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July 14, 2012Posted by on
The Blue Riband event is the centerpiece of the Olympics. The athlete who wins the gold is dubbed as the world’s fastest man or woman.
Women’s 100m Dash
Until the Jamaican Olympic trials last June, Carmelita Jeter has been comfortably perched as the 2012 world leader. Jeter ran 10.81s at the same blue track in Kingston where the Jamaican trials were held.
A month later, the defending Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce demolished the American’s erstwhile 2012 standard. Fraser-Pryce ran a personal best, as she stopped the clock at 10.70s. Veronica Campbell-Brown came second at 10.82s.
Trinidadian Kelly-Ann Baptiste (10.86s) and Allyson Felix (10.92s) trails Campbell-Brown. Kerron Stewart (10.94s), Tianna Madison (10.96s), Murielle Ahoure (11.00s), and Blessing Okagbare (11.01s) occupy prominent positions in the top list.
The European challenge will be top billed by the comebacking Ivet Lalova Ивет Лалова (11.06s SB) and the mercurial Olesya Povh Олеся Повх (11.08s), who finished 1-2 at the European Championships in Helsinki.
Felix (L), Baptiste (C), and Stewart (R). Photos from Erik van Leeuwen
With the London Games barely two weeks away, the Jamaicans and the Americans are sure to figure in tough battle for gold.
The 25-year old Fraser-Pryce, fresh from setting lifetime bests in the 100m and the 200m, is at her prime. Jeter is six years older than the Jamaican Olympic Champion, but is coming into the Games as the reigning World Champion. the powerful American has a personal best of 10.64s from 2009. the second fastest behind Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 10.49s world record.
Stewart (10.75s, 2009), Campbell-Brown (10.76s, 2011), and Lalova (10.77s, 2004) are all sub-10.80s sprinters at their respective bests. Felix (10.92s, 2012) could figure in the fight for the podium as well, as long as she does not get left behind at the blocks.
My pick for gold is the defending champion, Fraser-Pryce. She has the momentum and she seems to be peaking just in time for London.
Top Three Predictions:
Gold: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Silver: Carmelita Jeter
Bronze: Allyson Felix
Men’s 100m Dash
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay are the only ones capable of beating an in-form Usain Bolt. Former World record holder Asafa Powell has the necessary speed and breakneck start, but he just does not possess the mental toughness to live up to his potential in major championships.
True enough, Blake has inflicted back-to-back defeats in the 100m and 200m to his training partner, both at the Jamaican Olympic Trials. Gay triumphed over Bolt at the DN Galan in Stockholm back in 2010.
The fight for gold will be three-pronged between Bolt, Blake, and Gay, should the latter be able to find the spring in his legs again. Justin Gatlin is the dark horse. Coming from his two-year doping ban, he has a lot to prove and is intent on making his comeback complete by winning Olympic gold.
Blake (9.75s) and Bolt (9.76s) are the two fastest this year. The 2004 Athens Olympic Champion, Justin Gatlin, is in top form as he set a personal best of 9.80s en route to topping the tough U.S. Olympic Trials. Powell (9.85s), Keston Bledman (9.86s), and Gay (9.86s) round up the next three.
Watch out for the tall and powerful Ryan Bailey. Bailey finished third at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, setting a personal best of 9.93s.
I’d love to see Kim Collins (10.05s SB) replicate his podium finish in Daegu, but the 2003 World Champion has not gone below the 10-second barrier this season. The French duo of Christophe Lemaitre (10.04s SB) and Jimmy Vicaut (10.07s SB) could once again barge into the final. Britain’s new sprinting talent, Adam Gemili (10.05s PB/SB), looks poised to make a mark as well.
I’m rooting for an injury-free Gay to finally wrest the Olympic 100m dash title. As the second fastest of all-time over the distance (9.69s), he has what it takes to come out on top. The youthfully exuberant Blake has the psychological edge, in the wake of his emphatic wins over Bolt.
