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CHANDLER, Arizona -- Sara Hall came tantalizingly close to besting Deena Kastor’s American women’s record and seven men broke 2:10 in a remarkable day of racing Sunday morning at The Marathon Project in Chandler, Arizona.

CHANDLER, Arizona -- Sara Hall came tantalizingly close to besting Deena Kastor’s American women’s record and seven men broke 2:10 in a remarkable day of racing Sunday morning at The Marathon Project in Chandler, Arizona.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two-time Olympian Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island) bettered three American track records (pending) to earn USATF Athlete of the Week, while Julie Brown was voted by fans as the winner of the 32nd USATF Throwback Athlete of the Week award for setting an American record in the women’s 5,000m on October 30, 1976. In the absence of regular competition during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are taking a weekly look back at some of the great efforts by American track and field athletes through the years.

2020 has been an unprecedented year for talented, aspiring track and field athletes. What was supposed to be an Olympic year turned into a year with more upheaval than most of us have seen in our lifetimes. In order to keep people healthy, businesses closed and gatherings were canceled. The effect on track and field has been dramatic with the loss of competitive opportunities, training venues closed, and sponsors cutting their budgets.

This week marks the opening of the voting process for the 2020 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the World Athletics Awards 2020 to be held virtually on Saturday 5 December.

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