Bolt to prove dominance against Gay, Powell; more Olympic notes
As sprinting announcements go, this one isn't official until all the hamstrings and egos are actually in the starting blocks, but barring a late withdrawal, the 100 meters at the DN Galan Diamond League track meet in Stockholm on Friday night could be the highlight of the season. Jamaican superstar
• Thanks to a series of missteps in planning and communication, the U.S. gymnastics team will not have a representative at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games that begin in Singapore later this month. Initially, the IOC, hoping to keep the event to a manageable size, began limiting the number of credentials afforded to national delegations for the competition. As a consequence, they allotted no more than three coaching credentials for each delegation's gymnastics team. Unfortunately, very few coaches in artistic gymnastics work with both men and women, leaving delegations with a difficult decision as to which athletes to take to Singapore. USA Gymnastics therefore chose not to nominate an athlete for the women's artistic classification. Last month, the IOC amended its decision and added a fourth coaching credential for gymnastics, but word only reached USA Gymnastics days before the July 10 deadline to submit a final delegation roster. That left too little time to throw together an impromptu meet to choose a representative for the women's individual competition.
• It isn't too early to start booking tickets to the 2012 London Olympics. That's what several eagle-eyed marksmen did in Berlin at the ISSF World Championships in shooting last week, becoming the first athletes to qualify for the Games. The first official qualified athlete was Italy's
• USA Basketball has trimmed its roster of candidates for this summer's world championships in Istanbul to 15 players.