Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ABC’s of the 2010 Season

BERLIN - AUGUST 22: David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya celebrates the victory and the new world record in the men's 800m during the IAAF World Challenge ISTAF 2010 at the Olympic Stadium on August 22, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A – Ashton Eaton emerged as a major player in the decathlon

B – Bershawn Jackson, back to form and dominant in the 400 hurdles

C – Chris, as in Chris Solinsky and Christian Cantwell both looking good heading into 2011

D – David, as in Rudisha and Oliver, the two most dominating athletes in 2010

E – European Championships, the biggest event of the year

F – Florida Relays site of Tyson Gay’s 44.89 making him the first man ever to run under 10.00, 20.00 and 45.00

G – Gay (Tyson) the world’s #1 sprinter in 2010

H – Howard-Lowe (Chaunte) new AR holder in the high jump

I – Injuries, Kenenisa Bekele, almost every Jamaican sprinter, half of the US sprinters, nearly every top global high hurdler

J – Jeremy Wariner returned to dominating form

K – Kara Patterson set an AR in the javelin and new standards of consistency while becoming a major global player

L – Lemaitre (Christophe) became the first “white” sprinter to break through the 10.00 barrier

M – Middle distance surge in the US on the feet of Andrew Wheating, Leonel Manzano, Morgan Uceny, Phoebe Wright, and Alysia Johnson

N – NCAA Championships, the most exciting event of the year

O – Ostapchuck (Nadzeya), the most dominating, and overlooked, female athlete on the planet this year

P – Penn Relays, once again the biggest event on US soil

Q – Qatar, the first stop on the new Diamond League

R – Rio de Janerio won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games – the first to be held in South America

S – Stockholm, the site of the year’s only major sprint showdown and the race heard round the world

T – Teddy Tamgho, took the triple back over 59 feet

U – Usain Bolt, if there were gold medals for partying he says he would have them all, lead the clock over 200 meters

V – Veronica Campbell Brown leads the world in both the 100 & 200

W = Wallace Spearmon returns to form after down years with injury

X – Xiang Liu, still injured, a sign of the times for the elite

Y – Yargelis Savigne, still a force in the triple jump

Z – Zurich once again a highlight of the European Circuit

1 comment:

  1. Penn Relays the best meet on US soil? Oh sorry biggest meet of the year. Most participants, but not even close to the biggest. Pre and NY trump them, I cannot count early season relay meets, thats just volume