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 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 23, 2020 

SPOTLIGHT: THE HURDLES - Only for the brave at heart

"You need to be fast to be a great hurdler, and you need to be a good tactician to get over the hurdles as quickly as possible." – Sydney McLaughlin, American hurdler As I've said before, most fans...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 23, 2020 

Two extraordinary competitors going head-to-head in 400-meter hurdles

Track and field does not often lend itself to sustained dominance. The ability to deliver peak performance is challenged by any combination of physical realities, luck and fate. There are always young...

 By Joey Blum    Sports    January 16, 2020

THE 400-METER SPRINTS: 'I see the ball and I hit the ball'

Watching the 400-meter race, I always imagine where I would be when the winner crosses the finish line. At my fastest (years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth), I would have been lucky to get to...


Don't blink; you'll miss the race - THE 100- AND 200-METER SPRINTS

As a 20-year track official, I've had the privilege of watching the world's fastest humans from the best seat in the house at Hayward Field in Eugene. While far from a runner myself, these are my...


Perspective - Historical notes on the 100- and 200-meter sprints:

• The 100- and 200-meter men's races have been featured in the modern Olympics since the inaugural 1896 games. The women's races were added in 1928. John Carlos, 1968 Olympic 200-meter bronze...


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