EUGENE, Sporting Alert – The starting list for Day One of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday, July 1.
Friday’s opening day of track and field competition will feature two finals, the men’s 10,000m and men’s Shot Put.
In the lone track final on the night, Galen Rupp will go in search of yet another men’s 10,000m national crown.
In fact, the 30-year-old is a seven-time USATF Outdoor 10,000m champion, following wins in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, and the Alberto Salazar-coached long distance star is the heavy favourite to collect his eight-straight title in the event.
Rupp won a silver medal in the men’s 10,000m behind training partner Mo Farah of Great Britain at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
At the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on day one, the likes of Ben True, Eric Jenkins, Hassan Mead, Bernard Lagat, Bernard Lagat and Shadrack Kipchirchir will also be hoping to challege for an Olympic slot, which means they must finish in the top three.
The other title up for grab on Friday is the men’s Shot Put, with world-leader and Beijing 2015 champion Joe Kovacs the overwhelming pick to win his third title in the event, following wins in 2014 and 2015.
Also hunting an Olympic place and even the national crown are Ryan Crouser and Kurt Roberts, the second and third best thrower in the shot put this season behind Kovacs.
Darrell Hill, Jordan Clarke and Ryan Whiting have all thrown over 21 metres this season, while veteran Reese Hoffa, the bronze medallist from London 2012 cannot be overlooked, even at 38-years-old.
Early qualifying round action on the track will come in the men’s and women’s 400m and 800m, while in the field event, the women’s long jump, high jump and women Discus throw qualifiers are also on the schedule for Friday.
Live streaming coverage of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be on NBC, NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports Live Extra.