Justin Gatlin is all alone at the finish line of the 200 at Hayward Field, in 19.57 seconds // Getty Images

Justin Gatlin is all alone at the finish line of the 200 at Hayward Field, in 19.57 seconds // Getty Images

Track and field

Justin Gatlin: flag-bearing ray of sunshine?

EUGENE, Oregon — The weather forecast Sunday for the cathedral that is Hayward Field promised patches of sunshine. So apt. The U.S. team now heading to Beijing for the August world championships could be, may well be, the best-ever. Don’t say 30 medals. But, you know.

At the same time, can this team, this sport run away from the storm clouds? Say Justin Gatlin. Say Galen Rupp. You know.

Olympics Day 14 - Athletics

Track and field

USATF, Nike in apparent $500 million deal

USA Track & Field on Tuesday announced a groundbreaking 23-year deal with Nike apparently worth $500 million, an arrangement that holds the potential to transform the leading sport of the Olympic movement in untold ways in the United States for a generation.

The Nike deal comes 13 days after USATF announced a seven-year partnership with Hershey, the chocolate maker. In February, 2013, USATF announced Neustar, the administrator of the .US top-level domain, as the three-year sponsor of its national road-racing championships.

The winning team. That's decathlon team Ashton Eaton back left and distance champ Hicham el Guerrouj back right.

The winning team. That's decathlon team Ashton Eaton back left and distance champ Hicham el Guerrouj back right.

Track and field

Portland wins 2016 world indoors

MONACO — The U.S. team has long been No. 1 in the world in track and field.

Hosting the world in track and field? Not so much. The U.S. has not played host to a major championship since 1992, in Boston. Before that, Indianapolis staged the world indoor championships, in 1987. Of course, Atlanta and Los Angeles put on the Summer Olympic Games. That was 1996. And 1984.

14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 - Day Seven

Track and field

Mo Farah’s double double-double

Distance running is a hard, lonely affair. The tell is the last kilometer. The crucible is the last lap.

In our time, one man has emerged — from among the Kenyans, the Ethiopians, the Eritreans — to dominate, truly dominate, track’s two distance events, the 5,000 and the 10,000 meters. He is Mo Farah, a global citizen who was born in Somalia, trains in Oregon, runs for Great Britain.