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

Preview – Paris Diamond League

Jul 15th, 2010
5:46 am PST

The Diamond League seems to be out of it’s doldrums. I mean does anyone really remember Doha, Shanghai, or even Oslo? Yes these meets had their sprinkling of stars, but, as even the Diamond League itself is proving, it’s matchups that truly drive this sport. And now that we are getting some serious head to head confrontations, things are spicing up a bit more and Paris will provide us with some very nice head to heads tomorrow Read More...

Revive the Sports Festival

Jul 14th, 2010
10:41 am PST

After watching this year’s version of our national championships, it clearly paled in comparison to the Olympic and World Championship selection versions. As a matter of fact, it paled in comparison to this year’s NCAA championships. With little to gain by attending in an “off season” many chose not to Read More...

10 Reasons to be Excited at the Mid Point of 2010

Jul 13th, 2010
7:19 am PST

With our National Championships complete and the Diamond League at the mid point it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at what’s happened so far this season. As with any endeavor there have been ups and downs but I want to start off looking at the positive things that have happened in the sport this year – especially for US fortunes going forward Read More...

Tyson – 1, Asafa – 0, Usain on Deck, Gateshead DL…

Jul 11th, 2010
5:59 am PST

The first meeting of the second half of the Diamond League series was the first to feature a head to head meeting of two of the world’s three top sprinters – Tyson Gay (US) and Asafa Powell (JAM). Powell has been running well all season long. He co-leads the 100 on the clock at 9.82, and has three legal clockings under 9 Read More...

David Rudisha – 1:41.52 !!!

Jul 10th, 2010
5:32 pm PST

From the moment David Rudisha opened up over 400 with a 45.50 this outdoor season, he has looked capable of great things. A season opener of 1:43.15 simply confirmed that. This afternoon in Belgium Rudisha took the next step towards greatness with a sensational 1:41.52 over two laps that makes him the #2 man in history Read More...

Lemaitre Breaks 10 second Barrier!

Jul 9th, 2010
1:31 pm PST

Forever and a day sprint fans have asked: who will become the first white sprinter to run sub 10? Other sprint barriers such as 20.00 in the 200 and 44.00 in the 400 have long ago fallen by the wayside, but since Jim Hines first cracked 10.00 with his 9.95 in Mexico City way back in 1968, 10.00 has remained the barrier for white sprinters Read More...

Confirmation in Lausanne

Jul 9th, 2010
7:14 am PST

Lausanne was the half way mark of this year’s Diamond League. And as we hit the mid point of the season there seemed to be more questions than answers out there on the track. How healthy was Usain Bolt? Had Walter Dix and Debbie Dunn arrived? Would Dayron Robles return to dominating form? Just where is Jeremy Wariner in the grand scheme of the 400? Watching Lausanne’s Athletissima competition, I think we got the answer to these and more as several superb performances were turned in on the Swiss oval Read More...

Dix vs Bolt in Lausanne – Apparently Not!

Jul 7th, 2010
7:13 am PST

The next stop on the Diamond League series is Lausanne. And for the first time this season I was actually salivating in anticipation of a DL meet as it held the promise of a real sprint showdown among the men. After Walter Dix blazed 19.72 to run toe to toe with Tyson Gay, Lausanne sat waiting with Usain Bolt set to take to the track Read More...

Track Town USA

Jul 5th, 2010
6:53 am PST

The National Championships were recently held in Des Moines Iowa. This year’s NCAA Championships were held in Eugene Oregon. Prompting a bit of back and forth between the media of the two towns as to which played the host role best. It was actually nice to see them “fighting” over which venue was the best host – who had the best fans, attendance, loudest ovations, etc – because the truth of the matter is that both have very strong fan bases Read More...

American Athletes Step Up at Pre

Jul 4th, 2010
8:28 am PST

The Prefontaine Classic was indeed everything it was built up to be as it easily surpassed the national championships as the best meet on American soil this year. Yes, it had the advantage of being a part of the Diamond League and therefore was able to boast a nice contingent of foreign athletes in attendance Read More...