If the world’s greatest sprinter gets his act together in London, the rest of the field – Gay and Blake included – will be competing only for the lesser medals.
Top Three Predictions:
Gold: Usain Bolt
Silver: Tyson Gay/Yohan Blake
Bronze: Justin Gatlin
June 30, 2012Posted by on
Young Yohan Blake defeated training partner Usain Bolt at the Jamaican Olympic Trials. Blake, the 2011 100m dash World Champion, shaved off a staggering seven-hundredths of a second off his personal best to convincingly win over the World 100m and 200m record holder. Blake stopped the clock in 9.75s to Bolt’s 9.86s. Asafa Powell was third in 9.88s.
The powerful Powell had a cracking start. The former world record holder actually led the field until the 60 meter mark, when Blake turned on his afterburners. Even Bolt’s usually dominating finish proved insufficient to turn the race into his favor. Although Bolt pipped Powell at the tape, by two-hundredths of a second, Blake scored a convincing victory.
This was Bolt’s first loss in the 100m dash since Tyson Gay beat him in Stockholm back in 2010.
Usain has shown chinks in his armor the past few races. At the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting this year, he ran a little over 10 seconds after a lackluster start. Although he has run the two fastest times in history (9.58s and 9.69s), other talented albeit slower sprinters are ready to pounce once Bolt lets down his guard.
Bolt at his best is practically unbeatable in the half-lap sprint. The 100m dash is a different ballgame altogether, considering the fact that the comebacking Gay had run 9.69s in the past. Powell (9.72s), despite his penchant for choking, has the necessary speed to edge out Bolt. With Blake’s victory in Kingston, a talented and confident challenger comes to fore.
Gay, Powell, and Blake has what it takes to beat Bolt in London.
Bolt’s loss at the hands of his training partner, as well as the near-missed he has had this season, could be beneficial in his defense of his Olympic titles. Bolt, after all, is human. He is no stranger to finishing second fiddle, having had a forgettable string of seasons prior to his breakout performance at the Beijing Olympics.
Usain Bolt, like the champion that he is, shall learn from this losing experience.
June 25, 2012Posted by on
I’ve always been fascinated by the touching story of Sueo Oe 大江 季雄 and Shuhei Nishida 西田 修平. The two Japanese pole vaulters won bronze and silver at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The two vaulters were very good friends. When they arrived in Japan, they went to a jeweler and had the two medals cut in half. Both Nishida and Oe had equal halves of bronze and silver, aptly called the Medal of Eternal Friendship.
In sport, people often say that only one person (or team) can emerge victorious. True enough, that is almost always the case in competitive sport, especially in athletics. Unless there is a dead heat.
The U.S. Olympic Trials featured one of the most high profile deadlocks in a running event the past few years. At the 100m dash final, the fast-finishing Allyson Felix caught up with her training partner Jeneba Tarmoh. Third place – and the coveted spot in the U.S. lineup – was originally awarded to Tarmoh. A closer review of the photo-finish tapes revealed that the sprinters actually clocked identical times of 11.068s.
The U.S. Trials is a cutthroat method of selection, where the top three finishers in each event are automatically given outright slots to a major championships, provided that they had met the entry standards. Considering the vast talent pool of the U.S., the competition for those berths are naturally tough (even tougher than the Olympic Games itself, some say).
However, it turns out that there was no clear cut policy on settling dead heats in the running events. Since countries are only allowed to send a maximum of three participants in the Olympic Games, a clear victor must be chosen between Felix and Tarmoh. After much deliberation, the USATF crafted a set of guidelines in dealing with these rare occurrences:
Felix and Tarmoh, simply put, will be given the option of a coin toss or a run-off. Considering how competitive these ladies are, it is almost certain that the latter will be chosen.
