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Breakthroughs, Broken Records and Beating Usain Bolt

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Michael Norman were on record-breaking form in the sprints in 2022, while Noah Lyles beat the fastest man in history at the Wanda Diamond League Final in Zurich.

2022 was an unforgettable year for the sprinters on the Wanda Diamond League circuit, with the Jamaicans pushing new boundaries in the women’s events and the Americans toppling years-old records in the men’s. In the first part of our “Best of 2022” series, we take a look back at some of the year’s most memorable performances in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Norman surpasses Van Niekerk – Men’s 400m, Eugene

For five years, Wayde Van Niekerk had maintained a firm grip on the 400m Diamond League record, with almost nobody getting within a sniff of the South African’s 43.62 in Lausanne in 2017. That all changed this year, however, as Michael Norman soared around the new Hayward Field to clock 43.60 and hurl down the gauntlet ahead of the World Athletics Championships. He would be crowned world champion on the same track a few months later, and while he failed to claim the Diamond Trophy in Zurich, Norman could still look back on a successful Diamond League campaign come September. A new series record and a victory on home soil to boot, his brilliant run in Eugene made him one of the standout performers in the 400m.

 Jackson stuns the big guns – Women’s 200m, Rome

Shericka Jackson was certainly no small fry when she launched her 2022 Diamond League campaign in May, but it wasn’t until the Pietro Mennea Golden Gala in Rome that she began to establish herself as an undisputed favourite for the Diamond Trophy. In a highly anticipated 200m which included Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah. US legend Allyson Felix and multiple Diamond League champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, it was Jackson who prevailed with a dominant 21.91, a meeting record and a statement victory early in the season. She would go on to establish herself as one of the greats of an incredible Jamaican generation, claiming World Championship gold in Oregon and a first Diamond Trophy in Zurich.

 Fraser-Pryce and Ta Lou make history – Women’s 100m, Monaco

It took three meetings for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to pick up her first points-scoring win in the 2022 Wanda Diamond League, but once she got points on the board, there was no looking back as the Jamaican legend notched up three separate meeting records on her way to a fifth Diamond Trophy in the second half of the season. The fastest of them came in Monaco, where she clocked 10.62 to pick up a world lead, meeting record and the third-fastest time in Diamond League history. Behind her in third place, Marie-Josée Ta Lou also made history with an African record of 10.72, the Ivorian clutching her head in disbelief as she crossed the finish line at the Stade Louis II.

 Lyles breaks Bolt’s record – Men’s 200m, Zurich

Perhaps one of the most impressive performances of the season came in the men’s 200m in Zurich. Noah Lyles had promised something special ahead of the Wanda Diamond League Final, and he delivered in style at the Letzigrund Stadium, jetpacking away from the rest of the field as he came out of the bend to win a fifth Diamond League title and break a meeting record which had been previously held by the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt. It was not just a historic victory, but an emphatic one, as Lyles shaved a full 0.14 seconds of Bolt’s previously unbeatable 19.66, set at Weltklasse in 2012.

 

Source: diamondleague.com

A world record is possible next season, says Fraser-Pryce

It may not have happened in 2022 but five-time World 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says that she is still aiming to get to her goal of a sub-10.6-second clocking after a season in which she has registered multiple sub-10.7 times.

Fraser-Pryce completed her campaign by capturing her fifth Diamond League 100m title at the Diamond League final in Zürich, clocking 10.65 for victory ahead of World 200m champion and 200m Diamond League winner Shericka Jackson who posted 10.81 and Marie-Josee Ta Lou who was third in 10.91.

