This is the time of year that athletes are doing some competitions, but often less than completely serious ones. The Winthrop Eagles of the Big South Conference have come up with an interesting one. Over the weekend they held their seventh annual Odd Objects Throw. You can read read the whole report at WinthropEagles.com.
Items were in six categories: Home Electronics, Kitchen Utensils, Food, Exercise Equipment, Automotive Equipment and Pressurized Beverage Dispensers. They measured the throws and reported the distances.
“Home Electronics” included two different picture-tube type televisions (28″ and 14″) and a pair of 9-volt speakers. “Kitchen Utensils” was a napkin holder, and “Food” was a bag of apples (which, incidentally, blew out on the backswing, thus tossing the apples for negative distance). And so on.
Sadly, no video of the event appears to be available.
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Big news: Worlds bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz has elected to turn pro and skip his senior season at Oregon.
The Millrose Games has signed World Champion jumpers Jesse Williams and Brittney Reese to compete in the meet on February 4. This is in addition to the earlier announcement of Allyson Felix. So much for worries that the Millrose would find it difficult to bring in talent after moving from Madison Square Garden to the Armory.
More athlete announcements: Craig Mottram and Ben St. Lawrence both confirmed for the Zatopek:10 in Melbourne on December 10.
The Brits have chosen their team for the European cross country championships.
Track and Field News has a video interview with the NCAA Champion Wisconsin Badgers.
Runner’s Feed interviews recent Canadian cross country champion Cameron Levins.
Saudi Arabia has finally moved into the 20th century by allowing female athletes to compete on its Olympic team. The hook? They must be Saudis living abroad. Women are not allowed to compete in sports in state-run schools and the country has no women’s sports organization. The move was in response to a threat by American IOC member Anita DeFrantz to ban any nation that does not allow women to compete. Considering that South Africa was banned from the Olympics from 1964 to 1988 because if its stance towards black Africans, this threat seems about fifty years late.