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EUGENE, Ore. -- When English Gardner failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2012 track and field trials here, she left the track at Hayward Field, went to her car, opened the door, sat down and started bawling.If Gardner shed any tears on Sunday, they were tears of happiness. Thats because she won the womens 100-meter dash to make the U.S. team. Her time of 10.74 seconds was the second fastest in the world this year, the seventh fastest all time and fourth fastest by an American woman.[In 2012], I cried my eyes out and came to the realization that I never wanted to feel that feeling again, she said Sunday. So when I crossed the line and saw the results, I didnt really care if I came in first, second or third, I was just excited that I made the team. With the help of these ladies [who also made the team], we were able to give the show that we promised from the beginning.Gardner was one of a handful of athletes who celebrated the Fourth of July a day early by making the U.S. Olympic team in one of seven events.In addition to Gardner, here are some of the sprint athletes you should watch for next month at the Rio de Janeiro Games:Womens 100Gardners win was impressive -- and a large improvement over her 14th-place finish (11.13) at worlds last year. But also pay attention to Tianna Bartoletta, who finished second by just three-hundredths of a second. That is pretty amazing, considering it came after Bartoletta finished second in the long jump finals on Saturday, while also running in a 100 heat on the same day. Then she had to follow it up by running the 100 twice on Sunday. She will be one of the few American women to ever compete in both the 100 and long jump at the Olympics.The schedule for Rio is going to be completely easy compared to this weekend, Bartoletta said. The 100 meters is going to be four days before the long jump. I had a difficult trials here. The last two weeks and, frankly, the whole season has been a little bit of a struggle to try to find my stride.She found it this weekend, as did third-place finisher Tori Bowie.Mens 100Justin Gatlin won the gold medal in the 100 at the 2004 Athens Games. Twelve years and two PED suspensions later, his hair is graying and his reputation is heavily damaged, but he is still running at top speeds and motivated to win gold again (especially if Usain Bolt is still hurting). He won the mens 100 on Sunday in 9.8 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.I was crying inside, he said. I got down on one knee after I crossed the finish line and was crying inside. I just want to get healthy, get strong and be able to represent the United States.Neither of the sprinters who finished behind him, Trayvon Bromell, 20, nor Marvin Bracy, 22, could remember seeing Gatlin win gold in Athens in 2004. I was in the fourth grade, Bracy said.However long its been since you were in the fourth grade, keep an eye on Bromell. He finished second at 9.84, four-hundredths of a second behind Gatlin, and the third-fastest time in the world this year. And he did so despite many obstacles. He grew up extremely poor, lived in terrible conditions and had knee and hip injuries. And hes still just 20. Yet hes Olympics bound.Im happy for all the hardship Ive had in my life, because its built me into the person I am, Bromell said.Womens 400You should know Allyson Felix by now. She competed in four events at the 2012 London Games, winning gold in three of them: the 200, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay. She finished fifth in the 100, so she has dropped that event and replaced it with the 400, which she won Sunday by blazing past everyone down the stretch for the fastest time in the world this year at 49.68 seconds.And Felix did it despite a severe right ankle injury that she said left her unable to walk just a couple of months ago.At the beginning of the year, it seemed like nothing was going my way, she said.So how did it feel to win Sunday, beating Phyllis Francis (second) and Natasha Hastings (third)?I think I was just like, Thank you, Lord, Felix said. Its been a tough year, and it was a relief. I have put in so much work, and to see it all come together when two months ago I was barely walking -- to be at this moment is pretty unbelievable.Not that its over. Felix still has to qualify for the 200 later this week. And shes not alone. There is Gatlin. And there is also ... well, read on:Mens 400LaShawn Merritt won gold in the 400 at the 2008 Beijing Games, served a 21-month suspension for an, um, enlargement product for a certain body part and made the U.S. Olympic team again in 2012, but he pulled up with a hamstring injury during a heat in London. He will have a chance at another medal, though, after winning the 400 on Sunday in 43.97, the only sub-44 time this year, for his third Olympic trial victory in the event.I think they know that Ive still got it, Merritt said after beating second-place finisher Gil Roberts and third-place finisher David Verburg.After his impressive performance on Sunday, Merritt said he will also give the 200 a try.Im rounding back into good form and Im feeling good, he said. I might as well as go out there.So keep your eyes on the trials. There is still a lot to go before Rio.TheUndefeated.com senior writer Jesse Washington contributed to this story. Huarache Triple Black Australia . 