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How much do Olympic athletes get paid?

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Tokyo Olympics: Up next for Athing Mu? A tainted world record that has stood for 38 years

NJ.com 04 August, 2021 - 10:00am

Athing Mu had been the gold-medal winner in the women’s 800-meter run at the Tokyo Olympics for less than an hour when she made her next goal clear. She was gunning for track history.

“We’re going to break the 800 world record,” she declared.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the 19-year-old Trenton native during her quick ascent to track stardom. Mu hasn’t shied away from expectations. Instead, she arrived at the track for the gold medal race wearing a barrette with a single word to describe how she was feeling.

CONFIDENT.

Mu is special, and given that track athletes don’t peak until their mid 20s, it is likely that she’ll have a drawer filled with Olympic medals before she’s through. She might add another gold this week, in fact, if she’s added to the 4x400 relay team.

But the 800-meter world record is a different challenge. The record is 38 years old — the longest standing in outdoor track — and likely has lasted that long for a reason. Most track observers believe it was achieved with the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

Jarmila Kratochvilova ran 800 meters in 1:53.28 seconds in 1983. She has long denied using steroids, but The New York Times reported in 2017 said there were documents linking her to Czechoslovakia’s “secret and systematic doping program” during an era when Soviet-bloc countries used the Olympics as propaganda to promote communism.

For perspective: Mu’s time on Tuesday was an American record and the 11th-fastest time ever. At 1:55.21, however, it was still nearly two full seconds behind Kratochvilova’s mark. Eight of the top 10 times in the women’s 800 were set before 2005, when storage of blood and urine samples began for more sophisticated drug screenings.

Track and field’s governing body in Europe proposed erasing all world record set before that year, but to date, the International Association of Athletics Federation has yet to approve what many believe is too radical of a step.

Then again, Mu might not need the help. She is shaving time off her own personal best nearly every time she competes. Bernice Mitchell, one of her coaches in Trenton, thinks it’s just a matter of time before she tops that list.

“World record is next,” Mitchell said. “I said American record (in the gold-medal race), but world record next is next. Mark my words. That is coming down. Soon. Very soon.”

Doubting Mu is foolish. She told reporters in Tokyo that she wanted to complete an historic “double” at the Paris Olympics in 2024 and become the win gold at 400 and 800 meters. Only one runner, Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena in 1976, has ever done that.

“This isn’t the last time you’re gonna see me run. This is just the beginning. There is more,” Mu said. “One thing I will say for those people who are watching me for the first time, even for people who have been watching me for the last couple years, my time is now.

“Six years from now, two years from now, it’s gonna be my time. I’m gonna do whatever I can in my time no matter what age I am. … I’m gonna do whatever I can to be great.”

Mu, who signed a professional contract with Nike after a dominant freshman season at Texas A&M, has the rare ability to speaking confidently without sounding boastful.

She wasn’t just dominant on the track in her official introduction to the world. She was poised, charismatic and telegenic. Her smile radiated from 13 time zones away, and no doubt, NBC believes it has a prime-time Olympic performer for years to come.

“I’m feeling awesome. I’m satisfied with it,” Mu said. “I’m glad I came out here and did what I had to do, to accomplish my goal. It was definitely a goal of mine to be a gold medalist. I knew it was possible, so I’m not super shook or shocked or anything. I’m just happy I been running the same way as I been running the whole year.”

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Tokyo Olympics: Up next for Athing Mu? A tainted world record that has stood for 38 years

Slate 04 August, 2021 - 10:00am

Athing Mu had been the gold-medal winner in the women’s 800-meter run at the Tokyo Olympics for less than an hour when she made her next goal clear. She was gunning for track history.

“We’re going to break the 800 world record,” she declared.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the 19-year-old Trenton native during her quick ascent to track stardom. Mu hasn’t shied away from expectations. Instead, she arrived at the track for the gold medal race wearing a barrette with a single word to describe how she was feeling.

CONFIDENT.

Mu is special, and given that track athletes don’t peak until their mid 20s, it is likely that she’ll have a drawer filled with Olympic medals before she’s through. She might add another gold this week, in fact, if she’s added to the 4x400 relay team.

But the 800-meter world record is a different challenge. The record is 38 years old — the longest standing in outdoor track — and likely has lasted that long for a reason. Most track observers believe it was achieved with the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

Jarmila Kratochvilova ran 800 meters in 1:53.28 seconds in 1983. She has long denied using steroids, but The New York Times reported in 2017 said there were documents linking her to Czechoslovakia’s “secret and systematic doping program” during an era when Soviet-bloc countries used the Olympics as propaganda to promote communism.

For perspective: Mu’s time on Tuesday was an American record and the 11th-fastest time ever. At 1:55.21, however, it was still nearly two full seconds behind Kratochvilova’s mark. Eight of the top 10 times in the women’s 800 were set before 2005, when storage of blood and urine samples began for more sophisticated drug screenings.

Track and field’s governing body in Europe proposed erasing all world record set before that year, but to date, the International Association of Athletics Federation has yet to approve what many believe is too radical of a step.

Then again, Mu might not need the help. She is shaving time off her own personal best nearly every time she competes. Bernice Mitchell, one of her coaches in Trenton, thinks it’s just a matter of time before she tops that list.

“World record is next,” Mitchell said. “I said American record (in the gold-medal race), but world record next is next. Mark my words. That is coming down. Soon. Very soon.”

Doubting Mu is foolish. She told reporters in Tokyo that she wanted to complete an historic “double” at the Paris Olympics in 2024 and become the win gold at 400 and 800 meters. Only one runner, Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena in 1976, has ever done that.

“This isn’t the last time you’re gonna see me run. This is just the beginning. There is more,” Mu said. “One thing I will say for those people who are watching me for the first time, even for people who have been watching me for the last couple years, my time is now.

“Six years from now, two years from now, it’s gonna be my time. I’m gonna do whatever I can in my time no matter what age I am. … I’m gonna do whatever I can to be great.”

Mu, who signed a professional contract with Nike after a dominant freshman season at Texas A&M, has the rare ability to speaking confidently without sounding boastful.

She wasn’t just dominant on the track in her official introduction to the world. She was poised, charismatic and telegenic. Her smile radiated from 13 time zones away, and no doubt, NBC believes it has a prime-time Olympic performer for years to come.

“I’m feeling awesome. I’m satisfied with it,” Mu said. “I’m glad I came out here and did what I had to do, to accomplish my goal. It was definitely a goal of mine to be a gold medalist. I knew it was possible, so I’m not super shook or shocked or anything. I’m just happy I been running the same way as I been running the whole year.”

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