Two of the recent Heps Olympians will be in action this week, one in a considerably less demanding role than the other.
Princeton graduate Donn Cabral has a challenge on his hands as he competes in his first Diamond League race, the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday. This race will likely be tougher than the Olympic final, when Cabral was eighth, as eight of the 14 steeplers will come from Kenya. Five of them have run under 8:10 this season, including Paul Koech, who has run 7:54. Tougher than the Olympics? Yes, IOC rules limit Kenya to just three runners at the Olympic Games.
Brown graduate Craig Kinsley, the top American javelin thrower in London, won’t have to perform at his peak on Saturday, but he will have a big stage. Kinsley will be throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park as the Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 pm. He was a baseball player at Fairfield Prep in Connecticut until a broken throwing hand his junior year forced him to track & field, where he high jumped and hurdled before learning to throw the javelin in a cast.