Monday, August 18, 2008

Day 5 of the Olympics--Morning session...

8:40 pm--No improvement for Kreiner on either of her two remaining throws, as she threw 53.81/176-6, and 53.48/175-5.

This ends coverage of the day 5 morning session. We will see you tonight.

8:10 pm--
Women's long jump is over, and all three Americans--Brittany Reese (6.87m/22-7), Grace Upshaw (6.68m/21-11), and Funmi Jimoh (6.61m/21-8 1/4), qualify for the finals.

They are halfway through round 2 in flight B of the javelin, and American record holder Kim Kreiner has thrown only 55.13m/180-10 so far.

We will update her marks upon the conclusion of the event.

7:17 pm--
All three Americans in the women's 200--Allyson Felix (23.02), Muna Lee (22.71), and Marshevet Hooker (23.07) won their first round heats in the 200 very easily. There are three more rounds to go, with the top four plus the next eight fastest advancing to the quarterfinals.

From an American perspective, all that's left competing this morning are the three long jumpers--Brittany Reese, Grace Upshaw, and Funmi Jimoh, along with javelin thrower Kim Kreiner.

7:05 pm-
-Some housekeeping items in order...finals tonight include the men's high jump, men's discus, women's 400, women's 100 hurdles, and the men's 1500 meter runs.

Distance geeks will love the semis of the women's 5000, with Portland's Kara Goucher, and Olympic 10000m bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan.

The first round of the javelin is over, and Patterson was bumped down to 22nd in her flight.

6:57 pm--
No improvement for Patterson in round 3, as she threw 54.39m/178-5. She's in 21st, so she will not advance to the finals, but gains valuable experience in her first real big international meet.

On the track is the first of six heats in the women's 200, with Allyson Felix.

6:35 pm--
Not a good throw technically in round 2 for Patterson, who is wearing the black and orange weight belt that she's worn all season at Purdue...Bahamian TV says it's about 4 meters short of her first round throw...waiting for confirmation from the live scoring feed, which pops up at 50.35m/165-2. Kara's in 20th now.

Only four people have thrown over 60 meters-196-10 so far...

6:10 pm--
Kara Patterson threw 54.00m/177-2 on her first attempt...she's in eighth about halfway through round one...

5:40 pm--
Ni hao! Welcome to day 5 of Olympic track & field...this will be a pretty short session, with qualifying in the women's javelin starting up in 20 minutes, featuring Kara Patterson from Skyview High School in Vancouver, who won the javelin at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Kara will be in flight 1, with 26 other throwers. With only one javelin runway, she will have to wait a while to find out if she advances to the finals two days later.

The automatic qualifying mark is 61.50 meters, or 201-9, which is just slightly under Kara's personal best of 202-0 or 61.56m.

She will be the twelfth thrower in this flight...women's long jump and first round action in the women's 200 is on the docket.

If you're looking for first round action in the women's 1500, it's not happening, as the first round's cancelled. They will all go to the semifinals on Thursday.

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