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Black History, Distance Running, Marathons, Marilyn Bevans, Morgan State University, New York City Marathon, Track And Field, Women's Sports -

NEW YORK CITY — It’s a bright fall October day. A bike whisks by, leading a group of runners on a marathon course. Its rider is playing Chaka Khan’s “I Know You, I Live You,” the perfect soundtrack for a radiant afternoon in Tribeca. The unmistakable energy that fills the five boroughs every autumn can’t […]

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Bob Beamon, Mexico City Olympics 1968, Olympics, Track And Field, UTEP -

Start with the photo. Not the one you know, in which he’s suspended in the thin air of Mexico City, limbs lunging forward as his torso chases to keep up, his mouth agape, almost shocked at what he’s doing — which is, of course, leaping 29 feet, 2½ inches to break the world record in […]

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Olympics, Track And Field, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

You’d never know it by looking at her at the start of a race, but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a bundle of nerves before the gun. The Jamaican track and field sprinter who burst onto the national scene at the 2008 Summer Olympics as a 21-year-old became the first Caribbean woman to win gold at the […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Beijing Olympics 2008, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

When Usain Bolt broke the world record for the 100-meter sprint in front of 91,000 fans at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was running on two helpings of chicken nuggets and a day spent watching his favorite TV shows and sleeping. He didn’t disclose to curious media members the type of sauce he used. If […]

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#RememberWhensdays, 1948 Olympics, Alice Coachman, High jump, Track And Field -

Rain was starting to come down as the closing women’s track and field event of the 1948 Summer Olympics was coming to an end. To that point, no American woman had taken the gold medal in any of the competitions. Alice Coachman changed that by soaring an unprecedented 5 feet, 6 1/8 inches in the […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Barcelona Olympics 1992, heptathlon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track And Field -

After Jackie Joyner-Kersee completed the two-day, seven-event heptathlon, 10,000 fans sitting in Montjuic Stadium watched as she sauntered around the track one last time. A thick cloud shrouded the stadium and hung in the warm Barcelona air, just as fans who were preparing for an evening party that started at dark hung around the venue […]

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No Ceilings, Rio Olympics 2016, Tori Bowie, Track And Field -

Oh, my gosh, this is hard. Being a black female athlete has been an amazing experience for me. I hope, 50 years down the line, you understand that the only boundaries we have are the ones we set ourselves. I hope that you continue to fight to be a leader. That’s something that my dad […]

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Basketball, Black Female Athletes, Golf, Gymnastics, No Ceilings, Track And Field -

From the first club basketball teams to gold medal winners in Olympic track and field, the story of African-American women’s involvement in sports is one of both adversity and accomplishment. Here is just a taste of what these women have achieved in a handful of sports over the past century. 1891 James Naismith invents basketball […]

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1996 Olympics, Morgan State University, No Ceilings, Olympics, Track And Field -

Rochelle Stevens won a silver medal in the 4×400-meter relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and a gold in the same event in Atlanta in 1996. In this video interview produced by the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication, she discusses her experience competing for Morgan State and why it was important […]

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Africa, Caster Semenya, Court of Arbitration for Sport, female testosterone, IAAF, natural testosterone levels, News, Sports, track and field -

MONACO (AP) — Track and field authorities in South Africa say they are prepared to […]

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Allyson Felix, Team USA, Track And Field -

Allyson Felix spoke recently to students at the YMCA where she played as a child in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles. But she wasn’t there to discuss fitness or her path to Olympic gold. “What we’re actually going to be doing is a really cool science experiment,” the champion sprinter told students gathered after […]

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Alice Coachman, Black History Month, Track And Field -

Alice Coachman was the first black woman to earn an Olympic gold medal, winning the high jump at the 1948 Olympics. Born: Nov. 9, 1923 Died: July 14, 2014 Her story: Coachman was born in Albany, Georgia, and faced two barriers in training to become an athlete: She was black and she was a woman. […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Florence Griffith Joyner, Seoul Olympics 1988, Track And Field -

As she neared the finish line at the 1988 Olympics, Florence Griffith Joyner broke out a huge smile in the final 5 meters of her sprint. While the rest of the field chased behind her, Griffith Joyner raised both arms into the air just before she crossed the finish line in the 100-meter sprint in […]

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Micha Powell, NCAA, Track And Field -

Hey, all, Micha Powell here. Welcome to my video diary! I’m a recent University of Maryland graduate with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, three-time NCAA All-American and 2016 Canadian Olympian. If you’ve wondered what it takes to be a track and field student-athlete and compete at the international level, look no further. With this […]

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Micha Powell, NCAA, Track And Field -

Hey, all, Micha Powell here. Welcome to my video diary! I’m a recent University of Maryland graduate with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, three-time NCAA All-American and 2016 Canadian Olympian. If you’ve wondered what it takes to be a track and field student-athlete and compete at the international level, look no further. With this […]

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Community, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Internet Essentials, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympics, Philanthropy, The Next Chapter, Track And Field -

Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated track and field. She’s widely known for her stellar track and field career that produced six Olympic medals, four World Outdoor Championships gold medals and earned her a spot in the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, but giving back to communities across the country is where her true passion lies. […]

