McHugh participated in the 400 IM (68th, 4:56.26) and the 200 IM at the US Olympic Trials (80th, 2:20.53). She did not make the team.
In 2009, McHugh finished first in the 400 IM at the World Championships in Rome with a time of 4:50.70. The American team went on to win the gold medal that day. McHugh's time was more than five seconds faster than the next-fastest swimmer and was good for seventh all-time. At the age of 26, she is now one of the most experienced swimmers on the team.
Allison McHugh is an American former swimmer who won a silver medal in the 400 m individual medley at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Born in New York City, she graduated from Princeton University in 2004. She turned professional that same year and has since moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she trains under the guidance of Dan Fitzgibbon at the Swimming Centre.
On April 13, 2010, it was announced that McHugh had been suspended for two years by the United States Olympic Committee following a failed drug test during an annual physical examination. The news came as a shock to everyone, including herself.
And probably the most famous of them all: the incredible 400m men's final in the 1960 Rome Olympics, in which Milkha Singh finished a whisker behind the bronze medal position. The two guys broke the four-year-old world record of 45.2 seconds in 44.9 seconds. And then came the disqualification: because Milkha had lost his passport before the event, he could not leave Italy.
The story goes that the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) approached Singh after the race and offered him $10,000 if he would not participate in further competitions outside India. When Milkha refused, the IOA president dropped out of the picture.
Milkha Singh was already an international star when he competed at the Rome Olympics. But even so, his failure to qualify for the final left a bitter taste with many people who thought he had real chances of winning a gold medal.
As for the future king of middle-distance running, Bishen Singh Bedi said after the incident that "if Milkha cannot run then we will send the machine instead".
In other words, Milkha was replaced by a robot. The idea came from Dr. Ram Charan Tikoo, who worked with the IOA in those days. He wanted to prove that Indians were capable of competing with the best in the world and therefore needed to be given equal opportunities.
Shorter participated in the 10,000 meters first, finishing fifth, but dominated the marathon, finishing 2 minutes clear of the pack in 2 hours 12 minutes 19.8 seconds. In 1972, his Olympic triumph earned him the Sullivan Award as the finest American amateur athlete.
He went on to manage a sporting goods store after the Olympics and returned to compete again at the 1976 Montreal Games, but was unable to match his previous performance. He retired after that race.
Shorter has remained active in the sport as a coach and administrator. He is currently the director of operations for the Nike Oregon Project, which coaches several top runners including Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall.
In addition to his Olympic gold, Shorter has one other medal from the 1968 Mexico City Games: he won the bronze medal in the men's marathon.
His personal best time of 2:15.39, set in 1974, remains unbeaten today.
Frank Shorter was born on January 4th, 1945 in San Francisco, California. He was raised by his parents in Santa Rosa, about 50 miles north of San Francisco. His father was a successful businessman who owned several chain stores, while his mother was a homemaker.
From an early age, Shorter showed an interest in sports.
The documentary followed him on his quest to capture Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters in Atlanta. On the track, he won a 1500/3000 metre double at the World Indoor Track Championships, defended his 10,000 metre crown at the Outdoor World Track Championships, and was undefeated in all of his events (which ranged from the 1500 up to 10,000 metres). Off it, he became one of the most respected figures in athletics with his simple lifestyle and business acumen.
He arrived in the United States three months before the start of the games under a lot of pressure because no African had ever won more than two gold medals at a single Olympics. However, during the games he failed to win any more gold medals but he did manage to inspire many Africans who came to America for jobs and were unable to find them back home. His example also showed that with hard work you can succeed even in the most difficult of circumstances.
After the games he returned to Ethiopia where he still runs in several races each year. He remains the only person to have won both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon.
This article is about an Ethiopian who achieved great success in the Olympics. You may know him by another name: Haile Gebrselassie.
Haile Gebrselassie is one of the greatest runners of all time.