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USA Championships: Day 4

TrackTown, USA: The last day of a track meet is always the best day. Final after final, each race, throw, or jump was loaded with America's best. We didn't need to be over to the track until early afternoon, so we went to brunch at Marché.

People who brunch: Bruce, DT, Steve, Mary, Me, Carlos

Back at the track, we were thrilled by Lagi Tausaga-Collins setting a personal best in the discus (214'-9"). She exploded in happiness, running around the field in pure joy. And Tara Davis-Woodhall always entertains with her comical antics. Oregon Duck Raevyn Rogers will be in Budapest, getting 2nd place in 1:50.83 in the 800m, behind Nia Akins. There was quite a bit of jostling during the men's 800m final, with several yellow flags raised by the meet officials. The results took quite a bit, but finally we learned there would be no disqualifications and Bryce Hoppel, Issiah Harris, and Clayton Murphy (married to a Duck) will be our 800m team at the World Championships. Gabby Thomas won the 200m final in 21.60. This time is her personal best, leading time in the world this year, and a meet record. Duck Devon Allen scratched from the 110m hurdle final. Rumors report a calf injury. Allen has a back-up job as a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. All-in-all a fantastic meet with fantastic weather (because our seats are in the shade), and I am so excited for the World Championships next month.

Historic Hayward Field (from the south)

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone's parents were seated in front of us all week. Sometimes her handsome husband (Andre Levrone, Jr.) would sit there as well. After she finished her race today, they both came to sit with her parents and Sydney's husband kept bringing her food:

Carb delivery

After the races, we walked back to our hotel and posed with the Duck:

And we forced "I am not a Duck" Carlos to pose as well:

Carlos with the Duck

Meanwhile in Athens, Baby Sebastian has been christened, and Lenny celebrated his birthday with a beach party. They also visited the Acropolis:

Athens tourists (in brutal heat)

Until my next update, I remain, your tired correspondent.

LINKS: Meet results