Solinsky sets 10,000 U.S. record; Chinese gymnasts lose medal
Everything was set up for a U.S. record last Saturday in the 10,000 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford. The weather was crisp and cool, the pacers were in place, and
In a sign that U.S. distance running is moving in the right direction -- and quickly --
Solinsky has primarily been a miler and 5,000 runner, capturing NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007, and placing fifth at the 2008 Olympic trials. He also won a Big Ten title at 1,500. Since the trials, he has spent most of his time training in Oregon and had taken a back seat to Rupp.
All the more remarkable, Solinsky said he felt a stitch in his side midway through the race and considered pulling off to the side until the pain subsided. He passed Rupp in the final two laps and finished with decisive splits of 60.0 and 56.2 seconds to pull away for a stunning victory.
•It took 10 years, but the 2000 U.S. women's gymnastics team was finally awarded a bronze medal in the team competition last week. The honor came after
Dong also lost credit for finishes in two events in which she qualified for the apparatus finals: sixth place in the floor exercises and seventh in the vault. She did not qualify for the all-around finals.
Dong was just one athlete in a long list of youthful looking gymnasts on the Chinese team in Sydney. She revealed her true age through two slip-ups. First, while working as a technical official at the Beijing Games in 2008, she listed her birthday as Jan. 23, 1986. That would have made her 14 in Sydney, which is a violation of the rule that states athletes must be 16 in the calendar year of the competition. She also runs a blog in which she said she was born in the year of the zodiac, a timeline that did not mesh with the age she listed at the time of the 2000 Olympics, which was Jan. 20, 1983.
The U.S. gymnastics team included
Porter, who lives at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, won gold at the blind World Championships in March and placed fifth at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. A gold medal would have given Porter a berth on the senior world team and would have eased the financial burden on the athlete, who has been soliciting sponsors and getting by on a quarterly stipend of $250.
Porter has been visually impaired since birth and learned his sport growing up in Freemont, Ohio, where he also wrestled. He has ten percent of a normal person's vision. He follows in the footsteps of