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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

Faith Kipyegon nominated for World Female Athlete of the Year

Double Olympic 1500m champion, Faith Kipyegon has been nominated for the 2022 World Female Athlete of the Year Gala Award that will be held in December.

Kipyegon was named by the World Athletics as they released the 10 nominees for the 2022 World Female Athlete of the Year.

Kenya will be banking on the two times World 1500m champion, Kipyegon who has had an illustrious year.

The 27 year-old missed the 1500m world record by just three-tenths of a second and went ahead to claim the Diamond league title for the third time.

The nominations reflect some of the standout performances achieved at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22, one-day meeting circuits and other events around the world.

Below are the 2022 nominees for Women’s World Athlete of the Year (in alphabetical order):

Tobi Amusan, NGR
– World 100m hurdles champion
– Diamond League, Commonwealth and African 100m hurdles champion
– Set a world 100m hurdles record of 12.12

Chase Ealey, USA
– World shot put champion and world indoor shot put silver medallist
– Diamond League shot put champion
– Threw a world-leading 20.51m

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, JAM
– World 100m champion, claiming a fifth gold medal in the event
– Diamond League 100m champion
– Ran a world-leading 10.62 among her record seven sub-10.70 100m races of the season

Kimberly Garcia, PER
– World 20km race walk champion to win Peru’s first-ever World Athletics Championships medal
– World 35km race walk champion in a South American record to complete a race walk double
– World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships 20km bronze medallist

Shericka Jackson, JAM
– World 200m champion
– Diamond League 200m champion
– Ran a world-leading 21.45 to move to second on the world all-time list

Faith Kipyegon, KEN
– World 1500m champion
– Diamond League 1500m champion
– Ran a world-leading Kenyan record of 3:50.37, just three-tenths of a second off the world record

Yaroslava Mahuchikh, UKR
– World indoor high jump champion and world high jump silver medallist
– European high jump champion
– Jumped a world-leading 2.05m, equalling the outdoor national best

Sydney McLaughlin, USA
– World 400m hurdles and 4x400m champion
– Broke the world 400m hurdles record with 51.41 at the US Championships
– Further improved the world record to 50.68 to win the world title

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, BAH
– World 400m champion
– World indoor 400m champion
– NACAC 400m champion

Yulimar Rojas, VEN
– World indoor and outdoor triple jump champion
– Diamond League triple jump champion
– Improved her world record to 15.74m in Belgrade

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Monday 31 October. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The winners will be revealed on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December.

Further information about the World Athletics Awards 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tobi Amusan, Top Ranked African Athlete in New World Ranking

World 100m hurdles and the Commonwealth Games champion and record holder, Tobiloba Amusan is the top ranked African athlete according to the World Athletics Ranking that was released on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old who made history as the first Nigerian to win a world outdoor title and the first to set a world record following her 12.12 seconds run in Oregon in July is still ranked the fifth best in the overall women’s ranking.

The Nigerian scored 1489 points behind the Jamaican duo of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who has 1534 points and Shericka Jackson of 1526 points.  Venezuela’s triple jumper, Yulimar Rojas comes in third place with 1517 points while the American 400m champion, Sydney Mclaughlin taking the fourth place with 14.90 points.

Tobi as she is popularly known is however two places and 22 ranking scores above Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay who won gold in the 5000m and a silver medal in the 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

The two-time World and Olympic 1500m champion, Faith Kipyegon from Kenya is placed third in Africa,

The Nigerian also retained her position as the top ranked high hurdler in the world ahead of reigning Olympic champion, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn from Puerto Rican and Jamaican, Britany Anderson.

 

 

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

Commonwealth Games chief hits out at absent stars and insists they “will regret”

Birmingham 2022 chief has hit out at stars who opted to skip the Commonwealth Games and insisted they will regret failing to compete at the event.

