Eleven Drake Relays Competitors Already Set To Represent the USA In Rio

first_imgThe Rio Olympic Games Preview events staged at the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee have truly lived up to their name. Eleven American athletes that competed in those events have earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials have reached the halfway point with a day of rest on July 5. Five more days of competition will follow as athletes vie for one of the coveted spots on Team USA for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.Below are those athletes that have earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team after using the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee as a springboard to the Olympic Trials.Clayton Murphy – men’s 800 metersBoris Berian – men’s 800 metersKate Grace – women’s 800 metersLaShawn Merritt – men’s 400 meters David Verburg – men’s 400 metersMarquis Dendy – men’s long jumpVashti Cunningham – women’s high jumpInika McPherson – women’s high jumpSam Kendricks – men’s pole vaultJanay DeLoach – women’s long jumpBrittney Reese – women’s long jumpOn July 4, Clayton Murphy and Boris Berian finished first and second, respectively, in the men’s 800 meters to match their finishes on the Blue Oval in April. A rough-and-tumble women’s 800 meters saw Kate Grace take top honors after she finished second in the 1,500 meters at the Relays. Ajee Wilson finished second at the trials to earn a place on the Olympic team. She was the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee women’s 800 meter champion in 2015. Two 400-meter runners that took one lap around the Blue Oval also qualified as LaShawn Merritt won his third-straight U.S. Olympic Trials in a blazing 43.97 to become the first man to run under 44 seconds this season. David Verburg captured the final spot on the team with a third-place finish in the event. In April. Merritt finished second on the Blue Oval while Verburg was fourth.A pair of athletes that took to the long jump runway together at Drake Stadium are also headed to Rio. Brittney Reese won the long jump at the Olympic trials with a U.S. Olympic Trials record jump of 23-11.75 (7.31m), the longest jump in the world since 2004 and the longest by an American since 1998. Janay DeLoach finished third in the event to join Reese in Rio. At the Drake Relays, Reese finished second in the event while DeLoach was sixth.The men’s long jump also produced an Olympic qualifier in Marquis Dendy. He finished fourth at the Trials, but the third-place finisher, Will Claye, did not hit the Olympic qualifying standard. Claye was also a 2016 Relays competitor, finishing fourth at Drake Stadium while Dendy was sixth.The women’s high jump also has a pair of new Olympians that competed at the Drake Relays. Vashti Cunningham used a second-place finish at her second professional meet at the Drake Relays to propel her to a second-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Inika McPherson, who has also been a Relays regular, finished third at the Trials to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team.Sam Kendricks also advanced to Rio in the men’s pole vault with a meet record clearance of 19-4.75 (5.91m). Kendricks was third at the Drake Relays and also finished second at the Capital Square Vault event.Those nine qualifiers will almost certainly be joined by more qualifiers later in the week in addition to the international Olympic athletes that competed in Rio Olympic Games Preview events at the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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TORONTO CANADA — Seychelles fishing has become le

first_imgTORONTO, CANADA — Seychelles fishing has become legend amongst flats enthusiasts with a growing popularity among the private jet set. Bonefish numbers not matched anywhere in the world are found at the now famous St. Francois Lagoon. Frontiers Travel is excited to announce a partnership with Untamed Angling and their exciting new Desroches Island Fly Fishing Adventures. This brand-spanking-new program offers over the top luxury throughout and will appeal to both the dedicated angler as well as any non-fishing guests looking to be pampered in paradise.The accommodations at The Desroches Island Resort Villas are exceptional. Each fully equipped Villa includes its own private swimming pool, central living room and gathering area, and a modern, fully equipped kitchen where your meals will be prepared by private chef. Villas also offer a mini-bar, plasma television, internet connection, laundry service, personal butler, and a golf cart for exploring the island.The Desroches Island Fly Fishing Adventure includes 5 nights at the Desroches Island Resort Villas, 2 Nights on board a luxurious yacht, and 6 full days of guided fishing (3 full days on Poivre Atoll followed by 3 days on St. Joseph’s Atoll), all meals, and all beverages at the Villa. Bonefish, Trevally, Milkfish, Triggerfish, and a healthy population of Permit inhabit the flats, and just off the flats seemingly endless blue water opportunities await those looking to target sailfish, tuna, and a huge variety of other species. Prices are $7,600 USD per angler; and $4,750 USD per non-angler. For more information, call Frontiers Travel at 1-800-245-195 or visit www.frontierstravel.com.last_img read more

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