Johnny Dutch Retires After Olympic Trials

Backed by a world-leading time of 48.10 in 2016, Johnny Dutch was all but guaranteed a spot on Team USA's 400m hurdles squad. After cruising through his prelim and semifinal races at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Dutch entered the final heat with confidence.

He got off to a smooth start, and took an early lead over the rest of the field. After the ninth and penultimate hurdle, Dutch was five meters ahead of his competition.

That's when disaster struck.

His trail leg clipped the final hurdle, killing his momentum—and with it, his Olympic dreams. Dutch watched as four men passed him in the final 10 meters of the race. He finished fifth in 48.92.

The weight of the moment hit Dutch as his made his way into the media tent after the race. Filled with emotions, Dutch was initially unable to address the media. When he finally composed himself, he opened up about the race: "I had no legs after that. It broke my momentum all the way. I hit it so that killed it for me."

He continued, "I feel like my career is over. I feel like I can't do this no more. I've been struggling financially. I don't have a contract. I have no job. I don't know if I can do this any more." He later tweeted that he'd pursue a career in film.



The unfortunate nature of being a top athlete is that you have to accept the highs as well as the lows. In that moment, Dutch was experiencing the ultimate low.

"This is one of the more disappointing moments of my life. The only thing that can be more disappointing than this is death."

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Which Round-Number Barriers Will Fall Next?

Track and field, like all sports, is hibernating at the moment, giving plenty of room for idle thoughts. The present situation is dire, but I’ve tried to periodically distract myself with what the running world will look like when the racing resumes. One concept that’s always been interesting to me is round number records. The most famous of which, the four-minute mile, is run with such regularity now that its significance is lessened with each passing decade. Instead, I’m looking at that next set of barriers that help usher in a new digit to an event. 

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True Crime Doc On Nike Racing Shoes Coming To Netflix

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Fans of Netflix’s true crime hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness have been captivated by the colorful characters, shady dealings and blood-thirsty nature of the big cat industry. The story of eccentric zookeeper Joe Exotic and his various animal associates has enthralled millions across the globe with its revelations of a murder-for-hire plot, copious polygamy, the rumor of a husband fed to a tiger and one dangling eyebrow piercing. 

A Possible Explanation For Britney Spears' "5.97 100m" Post

Last Thursday, Britney Spears of all people gave quarantined track fans some much needed entertainment: the 38-year-old Toxic singer (Toxic is the best Britney song, this isn’t up for debate) claimed, in a confusing and since-deleted Instagram post, that she ran 100 meters in 5.97 seconds.

IOC Sets New Dates For The 2021 Olympics

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New dates have officially been set for the postponed Olympics. The 2021 Games will be held July 23-August 8, 2021.

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Three More Diamond League Meetings Postponed

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Rescheduling Olympic Games Like "A Huge Jigsaw Puzzle" Says Bach

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Watch Matthew Boling's 10.20 100m

Matthew Boling's magnificent showing at the 2019 Texas Relays was a highlight of his incredible senior year. Here's his wind-aided 10.20 100m victory. 

The Very Abbreviated 2020 Track And Field Awards

Even without the Olympics, track and field in some form may still happen in 2020. But given how difficult containing the coronavirus has proven to be, that is not a guarantee even with several months before certain Diamond League meets are set to be contested. And now that the biggest event on the calendar has been postponed, many athletes may choose to throw in the towel on 2020 in order to preserve themselves for next year. As such, it is entirely possible we’ve seen the last of track and field this season.

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