The 1st Vaulter Magazine Vaulter Club Big Red Barn Meet is Saturday.
“I was like yes, there it is, world champion. I was excited. I was very, very, very happy to see my record broken, absolutely. I was very happy,” said the 45-year old Beckford who has won several world masters LJ titles in recent years.
Akins described encountering racist yelling profanities on the day of her graduation (May 18th) and talks about the recent killings of Arbery, Floyd and others.
"Really proud of my @usatf teammates for speaking up on this call tonight. It’s not an easy conversation to have but we’re doing it. And we’re fighting for each other. And I am so proud."
The head of the organization would routinely accept hundreds of thousands of dollars for doping 'fines' for positives test - in cash.
The number of beds required in the Olympic and Paralympic Village had been reduced from over 17,000 down to 14,000.
After her pro career didn't amount to much as a runner, she struggled finding a new passion but loves being at UVA. "Coach Vin wants to build a nationally competitive track and field and cross country program. We’ve got a ways to go.”
There also may be a reduction in the number of spectators at the Games if Covid-19 is still a problem. "Athletes may also have restrictions on the number of times they can leave the Athletes' Village, with testing mandatory for athletes, staff and spectators."
The competition will begin with the pole vault where the athletes will attempt to clear 4.00 metres as many times as possible during a 10-minute period. They'll then move on to the shot put where the challenge is to send the 7.26kg iron ball beyond a 12-metre line as often as possible during a 10-minute period. The triathlon concludes with a shuttle run competition in which two cones are placed 20 metres apart, with the athletes collecting points for each completed back and forth shuttle over the course of five minutes.