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World Championship Flashback!  

Amusan’s w100H double: 12.12 and 12:06w ; Mondo: 6.21 WR;

USA men 4×4: 2:56.17; USA women 4×4: 3:17.79 and More!

July 24th, 2022

On the final day of these 2022 World Athletics Championships, an array of great performances took place on the track and on the field. It was a closing day of redemption for some, unexpected record-breaking for others, and the fulfillment of lifetime dreams for several.

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Tobi Amusan destroys 100m hurdle WR, World Athletics Championships
Eugene, Oregon, USA
July 15-26 2022, photo by Kevin Morris

 


World Championships Flashback!

 

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USA Wins W4x100m relay in biggest upset of Champs! World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris

July 23, 2022

Track & Field is primarily an individual sport, and often a lonely one, as those dedicated athletes work out, toil, and compete primarily on their own. Ah, but when global championships roll around, the relay events provide the opportunity for these nomadic warriors to bond with their track & field countrymen, whom they normally view as their competitors, and to collaborate with them to achieve a common goal: to compete in a first round, to make a final, to win a medal, maybe even a gold medal. And the fans get caught up in this as well – doing their customary horn-blowing, flag waving, and even engaging in a rhythmic chant of their country’s name – “USA! USA! USA!

World Championships Flashback!

 

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Sydney McLaughlin sets new WR of 50.68 in 400m hurdles, World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July 15-26, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris

July 22nd, 2022

These 2022 World Championships have provided exciting competitions on the track and on the field on a daily basis. But many track & field buffs have had this Day Eight circled on their calendars for a while. They have waited for the women’s 400-meter hurdles final. It has been seen as a terrific rematch among the top three Tokyo Olympic medalists: The Netherlands Olympic bronze medalist Femke Bol; USA’s Olympic silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad; and USA’s Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Sydney McLaughlin. As the Eugene global gathering approached, many sensed that such a final would be a hard-fought, tooth-and-nail battle for the gold medal in these World Championships.

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Sydney McLaughlin takes 400m hurdles in 50.68 WR. She has set WR at 400m hurdles 4 times in last year! photo by Kevin Morris

But Sydney McLaughlin saw it differently.

 

World Championships Flashback:

Jamaican Women & USA Men Put On A Show!

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Noah Lyles, Kenny Bednarek, Erriyon Knighton go 1,2,3 for USA Sweep! World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris

July 21st, 2022

The start list for Day Seven may seem lean, but the finals of the women’s 200 meters and men’s 200 meters should more than makeup for it. In the women’s furlong, could the Jamaica women – specifically the trio of Jackson, Fraser-Pryce, and Thompson Herah – pull off yet another sprint sweep? The same Jamaican threesome swept the medals in the women’s 100-meter final, the first such sweep in world championship history. They’re sprinting quite well and just might do it again at 200m. As for the men, this final will feature a long-awaited USA showdown between defending world championship Noah Lyles and 18year-old wunderkind Erriyon Knighton who has the 2022 world-leading mark of 19.49. There are even whispers of a possible USA furlong sweep if Kenny Bednarak – 19.84 in the semis – can deliver.

Valarie Allman: 1st U.S. Woman to Win WC Discus Medal

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Valarie Allman, W discus, bronze, World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris
 

July 20th, 2022

The women’s discus final was held on a sizzling summer afternoon and in front of a partisan Hayward Field crowd. USA discus throw specialist Valarie Allman became the first American woman to win a World Championship discus medal of any color.

With temperatures over 90 degrees and the sun beating down on the shadowless infield, 12 international athletes began the quest for the medals in the women’s discus final.

 

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Jake Wightman becomes first Brit since Steve Cram to win WC 1,500m (that was in 1983), World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26, 2022 1500 meter final, Wightman, GBR, New Balance, photo by Kevin Morris



July 19th, 2022

by Dave Hunter

It was another exciting session at Hayward Field on Day Five of the 2022 World Athletics Championship. But the day featured a different spin as new faces graced the podium, and some accomplished, seasoned performers were disappointed.

On the track, it was a tough day for the Norwegians. Even before the session got underway, Norway fans dressed in Viking garb gathered in visible areas of the stadium in anticipation of gold medal performances by their countrymen. But it was not to be.

World Championship Flashback!

