EUGENE, Ore. — Organizers suspended competition at the final day of the U.S. Olympic track and field trials for five hours Sunday due to extreme heat at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Events were due to resume at 8:30 p.m. PT, with NBC Sports Network providing live television coverage.
The move ensured that some of the trials' marquee events – including finals in the women's 400-meter hurdles and men's 200-meter dash – would take place well after midnight on the East Coast.
Fans streamed toward the exits at 3:15 p.m. local time after an in-stadium announcement regarding the move. Spectators were required to exit the stadium and get their hands stamped in order to return Sunday night.
The competition had already started earlier in the day with finals in the men's high jump and men's 5,000 meters. The 5,000-meter race was moved earlier this week to Sunday morning due to heat concerns. The men's long jump final was due to begin about 30 minutes before organizers pulled the plug.
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The temperature reads 103 degrees during the US Olympic trials at Hayward Field. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)
Temperatures in Eugene had been forecasted to exceed 110 degrees Sunday afternoon, which would be an all-time high in the usually temperate, rainy Oregon city. The temperature on the track at Hayward Field was 108 degrees as of about 3:30 p.m.
The final events Sunday night promised to feature some of the United States' biggest names, including a matchup of reigning world champion and runner-up Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin in the women's 400-meter hurdles, 19-year-old wunderkind Athing Mu in the women's 800 and reigning world champion Noah Lyles in the men's 200.
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