Several leading names opted to miss the Games, including sprint world champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson. Many stars cited the fact that the event in Birmingham was held so close to the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon as the reason they skipped, with Fraser-Pryce actually in attendance.

Other world champions from the recent meeting in the United States that have elected to be absent from the Commonwealth Games include women’s 400m winner Shanae Miller-Uibo and Faith Kipyegon. The Kenyan edged out Brit Laura Muir – who is competing for Scotland – to win 1500m gold.

Regardless, Birmingham 2022 CEO Ian Reid remained defiant in the face of absent stars and declared they will regret their choice. He said: “We can’t make people come here but, if Shelly-Ann was here earlier and saw the atmosphere and the full stadium, she probably regrets it.

“To have 30,000 people in Alexander Stadium for every session of athletics, the atmosphere it’s created, I can’t think of anywhere better for these athletes to be. There are some others who aren’t here but my personal opinion is they will probably regret it.”

Reid’s sentiment was shared by three-time Commonwealth Games champion Daley Thompson. The Englishman won decathlon gold at the Olympics in 1980 and 1984, but won his Commonwealth titles between 1978 and 1986.

“If there are people that want to earn a living and go and race in Zurich or wherever that might be that’s fair enough,” Thompson said. “But from my point of view it was only ever about winning championships and being the best.

“I think the people who go for the money are missing out because it’s a brilliant place to be. Elaine Herah-Thompson was running today, she’s here. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for most people.”

These comments come after English swimming star Adam Peaty criticised the event, suggesting he was ‘not that bothered’ about the Commonwealth Games as he looked ahead to his 100m breaststroke final on Tuesday night. Peaty backtracked on his comments insisting the emotion had got to the two-time Olympic champion in the moment.

Elaine Thompson-Herah withdraws from Birmingham Diamond League

Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Olympic 100m and 200m champion, withdrew before what would have been her Diamond League season debut on Saturday after discomfort in training.

Thompson-Herah pulled out of the meet in Birmingham, Great Britain, out of an abundance of caution and plans to return to competition “in short order,” according to her management agency.

She was due to race the 100m against a field including Olympic bronze medalist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, world silver medalist Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain and Americans Gabby Thomas (Olympic 200m bronze medalist) and Cambrea Sturgis, who ranks third in the world this year.

Last year, Thompson-Herah joined Usain Bolt as the only sprinters to sweep the 100m and 200m at multiple Olympics. She ran the second-fastest times in history in the 100m and 200m, trailing only Florence Griffith-Joyner‘s world records from 1988.

Thompson-Herah ran her 100m personal best at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, a 10.54 that is five hundredths off Griffith-Joyner’s record. As a Nike-sponsored athlete, she is expected to race at Pre again next week, if she’s healthy.

Thompson-Herah could get another crack at a fast time on the Eugene track at the world championships in July.

Source: olympics.nbcsports.com

Christine Mboma stuns stars in 200m race in Brussels

Namibia’s Christine Mboma was the standout performer on Friday night at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

The Tokyo silver medallist produced her trademark fast finish to win in 21.84, the same time as she recorded in the U20 World Championship in Nairobi two weeks ago and just three-hundredths outside her world junior record set in the Tokyo final.

Mboma, who had to step down to 200m due to World Athletics’ rules relating to naturally high testosterone levels in women, said: “It was my first Diamond League experience and to be able to win in such a strong field is great.

The 18 year-old has now gone sub-22 four times in the women’s 200m in 2021(21.97, 21.81, 21.84. 21.84).

“I’m really happy with this win because it’s my first Diamond League race,” said Mboma. “To be able to win in such a strong field is great.

“It has been a very tough and busy season with the Olympics and the world junior championships, but I’m still in good shape.”

Jamaica’s double Olympic medallist Shericka Jackson was second in 21.95 with reigning world champion Dina Asher-Smith coming home in third place in season’s best of 22.04.

World U20 silver medallist Champion Beatrice Masilingi also from Namibia finished in a distant fifth place in 22.50.