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Sprinting Legends Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake Combined To Produce ‘The Greatest Race Ever’

Usain Bolt was the dominant force in sprinting during the late 2000s and early 2010s as he broke records and won medals for fun to become a global sporting icon.

Bolt, along with another of Jamaica’s sprinting stars, Yohan Blake was part of a 4x100m relay team that produced arguably the greatest race the world has ever seen.

The 4x100m relay is often billed as the centre piece of any athletics championship as it requires both tremendous speed and tight team work in order to get the baton around the track. The hardest part of the race is the handovers and the fact that all four members of the relay team has to perform to their best in order to win the race.

In the 2012 London Olympics, two of the world’s best sprinting nations, the United States and Jamaica lined up as they battled for Olympic gold.

The Americans were represented by a strong team of Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey and they were up against the Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Blake and Bolt. The two teams went on to produce a great spectacle for the fans.

The first three legs of the race were extremely close as neither team managed to gain any big lead. As the race approached the last leg, the Americans had the narrowest of leads, but the Jamaicans had the world record holder Bolt on the anchor leg.

Blake handed over to Bolt whilst Gay handed over to Bailey for the US. A monumental finish was required in order for Jamaica to clinch the gold medal and of course, Bolt produced the goods.

He ran one of the fastest 100 metres ever to secure the gold medal for his country, and with it smashing the world record after registering 36.84 seconds.

The previous world record stood at 37.04 seconds whilst the Olympic record was slightly slower at 37.10 seconds. Both were convincingly smashed by the amazing performance of the Jamaican team.

America’s quartet were close and pushed the Jamaicans all the way as they matched the previous world record of 37.04 seconds but that was not enough as Bolt and co. cemented themselves in history.

Fans reacted to the Jamaican team’s stellar display.

One fan said: “Blake received the baton at 19.1, gave it to bolt at 28.1. He ran 9 sec. Bolt received at 29.1, finished at 36.84, he ran 100m at 8.74!”

Another added: “Can we all take a moment to appreciate Yohan Blake who made up so much ground in the 3rd leg. That is probably the best 3rd leg run I’ve ever seen. INSANE!!!”

And a third said: “Blake to Bolt… The two fastest humans ever handing the baton to one another… Spectacular!”

More than 10 years on from that special night, the world record still stands as no teams have managed to get close to breaking the record.

Source: sportbible.com

Sha’Carri Richardson to battle Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at Kipkeino Classic

Three-time Olympic and nine-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the latest high profile athlete confirmed at the 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour that will be held on May 7, at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.

The Jamaica will face the fast rising American sprinter Richardson during the one day event.

Shelly Ann Fraser’s whose first medal was at the World Championships back in 2007 when she won silver in the 4x100m relay event has been the stand out performer in women’s athletics sprint events for the last 14 years.

The Jamaican added Olympic 100m silver to that collection at the delayed 2020 Olympics, finishing behind compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah in the sprint final in Tokyo, but finished the season with a personal best of 10.60s, the third-fastest time in history.

The meet Director Barnaba Korir says the presence of the legendary Jamaican athlete whose medal collection has a total of 18 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze medals in events ranging from the Olympics, World Championships and World Athletics Final among others is a big plus for the event that enters the third year.

“We have a big event lined up for next month, bigger than the previous two editions. I can confirm that there are a high number of entries that have expressed interest for our event,” said Korir.

Korir is confident that Africa’s highest-ranking one-day meeting, successfully established in 2020, will be able to host a big number of fans at the stadium with the other two editions having been held behind closed doors.

“We are prepared for the crowds. We are going to make this a very successful and entertaining event, and we are blessed and happy that this is the moment fans will be coming back to the stadium,” Korir said, adding that once again the country intends to showcase the top athletics talent from all over Africa along with those from other continents

He went on, ” We have support from the government of Kenya so that the security of the athletes and the spectators is catered for, of the numbers supersedes what the stadium can carry, definitely we have to have mechanisms to limit the number. On the other had we are going to have a small entry fees for the fans we be coming to watch the event,” he added.

On the other had Korir says they will soon be announcing who will face the home favorite Ferdinand Omanyala, who during the previous event last year clocked 9.77s to break Kenya’s 100m National record

“The men’s edition will equally be bigger than last year when top athletes like Trayvon Bromwel and Justin Gatlin competed,” added Korir.

Justin Gatlin retires

Four times world champion Justin Gatlin on Thursday (10) announced hanging up his spikes after an illustrious running career.

The 40-year-old veteran, who won gold in the 100m at the 2004 Athens Olympics, confirmed his retirement in a post on Instagram titled “Dear Track”.

“I have loved you track. You gave me tears of sadness and of joy, lessons learned that will never be forgotten,” he wrote. “The torch is passed but the love will never fade. On your mark, get set … Gone!”

Gatlin’s retirement had long been expected. He had attempted to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics last year but suffered a hamstring injury at the US trials in Eugene.