Dead heats, because of its rarity (well, not for Yevgeniy Borisov and Konstantin Shabanov, I guess), is a refreshing twist to the black & white outcome of a track race. As spectators and competitors alike, we have been accustomed to seeing one person stand on each rung of the podium. In this day and age of fast-pace lifestyles and cut throat ways of life, it seems almost heartwarming to see two (or even three) people share a coveted prize.
For Felix and Tarmoh, however, they can share the bronze medal but only one can be sent to London.
June 8, 2012Posted by on
Usain Bolt crossed the finish line at the Bislett Games, stopping the clock at 9.79s. As we was slowing down the first bend, waving to crowd and doing his usual post-race celebratory moves, an exuberant race volunteer blocks Bolt’s lane to hand out a bouquet of flowers.
Disaster of Ivet Lalova proportions was averted, thanks to the Lightning Bolt’s quick reflexes. IHe jumped in an effort to break his momentum, and grabbed the girl to absorb the impact. The girl buckled under force of the muted impact, Usain carries her, preventing her from falling down the track, and gives her a friendly hug!
Usain Bolt, what a remarkable guy!
June 6, 2012Posted by on
Adam Gemili sure is impressive. He lowered his 2011 personal best in the 100m dash by a massive 0.27s, when he ran 10.08s in Regensburg yesterday. He has already hurdled the Olympic “A” standard and is the fastest Briton this Olympic season. He had beaten his older and more illustrious compatriots, among them 2004 Olympic 4x100m relay gold medalist Mark Lewis-Francis (10.21s) and 2010 World Indoor champion Dwain Chambers (10.28s).
The former footballer has run the fastest 100m time this year by a junior. In the all-time juniors 100m list, only fourteen men had run quicker (Trinidadian Darrel Brown holds the World Junior record of 10.01s). Gemili is in good company, with Justin Gatlin also running 10.08s as a junior. In fact, the young Briton has bettered such fine names like Francis Obikwelu (10.10s) and, believe it or not, Yohan Blake (10.11s).
Interestingly, the British are well-represented in this list, with Lewis-Francis (9.97s, albeit with a malfunctioning wind gauge) and Chambers (10.06s) occupying prominent spots. With such depth of sprinting talent, it’s quandary why British men have been left out of the Olympic 100m dash final in the last two editions of the games.
Gemili still has to finish in the top two at the British Olympic trials, for him to earn an outright slot in the century dash. The prospects for the host nation’s relay team looks bright, with the resurgent Lewis-Francis, the brooding Chambers, and the talented Gemili in the spot light. It would take a minor miracle for the British, or the Americans for that matter, to beat an in-form Jamaican quartet in the 4x100m. Against such quality opposition, a medal of any color will be god-sent for the hosts.
May 8, 2012Posted by on
I was awestruck by Su Bingtian’s (苏炳添) victory at the recently concluded Super Grand Prix in Kawasaki. The Chinese 100m dash record holder, stopped the clock at a wind-aided 10.04s (+ 2.9 m/s). The young Su, still only 22-years old, edged out experienced international campaigners Mike Rodgers (10.05s) and Kim Collins (10.07s). Rodgers is the 60m dash World indoor silver medalist from Doha. The ageless Collins, a respected figure in athletics circle, won a memorable 100m dash bronze in Daegu – seven years after his unexpected world title in Paris.
The fast-starting Collins grabbed the early lead. Both Su and Rodgers overtook Collins at the latter parts of the race. Perhaps the overly windy conditions (the flags were visibly flapping) blew the field wide open. Jet lag could have slowed down the reaction times of the Western sprinters, to the advantage of the acclimatized and well-adapted Su. Nevertheless, the Chinese upstart achieved a confidence boosting victory.
The Japanese are, by far, Asia’s most illustrious sprinting nation. Over the long history of the modern Olympic Games, Asians have won flat sprinting medals twice – Susantika Jayasinghe’s (சுசந்திக ஜெயசிங்க்ஹி) 200m dash silver (originally a bronze) in Sydney and Japan’s 4x100m relay bronze in Beijing. At the World Championships, Jayasinghe’s 200m silver (Athens 1997) and bronze (Osaka 2007) and Shingo Suetsugo’s (末續 慎吾) 200m dash bronze in Paris (2003) comprise the continent’s total medal haul in the biennial event.
