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Crouser, Bartoletta rule USATF national championships

SACRAMENTO, CA-The 2017 USATF Outdoor National Championships took place at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California. Of course, there were plenty of surprises. Tori Bowie claimed the women’s 100 meters, but Oregon’s Deajah Stevens became the U.S. champion in the 200 meters. There was no real surprise in the women’s long jump […]

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‘Black Girl Magic’ break Olympic ceiling

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Four years ago, Gabrielle Douglas knocked off the mythical notion that a black woman could never be good enough to win a gold medal in the white-dominated sport of gymnastics at the Olympics in the individual competition. She didn’t just win one gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics; Douglas […]

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LeKeisha Lawson cooking up Olympic dream

USA track and field sprinter LeKeisha Lawson enjoys the art of cooking. One of her favorite pastimes is serving up fried fish. “I’ve always loved fried fish since I was little, even though I really shouldn’t be eating that,” Lawson said in a recent telephone interview. If there is some […]

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Stars shine bright at USATF San Diego meet

SAN  DIEGO, CA-The bigger the stage, the bigger that star athletes perform. Allyson Felix has been there and done that. So has Melisa and Mikele Barber. It’s almost become old hat for Carol Rodriguez. Felix won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. At one point (ranked No. 1 […]

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Mamie Rallins: The forgotten Tigerbelle

Record-setting HU Coach Awaits Her Due HAMPTON — For all of her exploits, Mamie Rallins’ recognition in track and field is as visible as a wasp. For Rallins, the head women’s track coach at Hampton University for the past three years, the obscurity of her achievements stings a little at […]

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Jim Bush Championships become Olympic trials tune-up

NORWALK, CA-Tyson Gay handled his business in the men’s 200 meters. Allyson Felix looked relaxed and poised in taking the women’s 400. LeKeisha Lawson claimed the women’s 100 and 200 with a dominant performance. Lelonde Gordon made it a breeze in the men’s 400. Raquel Lamdin came on strong to […]

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Before Bolt, Tyus Set the Olympic Bar

August 6 Dennis J. Freeman 0

Winning the moniker as the world’s fastest man or the world’s fastest woman is an awesome achievement. Cementing that title in Olympic competition is an even more incredulous feat. Doing it in consecutive Summer Games can turn and flip a good career into a track Hall of Fame one. It […]

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Carmelita Ready to “Jet” to Gold

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USA track and field star Carmelita Jeter is ready for the gold. She knows this year’s London Summer Olympics is her time to shine. Jeter believes this is her season to firmly stake her claim to the “World’s Fastest Woman” title.  In actuality, the 32-year-old Jeter has already proven that. […]

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U.S. Volleyball Team Looking for Gold

Anaheim, CA-Age is nothing but a number for USA women’s volleyball member Danielle Scott-Arruda. At the ripe age of 39, Scott-Arruda is two years removed from giving birth to her second child. In October, Scott-Arruda will turn 40. None of that has gotten in the way of Scott-Arruda’s desire to […]

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“The JET” Honored as 2011 Sportswoman of the Year

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World champion sprinter Carmelita Jeter, who lays claim as the “Fastest Woman Alive” by winning the gold medal in the 100–meter race at the 2011 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, will be presentedwith the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award during the seventh annual LA Sports Awards, presented by AT&T […]

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Olympian Rafer Johnson Connects With Special Olympics

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By Dennis J. Freeman Studio City-For Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson, giving back is the right thing to do. If fact, the 1960 Olympic decathlon winner declares that reaching back to help others should be a no-brainer for anyone who had help themselves along their own life’s journey. Growing up […]

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Ed Temple is Tennessee State University’s Black Gold

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By Dennis J. Freeman news4usonline.com Black History Month Feature Retired Tennessee State University coach Ed Temple still hasn’t received his due as one of the all-time great coaches in track and field. It’s time that he did. If it wasn’t for Temple, Wilma Rudolph would not have become the first […]

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Dr. Tommie Smith: Still Running the Race of his Life

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By Dennis J. Freeman Forty-two years ago, Dr. Tommie Smith ran the race of his life, setting a world record and winning the gold medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics. Today, Smith is still running. This time around, Smith, through his foundation, the Tommie Smith Youth Initiative, […]