Tracktown 2012 comes to a close

Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon.

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on July 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 10:24 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are over, but the event gave fans many memorable highlights.

Despite often wet weather, fans saw electric performances, especially from Oregon athletes.

One of the highlights was former Oregon Duck Ashton Eaton smashing the world record in the Decathlon en route to qualifying for the Olympic team.

Former Willamette University star Nick Symmonds used his famed final-lap kick to blaze to victory in the men's 800 and earn a return trip to the Olympics.

Galen Rupp foreshadowed the potential resurgence of American distance running when he broke Steve Prefontaine's Olympic Trials record while winning the men's 5000 meters.

The most discussed moment of the Trials didn't even involve event winners. Officials ruled that Jennifer Tarmoh and Allyson Felix finished in a dead heat - tied to the thousandth of a second - for the third and final spot in the women's 100 meter dash. After more than a week of debate, it was determined that the tie would be decided by a run-off. Then, on the day of the run-off, Tarmoh withdrew and ceded her spot.

 

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