Su’s curriculum vitae is impressive. He had won 100m dash gold medals at the 2010 Asian Games and the 2011 Asian Championships, prior to winning a bronze during last year’s World University Games in China.
In a span of 5 years, Su had lowered his 100m dash personal best from 10.59s in 2006 to 10.16s in 2011- a Chinese national record. Su’s best finish in a a major championship is 5th place at the 60m dash semis at the Istanbul World Indoor Championships, where he clocked 6.74s – almost two-hundredths of second slower than his 6.58s Chinese national record.
To put things into perspective, the standing Asian continental record is held by the Nigerian-born Samuel Francis at 9.99s. The Japanese troika of Koji Ito 伊東 浩司 (10.00s), Nobuharo Asahara (朝原 宣治) (10.02s) and Suetsugo (10.03s are the fastest natural-born Asians. It could take some time for Su to approach the 10-second barrier legally, but he does have a fighting chance.
I firmly believe that Asians aren’t genetically slower than athletes of West African descent (Chinese weightlifters have won gold medals in the explosive event). Perhaps it’s just a cultural manner (I’d have to look for that particular Danish study) and the fact that, historically, Asian performance in athletics has been generally below par.
As Su matures as an athlete, I hope he stays injury free. Asia could sure use another athletics icon.
May 7, 2012Posted by on
Ashleigh Nelson is this week’s track beauty!
Athletes in track & field usually reach their peaks in their mid- to late-20’s. Unlike sports like gymnastics and swimming, where relatively younger athletes excel, the age average in elite athletics events like the Olympics and World Championships are skewed towards the physically mature. Seeing teenagers amongst Olympic lineups is a rarity.
Photo from The Telegraph
Nelson did just that. As a prodigious 17-year old sprinter, Ashleigh was named to Britain’s 4x100m Olympic relay team in 2008. Although she did not see action in Beijing, her selection spoke volumes about her talent. As a fourteen year old, Nelson ran a then personal best of 11.58s in the 100m dash.
In 2007, she won struck 100m dash bronze at the World Youth Championships in Ostrava. A year later, Ashleigh went up to silver at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz.
The Briton has a personal best of 11.36s from 2009, set when she was still only 18-years old. However, an unfortunate string of injuries has hampered her gradual rise through the sprinting ranks.
Her 2010 season’s best fell to 11.54s. Fortunately, her renewed focus on conditioning has borne fruit. In 2011, Ashleigh ran 11.38s in Switzerland – two-hundredths of second from her personal best.
For an athlete blessed with god-given talent and iron-clad resolve, the future looks bright.
April 29, 2012Posted by on
Carol Rodríguez is this week’s track beauty!
The U.S.-born sprinter was one of the best collegiate sprinters in the NCAA during her time. She started competing for the University of Southern California in 2005, reaping various accolades throughout her amateur career.
Photo from Wikipedia
In 2006, Rodríguez clocked 11.38s in the 100m dash to win bronze at the tough NCAA Championships. She stamped her dominance at the PAC-10 and the NCAA West Championships during the 2007 season, notching impressive 100m-200m doubles in both meets.
Rodríguez competes internationally for Puerto Rico. She represented the Carribean island at the 2009 World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2009, Rodríguez won a 100m dash bronze at the Central American and Caribbean Championships, stopping the clock in 11.38s.
The versatile sprinter holds a total of four national records (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay). She has personal bests of 11.28s (2009), 22.23s (2006) and 51.39s (2008) in the 100m, 200m and 400m, respectively.
April 14, 2012Posted by on
Anna Kiełbasińska is this week’s track beauty!
