ON YOUR MARKS — September

The fateful moment for Team USA’s men’s 4×1 came when Fred Kerley (l) and Ronnie Baker couldn’t connect smoothly on the second exchange. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

HE’S ALSO THE INSTAGRAM CHAMP. Olympic javelin gold medalist Neeraj Chopra now has more Instagram followers than any other active athlete in the sport, zooming from 100,000 to 3.1 million following his Tokyo win…

Among the athletes who decided to end their seasons with the Olympics: Sydney McLaughlin, Wayde van Niekerk, Karissa Schweizer & Anita Włodarczyk. And Athing Mu is finished as of the Prefontaine DL…

Oly stats guru Bill Mallon notes that Sifan Hassan was the first woman to ever attempt the 15/5/10 triple, much less medal. Attempts have also been done by 5 men, with Kip Keino in ’68 (gold 1500, silver 5K, dnf 10K) being the most successful…

Our upcoming December issue will include a wrap of all the collegiate coaching changes, but here are 3 major leadership changes: San José State (Charles Ryan), UNLV (Dorian Scott), Michigan (Kevin Sullivan)…

Curtis Beach and Casimir Loxsom have been hired as coaches at Ohio’s SPIRE Academy…

The AIU announced that out of 17 reports it had gotten for suspicious Olympic qualifying performances, it had disqualified 8. No details on which…

WA head Seb Coe said that the AIU would be taking a look at the sport’s cannabis rules in light of the Sha’Carri Richardson suspension. “It is sensible, as nothing is set in stone,” he said…

No, it’s not the yams (often credited for Usain Bolt’s success), says Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of her meal plan. “I am not a yam girl at all. I don’t really like yam. I will eat it but I am more about dumplings and rice… and porridge.”…

Cuban hammer thrower Alegna Osorio, 19, died in a training accident in April after being struck in the head with a hammer…

Gilbert Kwemoi, 23, a former Youth Olympic champ in the 1500 with a PR of 3:33.71, died after a sudden illness on August 13. He was serving a 4-year doping ban…

Former NCAA 10K champ Boaz Cheboiywo has been sentenced to prison for killing a young mother in a drunk driving crash. The former Eastern Michigan star’s blood alcohol level was .262, more than 3 times the legal limit. He will be serving from 40 months to 15 years…

Olympic 1500 champ Faith Kipyegon has plans to move up: “I’m moving towards marathons now. I want to be the best. I am going to 5000m, then I will graduate to 10,000m, then the marathon in the future.”…

Many may have found the sharing of the Olympic gold in the men’s high jump to be heart-warming, but not 2-time vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbaeva. “There should be a fight until the very end,” the Russian legend says…

A new documentary by Hajo Seppelt and the German network ARD demonstrated — with help from Hamburg’s Institute for Forensic Medicine — that an athlete could be tripped up by a positive test for steroids after only being briefly touched on the hand, neck or arm by someone using a carrier substance…

The IOC’s move of the Olympic road events to the northern city of Sapporo, one believed to have been opposed by World Athletics and the Tokyo 2020 organization, was meant to give athletes a break from Tokyo’s summer heat. However, record temperatures in Sapporo meant athletes competed in conditions nearly the same as Tokyo’s. Still, an IOC spokesperson said there was no regret “making every attempt to make the conditions for athletes as good as we can.”

Gold Medal Barbeque has opened up in Lawrence, Kansas. It is the creation of Tokyo hurdler Christina Clemons and her husband, ’16 relay gold medalist Kyle Clemons…

With the expected addition of the event to the Olympic schedule, the 35K walk (both track and road) is now an official World Record event…

Returning members of the Australian Olympic team were placed in a 2-week quarantine in government-run hotels…

The total cumulative distance run on the track by competitors in Tokyo? 2,045,750m. The road events generated 10,737,000m. Field eventers threw a total of 1508m and jumped 2490m…

How do you celebrate a marathon bronze? With the ultimate handicap race. Molly Seidel started in last at the Falmouth Road Race after firing the starter’s pistol, pledging $2 to charity for every person she passed. By the time she hit the finish of the 7M race, she had passed 4761 competitors…

20 hours of rehearsal. That’s how long it took organizers to iron out the light-show presentation that they used to introduce the finalists in the 100 in Tokyo…

Prior to her 400 win in Tokyo, Shaunae Miller-Uibo indicated she is seriously thinking about trying the multi-events. “I’m jumping the gun saying this, because I haven’t finished discussions with my coach,” she said. “But at the next indoors, I am going to be looking at doing the pentathlon and then maybe testing out a heptathlon. I’m not very good at javelin so I would have to put in a whole lot of work.”…

A coalition of community groups under the banner “NOlympics LA” is mounting an effort to stop the ’28 Games, which they feel will exacerbate the housing crisis in Los Angeles, as well as burden the taxpayers with no tangible payoff…

It’s official now that the ’32 Olympics will be staged by Brisbane, Australia…

Russia is looking at a bid to host the ’36 Games. It’s a crowded field, with at least 7 other potential hosts exploring the possibility, including Canada, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and an unusual joint proposal from Germany/Israel…

NBC’s Olympic coverage may not have packed them in — reports are showing it averaged 15.5 million viewers a night, the lowest total in the Nielsen era — but company execs are saying that they will have made a profit once the accounting dust settles…

The World Athletics Road Championships will replace the WA half-marathon event, with the first edition to be held in ’23 in Riga, Latvia…

The ’23 World Relays are bound for Guangzhou, China…

Muscat, Oman, will host the ’22 WA Racewalking Team Championships, replacing Minsk, Belarus…

The road events for the ’22 Worlds in Eugene will all begin and end in the perimeter area around Oregon’s football facility, Autzen Stadium, which is about 1.5M from Hayward Field. The walks will be held on a 1K loop, while the marathons will use a 14K loop that goes through Eugene and neighboring Springfield…

Maria Andrejczyk of Poland auctioned off her Tokyo javelin silver to raise funds for a Polish baby boy to have life-saving heart surgery at Stanford. A supermarket chain, Zabka, put in the winning bid but then told Andrejczyk to keep her medal, announcing, “We were moved by the beautiful and extremely noble gesture.”…

The Trinidadian federation said it wasn’t given a chance to appeal when sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye was not included in the Tokyo 100 final. Both she and qualifier Daryll Neita had run 11.00 in their semis, the difference only 0.001. However, Neita had a +0.3 and Ahye a –0.2. Eight finalists lined up on the 9-lane track…

The Nigerian federation was also unhappy, as 10 of its athletes were barred from competing in the Games when the AIU ruled the federation had not met drug-testing requirements. Among those who missed out was Annette Echikunwoke, the former Cincinnati hammer thrower who won the NCAA Indoor weight in ’17…

There is already buzz about a potential 70m match-up between Usain Bolt and quick NFL star Tyreek Hill. Vegas is calling Bolt the heavy favorite. The trash-talking has commenced, with Bolt tweeting, “C’mon @cheetah you got no chance.” □

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