Rafer’s Rave, 2020 Summer Olympics Track and Field

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Track and Field begins Thursday with the Men’s steeplechase.

61 years since arguably the greatest track and field athlete of all time, Rafer Johnson brought the Decathlon gold to the United States. He died in December. Make him proud, US.
 

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I already miss Tom Hammond. Not a fan of the Diffey’s(for this) accent. It sounds better for Luge/Bobsled
 
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A new event, mixed 4x400-m relay, was shown this morning on Peacock. Relay events are always exciting, because upsets can occur if a favored team drops the baton, but this mixed format is especially intriguing. Each team has 2 male and 2 female runners, which they can arrange in any order. Most teams choose the same format: man, woman, woman, man. A few, however, put runners in a different order, so that one can see men running against women at times. One team can surge forward by 20 or 30 meters, then fall back by the same amount.

The finals of this event will take place around 7 AM - 8 AM EST tomorrow (Saturday).
 

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Imagine training for 5 years and tripping and falling before clearing the first hurdle. Rough.
I'm in awe of the whole sprinting and while doing that jumping over a barrier without falling flat on your face. Sprinting by itself, javeling, long jumping, etc, seems attainable, albeit at a very low level. Not the 400hurdles (or the pole vault). So in awe of these athletes. And why most countries call all these sports "athletics"
 

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They could be showing a shitload more actual sports if they dumped half of these human interest segments. They ain’t all winners, guys.
Agreed 100%. Also could reduce the commercials. Much fewer commercial time during the non-prime time on NBCSN and USAN.
 

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I already miss Tom Hammond. Not a fan of the PBP new guy’s (for this, I think he does cycling) accent
Leigh Diffey (sp?) does a bunch of stuff for NBC. I particularly remember him doing IndyCar racing. I think he may have done IMSA racing too. He's not on cycling, that's Phil Liggett and Bob Rolle for the Tour.

I'm not much of a Hammond fan, give me Diffey any time.
 

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They could be showing a shitload more actual sports if they dumped half of these human interest segments. They ain’t all winners, guys.
I'm a cable cutter so exclusively using yoursports.stream. It's all multiple live feeds of competition and none of the human interest stuff.
 

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I'm a cable cutter so exclusively using yoursports.stream. It's all multiple live feeds of competition and none of the human interest stuff.
In other words, "I am a cable cutter because I am unwilling to pay for a service I want to use, so I steal it instead."
 

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Apparently “Russia” cheated so much in T & F they were only allowed to send 10 athletes in this discipline (if I heard correctly)

gonna be hard to move ahead of China in overall medal count or stay ahead of Japan and others.
 

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Damn broke Flojo

can the US get Ashford or Devers to help coach or motivationally speak or something? I’m tired of the US both not winning the Gold in this and getting spanked by Jamaica

that intro in the dark was cool, too
 

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I'm a cable cutter so exclusively using yoursports.stream. It's all multiple live feeds of competition and none of the human interest stuff.
I don't care much about 90% of the human interest stories. I certainly don't care about the bring the athlete in for an interview with Tirico. I must admit I do miss the stories about the host city. I can member back in the days of Olympics in Sarajevo or even Barcelona, and a lot of my favorite stories were about the history etc of the city. Now maybe in the mass hours of tv some of that goes of to the Today show which I won't watch, were it not for the logo, maybe a few background shots, etc. I basically wouldn't know this Olympics was taking place in Japan. Now maybe it's a Civic thing, but I miss it
 

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Still catching up, haven’t read every post but how the f&&& does The US get spanked on a sprint relay, no matter the genders, to Poland is beyond me.
 

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Was there a rationale given for how it is that the Botswanan athlete who clipped Jewett is the one who was advanced in the 800 m, and not Jewett? I get advancing no-one, I don't get advancing the one who by appearances was at fault. Was it something like Jewett moving in front of the other guy?
 

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I don't care much about 90% of the human interest stories. I certainly don't care about the bring the athlete in for an interview with Tirico. I must admit I do miss the stories about the host city. I can member back in the days of Olympics in Sarajevo or even Barcelona, and a lot of my favorite stories were about the history etc of the city. Now maybe in the mass hours of tv some of that goes of to the Today show which I won't watch, were it not for the logo, maybe a few background shots, etc. I basically wouldn't know this Olympics was taking place in Japan. Now maybe it's a Civic thing, but I miss it
Did you enjoy the tour of the no customers fish market?
 

