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                 BRILLIANT MOMENTS
A Selection of Video-Stills of Performers
                       in Track & Field

Women's 400 Meters Hurdles, August 4, 2021.

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Dalilah Muhammad, Janieve Russell, and Sydney McClaughlin, with Femke Bol
Sydney's surge after the final hurdle overtook Dalilah. Their times of 51.58 and
51.46 both bettered the World Record of 51.90 that Sydney had set on June 27. Femke's 52.03 was a new European Record and under the pre-2021 World Record held by Dalilah. Janieve of Jamaica set a Caribbean Record of 53:08.

Women's 800 Meters, August 3, 2021

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Athing Mu embraces Raevyn Rogers after Athing won the Women's 800 Finals in a new U.S. Record of 1:55.21. Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain, also 19, set 
a new British record of 1:55.88 and Raevyn closed fast for 3rd and Bronze in a personal record of 1:56.81. Two and one-half years earlier, February 2019, Athing at age 16 set a U.S. Open Record for the indoor 600 Meters, 1:23.57, ahead of Raevyn.

Athing Mu and Sydney McClaughlin, both raised in New Jersey among close families and Track Clubs, are two among a generation of Track & Field athletes worldwide who may prove to be the greatest ever ...  Anybody's idea of a 'Great Reset' to the contrary.

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Three years ago. Selemon and Armand ("Mondo") and Jakob were at age 18 looking forward, inspired and wondering at the precedents and Records they'd already set. 

This past Olympics each won Gold in each's difficult and intensely competitive Event and was the youngest-ever winner of his Olympic Event.

The article above presents these athletes among their families and/or training partners from 2018 onward.

Men's 10,000 Meters, July 30, 2021

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Selemon Barega ran 1:53 for his closing 800 meters to defeat two
Ugandans, World Record-holder Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplomo. 
Barega's economically churning strides surged on the backstretch and
would not be overtaken.

Men's 1500 Meters, August 7, 2021

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Jakob Inbrigtsen of Norway, still only 20, ran the fastest 1500 of his life to defeat Timothy Cheriyot of Kenya for the first time in their careers. The race was quick throughout. Jakob led in 56 for 400. Timothy assumed the pace. He pushed to 1:51 800 meters and 2:34 1100 meters. Jakob smoothly stalked the World Champion and accelerated past in the final curve--3:28.28 his new personal record. Closing strongest of all was another 20-year-old, Cole Hocker of Indiana and Oregon, the United States.

Men's Pole Vault, August 3, 2021

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Armand "Mondo" Duplantis of Sweden (nation of his mother Helena) and Lafayette, Louisiana (hometown of his father and coach Greg) is now a margin apart from his current rivals. Silver-medalist Chris Nilson of South Dakota called
the difference "impressive and ridiculous." Mondo cleared 6.O2 Meters in his only and winning vault before attempting 6.19--or 20 feet, 3 1/2 inches off the ground) and a new World Record once more. How close he came you can see above--his apex was at least three inches clear before his chest brushed the bar in his descent.

See in the 'Young Giants ...' piece how Armand, Jakob, and Selemon thrive among their support-groups.

Their greatness is just beginning. And it, too, has nothing to with cybernetics or transhumanism.

AUGUST 2 and 3; 4 and 5; and 6 and 7



Women's 400 Meters, June 20

Women's 400 Meters, U.S. Olympic Trials,
           June 20, 2021, Eugene, Oregon

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Allyson Felix, 2nd, 35, and Quinera Hayes, 1st, 29, with their children after making the U.S. Team for Tokyo.

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Again. So much work into this moment.

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Wadeline Jonathas, 3rd, 23, born in Gonalves, Haiti, and educated at the Universities of Massachusetts and South Carolina.

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The team.

Women's 400 Meters Hurdles, June 27

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Sydney McClaughlin, 21, overtakes Dalilah Muhammad, 29, and replaces Dalilah as World-Record Holder.

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They were teammates at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 2016, Sydney then 17 and Dalilah there Olympic champion.

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Anna Cockrell, 3rd, 23, a Dean's List Senior at USC. The bonding between these three is more of what we love about Track & Field.

Women's 800 Meters, June 27

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Athing Mu, 19, after setting a Trials Record of 1:56:07. Mu was born in the U.S. to Sudanese parents and began to train with the Trenton Track Club and Coach Al Jennings at age 6. She's an Honors student and plays tenor saxophone.

Athing, family, support, hug after 800 Meters Oly Trials Records, June 27, 2021--_Wa_ big-

Big-time "Wa"! Athing with family and other supporters after 
the triumphant race. We may say, too, that the "Soul" of athletes
is often evident in Track & Field.


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'Young Giants Are Coming in Track & Field' in November 2018 profiled a few of 
the ground-breakers then emerging in their generation. Selemon Barega of Ethiopia, Armand ("Mondo") Duplantis of Sweden and Louisiana, and Jakob Irbrigtsen, the youngest of three record-setting brothers in Norway, are here. They've since continued to do great things. Their eyes explore depths and horizons. All will be in Tokyo 2021.

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Shelley Anne Fraser Pryce of Jamaica at age 21 won the Women's 100 Meters
in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She's since won 10 more Gold Medals at Olympic
and World Championships. Allyson Felix, whose World Championship Medals
began at age 17, has a comparable record of victories and awards over 200 and
400 Meters. Above she's with then two-year-old Zyon, her son with HYusband Jason, after winning the Women's 100 Meters at the 2019 Doha World Championships.

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