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Weekend Roundup - March 27, 2017


1972 Olympian and former world record holder Brian Oldfield dies at 71

ELGIN, Illinois -- 1972 Olympic shot put finalist Brian Oldfield passed away Sunday at the age of 71. A cult hero of the sport and a legend in the throwing world, Oldfield made the spin technique popular in both the shot put and discus throw. Oldfield was the first man to throw over 72 feet and continued to surpass the mark, becoming the first man to throw, 73, 74 and 75 feet. His best throw (75′ in May 1975) still ranks him fourth in the world all-time in the event.

Of the six USATF Olympians at the Rio Olympic Games, four employed the spin technique, including Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and Olympic silver medalist and 2015 World Championships gold medalist Joe Kovacs.

For more on Brian’s legacy, see his obituary from the Daily News Journal.

Next up on USATF.TV - UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

NEW YORK CITY -- The 2017 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K will be broadcast live from the Big Apple on Sunday, April 9 via USATF.TV. The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 8:50am ET with the race starting at 9:00am ET.

For more info, head to USATF.TV.

Olympic champions take on the coasts

LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK CITY -- Nine-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix and 2016 Olympic champion Michelle Carter are both stepping out on the coasts for some non-track & field fun.

Felix took on a track of a different kind, taking in her first NASCAR race in Los Angeles for #NASCARGoesWest at Auto Club Speedway. Carter, on the other hand, is heading to the Big Apple for a media tour on Monday and Tuesday.

Follow along with #USATF on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook for some behind-the-scenes action with Allyson and Michelle.

Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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