Johnny Dutch Retires After Olympic Trials

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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."

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


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. 

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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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Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal


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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