The CHill Zone of T&F: Conway's View From the Finish Line

World Championships Review – US Sprints

Aug 27th, 2009
2:48 pm PST

When the world's best get together you get to take a real good look at yourself. Big fish in small ponds get to feel what its like to swim with nothing but big fish! In the process some fish find out they aren't as big as they once thought. And so it was with our sprinters when they hit the track in Berlin as we found out just how many big fish we really have Read More...

World Championships Review

Aug 25th, 2009
2:53 pm PST

With the close of any Olympic or World Championship competition comes the inevitable "critique" of the event. Often that review is pretty easy - either the meet is really exciting or not. But as I sat down Sunday after the final 4x4 was done, and then again yesterday as I tried to jot down my thoughts, I realized that this meet was different than just about any other I had ever watched Read More...

World Championships – Closing Weekend

Aug 23rd, 2009
9:50 pm PST

An interesting World Championships for the US came to a close with one more relay disaster, but a lot of promise elsewhere.After the debacle of the US men's 4x1 squad there was hope that redemption would come in the form of the women's team. But that was not to be as the women also failed to get the baton around the track Read More...

World Championships Day Seven – Triumph and Tragedy…

Aug 21st, 2009
9:07 pm PST

That's the only way that I can describe today - and this meet - for the US team. Paraphrasing Newton's Third Law of Motion, for every win in Berlin we seem to have to have some tragedy!Today's triumph's came at the end of the meet in form of the women's 200 and the men's 400 - a pair of events that we can typically count on in global contests Read More...

World Championships Day Six – More UnbelievaBOLT…

Aug 20th, 2009
10:24 pm PST

Often a meet becomes defined by an individual - someone who dominates. If the opening weekend didn't define this meet as belonging to Usain Bolt, then today certainly did. I said earlier in the week that 9.58 was a time that had only been discussed previously in fantasy terms. Well the winning time of today's 200 meter final (19 Read More...

World Championships – Day Four and Five

Aug 19th, 2009
3:33 pm PST

Pretty quiet the past couple of days. The big highlight was Sanya Richards finally getting the "monkey off her back" by winning her first global gold medal after being ranked #1 in the event for the past 5 years. A beautiful race, she finally ran "her" race and beat the field decisively in a world leading 49 Read More...

World Championships Day Three

Aug 17th, 2009
3:52 pm PST

A very mixed bag today, and somewhat of a let down after yesterday. Very hard to top that men's 100 meters. Though the women had their final today - and it too was very fast. But before that there was excitement of a sort, as World Record Holder Yelena Isinbayeva no heighted in the pole vault and failed to gain a medal of any color! Perhaps the biggest shock that this meet will see Read More...

World Championships Day Two – UnbelievaBOLT !!…

Aug 16th, 2009
3:24 pm PST

Words can't describe what I watched earlier today - so I invented a new one! How else do you describe the greatest 100 meter race in the history of the planet?Consider that Asafa Powell finally ran near his potential in a Major. At 9.84 he would have won almost every other major ever contested. Today he was rewarded by setting a record for the fastest ever third place - in any race! Consider that Tyson Gay shattered the American Record and came within a hair of Usain Bolt's WR with his sizzling 9 Read More...

World Championships Day One

Aug 15th, 2009
3:23 pm PST

Very interesting opening day. A few disappointments. A couple of well earned wins. And a possible preview of a repeat of Beijing.With a lot of qualifying taking place in the early round, the meet got going in earnest with the women's steeple heats. And if the heats are any indication, then gold is going to Gulnara Galkina (RUS) Read More...

Finally ! Worlds Start Tomorrow

Aug 14th, 2009
6:19 am PST

The wait is over. Tomorrow the biggest meet of the year begins - the World Championships. Start lists are now up. Television schedule and internet links are listed on the right of this blog. The schedule for the opening day is listed below. There will be two finals tomorrow - Men's Shot Put and Women's 10,000 Read More...