Kiełbasińska is an up and coming Polish sprinter. As a junior, she barged into the 200m dash finals of the 2008 World Junior Championships in front of her home crown in Bydgoszcz. She clocked 23.95s, placing 7th overall. Kiełbasińska improved upon her semifinals finish at the 2007 World Youth Championships.
The Polish sprinter had a fruitful 2011 campaign. In the run-up prior to the Daegu World Championships, Kiełbasińska won the European U23 200m dash gold and the 100m dash bronze.
The Pole originally finished in 3rd and 4th place, respectively, but the 100m/200m champion, Darya Pizhankova, was disqualified after failing a doping test. Kiełbasińska ran a lifetime’s best of 23.23s in the 200m dash final.
She competed in her first ever major international a month later in Daegu. The young Pole failed to progress beyond the heats.
Perhaps it is much too early to predict Olympic success for the fast-rising Kiełbasińska. Nevertheless, she is within the cusp of joining the elite European senior campaigners in 2012, in light of the promising results from the previous year.
Article by Joboy Quintos
February 18, 2012Posted by on
Estela García is this week’s track beauty!
The young Spaniard is a fast-rising sprinting talent in her home nation. Still only 23-years old, García has had considerable international experience. In 2008, she competed at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, clocking 24.67s in the heats of the 200m dash and 12.03s in the century dash.
A year later after her debut on the world stage, García lowered her 200m dash personal best to 23.87s. The versatile Spanish sprinter has personal bests of 11.75s (2010) and 56.86s (2011) in the 100m and 200m, respectively.
At the 2010 Ibero-American Championships, Garcia narrowly missed a finals slot in the 200m dash. She made amends at the 2011 European U-23 Championships in Ostrava, as she tied her 200m personal best in the semifinals.
Her most memorable international moment to date came during the European Championships in Barcelona. García, together with Ana Torrijos, Digna Luz Murillo, and Amparo María Cotán, set a new Spanish national record in the 4x100m relay final.
December 18, 2011Posted by on
Dana Hussein Abdul-Razzaq دانة حسين عبد الرزاق (Abdulrazaq Danah) is this week’s track beauty!
I’ve often ranted about the ills of being a Filipino track & field athlete. Abdul-Razzaq’s circumstances as a sprinter amidst war-torn Iraq makes Filipino athletics seem like paradise. The ill-fated American enterpise in Iraq in 2003 plunged the proud Arab nation into chaos. Despite the constant fighting, the Iraqi sprinter persevered.
Photos from Yahoo/Reuters
She competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, training in Iraq while her fellow Olympians had bases abroad. Abdul-Razzaq finished 6th in her heat, stopping the clock at 12.36s. On paper, such a time would have been mediocre. But considering the fact that the Iraqi trains at an old asphalt track riddled by both bumps and sniper fire, such a performance is admirable to say the least.
Abdul Razzaq is part of the Shiite minority, while her coach Yousif Abdul-Rahman is Sunni. For Abdul-Razzaq, taking part in sport unifies the “Iraqi people — no Sunnis, no Shiites, just sport for the country.”
Three years after the Beijing Olympics, the Iraqi sprinter is making waves in regional competitions, winning the 100m dash crown at the ongoing Arab Games in Doha. Abdul-Razzaq ran a season’s best of 11.88s to edge out the Asian Games 200m dash silver medalist, Gretta Taslakian of Lebanon. Her winning time is almost half a second faster than her time at the Beijing Olympics – and at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships held this year, where she failed to progress beyond the heats!
The versatile Iraqi also won a bronze in the 400m dash and has figured at the top of the 200m dash qualifying.
Article by Joboy Quintos
October 9, 2011Posted by on
Kim Gevaert is this week’s track beauty!
The retired Belgian sprinter has had an illustrious career. With personal bests of 11.04s and 22.20s in the 100m and 200m dashes, the powerfully built speedser was a fixture in elite women’s sprinting during her prime.