He completed a 100m and 200m sprint double at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005, and also won 100m gold at the 2017 edition in London, scoring a rare victory over Jamaican icon Usain Bolt in the process.

But Gatlin’s career was also touched by scandal, and he was twice suspended for doping offences. His first doping suspension in 2001 arose from the use of Adderall, which contains amphetamine. Gatlin had been using the drug since childhood to treat attention deficit disorder. The US arbitration panel that heard his case ruled Gatlin was “certainly not a doper.”

A second positive test in 2006 found excessive levels of testosterone in his system. Gatlin blamed the results on sabotage by a therapist with whom he was locked in a financial dispute.

Ferdinard Omanyala wins the LG Sports Personality Award for September

Africa’s fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the LG Sport’s Personality for the month of September.

Omanyala achieved the feat following his stellar performance at the Kenyan round of the prestigious 2021 Kip Keino Classic where he smashed his own National Record and setting a new African Record of 9.77

Kenyan National 100m record holder finished second behind American Trayvon Bromell in a World Lead time of 9.76 while former Olympic and World Champion Justin Gatlin was third in 10.03.

“I have been nominated many times for this award and today I am happy to win it. It is always good to be appreciated back home for your exploits. I thank LG and SJAK for thinking about sports men and women, it means a lot because our efforts are recognized,” a happy Omanyala, who was accompanied by his wife Laventer Amutavi said.

He added, “I am training hard, working on perfecting my start because I will be going for the big boys next year. We have many events like the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, African Championships and I am certain I will post better times.”

In winning the coveted monthly award, Omanyala took home an LG SolarDOM Oven worth Ksh 65,000 which is a 3-in-1 oven that is used for heating, grilling and baking.

To win the September Award, Omanyala floored other top nominees including the late Agnes Tirop, Malkia Strikers captain Mercy Moim, Sharon Chepchumba, Gladys Ekaru and Noah Kibet.

Ferdinand Omanyala to battle Justin Gatlin

Kenya’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala will battle Justin Gatlin at the 2nd edition of the Kip Keino Classic, a leg of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour which will be held at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on 18 September 2021.

Gatlin arrived in the country this morning and he will race alongside Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley, also of the United States. Compatriot Trayvon Bromell who is the fastest man this year over the 100m is also in the country as they will be lined up to showcase one of the toughest race on the Continent.

The 25 years-old enjoys the National Record that he set twice of 9.86 during the final race at the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria.

Omanyala last month made a debut in the Diamond League in Brussels where he finished in fourth place in 10:10.02 seconds. The race won by American Kerley who pulled 9.94 seconds. Kerley led a podium sweep with Bromell coming in second in 9.97 and Michael Norman closing the first three podium finishes in 9.98.

Gatlin, silver medalist from the 2019 World Championships in Doha,  is the fifth fastest man. Bromell will look to end his season on a high after the disappointment of missing out on the Olympic final, having only reached the semis despite arriving in Tokyo with the world’s fastest time on paper of 9.77secs.

Justin Gatlin pulls out of Athletics World Cup

British Athletics will be spared the embarrassment of Justin Gatlin racing at its inaugural Athletics World Cup in London next month – but the event has been hit by further indifference from athletes in the US.

Sportsmail revealed in May that the new meet at the London Stadium on July 14-15 was suffering a headache with major doubts over the participation of bigger name athletes, including US sprinter Christian Coleman.

That situation has now been heightened with almost half of the USA’s eligible gold medallists from non-relay events at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships ruling themselves out of selection by skipping their national outdoors championships, which start on Thursday in Iowa.

The list of absentees includes Torie Bowie, the 100m world champion, and 2017 100m world gold medallist Gatlin, as well as Allyson Felix, LaShawn Merritt, Brianna Rollins-McNeal, Kerron Clement, Dalilah Muhammad, Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta, who are all either reigning world or Olympic champions.

A spokesperson for USA Track and Field confirmed to Sportsmail that their absence from the national championships would prevent them from being selected. Coleman, the fastest man in the world last year, is also confirmed as absent.

In the cases of Merritt, Gatlin and Rollins-McNeal, who have each previously served drugs bans, it avoids any awkwardness for the British Athletics, which launched the World Cup but has no hand in the selections of the other seven nations taking part.

They have previously snubbed Gatlin for invitations to their events on the grounds of not wanting athletes who ‘bring the sport into disrepute’.


Gatlin, Coleman to miss U.S. championships, World Cup

World sprint champions Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman will miss next week’s U.S. championships and as a result will not be eligible for track and field’s new premier event, the Athletics World Cup in London in July, officials tell Reuters.

The decisions, especially rising star Coleman’s, come at a time the World Cup, an eight-nation showdown, is seeking to bring new energy to the sport in a year when there is no world outdoor championship and Usain Bolt is no longer competing.

Managers for 100 meters winner Gatlin and Coleman, the world indoor 60m champion and record holder, both told Reuters their clients would not run in the American meeting, scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

That makes them and any other athlete who misses the championships ineligible for the U.S. World Cup team, according to Duffy Mahoney, USA Track & Field’s chief of sport performance.

