Ashton Eaton in the long jump portion of the heptathlon // photo Getty Images

Ashton Eaton in the long jump portion of the heptathlon // photo Getty Images

Track and field

This Eaton couple is really good

SOPOT, Poland — From the bang of the first gun Friday, it was crystal-clear Ashton Eaton is truly one of the most remarkable and versatile athletes of our time. On the track, he seemingly does everything so well. Why doesn’t he get more due?

Running in Lane 8 in the 60-meter dash, Eaton got off to a quick start and, outlined in Team USA red against the blue track, an even-faster finish. He crossed in 6.66 seconds, equaling a personal best.

June 2004, the Athens Games relay: Nelson Mandela with the Olympic flame on Robben Island //  photo: Getty Images

June 2004, the Athens Games relay: Nelson Mandela with the Olympic flame on Robben Island // photo: Getty Images

IOC

Remembering Nelson Mandela

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The Olympic Games produce moments. Those moments become memories. Those memories inspire the hopes and dreams of generations.

At the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia would win the women’s 10,000-meter run, the first black African female gold medalist in Olympic history. After Tulu crossed the finish line, it took Elana Meyer, a white South African, almost six seconds more to get there. A few more steps past the finish line, Mayer found Tulu. They kissed. Then, hand-in-hand, they ran together, black and white, first and second, yes, but equals in sport and spirit, symbols of hope and possibility for South Africa, for all of Africa, indeed the world.

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Track and field

Awards gala turns to doping talk

MONACO — Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican sprint stars, were named Saturday the IAAF male and female athletes of the year.

To think it would have been anyone else would strain credulity. What, they were going to name Bohdan Bodarenko or Zuzana Hejnova? Only track diehards know he’s a high jumper from Ukraine and she is from the Czech Republic and runs the 400 hurdles. Come on.

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Track and field

SAFP: no Jamaica doping problem

MONACO — Jamaica does not have a doping problem, sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said.

Eight Jamaican track and field athletes have tested positive this year, including former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell and two-time Olympic 200-meter champion Veronica Campbell-Brown. The World Anti-Doping Agency, meanwhile, is now reviewing the apparent breakdown by the Jamaican national anti-doping agency in the testing of the Caribbean island nation’s sprinters in the six months leading up to the London Games.