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The Real Madrid forward has scored 66 goals in 2013, but the last three may be the boost he needs to upstage Messi after FIFA unexpectedly extended the voting period for the Ballon dOr to Nov. Remote, tranquil and alluring, little about the St. Xaviers College Ground in Thumba is reminiscent of the archetypal cricket stadium. Away from the hubhub of the city, the gentle breeze that steadily blows across mitigates the lingering humidity due to the geographic location, with the St. Andrews beach to the west of the ground.Jharkhand return to the venue not just with fond memories - Ishan Kishan slammed 273, the highest in Jharkhands history in their previous match here - but an unwavering confidence that stems from having made the quarter-finals for the second successive season.Jharkhands youngsters have been the flavour of their season, and nothing encapsulated that better than that innings from Kishan. The 18-year-old has grabbed eyeballs not just for his attacking brand of batsmanship, but also for the remarkable consistency with which he has been able to do it. Kishan and Ishank Jaggi have scored over 1200 runs and six centuries, making Jharkhand one of only two teams - Tamil Nadu being the other - to have two batsmen with three or more centuries.At the other end, Odisha would be more relieved than confident heading into the match. A frantic week of uncertainties ended with Odisha qualifying for their first knockouts in a decade courtesy Delhis defeat to Saurashtra.Odisha have benefitted immensely from their team firing in unison. Six of their batsmen have scored centuries, and their bowlers too have shared the wickets. Odisha have welcomed Biplab Samantrays return to form after a drab 2015-16. Samantray was sacked as captain and later left out, but has regained his mojo; his 498 runs to go alongside 11 wickets have served Odisha well.Govinda Poddar, the man who took over from Samantray as leader, has thrived in his new role and hasnt let it affect his batting. Young Subhranshu Senapati and Sandeep Pattnaik have also impressed in their debut seasons. While opener Pattnaiks performances have fallen off in the latter half, Senapatis consistency despite floating a bit in the line-up has lent solidity in the middle order.Odishas new-ball combination has come good with Suryakant Pradhan topping their charts with 26 wickets and Basant Mohanty claiming 17. Samantray has performed the supporting seamers role well, while left-arm spinner Dhiraj Singh has also been among the wickets. Jharkhand, on the other hand, have primarily relied on Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner, and medium pacer Ashish Kumar, although theey do hold a slight advantage having already played a match here.ddddddddddddRun-fest, the norm. Will it be different this time around? The ground has faced its share of criticism despite its short history. Sunil Joshi, the Assam coach, had expressed disappointment at the run-up areas that were too sandy and the dressing rooms where repair works were underway during their match against Vidarbha. Jharkhand too had some complaints.I found the dressing room too small. There is no air conditioner, and in this heat, if you field for two and a half hours, what do you do? Saurabh Tiwary, the captain, said. In the last match we played, when we used to come back after fielding, we used to get our lunch and sit outside in the tent. This time, too, we will do the same. You will see it.The dressing room works have been completed now. But with two new grounds coming up around the city, this venue is soon set to be used only for junior cricket, meaning the change room facilities are only temporary arrangements.The presence of sand, which can still be seen abundantly on the peripheries of the stadium, is a result of the grounds topography. But on the flip side, it makes the outfield quick and soft, minimising the risk of injury.The last time a match was played here, between Delhi and Jharkhand in November, 1307 runs were scored across four days - the third-highest aggregate of the season. That game was played on a red soil surface, while Thursdays clash happens on a clay surface. Nonetheless, its expected to be another high-scoring match, although spinners will find a lot of assistance and the pitch could start crumbling as early as on the second day.The pitch for the first game (against Delhi), we knew that it was fully flat. But this one is entirely different, Tiwary said. For around eight feet on either side, there has been no rolling or watering. I reckon it should start spinning on the second or the third day.While the result of this match will make no difference to the qualification scenario with both teams already through, there is still plenty to look forward to. Odisha, despite having qualified, have only two outright wins, and another one here will set things up nicely heading into the knockouts of what has been a huge season for them. For Jharkhand, this will be an opportunity to top the group. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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