Justin Gatlin after the 2017 U.S. outdoor championships

Track and field

Time for this 9-second reminder: Justin Gatlin is real, and genuine

SACRAMENTO, California — Five years ago, on the last night of July, Bruce Springsteen played an epic show in Helsinki, more than four hours, his longest show ever.

He and the E Street Band played 33 songs, one of which, My City of Ruins, ran to 18 minutes and 26 seconds. That song, as Bruce describes it that night, was originally written about his New Jersey hometown “trying to get back on its feet” but had since become about so much more: “what you lose, what you hold onto, the spirits that remain forever and the things you have to let go.”

Marie Jose Perec, Teddy RIner, Renaud Lavillenie, Nicolas Batum, Sarah Ourhamoune during the Olympic Day, Paris Olympic Park comes to life for Olympic Day on June 23, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport

2024 Bid Cities

Los Angeles, Paris, Kigali and celebrating Olympism

Before Rod Stewart got all weird, writing stuff like Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, or doing lovestruck Van Morrison covers, like Have I Told You Lately, he did some pretty cool songs, like 1971’s Every Picture Tells a Story.

Don’t it?

Mr. Trump running a leg of the Athens Games flame relay in June 2004 in New York // Getty Images

IOC

A good day for the Olympics: Mr. Bach goes to the White House

You can like Donald Trump. You can not like Donald Trump. To be clear: I did not vote for the gentleman. Whatever. When the president of the United States of America meets with the president of the International Olympic Committee at the White House, that is a good day for the Olympic movement.

Let us all understand the gravity of what happened Thursday. Put emotion aside. Think strategically. What is in the best interest of the Olympic movement, and of the IOC? Answer: having good relations with the governments of the world. Russia is a great country and a great Olympic power. China is a great country and a great Olympic power. But, people, let’s be real.

The then-Rio governor, Sergio Cabral, pitching the IOC in 2009 as part of the winning Brazilian campaign. Cabral is now sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption // Getty Images

IOC

Once again, the Olympic disconnect

Do you want to know why nine cities have dropped out of the running for the 2022, 2024 and 2026 races for the Olympic Games?

Why only Los Angeles and Paris are left for 2024 and the International Olympic Committee is all but certain this summer to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games to those two, order yet to be determined?

IOC president Thomas Bach at Friday's news conference // IOC

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Now let’s see if IOC can get 2024/2028 right

Last September, I became the very first person on Planet Earth to propose publicly that the International Olympic Committee award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games at a single stroke. On Friday, the IOC’s policy-making executive board took me up on my suggestion.

Now let’s see, despite indications to the contrary, whether the IOC can get the order right.