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Goytom Gebreslase, ETH wins the Marathon, World Athletics Championships, photo by Kevin Morris Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26, 2022 Marathon, Women

 

July 18th, 2022


Day Four began shortly after sunrise with the women’s marathon conducted on a 3-lap 14-kilometer loop between Eugene and Springfield and traversing the Willamette River. After the start, favorites Ruth Chepngetich, Judith Korir, and Gotytom Gebreslase took the early lead at the front of the pack. After the first loop, Chengetich stepped off the road with what was purported to be a digestive issue. Her day was done, and the pack moved one. The lead was soon taken over by Korir, with the pack passing halfway in 1:08.49, with the American trio of Sara Hall, Emma Bates, and Keira D’Amato about 90 seconds back in 9th/10th/11th positions. At 28K, Korir and Gebreslase slowly yet effectively were separating themselves from the field and eventually built a margin of 43 seconds away from the pack with 10K to go. Meanwhile, the American trio had moved up to 6th/7th/8th with less than 4 miles to go. With less than 2k’s remaining, Gebreslase, who had been shadowing Korir on the final loop, saw her opportunity, and she took it, making a strong move that Kenyan could not cover. The Ethiopian sailed on to victory, crossing at the finish line at 2:18.11; Korir finished 2nd, 9 seconds back, while Israel’s Lonah Salpeter finished in 2:20.11 to capture the bronze. All three of these medalists bettered Paula Radcliffe’s world championship marathon record of 2:20:57. The three Americans finished well with Hall 5th (2:22:10), Bates 7th (2:23:18 PB), and D’Amato 8th (2:23:34) finishing strong. It was the first time that 3 American women finished in the top ten in a World Championship marathon.

World Championship Flashback!


2022 WC Jamaincan 100m Sweep

SAFP wins her 5th straight WC title at 100m !,World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26, 2022.

photo by Kevin Morris

SAFP, Jackson, Thompson-Herah Complete 1st Ever WC w100m Sweep

July 17th, 2022

The USA’s Day Two clean sweep of all three medals in the men’s 100-meter dash prompts this question: Could we see yet another clean sweep in tonight’s women’s 100m final?

Medal sweeps are rare – even in sprints. With respect to the men’s 100 meters, there have been only two in the World Championships before last night’s USA sweep. And if you examine the Olympic records, there have only been two men’s 100m sweeps at that global event – and they occurred in the prehistoric era (1904 and 1912). But what about the women’s 100 meters and sweeps? In the World Championships, there has never been a sweep of the women’s 100m medals by any country. Ah, but if you look at the Olympic records, you will find that there has been one women’s 100m sweep at the Games. It was in the 2020 Games when the Jamaican women went 1-2-3 in the women’s 100m final last summer. Could it happen tonight? You bet it could. The women who won the 3 Tokyo 100m dash medals – Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson – have all advanced and will compete first in the semi-finals and are good prospects to advance to tonight’s final.

World Championships Flashback!


Oregon 22 World Athletics Champs,

Day Two: USA Men Sweep 100m medals as Kerley, Bracy, Bromell go 1,2,3!

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The World Men's 100m final, Fred Kerley leads US sweep, World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26, 2022 100 meter final, photo by Kevin Morris

July 16th, 2022

American sprinters and track and field fans love the men’s 100-meter dash. They view that event as their own personal property and that the top step on the men’s 100-meter podium is and should ever be the exclusive domain of American sprinters. In the 17 past World Championships, only 4 non-American athletes not named Usain Bolt have won the men’s World Championship 100-meter final. And they don’t want #5 to occur tonight.

World Championship Flash Back! 

Eugene’s Dream Becomes a Reality

Felix’s 30th Global Medal Is Opening Day Capstone


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Allyson Felix, World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26, 2022 4x400 mixed relay, Allyson Felix takes handoff from Elija Godwin, USA, photo by Kevin Morris

July 15th, 2022

The opening day of the World Championship of Athletics in Eugene. Oregon – once only a fond vision not that long ago – became a reality this morning as a field of nearly 2000 competitors representing 192 nations began a 10-day competition featuring the world’s most accomplished athletes on the track and in the field. The World Championships of Athletics were first held in Dublin in 1983. Since that inaugural championship, sixteen subsequent world championship gatherings that followed leading up to this year’s championship were held in various world capitals but never in the United States – until today. The venues were frequently in large metropolitan areas with stadiums seating upwards of 80,000. But Eugene, Oregon – spunky, determined, and well-funded despite its population of only 171,00 – found a pathway to its dream, now possesses an unmatched 21st-century state-of-the-art facility (that seats 30,000), and today celebrates its dream come true. Congratulations.

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Dave HunterDave Hunter is a track & field journalist, announcer, and broadcaster.  Dave reports on the premier track & field gatherings around the globe, frequently serves as an arena or stadium announcer for championship events, and has undertaken foreign and domestic broadcast assignments in the sport.

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