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Pre Classic Field Event Recaps
We recap the events in order of importance and offer NBC a TV rating for each *Photos Here
Men's Long Jump - Phillips Leaps To #5 All-Time!
Phillips, spurred on by the presence of Panamanian rival Irving Saladino, produced three legal jumps all into considerable headwinds that went 8.43, 8.74, and 8.64m, a remarkable performance that is one of the best jumping days of all time for a man not named Mike Powell or Carl Lewis.
Incredibly, Phillips' best jump was into a 1.2m/sec headwind!
Saladino, the 2008 Olympic Champion who jumped 8.73 last year, certainly brought his A game, jumping 8.55m and 8.63m into headwinds. But he could not match the 2004 Olympic Champion Phillips (left) as he did a week ago in Hengelo.
Phillips' mark matched the 8.74m jumped by Americans Larry Myricks and Erick Walder and makes him the 5th-best jumper of all time. One has to go back to 1991 to find a longer wind-legal jump on the IAAF recordbooks.
The long jump now has a rivalry between two amazing athletes that seem to enjoy jumping against each other and getting the crowd involved. They are both jumping well, getting a lot of legal jumps, and pushing each other to perform better. Enjoy this rivalry during this year's biggest meets!
TV: NBC really got caught in an embarrassing spot as they showed no camera footage from the side of the long jump. All they had to show viewers was a head on look as the jumpers ran down the runway. They did show a few jumps but there was no perspective. The viewers missed out on a decent look at some of the longest jumps of all-time. LRC rating: D
Men's Shot Put - Hoffa Saves His Best For Last, Nelson Near The End
Adam Nelson's form continues to deteriorate as the aging American throwing stalwart fouled six consecutive throws to record no mark in the competition. Nelson had one of the longest throws of 2008 but has struggled mightily in 2009.
Hoffa took the world lead from American Dan Taylor who defeated 2008 Olympic Champion Thomasz Majewski of Poland by an inch, both throwing just under 70'. In 4th was silver medalist Christian Cantwell.
American men, led by Hoffa and Taylor, now hold the top 3 throws in the world again this year, though Majewski is near the lead in seemingly every competition.
TV: Of all the field events the shot put got the most coverage but it was NBC's usual fragmented, taped coverage rather than taking some time to watch the event unfold. (LRC grade: C)
Men's High Jump - Ivan Ukhov Brings His A-Game, Flawless Through 7'8"
Men High Jump Results
Ukhov left his more decorated counterparts Andrey Silnov and Germaine Mason along with America's best Andra Manson and Jesse Williams at far lower heights.
The world lead still sits at 2.35m by Manson, who only managed 2.16m.
TV: One high jump was shown by Ukhov. LRC rating: terrible for one of the meet's premier field events.Women's Discus Women's Discus Results
Stephanie Brown-Trafton threw 3 meters under her 2009 world's best, but still won with a throw of 209'11" that eclipsed the 2nd best throw by 11 feet.
After her surprise 2008 Olympic victory lifted the American squad's spirits, it's great to see SBT on top of the world form charts in June. Her story is truly a remarkable one.
TV: One mention of Stephanie and one throw shown. (LRC rating: B for Better than usual)
Women's Long Jump
TV: Zero coverage. LRC rating: D-
Men's Pole Vault
TV: Zero coverage. LRC rating: B for Best not to show this dismal event
TV: Zero coverage. LRC rating: ? Hammer throwing enthusiasts around the country are enraged.