The Sports Examiner’s best Olympic-sport performances of the weekend includes a look back at the astonishing World Championships in track & field in London and what American athletes accomplished over the past three weeks in the prime Olympic sports of swimming and track:
=> No. 5: Mo Farah and Usain Bolt
These two track & field icons finished their World Championships careers last Saturday, although Farah will continue as a road racer. Neither ended the way they wanted to, but that does not diminish their great achievements and the memories that they left behind. More on their final races at the World Championships, click here.
=> No. 4: Sarah Sjostrom
Hungary’s amazing Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu has won the swimming World Cup for five straight years. She’d also won 12 straight “cluster” awards for the top swimmer in each three-meet group. But it was the Swedish star Sjostrom who ended the streak with two world records in Eindhoven … and collected $74,000 for her efforts!
=> No. 3: Allyson Felix
Now 31, Felix won two golds and a bronze at the World Championships and now holds the record – by herself – for the most career Worlds medals. Amazing … and she’s not done!
=> No. 2: U.S. swimmers & track & field athletes
Usually, there’s a drop-off after an Olympic year in performance and interest among American athletes. Not in 2017, as the stunning results of the swimming and track World Championships showed: 68 medals over the past three weeks. Wow!
=> No. 1: Emma Coburn & Courtney Frerichs
At best, Coburn and Frerichs figured to be about fifth and eighth in the women’s 3,000 m Steeplechase at the track & field World Championships. Instead, Coburn and her coach/fiancee worked out a brilliant plan and Frerichs stuck close to engineer one of the great upset performances in the history of sport. For the details, click here.
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