Duane Solomon, Donavan Brazier OUT in Olympic Trials First Round

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EUGENE, Oregon — In the first 30 minutes of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, shock and heartbreak ensued. 2012 Olympic finalist Duane Solomon and collegiate record-holder Donavan Brazier finished fourth in their respective heats. Neither Solomon nor Brazier will be able to contend to make the U.S. Olympic team headed to Rio. 


Solomon led the majority of heat one until the final homestretch, when he locked up and finished fourth in 1:48.71 behind Drew Windle, Joseph White, and Charles Jock. He failed to finish top three for an automatic advance and his finishing mark was not fast enough to advance on time. 

Courtesy of NBCOlympics (http://liveextra.nbcsports.com) and USOC

Prior to the 2015 U.S. Outdoor Championships when he nearly passed out with 100m remaining in the race and walked down the homestretch, Solomon was dominant in the U.S. over 800m. At the 2012 Games, Solomon was part of the historic race where Kenya’s David Rudisha broke the 800m world record in the Olympic final. Solomon finished fourth in a still-standing personal best of 1:42.82. Solomon is the No. 2 American performer all-time behind his coach Johnny Gray, who owns the American record of 1:42.60. 

Brazier's race mirrored Solomon's. He led the field through 700 meters and locked up on the homestretch, which resulted in a fourth-place finish out of heat four. He finished in 1:48.13, less than a second behind Clayton Murphy, Brandon Johnson, and Harun Abda. 

The 19-year-old phenom decided to forgo his remaining NCAA eligibility at Texas A&M to turn professional and signing a contract with Nike. Brazier made history at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago when he won the title in 1:43.55, which broke Jim Ryun’s 50-year-old collegiate record. 

The semifinal round of the men’s 800m will take place Saturday and includes Boris Berian, Erik Sowinski, Brannon Kidder, Edose Ibadin, Abraham Alvarado, Isaiah Harris, Clayton Murphy, Brandon Johnson, Cas Loxsom, Shaquille Walker, Craig Engels, Nick Hartle, and Harun Abda.

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.