In a season where all her times have been sub-11 seconds, Fraser-Pryce has clocked seven sub-10.7 times starting from the 10.67 clocking in her first 100m race of the season in May. The level of consistency this year has pleased her but she says it has also fuelled her desire to break another barrier, going sub 10.6 which she is targeting for next year.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (centre) of Jamaica crosses the finish line to win the women’s 100 metres at the Diamond League finals in Zürich, Switzerland, September 8. Fraser-Pryce won in 10.65 seconds.Photo: PA

“I’ve always believed that I can run 10.6 and I’ve always believed that I can run 10.5. And as long as I have that self-belief, as long as I continue to work and trust that it’s out there and there is something special that is coming, then I am going to continue working towards it until the wheels fall off,” Fraser-Pryce said after her 100m race. “To be able to end the season with a 10.6 is really special. I didn’t get the 10.5 but next year is another year.”

SUCCESSFUL END

While it was a successful end to her season, she acknowledged that the result could have been much different.

Fraser-Pryce pulled out of the much-anticipated clash between herself, Jackson and double sprint Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne three weeks ago citing discomfort in her hamstring. The problem resulted in her contemplating ending her season after but she proceeded to compete in Brussels last week, the penultimate meet of the Diamond League campaign.

Fraser-Pryce said that she was grateful to be able to make a strong return after the withdrawal and finished the season the way she wanted to despite the adversity.

“I have to give God thanks. Because in Lausanne, I really had a scare and it was kind of hard mentally to really work back from that and to get back into that groove. But I am glad that was able to come back to do it and finish strong,” Fraser-Pryce said. “Because sometimes it’s easy to run away. It’s easy to fold your tail and go away when things are not working the way you wanted them to. But I am glad that I was able to stick this out.”

In addition to targeting a 10.5 clocking, Fraser-Pryce will have an opportunity to win three straight World 100m titles at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, having earned a wild card for the championships as the defending champion.

 

Source: jamaica-gleaner.com

PUMA Signs Mutaz Essa Barshim

Sports company PUMA has signed Qatari athlete Mutaz Essa Barshim, one of the most successful high jumpers of all time, who will wear the company’s performance products starting at the Diamond League Meeting in Lausanne.

With three World Championships and an Olympic Gold to his name, Barshim has already won everything there is to win in his sport. At the World Championships in Eugene this year, he successfully defended his title and showed he is still on top of his game.

“We are so happy to welcome Mutaz to our PUMA Family,” said Pascal Rolling, Head of Sports Marketing. “He is an incredibly talented athlete, and his charm and sportsmanship has done much to promote athletics across the globe.”

Famously, Barshim and Italian PUMA athlete Gianmarco Tamberi decided to share the Gold at the Olympic Games in Tokyo after jumping the same height, creating memorable moments of fairness and comradery.

Barshim’s personal best of 2.43 meters is the Asian Record and the second-highest jump of all time. At PUMA, Barshim is part of a group of world-class athletes such as 400m hurdles World Record Holder Karsten Warholm, pole vault World Record Holder Armand “Mondo” Duplantis and Jamaican sprinters Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah.

 

Source: businesswire.com

Lausanne Diamond League schedule, times and how to watch on TV and online

The 2022 Diamond League season continues with another star-studded meet in Lausanne, Switzerland tonight.

It’s been a hectic few weeks of athletics action for the British stars, with the World Championships in Eugene being followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and then the European Championships in Munich.

But the big international names are ready to go again, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah set to go head-to-head again in the 100m final.

Elsewhere, the Athletissima meet features a packed schedule with Noah Lyles and Yulimar Rojas also in action as the season begins to wind down ahead of meetings in Brussels and Zurich.

Here’s everything you need to know including the full Lausanne schedule and how to watch on TV.

When is the Lausanne Diamond League meet?

It takes place on Friday 26 August, with the action getting underway from just after 5pm BST.

How can I watch it?

It will be shown live in the UK on BBC Three, with coverage starting from 7pm. It will also be shown live on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.

What is the full Lausanne schedule?

