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.”

Christian Taylor in the Pre Classic triple jump // Getty Images

Track and field

If a track meet happens in the forest, does it make a sound?

The 43rd edition of the Prefontaine Classic went down over the weekend at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Pre is purportedly the leading professional track meet in the United States, the only American stop of the year on the world track and field tour, what is now called the Diamond League.

Eugene, for those who have never been, is surrounded by foothills and forests — literally, forests — to the south, east and west. Thus this philosophical question: if a track meet happens in the forest but it barely makes a sound anywhere else, then — what?

Soccer now, back to track and field this summer -- the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, now the West Ham Premier League team's home, site of the 2017 IAAF world championships

Track and field

An idea not completely baked: medals for coaches

This summer’s world track and field championships in London is due to see coaches get medals along with athletes.

The intention here — it comes from the local organizers — is to do right by those doing well.