“It is quite simple,” Mahoney said in an email to Reuters. “The highest placing finisher in each event at the 2018 USATF Senior Championships – who elects to compete – will select themselves for a position on the U.S. Team.”

Gatlin’s manager, Renaldo Nehemiah, said “there was no real incentive” for the 36-year-old sprinter to run in Iowa since there would be no world championship and not having extra races would cut down on the sprinter’s wear and tear going into the 2019 world championships and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Coleman manager Emanuel Hudson, in a text message, said, “Coleman is not at nationals.”

The world 100m silver medalist has been injured but is expected to return for the June 30 Paris Diamond League meeting.

Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad also will not be at the championships, Hudson wrote.

“So according to what you sent (Mahoney’s statement), they wouldn’t be eligible for World Cup,” he added.


Despite their absence and perhaps others, “USATF looks forward to having the world’s best national track & field championship next week in Des Moines, and to fielding the top team for the World Cup,” spokesperson Jill Geer said.

The World Cup, scheduled for July 14-15, will bring together teams from the United States, Jamaica, China, France, Germany, Britain, South Africa and Poland.

Track events from 100 through 1,500 meters, plus hurdles races and 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays, will be contested along with eight field events.

Each nation will have one competitor per event.

Without Gatlin or Coleman, the World Cup likely will look to Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, the year’s fastest at 100m, or emerging talent from the U.S. and Jamaican championships for its new sprint king.

World indoor bronze medalist Ronnie Baker and new 200m sensation Noah Lyles are set for a 100m showdown at the American meeting with Michael Norman, the year’s top 400 meters runner, contesting the 200.

Teenager Sydney McLaughlin will be launching her professional career in the 400 meters hurdles, where she is 2018’s fastest.


Rudisha headlines Shanghai Diamond League

Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha headlines a list of no fewer than 14 world and Olympic champions who are expected to grace the Shanghai Diamond League on May 12.

Rudisha, the world record holder over the distance will hope to make it third time lucky after finishing fifth on his Shanghai debut in 2016 and third last year.

Fellow Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot will be hoping to start his Diamond League trophy defence on a the right foot when he parades in the 1500m race.

The stellar line-up includes eight gold medallists from the IAAF World Championships London 2017 and six athletes who struck gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, plus nine event winners from last year’s Diamond League and two newly crowned world indoor champions.

Kendra Harrison clinched her first global crown when she took the 60m hurdles title in Birmingham earlier this month, equalling the North American record of 7.70. The outdoor world record-holder will make her Shanghai debut in the 100m hurdles and will face Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (nee Rollins).

The Shanghai crowd will be treated to another tasty head-to-head in the women’s 200m in which two-time world champion Dafne Schippers takes on Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

Schippers will be racing in Shanghai for the first time, while Miller-Uibo has fond memories of the city, having triumphed over 400m for the past two years. The Bahamian set an early world lead to take the Shanghai title in 2017 and went on to claim overall Diamond League trophies for both 200m and 400m, setting a national record of 21.88 in the half-lap final in Zurich when her Dutch rival was fourth.

In the men’s 100m China’s world indoor 60m silver medallist Su Bingtian will take on two world champions, Justin Gatlin and Ramil Guliyev. Su brought the crowd to its feet 12 months ago when he clinched his first ever IAAF Diamond League victory and the Chinese record-holder will be hoping for a repeat performance against the world 100m and 200m champions.

Botswana’s Diamond League champion Isaac Makwala will face world silver medallist Steven Gardiner in the 400m.

Omar McLeod will target a third successive Shanghai victory in the 110m hurdles when he takes on Spain’s Orlando Ortega. Jamaica’s world and Olympic champion broke the 13-second barrier when he triumphed here in 2016 before going on to claim the Olympic crown just ahead of Ortega.

Other reigning IAAF Diamond League champions who will be looking for early points include Dalilah Muhammad in the women’s 400m hurdles and Maria Lasitskene, the world indoor and outdoor high jump champion.

Colombia’s Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen is targeting a winning return to Shanghai after she won the women’s triple jump here in 2013 and 2015, as will Luvo Manyonga, the South African who leapt to an IAAF Diamond League and African record of 8.61m to take maximum points in the long jump last May before going to win the world title and Diamond trophy in August. Manyonga will face China’s newly minted Asian indoor champion, Shi Yuhao.

Sam Kendricks, another of last year’s world and IAAF Diamond League champions, takes on the host nation’s World Championships fourth-place finisher, Xue Changrui, in the men’s pole vault. Like McLeod, Kendricks is seeking a Shanghai hat-trick after beating world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie with a vault of 5.88m 12 months ago.

Chinese stars will also feature heavily in the women’s throws, not least world and IAAF Diamond League champion Gong Lijiao, who hopes to repeat her season-boosting shot put victory from 12 months ago. Asian record-holder and world bronze medallist Lyu Huihui will also have high hopes in the javelin. More big names will be announced in the next few weeks.