Friday, August 20, 2021
Sha’Carri Richardson may not have been able to run in the Tokyo Olympics after her one-month suspension for a positive marijuana test, but she’ll be competing in the 100- and 200-meter races at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend. Other stars to watch include Sifan Hassan, the first person to medal in three distance events at the Olympics; Athing Mu, the 19-year-old who won gold in the 800 meters in Tokyo; and Allyson Felix, the most decorated American in track and field Olympic history. [Women’s Running]
Investigators suspect that a toxic algal bloom may be to blame for the deaths of a Northern California couple, their baby, and their dog while hiking on a remote trail in the Sierra National Forest earlier this week. The family died under mysterious circumstances, with no signs of trauma and no obvious cause of death.The group was found dead on Tuesday, a little more than a mile away from their vehicle, at the Devil’s Gulch area along the south fork of the Merced River, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. A family friend had reported them missing the night before.
Investigators remain baffled by what could have happened. The area where the family was found was initially considered a hazmat site, but that declaration was lifted Wednesday. Mariposa County sheriff Jeremy Briese said he didn’t think that gas from nearby abandoned mines was a factor. The bodies are undergoing autopsies and toxicology exams, which could shed light on the cause of death. [NPR]
The Ironman World Championship in Hawaii has been postponed until February 2022, in response to the surge in Delta-variant infections. The event’s 2022 championship, however, is still expected to take place that October. [Triathlete]