Andrew Wheating Says Goodbye

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Two-time Olympian Andrew Wheating announced his retirement from track and field on Thursday. 

In a post on his Facebook page beginning with "Dear Professional Running," the 30-year-old wrote, "You've changed my life in ways I couldn't even imagine. You've made me laugh, you've made me cry, you've brought me a happiness that can't be replicated anywhere else."

Wheating burst on to the national running scene when, as a University of Oregon sophomore, he finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 800m. 

The stirring race featured a 1-2-3 sweep of athletes with Oregon connections, as Nick Symmonds and Christian Smith of the Oregon Track Club joined Wheating on the Olympic team in Beijing. He soon became known for his charisma, his 6-foot-5 frame and devastating finishing kick.  


Wheating went on to win three individual titles and qualify for three U.S. teams. His best year was 2010. That season he swept the 800m and 1500m at the NCAA championships and went on to set lifetime bests in the 800m (1:44.56), 1500m (3:30.91), and mile (3:51.74). 

His 1500m mark from Monaco is the eighth fastest mark by an American of all time and prompted this enthusiastic reaction:

Andy Wheating after 3:30.9 1500 at 2010 Monaco Diamond League

 

The last couple of years Wheating struggled with injuries and consistency. He competed for the Oregon Track Club Elite through the 2016 season. He made the finals of the 1500m at the Olympic Trials in 2016, but did not advance out of the first round at this year's U.S. championships. 

Mary Keitany, Tirunesh Dibaba To Chase World Record At London Marathon

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It's hard to imagine a 26.2-mile race topping the drama of Monday's Boston Marathon, but the high-profile athletes assembled in London and lofty goals vocalized for this Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon indicate that track fans may very well get two of the best marathons ever in a span of six days. 

London Marathon Men's Preview: Eliud Kipchoge Could Break World Record

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The only athletic accomplishment that reigning Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has left to garner is an official world record in the marathon. His 2:00:25 at the Nike Breaking2 Event in Monza last May didn't count for official record-keeping, but the race did prove he is more than capable of bettering Wilson Kipsang's 2:02:57 world record—given the conditions are cooperative.

After Winning The Boston Marathon, Yuki Kawauchi Heads Back To The Office

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In the midst of the post-race parties on Monday night, Yuki Kawauchi had a call to make. The surprise winner from Japan had been Boston Marathon champion for less than 12 hours but was concerned about work obligations back home. Kawauchi's victory meant that he was scheduled to attend the Tuesday-morning press conference in Boston, delaying his travel back to Japan. 

Bowerman Bonaza And Josh Kerr: Five Events To Watch At Bryan Clay

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University Of Texas, Oregon Will Host 2019-2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships

The next two editions of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are officially coming to Austin, Texas, at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium— a scant three miles from FloSports HQ. We'd like to think that the NCAA took our article picking ATX as the best potential new host venue into consideration, but the truth is much simpler than that: the Longhorns' stadium is badass.

Gabby Thomas In The Relays, Sharon Lokedi In 5K: Kansas Relays Preview

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The Kansas Relays features talent from across the collegiate scene with national champions from Division I all the way to the junior college level racing at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas. 

By Remaining A Student, Eliud Kipchoge Has Mastered The Marathon

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London Marathon: Confidence Picks Featuring Mo Farah And Mary Keitany

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After Monday’s race in Boston, it’s hard to feel confident about anything in the marathon world. But the weather across the pond looks much more manageable for Sunday’s 2018 London Marathon. 

Evan Jager, Shelby Houlihan, And More: FloTrack Viewing Guide

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There are five live events being broadcast on FloTrack over the next four days, including the Kansas Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational, Beach Invitational, Michael Johnson Invitational, and the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Will Male Pacers Help Women Break World Record At London Marathon?

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