Athing Mu, Nia Akins and the brutal line between Olympic dreams and agony

Leader Athing Mu falls on the first lap of the 800-meter final during the US Olympic Track and Field Team Trials on Tuesday in Eugene, Ore. (Craig Strobeck/USA TODAY)

EUGENE, Ore.— The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, on this day at the University of Oregon’s storied Hayward Field, was more than a cliche. It was a portrait. A dichotomous display of the drama of sports.