can find out whether Lanes - known to fans as strongman Titano Oddfellow - achieved his. It will be the latest achievement for Lanes, 42, of West Philadelphia, who also holds world records in beard-pulling, septum-lifting, and sledgehammer-juggling. Next, starting on his birthday July 16, he wants to lift a stranger with his teeth every day for a year (the liftee must lie down wearing a harness in order to be lifted about a foot off the ground)
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - Ashton Eaton won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points on Thursday night, leading a one-two U.S. finish. Eaton set the decathlon world record in the U.S. trials in June and backed it up with an Olympic victory with 8,869 points. Two-time world champion Trey Hardee settled for silver with 8,671 points, and Leonel Suarez of Cuba took the bronze, 346 points behind Eaton, at 8,523. Eaton had a 151-point lead going into the final event, the 1,500 meters, and is a better middle-distance runner than Hardee.
July 30, 2012 |
WHEN SHE touched, Dana Vollmer knew she had the gold medal. The only question was whether she also had the world record. The smile on her face told the story: She got the icing on her cake. Vollmer became the first 100-meter butterflier ever to break 56 seconds in winning her first individual Olympic gold medal. "I didn't know, honestly, with how my finish was," Vollmer said. "I knew I was in the lead, but I didn't know if I had gotten the world record like I wanted. It takes me a little bit to be able to see the clock, to get my goggles unfogged.
May 6, 2014 |
SPRINTER MEL PATTON, who set the world record of 9.3 seconds in the 100-yard dash in 1948, told Sports Illustrated that the man who would beat it would be "tall and strong and quick, a young giant with the reflexes of a cat. " Along came Frank Budd of Villanova University, hardly a giant at 5-10, 172 pounds. He may have been quick, but you could have fooled the coaches. He never seemed to be in a hurry, and had a "who, me worry?" approach to life. "He just hustles along," a Sports Illustrated columnist wrote in 1961.
October 26, 2013 |
Vicky Opitz promised her partner, Kerry Simmonds, at least one thing: They won't crash. The two are world-champion rowers, world-record holders, and with any luck, future Olympians. And when they dip their oars in the Schuylkill early Saturday morning, they'll be something else, too: rookies. Opitz and Simmonds, who usually row in the eight, will compete together as a pair for the first time at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. "I know the Schuylkill pretty well," Opitz said.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON - As Brendan Hansen strained to see the TV monitor on the opposite side of the room, he kept smiling. "It's going to be close," he said, keeping company with reporters as his chances at swimming one last individual Olympic race played out on the screen. "Either way, no regrets, man. I had a blast. " Finally, the second semifinal of the 100-meter breaststroke finished Saturday and Hansen saw that his sixth-place finish in the first semifinal would be fast enough. He qualified for the eighth and final spot in Sunday's final.