All times BST

17:10 – 800m Men

17:20 – Triple Jump Men

17:20 – 100m B Women Heat III

17:25 – 100m B Women Heat II

17:30 – 100m B Women Heat I

17:40 – 1500m U18/U20 Men

17:50 – 1500m U18/U20 Women

18:00 – 200m Women

18:10 – 400m B Women

18:10 – Pole Vault Women

18:25 – 5x80m Relay Youth Mixed

18:30 – Javelin Throw Men

18:36 – 400m Hurdles Men

18:48 – 1500m Wheelchair Men

19:04 – 400m Hurdles Women

19:10 – High Jump Men

19:12 – 800m Women

19:22 – 110m Hurdles Men

19:33 – 1500m Men

19:40 – Triple Jump Women

19:43 – 3000 women Women

19:59 – 100m Women

20:00 – Shot Put Men

20:06 – 3000m Steeplechase Men

20:23 – 100 Hurdles Women

20:31 – 400m Women

What time is 100m final at Commonwealth Games?

One of the most anticipated events of the 2022 Commonwealth Games is fast approaching.

With athletics and para athletics events in full swing, all eyes have turned to the track and field in Birmingham.

Some of the most talented athletes in the world will be aiming to write their name into the history books at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium – and one of the first landmarks of the athletics schedule sees the final of the 100m sprint.

What date are the 100m finals at the Commonwealth Games 2022?

The men’s and women’s 100m finals will take place on Wednesday 3 August. It will be one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the sporting calendar.

Where will the 100m finals of the Commonwealth Games 2022 be held?

The 100m finals will be held at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The venue has played host to the opening ceremony of the Games and will also be used for the closing ceremony.

The stadium, which first opened in 1976, has been the home of UK athletics since 2011.

With the new west stand in place, the stadium will be able to hold 18,000 spectators in its permanent configuration, while additional temporary stands will be in place to increase the overall attendance to 30,000.

What time are the 100m finals for the Commonwealth Games 2022?

On Wednesday 3 August, men and women will compete in a semi-final sprint which will determine who qualifies for the 100m finals.

Semi-Finals

  • Men’s 100m semi-final – 7.10pm
  • Women’s 100m semi-final – 7.35pm

Finals

  • Men’s 100m final – 9.30pm
  • Women’s 100m final – 9.45pm
Who are the favourites to win gold in the men’s 100m final for the Commonwealth Games 2022?

In the men’s 100m, the outstanding favourite is reigning Commonwealth Games champion Akani Simbine. The South African, who also won silver in the 4x100m relay on the Gold Coast, has odds of 8/11 to win gold.

The second favourite is Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya who won gold in the African Championships in 2022 for both the 100m sprint and the 4x100m relay.

Who are the favourites to win gold in the women’s 100m final for the Commonwealth Games 2022?

In the women’s 100m, the clear favourite to win gold is Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica.

The 30-year-old has won gold in the 100m and 200m in both the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Source: nationalworld.com

Favour Ofili set to impress at 2022 Athletics Worlds: ‘I am going there to win’

The 19-year-old, who became the first collegiate athlete to break 22 seconds, is the fifth fastest 200m runner this season.

She spoke exclusively to Olympics.com about her hopes to become one of the best female sprinters in the world and how Olympic champions Allyson Felix and Elaine Thompson-Herah are inspiring her.

Nigeria’s up-and-coming sprint star Favour Ofili is fearless, fast and aware of her potential.

“We (African sprinters) now believe in ourselves. We now believe that anything is possible,” she told Olympics.com ahead of the 2022 World Athletics Championships.

The 19-year-old broke the U.S. collegiate record in the 200m on 15 April, running to a 21.96, a Nigerian record and the second-fastest ever by an African. That record lasted just short of two months before Abby Steiner set a new collegiate record clocking 21.80 seconds on 6 June at the NCAA Athletics Championships in Eugene.

In the 100m the Nigerian sprinter also recorded two sub-11-second times in one week – a wind-aided 10.90 and a personal best of 10.93 in April 2022 – moving her to third on the all-time list of her country.

It’s been a quick turnaround for the new ‘Star Girl’ of Nigerian athletics. Her best distance was the 400m until 2021, when she dropped down to the 100m and 200m.

On the back of her recent results, Ofili now returns to the Hayward Field in Oregon as one of the favourites for team Nigeria at the 2022 World Athletics Championships.

