Now that track and field has been going on for a week, what excitement! I'm loving every minute of it, and there's been some really good USA surprises. These are just 5, but there are so many to choose from.
1) Our 3 marathoners finished the women's marathon 6, 7, and 9. It was a tough race with the heat, but every one of them did so well. I even read had it been a cross-country meet, we would've won as a team. That's consistency, and improvement from past Olympics.
2) Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson both became the first USA women to medal in the 3000m steeplechase and the 1500m, respectively. I watched the steeplechase live since it was early and work was very quiet. I had to keep from yelling at my computer as Emma overtook the runner in 3rd place and held on to win the bronze. I was out during the 1500m final, but was following compulsively on Twitter as the race was being run, then I watched the replay on my computer when I got home.
3) Kate Grace! The 800m final has yet to be run, but Oiselle's Kate Grace is in the final to represent the US. The 800m final is tomorrow night, but I've been sweating it out with all the flock when Kate's been running.
4) Mo Farah. Who collides with a runner, falls to the track, practically rolls back up on his feet, then wins the race? Mo Farah, that's who. I do think luck was a little bit on his side since the collision happened early in the race, and he had the energy to get up and keep pace with the leaders and find his stride again. Whew!
5) The USA swept the podium for the women's 100m hurdles. I watched the race live and while we knew right away Brianna Rollins and Nia Ali were first and second, we had to wait to see who came in 3rd, which was Kristi Castlin. It's the first time ever the USA swept the podium.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Evan Jager winning silver in the men's steeplechase, and today is the women's 20k race, and Sunday is the men's marathon. I'm tired just reading what's left.
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