ON YOUR MARKS — August

As you cruise along I-5 in Oregon you know you’re close to the Olympic Trials when you see this sign. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

EARNING AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL is reward beyond compare for those good enough to get one. But looking at the pure economics of it, just what is one worth? According to a Texas rare metals dealer, the value of a Tokyo gold, based on current bullion prices, is $812.04. The bulk of the medal is silver valued at $461.29, with a gold plating at $350.75…

Rachel Schneider is now part of the Hoka One One crew, representing the club for the first time in the Trials 5000 heats…

With the departure of Caryl Smith Gilbert to Georgia, USC has named former Olympic champ Quincy Watts head coach…

Kibwé Johnson has been named the new director of T&F at Ohio’s SPIRE Institute…

After placing top-3 in both her events at the NCAA horizontal jumper Jasmine Moore announced that she would be transferring from Georgia to Florida. She’ll be joined by another former Bulldog, heptathlete Anna Hall.

On hearing that there would be no spectators at the Olympics, Raven Saunders tweeted, “If I ask for a clap, everybody better be clapping in they living rooms.”…

Without comment: PETA sent a basket of pork-free treats to Shelby Houlihan, saying, “Steroids are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the toxins that might be lurking in a pork burrito… the safest meal is a vegan one.”…

Longtime Oregon coach Bill Dellinger was honored at the Trials as a Legend Coach in the USATF Hall Of Fame…

Texas A&M’s Tyra Gittens will get to represent Trinidad in the Olympic long jump, but won’t be going in her heptathlon specialty. She tweeted, “Nothing against any of the amazing women who made it in… but can someone please explain to me how I have the 7th-best heptathlon score in the WORLD this year but because I did it at the SEC champs (which is undervalued by World Athletics) I’m ranked 27th. Make it make sense.”…

Tokyo will mark the first Olympics in more than a half century that Bermuda hasn’t fielded a team…

Javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková’s 206-11 (63.08) at Monaco is a world age-40 record.

Spikes are getting pricey. An early pair of shoes that Oregon’s Bill Bowerman made for his Canadian sprinter Harry Jerome in the ’60s is expected to fetch more than $1.2 in an upcoming Sotheby’s auction…

The new documentary film, Running For The Revolution, is based on the life of Alberto Juantorena…

Wearing Doritos-themed earrings at the Trials paid off for hurdler Christina Clemons. She picked up a sponsorship from the chip company…

The AIU reports that it was able to complete 70% of its out-of-competition tests planned for ’20…

USATF has announced that its Club XC Championships will held December 11 in Tallahassee. Its 2022 (non-club) championships will be January 08 in San Diego…

Mary Cain has launched a new pro women’s running team, Atalanta New York…

Marathoner Felicien Muhitira was dropped from the Rwandan Olympic squad for leaving camp and violating C19 rules…

Though he will miss Tokyo, Mo Farah says he’s not done: “Although obviously nothing is going to be as big as the Olympics, I want to come back out and do something great.”…

Some 58 years after his big jump, Phil Shinnick’s 27-4 (8.33) leap at the ’63 California Relays (sans wind gauge) has recognized by WA as a World Record following a ruling in his favor by CAS. The mark had been ratified as a U.S. record in ’03…

British sports authorities are investigating a claim made by distance runner Andy Butchart on a podcast that he faked a negative C19 test to return home after a meet…

WA has moved the ’22 World Walking Team Championships from Belarus as a result of the controversy surrounding the nation’s forced landing of a commercial airliner to arrest a political dissident…

A bigger family for Usain Bolt. He and his partner Kasi Bennett have added twin boys: Thunder Bolt and Saint Leo Bolt…

Eugene’s Pre Classic has been chosen to host the ’23 Diamond League Final

Count triple jumper Yulimar Rojas among those who aren’t enamored of the DL final round face-off in the field events. “It doesn’t make any sense; it’s absurd and ridiculous.”…

Toni Minichiello, who coached Jessica Ennis-Hill to her heptathlon gold in ’12, has been provisionally suspended by UK Athletics while complaints from female athletes are investigated…

NACAC is developing a circuit of 5–10 meets in the region for next year, climaxing with the New Life Invitational in Miramar, Florida…

Javelin thrower Gideon Yego has resigned as captain of the Kenyan Olympic team after complaining that his coach couldn’t join him for practice at the team camp. Team officials said his charges weren’t true. The new captain is 800 runner Eunice Sum…

Atlanta’s Peachtree race hosted the USATF 10K Champs, with wins going to Sara Hall (31:41) and Sam Chelanga (28:44)…

Another entry to the father/son sub-4:00 list, now 14 names long. With his 3:59.04 at the Wisco Mile in Milwaukee July 01, Olin Hacker joined his father Tim (PR 3:55.19) in the compilation…

Finnish coach Matti Mononen promised his charge Senni Salminen that if she broke national triple jump record of 47-2½ (14.39), he would race around the track holding a pole as if he were on the vault runway. She did and he did, quite commendably, clocking 57.34…

A new book explores the 6 men who have led the IAAF/WA since its founding. Power And Politics In World Athletics — A Critical History was written by Denmark’s Jörg Krieger and has been described by insidethegames.biz as “hard-hitting.”…

Anna Cockrell, who won an NCAA hurdle double for USC, has been awarded the Honda Sport Award as the NCAA’s top female trackster…

The IOC is aiming to have gender parity — 50% female athletes, 50% male — at the Paris Olympics for the first time. By then the organization hopes to have 30% female representation in its decision-making bodies…

Caster Semenya was unable to make the Olympic standard at the 5000 but says she has not abandoned her quest to overturn the WA rules on DSD athletes and race her preferred 800 again: “I will continue to fight for my rights.”…

Tokyo organizers have backed down and decided to relax their C19 protocols so that athletes who are nursing babies can bring them along to the Games…

WADA head Olivier Niggli says that the number of doping tests worldwide has surpassed pre-Pandemic levels…

Reinventing track & field? A startup backed by Mark Cuban is offering a new take on some Olympic events. Among those being offered by World 1 League are the 100, high jump, pole vault, long jump, and shot. The first event is the Worldwide LJ Challenge, with $25,000 in prizes and an additional $25,000 in cash going to athletes who show their jumps and measurements on TikTok or Instagram…

Gatorade has named its prep athletes of the year: 800 runner Roisin Willis (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) and Michigan miler Hobbs Kessler (Skyline, Ann Arbor)…

Heptathlete Lindsay Flach competed in all 7 of her events at the Trials despite being 18 weeks pregnant. Because of the extreme heat, she stepped off the track after the first 100 of the final event of what she says was her farewell to competition. “I just wanted to prove what women are capable of. To end one chapter and begin another on my terms was amazing.”…

“When you see me run, know that I’m not running for medals,” says Allyson Felix. “I’m running for change. I’m running for greater equity for each of us. I’m running for women.”

Putting her money where her mouth is, Felix has partnered with Athleta and the Women’s Sport Foundation to cover childcare expenses for any athletes who need help to train for the Olympics. □

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