By Noel "Bravo" Francis, Special to TrackAlerts.Com
The 15th IAAF World Championship is gathering momentum as the opening ceremony draws closer with excited fans ticking off the days. The performances of the athletes on the circuit have fuelled the expectations of the passionate fans who may witness the best World Championship yet. Here are five reasons the track & field world is so upbeat.
Bolt vs. Gatlin 100m
There has been a lot of talk surrounding the super clash between world record holder, Usain Bolt and red hot American, Justin Gatlin in the 100m. The confident American has been unbeaten since Bolt dismissed him at the Moscow World Championship. On the other hand, Bolt’s preparation this season has been wobbly; however, encouraging words are coming out of his camp that he is nearing his best. Sparks will fly in his one; the question is who is going to get burn marks?
Jamaica has not lost a men’s sprint relay at the Olympics or World Championship since 2008. However, Team USA are confident they can topple the Jamaicans like they did in Nassau, Bahamas at the 2nd World Relays. The celebratory scenes of some of the American sprinters did not go down well with die-hearted Jamaican supporters who will be hoping that Bolt and company can restore order in emphatic style.
World record holder, David Rudisha (1:40.91) has been beaten like a drum this season. His air of invincibility is presently a thing of the past. To be fair, injuries have set back the towering Kenyan since 2013 where he missed the Moscow World Championship. Nevertheless, he is confident that his power in the last lap is coming back gradually. Let us hope for Rudisha’s sake that happens before Beijing, otherwise some fearless young pretenders will block him out of the medals.
Despite the presence of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, Sherone Simpson and Murielle Ahoure, many pundits believe the battle in this event will be among the first timers. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who is unbeaten in the 200m this season, will lock horns with Dutch sensation Dafne Schippers and the Americans Jenna Prandini and Candyce McGrone. The absence of Allyson Felix ensures that all three medals are up for grabs.
When this event comes around, either Bolt or Gatlin will be licking their wounds from the 100m. This reality will make the event more enthralling as one athlete will be using revenge as a great motivator while the other would be seeking to stamp his class on the championship.
So track & field fans, whatever you do, try not to miss any of these five events.
About the Author:
Noel ‘Bravo’ Francis is a very exciting and creative freelance sports writer from Jamaica specializing in the fields of athletics and cricket. His colourful down to earth yet professional personality makes him a favourite amongst athletes and fans. Readers are often exposed to his detailed knowledge and passion which usually increase their interest in the athletes, events and the sport overall. He has a first degree in Banking & Finance and works in the financial industry. Contact Noel at [email protected]