A Burger Flipper and Army Reservist are Just a Few Making the Trip to Rio Olympics
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Boris Berian completed his journey from a burger flipper to Olympian, finishing second in the men's 800-meter final at track trials Monday to book his trip to Brazil.
Alysia Montano had no such luck. The runner who was cheated out of a medal by dopers at the last Olympics got tripped up on the second lap of the women's 800 final and did not finish.
Kate Grace, Ajee Wilson and Chrishuna Williams made the 800 team for the women; Clayton Murphy and Charles Jock join Berian on the men's side.
Sam Kendricks won the pole vault to make his first Olympics, four years after coming to trials, but getting bumped off the start list at the last minute by higher qualifiers.
Army reservist Sam Kendricks wins pole vault
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Perhaps it was only fitting that Army reservist Sam Kendricks won the pole vault on the Fourth of July.
The second lieutenant proudly waved his red, white and blue flag after setting a U.S. Track and Field Trials record by clearing 19 feet, 4 3/4 inches to make the Olympic team.
It was a big day for the Armed Forces all around, with U.S. Air Force pole vaulter Cale Simmons taking second on the holiday. Logan Cunningham was third.
Kendricks made his first Olympics, four years after coming to trials and getting bumped off the start list at the last minute by higher qualifiers.
Furey, Crouser & Hostetler qualify for javelin at trials
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Turns out, 11th place wasn't so bad for javelin thrower Sean Furey.
The 11th-place finisher at U.S. Track and Field Trials will be heading to Rio, because he was one of only three throwers in the final who had the Olympic standard.
Fourth-place finisher Sam Crouser is also going, as is the winner, Cyrus Hostetler, whose throw of 273 feet, 1 inch, was good for the title.
Normally, the top three finishers in an event would qualify. But since second-place Curtis Thompson and third-place Riley Dolezal hadn't thrown the Olympic standard of 272 feet 3 inches this year, they are not eligible to go.