She first made waves during in 1999, when she won the 200m title at the Universiade and the 100m dash bronze at the European U23 Championships. She was crowned European Indoor Champion at the 60m dash in 2002, the same year she notched an impressive 100m-200m silver medal double at the European Outdoor Championships in Munich.
Four years later in Goteborg, the Belgian struck gold in the two events, becoming the first athlete from her country to win a continental 100m dash title.
Gevaert was an outstanding indoor sprinting career, winning silver and bronze medals at the 60m dash at the 2004 and 2006 editions of the World Indoor Championships. Outdoors, she led a successful the Belgian quartet to a bronze medal finish at the 2007 World Championships.
The popular Gevaert had an eventful farewell season in 2008. In her last Olympic appearance, the Belgian sprinter anchored the 4x100m quartet to an unprecedented Olympic silver.
September 12, 2011Posted by on
As a hardcore athletics junkie, I satiate most of my track & field cravings through Youtube. Aside from the times when Eurosport Asia airs the Diamond League or a high-level European meet, I have to settle for clips uploaded on the popular video streaming site. Since athletics is a predominantly European sport, the broadcasters I encounter come from a hodgepodge of countries.
Amongst the myriad of languages, I prefer the French commentary over the rest (after the English feed, of course). In the countless times I’ve watched athletics clips online, the French almost always stand out for their unbridled passion and sheer excitement. The British and American pundits tend to be more restrained. The French seem more animated, at some point even shouting with much fervor (please watch the clips below).
Perhaps my preference for French stem from its exoticism to my English-reared ears. See and hear for yourself. Be the judge!
* For consistency, I chose the 2011 Daegu World Championships Men’s 100m dash final.
July 31, 2011Posted by on
Christophe Lemaitre, for the nth time, lowered his French 100m record to 9.92s. Lemaitre
edged out walloped fellow youngster Jimmy Vicaut, the newly-minted European Junior Champion, for the French national title.
The rangy Lemaitre started sluggishly (as usual), as Yannick Lesourd powered on to an early lead. In his trademark second-half burst, Lemaitre turned on the afterburners en route to his seventh trip under the ten-second barrier. It was a high quality field as Vicaut (10.07s) and Martial Mbandjock (10.17s) strutted world-class times, speaking volumes about the depth of French athletics.
The 21-year old shaved off two-hundredths of a second from his erstwhile PB, a new European U23 record (his fourth for this year), the ninth fastest time in 2011 and the third fastest time by European since Francis Obikwelu (9.86s) and Linford Christie (9.87s).
With Lemaitre’s penchant for last-ditch heroics, it is apt to compare the Frenchman to nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis – in the sprints, at least. Lewis clocked 9.92s and 9.99s en route to winning the Seoul and Los Angeles Olympic Games. But then again, those were vastly different circumstances than today’s.
Nevertheless, expect Lemaitre to at least barge into the 100m and 200m finals come Daegu.
July 9, 2011Posted by on
Ezinne Okparaebo is this week’s track beauty!
The Nigerian-born Okparaebo has been living in Norway since the age of nine. The sprinter holds Norwegian records in the 100m and 60m dashes. She was also part of the quartet that set the Norwegian benchmark in the 4x100m relay back in 2008.
Photos from Wikipedia and Ezinne’s Facebook fan page
Okparaebo saw much success as a junior, winning the 100m dash gold at the 2007 European Championships. A year later, she reached the second round of the century dash at the Beijing Olympic Games, setting a new personal best of 11.32s in the heats.
At the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, the Norwegian ran 11.23s twice, rewriting the national mark. Okparaebo, however, missed out on a podium finish.
She redeemed herself at the European Indoor Championships in Paris. This time around, the pint-sized sprinter won the 60m dash bronze, stopping the clock in 7.20s – one notch lower and one-hundredths of a second faster than her silver medal in Torino two years earlier.
Photos from Ezinne’s Facebook fan page
Her achievements, at such a young age, is considerable. Expect the ever-smiling Norwegian to be a global contender in the coming years.
Article by Joboy Quintos