- The U.S. Olympic trials in track and field have concluded.
- Several records were broken, from world records to American records to trial records.
- Several other records were nearly broken, with some races coming down to .01 seconds.
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With less than a month before the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. Olympic trials for track and field endured fireworks that may be hard to top.
The trials, which concluded Sunday, included a delay due to extreme heat, a runner who passed out due to the conditions, and several toppled records.
Perhaps helped by a friendly wind on Sunday, according to The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, there were several new world records, American records, and trial records set throughout the week. And in many cases, there were several athletes who came within the narrowest of margins of setting new records.
Hurdles events see new records or close to
Sydney McLaughlin on Sunday set a new world record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.90 seconds. She became the first woman to run it under 52 seconds.
McLaughlin set the only world record in hurdles, but several others came close.
In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Grant Holloway, the reigning world champion, finished with a time of 12.81 seconds, .01 seconds off the world record.
Afterward, Holloway told reporters that he wasn’t surprised by his performance, saying he’d celebrate with a “fat ass glass of wine.”
And in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Rain Benjamin finished in 46.83 seconds, a new trials record, and the second fastest time in history, trailing Kevin Young’s 1992 mark of 46.78 seconds.
New sprinting records
Several years-best times took place in sprint events.
17-year-old Erriyon Knighton introduced himself as a star to watch, breaking Usain Bolt’s under-20 record in the men’s 200-meter semifinal with a time of 19.88 seconds. Knighton had previously beaten Bolt’s under-18 record at a meet in Florida earlier in June.While track star Noah Lyles was beaten by Knighton in the semifinal, Lyles posted a time of 19.74 seconds in the final, the best time of the year.
Gabby Thomas surprised herself by running her first-ever 200-meter in less than 22 seconds, finishing the race in 21.61 seconds, the third fastest time ever and a new trials record.
“I haven’t processed that,” Thomas told reporters afterward of her achievement. “I don’t know.”
And in the women’s 800-meter, Athing Mu finished with a time of 1:56.07, the fastest time of the year.
Two new throwing records
Last week, Ryan Crouser set a new record in shot put, hurling the 7kg iron ball 23.37 meters. Crouser began celebrating after he let the ball go, knowing he had set a new record.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, DeAnna Price broke her own American record in the hammer throw, tossing it 80.31 meters. She became the second woman to ever throw further than 80 meters.
A jumping achievement, although not a record
JuVaughn Harrison did something no American has done since Jim Thorpe in 1912: qualify for the Olympics in both the long jump and high jump.
Harrison won the high jump with a jump on 2.13m and 20cm.
He then won the long jump with a leap of 8.23m and 25cm, or 8.47 meters.