“My mandate is to go there and win regardless of what happens. Run each heat, semi-finals fast and advance. Once you get to the finals anything can happen. I am going there to win.”

Source: olympics.com

Where to watch Pre Classic Diamond League

Watch the live show that includes, Beatrice Chepkoech, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Noah Lylesat the Pre Classic Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (27) in Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The meeting will be streamed in a number of territories on the Wanda Diamond League YouTube page from 13.00 local time (GMT -7)

The livestream will NOT be available in all territories.

To find out where the meeting may be broadcast in your country, check the list below. If your country does not appear on the list, please check local listings. The list is subject to change, and some broadcasters may only show highlights coverage, while others will show the meeting live. Please check your local listings to find out more information.

Territories Broadcaster
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Reunion, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Socotra, South Africa, St. Helena and Ascension, Swaziland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Mayotte, Morocco, Saint Helena, Somalia, Togo, Tunisia, Western Sahara Supersport (English) / Canal+ (French)
Argentina TeleRed
Australia Fox Sports
Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania TV3 (SIA)
Balkans: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia Sportklub
Belgium VRT
Brazil Globo / Newco – Band Sport
Bulgaria A1 – Sport Max
Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands Flow Sports
China CCTV
Czech Republic Ceska Televize
Denmark NENT
Finland MTV
France / Monaco Sportall / AthleTV
Germany Sky Deutschland
Greece / Cyprus TAF / ERT
India Viacom 18
Israel Charlton
Italy and the Vatican City Sky / Rai
Hungary MTVA
Macau TDM
Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic Sky Mexico
Netherlands Ziggo Sports / NOS
New Zealand Spark
Norway NRK
Poland Polsat
Portugal Sport TV Portugal
Singapore Starhub
South Korea KBS
Slovakia RTV
Spain Movistar
Sweden C More-TV4 / SVT
Switzerland SRG
Thailand Cineplex / Mono
Turkey Ssport
United Kingdom, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man- audio BBC Service overseas BBC
Ukraine Sentana
USA NBC Sports
Vietnam SCTV
Bhutan, Bolivia, Chile, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Venezuela Wanda Diamond League YouTube / Facebook

Elaine Thompson Herah beaten to second by Ewa Swoboda in Torun

Five-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah was beaten to second by European Indoor Champion, Ewa Swoboda at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series that was held on Tuesday (22) in Torun, Poland.

Swoboda edged out Herah as che clocked a meeting record time of 7:03 seconds with the latter coming home in second with a seasonal best of 7:04 seconds.

European U23 Champion, Pia Skrzyszowska improved her personal best to 7.14 to close the podium three finishes.

Great Britain’s Darryil Neita and Gina Bass from Gambia finished in fourth and fifth in a time of 7.17 and (SB) 7:26 respectively.

Elaine Thompson Herah up for another award

AFTER copping the World Athletics Female Sports Award last year, Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion Elaine Thompson Herah is up for another major award.

She is one of three track and field athletes nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award, World Athletics confirmed on its website yesterday. The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports. Thompson Herah is joined by 400m runner Allyson Felix of the United States and marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya.

Thompson Herah was nominated for the female award following her outstanding triple gold medal-winning performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She won the 100m and 200m and was a member of the winning 4x100m relay team. Felix’s is among those for the award after reaching a record tally of 11 medals in athletics at the Olympics following her 400m bronze and 4x400m gold medal in Tokyo. Other female nominees include swimmers Emma McKeon of Australia and American Katie Ledecky, tennis player Ashleigh Barty of Australia, and Spanish footballer Alexia Putellas.

Thompson Herah who is also the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation’s National Sportswoman of the Year for 2021, will be hoping to become the second Jamaican to capture this award following the legendary Usain Bolt, who copped the award on four occasions – in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2017. She will also be hoping to become the third female track and field athlete to win the award, following Marion Jones of the United States and Cathy Freeman of Australia, who won in the first two years of the award, in 2000 and 2001.

