Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012 Olympian: Evan Jager

Illinois’ Evan Jager may have a slim international CV compared to our other Olympians, but that’s to be expected at 23 years of age. Plus, he has something that’s arguably far more important: medal-level talent. He first showed he belonged on the world-stage at the junior level, placing 8th at the World Junior Championships. And his rapid ascendancy through the US — and world — steeple ranks is well-documented: his American Record 8:06.81 came in his fifth steeple ever, and placed him third in a Diamond League race. This, all, in the most technical (read: hardest to learn) middle-distance event. The Kenyans are always formidable in the steeple, but Jager will enter London with the 4th-fastest season-best in the field. Defending World Champion Ezekial Kemboi and reigning European Champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad might have an edge on paper, as well — but Jager will still enjoy some of the shortest medal-winning odds of any American distance runner at these Games.

Men’s Steeplechase – Prelims¬†= Friday, August 3rd, 08:00 EST
Men’s Steeplechase – FINAL¬†= Sunday, August 5th, 16:25 EST Read the full article

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 Olympian: Shalane Flanagan

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better American medal candidate than Shalane Flanagan, 31, a native of Massachusetts. Olympic Bronze in Beijing was followed by another bronze in the 2011 World Cross Country Championships — the deepest distance race on the planet. Although her marathon personal best is not eye-popping after only two attempts at the distance, she will compete as the US Trials Champion, after taking second place in her debut in New York in 2010 — a championship-style race in which she led Kenya’s two strongest Olympic entrants, with just over a mile to go.

Women’s Marathon¬†= Sunday, August 5th, 06:00 EST Read the full article

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