Monday, May 20, 2024

Three standup moments from a memorable 2022 Track & Field season


The bulk of outdoor international track and field action has concluded for another year, so what better time to look back on some of the season’s highlights.
It has been an unprecedented year in terms of outdoor major championships. Here are three of the 2022 memorable moments from another great year of athletics action.
Letesenbet Gidey gains gold in last-lap thriller
She has smashed world records on the track and roads over the past two years, but Letesenbet Gidey was still chasing a senior global title. The Ethiopian gritted her teeth in the closing stages of the 10,000m at the World Championships and held off a host of opponents in a nail-biting finish.
Amusan’s shock world record
At first many questioned the timing system. Could someone really break the world record by that much in a semifinal? But it soon became apparent that Tobi Amusan’s 12.12 clocking in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships was legitimate, as she went even quicker in the final with a wind-assisted 12.06.
Tebogo goes into record books
Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo had already shown his sprinting prowess by winning the world U20 100m title in Nairobi last year. He then displayed his raw speed when clocking a world U20 record of 9.94 in the heats at the World Championships. But he saved his best for Cali where he retained his world U20 title in 9.91, an improvement on his own world U20 record.

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