Rojo's Roundup: Track and Field from around the Net

Red Shannon@@rojosportsFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2009

Take a spin on this carousel of Track and Field tidbits from around the world from July, 2009. Click on the link of interest to you.

Read about amazing 70-year-old Becky Sisley (pictured above), who intends to wring every moment out of life. Her story is an encouragement to young and old alike.

After the back-to-back boycotts by the USA and Soviet bloc in 1980 and 1984, the modern Olympic movement was on the edge of extinction. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the desperate gamble in the high country of Colorado which some say saved the Olympics.

Speaking of those 1984 Olympics, a short reflection by the women's javelin contingent from the UK.

Ever wonder what happened to Liu Xiang, the Chinese hurdles hero whose nagging injury prevented him from triggering nationwide pandemonium in Beijing? He looks fit and limp-free, but why don't we see him hurdling?

Big money comes to professional track and field. As part of the Grand Prix track circuit, the Golden League Series offers a million dollars to the athlete who can complete the six tour stops undefeated. Last year, Kenya's Pamela Jelimo, Olympic 800 meter champion, won the jackpot. Read the story of how it changed her life. Or...maybe not.

India considers a bid on the 2020 Summer Olympics. The money quote? "Problems are fun."

With all the media hype pumping the expected showdown between Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay at the Berlin World Championships, the discourse between the two has been civil and rather mild. Gay has just turned up the volume—in a nice sort of way.
This is also a great site to watch video clips of competition.

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