Written By Mike Jones and Will Ratner- Pacers Princeton
Anyone that knows Will and Mike will know that they are huge fans of the Olympics, specifically the running events. This year’s Olympics have been very entertaining so far, and as we approach the finals of each distance, we are in for a treat.
Below you can see some of the events Mike and Will (the two Olympic maniacs in the store) are looking forward to.
The 1500 features Matt Centrowitz who finished 4th in the event back in London in 2012. He appeared fit this morning cruising into the semifinals without much difficulty. Look for him to challenge for a medal this year. Robby Andrews, the Manalapan High School alum, also qualified for the semifinals this morning. Being a local guy we are rooting for him to make the final and maybe pull out something special there. Ben Blankenship, the third american, will also be joining Centrowitz and Andrews in the semifinals tomorrow. On the Women’s side Shannon Rowbury and Jenny Simpson will be competing in the final tonight at 930 PM.
The 5000 meter will almost surely fall to Great Britain’s Mo Farah. Mo won the 5k in London and has been racing great in all events ranging from the 1500 meter up to the marathon. However, there are a few sleepers to watch out for in this race. Hassan Mead of America, who ran a 13:02 earlier in the season. Tune in tomorrow morning at 9:05 for the first round and Saturday at 8:30 PM for the Final.
In the 3k steeplechase, the united states have to hold of Kemboi and Rtich of Kenya, but may be able to do so with star Evan Jager on their side. Jager has been running well all year and has showed he can close with anyone by running 3:32 in the 1500 earlier this summer. Jager along with fellow 2016 steeplechase olympian Donn Cabral, both made the final back in 2012. Cabral is another olympian that has a NJ connection. He attended Princeton University where he was an 8 time All-American and had one individual national championship. Cabral and Jager have made the final again this year with Hilary Bohr. Tune in tomorrow morning, Wednesday the 17th at 10:55 AM for the final.
The Women’s’ 400 meter hurdles features Union Catholic star Sydney McLaughlin. The rising high school senior just turned 17 at the start of these games and qualified for the semifinals tonight. She was under the weather in the first round, so we are hoping she will be feeling better tonight.
In the Women’s’ Marathon the US women held their own with Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, and Amy Cragg placing 6th, 7th, and 9th respectively. The Men compete on Sunday at 8:30 AM. Galen Rupp will be going for a medal in what will be his second marathon ever. He fell short of a medal the other night placing 5th in the 10k and will be looking to redeem himself.
Meb Keflezighi and Jared Ward are the other two Americans that will be toeing the line Sunday morning.
In total, the US have a nice squad that could do some serious damage. They have already taken home some hardware. Emma Coburn took the bronze in the women’s 3k steeplechase, running 9:07.63. This broke her own American record and was the first medal that an American woman has won in the event. Clayton Murphy, the 21 year old ohio native, took the bronze in the Men’s 800 meter event running 1:42.93. The time was the 3rd fastest by an American all time and the first medal for an American in the event since 1992. Molly Huddle did not medal in the Women’s 10k but she set an American Record by running 30:13 in what was the fastest 10k race ever run. The first few days of Track and Field have been fantastic and I’m sure we will not be disappointed with what is to come.