Athletics legend and Laureus Academy member Michael Johnson of the United States, lauded Thompson Herah on her latest recognition. “She is an athlete who just completely dominated the sport last year,” said Johnson, according to the World Athletics website. Johnson stated that Thompson Herah, who won the 100-200m double at successive Olympic Games, did something which is very difficult to do, while she is threatening one of the oldest and most impressive world records in the books, the women’s 100m record (10.49 seconds) held since 1988 by American Florence Griffith-Joyner. Joining Kipchoge are American NFL player Tom Brady, Bayern Munich footballer Robert Lewandowski of Poland, Belgian-Dutch Formula One world champion Max Verstappen, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, and American swimmer Caleb Dressel.

Tennis player Serena Williams of the United States, who won the award in 2003, 2010, 2016 and 2018, leads the way among females. On the male side, another tennis player, Roger Federer of Switzerland, has been the most successful. He has won the award on five occasions – 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2018. Meanwhile, golf great Tiger Woods won in the first two years, 2000 and 2001.

Source: jamaica-gleaner.com/

Seeing’s not believing as shoe tech rips up the record books

When World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe began his review of the year by highlighting “some jaw-dropping performances” he perfectly encapsulated the sport’s current paradox – people are stunned by what they are seeing, but not necessarily impressed.

For decades, huge world records were often greeted with a weary assumption of doping but many of today’s even bigger leaps are the result of “performance-enhancing technology”.

The dropping of the jaw is all-too often accompanied by the shaking of the head as a succession of astounding performances on track and road have left fans utterly discombobulated.

Illustrating the issue perfectly was the men’s Olympic 400 metre hurdles final in Tokyo this year, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest races in history.

American Kevin Young’s world record of 46.78 seconds had stood for 29 years before Norway’s Karsten Warholm finally nibbled eight hundredths off it in Oslo in July.

In Tokyo, Warholm scorched an incredible 45.94 seconds, while American Rai Benjamin and Brazilian Alison do Santos were also inside Youngs’ mark that had been untouchable for almost three decades.

As sceptics reacted not with adulation but with questions about the seemingly obvious impact of the new carbon-plated, thick-soled spikes and the “energy-returning” Tokyo track, Benjamin hit back by saying he could have done it in any shoes.

“No one will do what we just did,” he said. “Kevin Young, Edwin Moses (who broke the world record four times and won two Olympic golds in a 10 year run of 122 consecutive race wins), respect to those guys, but they cannot run what we just ran.”

SIMILAR STORY

It was a similar story, albeit with smaller margins, in the women’s event where Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad ran inside McLaughlin’s pre-Games world record and almost a second faster than the mark set by Russian Yuliya Pechonkina in 2003 that stood for 16 years.

Of course, times have always got faster and technical innovations have helped, but the leaps being seen now are, in the words of Warholm himself, “taking credibility away from our sport” as he bizarrely criticised Benjamin’s carbon shoes for having thicker soles than his own.

One of the other highlights of the Tokyo Olympic programme was Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah’s unprecedented retention of both 100m and 200m titles as, also aided by carbon spikes, she edged within touching distance of the extraordinary and hugely dubious times set by the late Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988.

It is a similar story on the roads, where World Athletics’ 2020 shoe design rules must be one of the greatest examples of closing the stable door after the horse has not only bolted but disappeared over the hills.

Records continue to tumble at all levels and this year has seen almost two minutes wiped off the women’s half-marathon world record, in three massive bites.

Coe says it is pointless now trying to place these seemingly stupendous performances in historical context and, in the case of the two 400m hurdles races, for example, he is surely right that fans should sit back and just appreciate the stunning head-to-head showdowns on the biggest stage of all.

However, perhaps the most uplifting event of the athletics year did not feature a record, or an outright winner, as Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi found themselves locked together after three fails at 2.39 metres in the Olympic high jump final.

Barshim asked an official: “Can we have two golds?” and when he said “yes”, and both men erupted in joy, it was truly one of the great Olympic moments.