Morolake Akinosun, English Gardner and Allyson Felix after qualifying in the re-run // Getty Images

Morolake Akinosun, English Gardner and Allyson Felix after qualifying in the re-run // Getty Images

Track and field

Weird, easy, fun: a one-off relay run-off

RIO de JANEIRO — Some people love, in their lives, to create drama. Allyson Felix is not one of these people. She is calm, steady, composed, even-keeled. Pretty much all the time.

Some mysterious karma, however, seemingly delights in connecting the Olympic experience and Allyson Felix with weird mega-drama.

The 'crowd' in the stadium with just the women's 200 semifinals, women's 1500 final and men's 110 hurdle final to go

The 'crowd' in the stadium with just the women's 200 semifinals, women's 1500 final and men's 110 hurdle final to go

Track and field

Rio 2016 track meet: world-class buzzkill

RIO de JANEIRO — In a shining example of why track and field has such problems, many of the sport’s own making, the men’s 200m prelims got underway Tuesday afternoon — before a nearly-empty house — with its biggest star, Usain Bolt, running at 12:46 p.m. in the ninth of 10 heats. Justin Gatlin ran about a half-hour before, four heats prior.

Under what theory of marketing, salesmanship, promotion — more, relevance — are the No. 1 and No. 2 names in track and field slogging it out in the dog day afternoon?