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PostPhenomenal USC Comeback in 1600 M Relay (Paul Pitlick, USA, 06/14/18 7:16 am)
As a follow-up to David Duggan's post of June 12th, and in line with his championship-weekend theme, I took note of his comment, "While watching the race [Belmont Stakes], I thought that Justify was fading as the horses headed out of the turn into the half-mile long stretch, but Smith knew his mount and had saved enough gas in the tank to win without whipping him mercilessly."
As background, for the non-US, non-West Coast, non-collegiate, non-sports fans, I have to preface my remarks by saying that I am submitting this against my personal feelings towards the University of Southern California.
Many of us have our feelings about a particular rivalry (i.e. Stanford/Cal, UCLA/USC, UW/Washington State, etc.), but almost all of us look upon USC as second on our list of enemies. But the last race of the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon (hence the wet track) was won in rather dramatic fashion on the last leg of the women's 1600 M relay on June 9--her rival did, indeed "run out of gas." By winning the race, USC won enough points to win the championship.
I think that even if a person has no interest in these kinds of events, the first clip in the story is worth 30 seconds of your time. I've even re-watched the 2nd clip, the whole race, several times. Enjoy!
JE comments: I couldn't get the above video to work in our Bogotá hotel, but in the best WAISly tradition, I found Kendall Ellis's miraculous performance on YouTube (below). It's one for the annals of Great Sports Comebacks.
Did the Purdue runner have too many Boilermakers?
Now, it's on to Russia and the World Cup.