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IAAF World Championships, Justin Gatlin, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

LONDON — Justin Gatlin knew he had conquered the king as soon as he crossed the finish line. He waited for confirmation from the giant scoreboard, waited for validation from the fans and recognition by the rulers of his sport. When the numbers appeared next to his name, proving he had finally defeated Usain Bolt, […]

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Michael Rodgers, Track And Field -

Michael Rodgers acts like he was born to run. The 32-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri, has run 100 meters in 9.85 seconds, and competed against Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s 4×100 team in the 2013 Track and Field World Championships. The USA finished second. But in the 2015 world championships, there was disappointment and heartbreak for the […]

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Brigetta Barrett, Jay-Z, NBA, Rhoden Fellows, Track And Field -

This week on HBCU 468, the Rhoden Fellows spoke to Justin Tinsley, culture and sports writer for The Undefeated, about NBA free agency and his review of Jay-Z’s 4:44 album. They also had a conversation with 2012 Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett about her athletic career and current issues in track and field.

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Dallas Mavericks, Dennis Smith Jr., Markelle Fultz, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Track And Field, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson won the 100-meter dash at the Anniversary Games in London in under 11 seconds wearing trainers instead of the traditional spikes. After the event the Jamaican explained the shoe wear decision to reporters. “The spikes I have I am not confident with and hurt my Achilles so […]

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Bill Maher, Black Panther, Track And Field, Usain Bolt, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. June 10 was the end of an era for one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. Usain Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medalist, competed in his final race in his native Jamaica. Bolt won the 100 meters at the JN Racers Grand Prix race at Kingston’s National Stadium, finishing in […]

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Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

An ESPN The Magazine collaboration. Seventeen stories above Manhattan, on a terrace flooded with champagne and beautiful people, Usain Bolt has nowhere to run. Hosting a Kentucky Derby party for one of his 16 corporate sponsors, Bolt had retreated to a quiet nook for a moment of respite with his best friend and manager, Nugent […]

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Candace Parker, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Moms, Olympics, Serena Williams, Sheryl Swoopes, Tennis, Track And Field, WNBA -

Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, announced Wednesday morning via her Snapchat that she is expecting her first child. The tennis star captioned the photo “20 weeks,” and social media had a field day creating memes, discussing how Williams dropped it on Maria Sharapova’s birthday, and so on. Then it dawned on folks that […]

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Caribbean, Diamond Race, Elaine Thompson, Jamacian spinter, News, track and field, World -

Christian Taylor and Elaine Thompson were among few Olympic champions to produce some of their […]

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Brianna Rollins, Colin Kaepernick, Kristi Castlin, NFL, Nia Ali, Rio Olympics 2016, San Francisco 49ers, Track And Field -

The best picture from the Rio de Janeiro Games – the shot of Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin celebrating their historic sweep of the 100-meter hurdles with a synchronized triumphant leap while stretching American flags behind them – takes on an even deeper meaning post-Kaepernick. It serves as a rebuttal, not directly to […]

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Allyson Felix, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

After a year full of injury and heartbreak, Allyson Felix ended her fourth Olympics like the most decorated woman in U.S. track and field history should: arms raised in triumph, crossing the finish line in first place. Felix anchored the women’s 4×400-meter relay to a gold medal Saturday, rebuffing a challenge from Jamaica down the […]

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Asuka Cambridge, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field -

Not only did Japan win silver in the 4-x-100-meter relay at the Rio de Janeiro Games, but a brother from Jamaica ran the anchor leg. Asuka Cambridge, whose first name means “flying bird,” is the son of a Jamaican father and Japanese mother. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Japan at age 2. On Friday […]

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Fencing, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field -

In this season of controversy over the place of Islam in America, two women named Muhammad won Olympic medals for the United States. Last week, Ibtihaj Muhammad, famous for being the first U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab hair covering, won bronze in the team saber fencing competition. On Thursday night, Dalilah Muhammad took […]

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Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

Beneath Olympic Stadium, after the roars of the crowd subsided, three of the fastest men on earth took their turns with the media. One by one, they spoke from the other side of a waist-high metal barrier, close enough to touch, and the inevitability of Usain Bolt hit home. First came the bronze-medal winner in […]

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Josia Thugwane, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field -

Josia Thugwane became South Africa’s first black gold medalist 20 years ago at the 1996 Atlanta Games, stunningly winning the marathon five months after being shot in the face during a carjacking. Last August, The Undefeated went to South Africa to chronicle whether his improbable achievement still resonated there. A year later, Thugwane will not […]

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2016 olympic games in Rio, Africa, Ezekiel Kemboi, News, track and field, World, World Championships in London -

Two-time Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi has shelved his retirement, promising to come back […]

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Bob Marley, Jamaica, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

Go easy on Bob Costas, my people – Jamaicans and Jam-ericans alike. Lighters down, please. The veteran TV man had an experience we journalists don’t often admit to: He fell in love with his subject, very plain and simple. When this happens (and believe me, it happens more often than we care to admit), it’s […]

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