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eUpdate – Olympic Trials, Rugby Tournament and Gorge Games

    The 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials currently underway at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon are emphatically marking Eugene’s official reemergence as “Track Town, USA.” The trials began with a bang as Kara Goucher and Amy Begley, who train in Portland, earned spots on the U.S. Olympic team in a dramatic women’s 10,000-meter final. On Sunday, sprinter Tyson Gay ran the fastest 100-meters in history, a slightly wind-aided time of 9.68 that does not officially qualify as a world record. Several other athletes with Oregon connections qualified in recent days, including a thrilling sweep of the men’s 800-meters by Nick Symmonds, Andrew Wheating and Christian Smith.

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