Olympic Update: Revised times for track and field

According to the IAAF, the international governing body for track and field athletes worldwide, they revised the start times on January 16 for the first round heats involving the women’s 200 meter run.

With a day off before August 15 having a 9:45 p.m. Eastern time pegged start time for the 400 meter final.  American hopeful Allyson Felix took to Twitter and proclaimed, “I am currently training for both events and am excited for the opportunity to attempt this incredibly difficult feat.”

This bold move has been done before with a lot of success:

  • American Valerie Brisco-Hooks accomplished the double in Los Angeles in 1984, while Marie-Jose Perec of France did the same thing in Atlanta in 1996.
  • That was the same year when Michael Johnson lobbied for the change and we all know what happened when he wore his famous gold shoes inside the future Turner Field.  Glittering history what was happened.

I figured also this move was accomplished so that she can run in presumably what would be the coolest part of the day in Brazil, as opposed to when it would be having the sun set and temperatures well up into the middle or upper 90’s at the later hours of the evening.

More updates to come in the days leading up to America’s most watched single sporting event, the golden anniversary of the NFL’s Super Bowl.


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