Brazier suffers shock defeat as US Olympic trials prove to be a nasty test
June 21 (Reuters) – World champion Donavan Brazier’s Olympic dreams were shattered on Monday as the all-time favorite in the men’s 800-meter suffered a shock loss in Eugene, Ore., In a breakout test in the United States that pushed the best athletes in the sport to the brink.
The 24-year-old US record holder looked almost assured of a spot on the US team ahead of Eugene, Oregon this week, but ran out of gas 200 yards to go, finishing last with a time of 1. : 47.88 as he was forced to relive the disappointment of the 2016 trials, where he also failed.
“Maybe I stepped a little too early. I paid the price for the last 200,” Brazier told reporters, adding that he was “obviously not the best prepared”.
Clayton Murphy, 26, who captured bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics, won a world record of 1: 43.17. Isaiah Jewett, 24, was second with a personal best 1: 43.85.
Earlier in the day, athletes arrived on the track wearing ice vests to combat the fierce heat conditions, with temperatures hovering around 93 degrees Fahrenheit (33.9 degrees Celsius) as the action began to kick in. inside Hayward Field.
Will Claye managed to improve his Olympic silver to gold, winning the triple jump with 17.21 meters after having to settle for second place at the Rio and London Games, crowning a remarkable recovery for the 30-year-old. after breaking his Achilles. Last year.
“It’s been a really tough year for me,” said Claye, who also clinched silver at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. “I got to know the new Will Claye. Just to pull off that big leap. “
He’s just edged 29-year-old Donald Scott, who ran 17.18 meters, while 2016 Olympian Chris Benard was third at 17.01 meters.
Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, 28, who won the World Championships in Doha in 2019 and won Olympic bronze five years ago, booked his ticket to Tokyo but had to settle for a two-way tie. for second place with KC Lightfoot, 21 years old. behind Chris Nilsen, 23, who cleared 5.90 meters.
“Now I can just go to bed and say to myself, ‘I’m an Olympian, go to bed,’ said Kendricks, who had won back-to-back US national championships from 2014 to 2019.“ I think if someone gave me a pillow, I had just fallen asleep on the grass right now, “he told reporters.
Elsewhere in the day’s action, rising star Elle Purrier St. Pierre, 26, won the 1,500m in 3: 58.03, while 2016 bronze medalist Jenny Simpson, 34, won the 1,500m in 3: 58.03. failed in his bid for a fourth trip to the Olympics, finishing tenth. .
Reporting by Amy Tennery; Additional reports by Gene Cherry; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell
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