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Olympic Trials action suspended in Eugene due to extreme heat

Action at U.S. track and field trials was suspended and fans were evacuated from Hayward Field on Sunday afternoon as the temperature reached 108 degrees on the track.

Posted: Jun 27, 2021 3:54 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2021 4:50 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Action at U.S. track and field trials was suspended and fans were evacuated from Hayward Field on Sunday afternoon as the temperature reached 108 degrees on the track.

The final day of the trials is scheduled to resume at 8:30 p.m. with the men’s long jump, and racing was to resume at 9 p.m. with the women’s 400-meter hurdles and men’s 200 highlighting the program.

Southern Oregon University's Eric Avila will race in the men's 1500 finals at 9:40 p.m.

The forecast high was 111 degrees, but the only schedule change USA Track and Field made previous to Sunday was to move three of the weekend's distance races out of their afternoon time slots to the morning.

With the stadium filling for racing that was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., the announcer came onto the sound system and said the action was being suspended “because of extreme heat."

The heptathletes had already been in action and had one event remaining — the 800. The men's high jump had been completed, with JuVaughn Harrison getting a victory. He was scheduled to compete in the long jump as well.

Earlier in the day, with the temperature approaching 90, Paul Chelimo won the men's 5,000.

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