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Why the U.S. is relying on Grant Holloway to avoid making ignominious history

There will be a little extra pressure on gold medal favorite Grant Holloway on Thursday when he runs in his first Olympic final.

The reigning world champion in the men’s 110-meter hurdles is Team USA’s best hope to avoid making some ignominious history.

An American man has won gold in an individual running event at least once at every Olympics in which the U.S. has participated. The only exception is the 1980 Moscow Games that the U.S. famously boycotted.

That streak is in some real jeopardy in Tokyo with six of the 10 men’s running events already complete.