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A recap of the past weekend in sports, by Austin Pirkle


Recap of Rio

400m World Record

What a night on the track, as Wayde van Niekerk won the 400 meters in an astonishing world record time of 43.03. He demolished Michael Johnson's world record of 43.18 and Olympic Record of 43.49 from 1996 when Johnson won the 200-400 meter double. The South African became the first man to win the Olympic gold from Lane 8.


Usain Bolt Three-peat

With all the talk surrounding the heroics of Michael Phelps in the pool, the talk around Usain Bolt took a back seat until Sunday night. The fastest man in the world proved that title true for the third straight Olympics in the 100m final. The only man to ever accomplish that feat. He will go for another individual and relay gold this upcoming week.


Michael Phelps Final Swim

The greatest swimmer of all-time raced one final time this weekend. And of course MIchael Phelps came up with another gold medal in the 100m relay for the United States. It was an incredible ride for the Baltimore native.

Jeff Henderson Jump for Gold

The American long jumper squeaked out a gold medal by just 1 cm over the weekend. His long jump of 8.38 meters was fascinating to watch. Think about jumping almost 27 feet!

 

Marlins Great Play for the Win

In probably the most exciting play in baseball, the Marlins left fielder comes up huge by throwing out the game tying run at the plate to end the contest. Who said baseball wasn’t exciting?

 

Alex Erickson Punt Return

It may be preseason, but the highlight reel never stops. Bengals punt returner Alex Erickson proved exactly that on this TD. To be fair, the tackling on this play wasn’t exactly in midseason form.

 

Philippe Coutinho Beautiful Free Kick

The opening weekend of the Premier League was an exciting one. However, the crown for best goal is not up for debate. The Liverpool striker puts on an absolute clinic with this astonishing free kick into the back of the net.

 

Looking ahead, looking back...


August 17th

On this day 14 years ago, Alex Rodriguez hit three bombs to become only the 6th player to have five straight seasons of at least 40 home runs. With his retirement on Friday night, be sure to shop A-Rod prints here.

Perhaps the greatest player to ever step on the diamond, Willie Mays, hit his 660th and final HR on this day in 1973. The Giants legend would retire the game later that year.


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