The 2020 US Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field -- yes, that's what this meet is officially called -- begins tonight. It's a meet that was awarded to a stadium that had not yet been completed, then switched to another stadium that was even further away from being completed, and then it was postponed a year. To say that it has taken a while to get here is an understatement.
For many in the sport -- athletes, coaches, fans -- it has been the light at the end of the tunnel. We have made it.
There are a ton of incredible races to watch, and we've got your previews for all the early distance finals ready to go below.
The races that will draw the most attention on day one will be the women's 1500 and 5000 prelims, however. As of this moment, Shelby Houlihan -- currently serving a four-year ban from the sport -- appears unlikely to start. But considering how rapidly this story is evolving, who knows where it will stand by the time you read this. But you'll want to be watching heat 3 of the 1500 around 7:10 p.m. ET tonight to see if Houlihan actually makes it to the track -- and what the reception will be from fans and her fellow athletes.
We've also got two finals on day 1, and they should both be great: the men's shot put, which features a duel between world champion Joe Kovacs and Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, and the men's 10,000 meters, where Grant Fisher will try to earn his first Olympic berth.
Make sure you head to LetsRun.com every day for all your coverage needs; LetsRun.com Supporters Club members will also have access to our daily Trials podcast, which will drop early each morning recapping the previous night's action and previewing the day to come.
The next two weeks are as good as it gets in track & field. Enjoy them!
Purrier, who is the only American woman under 4:00 this year, seems like close to a lock. After her and Shannon Osiksa (4:00), it's wide-open as 10 women including Jenny Simpson have run between 4:04-4:05 this year.
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