Felix and Richards-Ross open 2014 season at Jamaica International Invitational
Eight U.S. athletes will compete Saturday, May 3 in the Jamaica International Invitational, a part of the Region Open Track & Field Championships, at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
Confirmed American women competing are Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory, Sanya Richards-Ross and Brianna Rollins. Felix and Richard-Ross are each making a 2014 debut. Felix gets back on the track after the season-ending injury she suffered at the IAAF World championships in Moscow. Richards-Ross, defending Olympic Champion in the 400 meters, stages a comeback of her own after foot surgery sidelined her for much of 2013. She last competed at the Edmonton International Track Classic in Edmonton, Canada, June 29.
On the men’s side, Justin Gatlin, Curtis Mitchel and LaShawn Merritt all take to the track. Merritt recently competed at the Drake Relays, where he won the 400m title, and Gatlin was a member of the 4x400m team that took the crown at the Penn Relays.
Competition begins at 6:05 p.m. with the women’s pole vault and concludes with the men’s 200m, which begins at 9:25 p.m.
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IAAF Race Walk Cup gets underway in Tiaciang, China
Team USA sends 16 athletes to Tiacang, China, for the IAAF World Race Walking Cup, where competition begins Saturday, May 3 and continues Sunday, May 4.
The men’s 50 km is the opening event, leading off May 2 at 8 p.m. ET (May 3 at 8 a.m. local time). The men’s 10 km follows May 3 at 3:30 a.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local) before the women’s 20 km at 4:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. local). Day Two begins with the women’s 10 km May 3 at 9 p.m.ET (9 a.m. local) and concludes with the men’s 20 km at 10:10 a.m. ET (10:10 p.m. local).
Live results will appear at www.iaaf.org
Universal Sports holds U.S. broadcast rights for the event and will show highlights Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5 from 6-7 p.m. ET.
The legendary Frank Budd dies at age 74
Francis “Frank” Joseph Budd, once regarded as the world’s fastest man, passed away Tuesday, April 29 at age 74.
Budd finished fifth in the 100 meters at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games, where he ran a 10.3 and to tie the previous Olympic record.
Prior to his Olympic endeavors, Budd competed collegiately for Villanova University, where as Wildcat, he was a two-time Penn Relays champion and a three-time national champion. He set the Wildcat record for 100 and 200-yard outdoor events in addition to both the 50 and 60-yard indoor events. These four records still stand today.
In all, Budd either tied or replaced six world records and still maintains his place at the top in the 100-yard with an all-time best of 9.2 set in 1961.
Budd decided to forgo a second Olympic Games and instead signed to play professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1962 and with the Washington Redskins in 1963.
He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Jordan; two daughters, Anitra Speight Speight and Kimberly Arzilloa; his son, Frank Jr.; four sisters, Elizabeth Morgan, Catherine Myres, Ann Thomas and Diane Cummings; two brothers, Tommy Jr. and Stephen; three half-sisters, Veronica Roberts, Joan Budd and Patricia White; a half-brother, David Budd; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.