Few meets can rival the NCAA Championships for drama, intrigue, and upsets. It combines elite, world-leading performances with tight team competitions in which the difference between 6th and 8th can make or break a team.
BERLIN — German sensation Ariane Friedrich handed Blanka Vlašic a defeat in the opening IAAF Golden League meeting here at the Olympic stadium in Berlin Sunday afternoon.
When Usain Bolt broke the world record in the 100 meters a year ago in New York, he was still just another sprinter from Jamaica, making a case to his coach that this was the event for him. He was two months away from his force-of-nature performance in Beijing and life as an icon.