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Jacobs has shoulders bigger than Ben Johnson. I hope he send the gold medal to El Paso.
 

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Btw, I think I am in love with Gabby Thomas. Neurobiology at Harvard and pursuing Masters at UT in epidemiology. And wicked fast.
 

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Was there a rationale given for how it is that the Botswanan athlete who clipped Jewett is the one who was advanced in the 800 m, and not Jewett? I get advancing no-one, I don't get advancing the one who by appearances was at fault. Was it something like Jewett moving in front of the other guy?
I thought Jewett kicked Amos, then tripped himself and Amos fell over Jewett and was pretty blameless
 

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No idea if/when it may air later but really cool ending to the high jump.
I watched the whole competition yesterday and it was. Though I was wondering, was there any possible incentive to a different outcome? I guess we are past spoilers at this point with NBC coverage of the event long since over but:

If I’m given a choice between a) a guaranteed gold medal and b) a 50/50 shot at one, I don’t see who takes b. Though maybe that’s why I’m not competitive enough to be a world class athlete.
 

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There was a really nice moment during the final semi-final heat of the women's 400-m hurdles this morning (EDT). In this heat of eight runners, the top two automatically advance, and the third-place finisher _might_ advance if her time was one of the fastest. The race took place during a downpour, and one of the athletes, Sara Slott Petersen of Denmark, slipped a bit just before one of the hurdles. Her lead foot caught the bar, and she fell hard to the ground. End of her Olympic career, actually, since she's 34 and probably preparing to retire.

The other racers continued around the track, with Femke Bol of the Netherlands cruising to an easy victory. The race for second was very tight, as Cockrell of the USA and Tkachuk of Ukraine going neck-and-neck down the final 50 meters. Cockrell took it with a better lean at the line, and Tkachuk knew that she had finished third. She sank to the track and waited to find out if her time was good enough to advance her to the finals. For some reason, the scoreboard didn't show this information, so she sat and sat and waited, all alone out on track, with her hands over her face. The other athletes had all wandered over towards the exit from the track.

After a few minutes, one of the other racers came back. It was Petersen, who had fallen. She knelt down and tried to comfort Tkachuk. Even after what must have been a crushing disappointment (and quite a bit of physical pain on top of that), she did what she could to try to help someone else. It was inspiring. Just then, the results flashed up on the screen, and Tkachuk realized that she had made it into the finals. She jumped up and screamed, and hugged Petersen.

You can read a bit and possibly see a video clip at

https://www.eurosport.com/athletics/tokyo-2020/2021/tokyo-2020-a-really-nice-selfless-piece-of-sportsmanship-fallen-petersen-congratulates-tkachuk-in-40_sto8466785/story.shtml
 

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is there a point where they would postpone things because of the rain?
That’s also my question. And I would fall on my face if I tried to run in the rain without hurdles or try to jump a hurdle at any speed even being dry.
looked dangerous to me but I’m very very very far from an Olympic athlete

But it probably depends both on the surface and the footwear soles. Science is amazing in the rubber field too.
 

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45.94, good Norse god. That's a shattering.

Someone forgot to tell Warholm this is the Summer, not the Winter, Olympics. and he doesn't have ice skates or skis on.

To soon to put Warlholm on the Fjord Rushmore with Koss, Bjorndalen, and Daehlie?
 

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Benjamin's run would have shattered the WR, were it not for Warholm not being there.
 

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Benjamin's run would have shattered the WR, were it not for Warholm not being there.
Going into the race, the world record by Warholm was 46.70. The guy who came in THIRD ran a 46.72. Gotta feel for Benjamin. He knocks a full half second off the world record time and comes away with silver. That race was ridiculous.
 

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I don't think I've ever seen someone start so fast and close so fast in the same 400m.
That home stretch was insane. Warholm deployed a gear no one else has ever even had before. Benjamin was unbelievable, too. Already setting a calendar event for the 2024 rematch.
 

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Erriyon Knighton's run in the 200 semi was mindblowing. Started the turn two meters behind, came out ahead and looked over the competition three times down the stretch and was easing up. I have never seen anything like this since Bolt.

Oh, he's 17
 
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