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

2012 100m Rankings for 2012 – Men/Women

Dec 12th, 2012
11:28 am PDT

I’m going to try something different this year, in that I’m going to go five deep for events as I rank them and present both the men & women simultaneously. Five Deep because in general that’s really where the top athletes are in any given event. After that things usually get rather fuzzy. And since the lists will only be five deep, it should make for more interesting reading to include both genders at the same time – essentially presenting a top ten athletes for each event Read More...

London Olympics – Jamaica 4×1, 36.84 WR

Aug 12th, 2012
8:46 am PDT

Saturday was the final day of action on the track, and the meet closed out in style with a surprise or two; outstanding performances; and another world record. The field events led the way in the surprise department. First in the women's high jump several big names made early exits, including Emma Greene Tregaro (SWE), Chaunte Lowe (USA); and defending champion Tia Hellebaut (BEL) Read More...

London Olympics 100 Meters – Execution

Aug 6th, 2012
5:18 pm PDT

Good news, bad news. The good news is that I got to see the final of the men’s 100 meters last night. The bad news is that once again I had no luck seeing any of today’s evening session online. I saw the morning session just fine, but didn’t see one complete event of the evening session. The feed kept freezing, dropping, and was blurry when it was up Read More...

News Ahead of the Start of the Games

Jul 26th, 2012
2:26 pm PDT

I’ve been very very busy outside of track and field the past couple of days. Doctor’s appointment; kids to the fair; trying to catch up on non track work/stuff. Have to clear my plate so I can focus on the Games with the opening ceremonies TOMORROW! Yet as I step away for a couple of days, the news/happenings of the sport seem to increase in volume Read More...

Will the Men’s 100 Live Up to the Hype?

Jul 22nd, 2012
9:07 am PDT

The men's 100 meters. Perhaps THE marquee event of the Olympic Games. Most of the world will remember who won the 100 long after the Games are over. Jesse Owens, Jim Hines, Hasely Crawford, Valery Borzov, Carl Lewis, Donovan Bailey, Linford Christie, Maurice Greene. Names that resonate still long after retirement, because they won 100 meter gold at the Olympics Read More...

London – Injuries, Upsets, Questions

Jul 15th, 2012
10:18 am PDT

The London leg of the Diamond League loomed as the most significant of the year for me. In part because it is the only DL meet to have all of the various events - so somewhat of a full preview before the Games - but also because London is where the Games are being held. We didn’t get a peak at the Olympic stadium, but otherwise the same conditions that will prevail at the Games Read More...

Post Trials Notes and Paris

Jul 7th, 2012
11:14 am PDT

Everything is happening fast a furious now, and I’ve been a bit under the weather and trying to get caught up. So with the Diamond League already back under way,a few thoughts on Paris and where everyone is at this point with only weeks to go to London. First topic Usain Bolt. In spite of some amazing performances being turned in from several athletes, "what's wrong with Bolt" seems to be leading the conversation Read More...

Kingston Doesn’t Change the London 100

Jun 30th, 2012
10:10 am PDT

The defeat of Usain Bolt at the Jamaican Trials has not changed the Olympic 100 meters. Why? Because as I've said before Bolt has always been beatable. It's not easy to do, and not everyone has the ability, but it's always been possible. It requires two things: a sprinter with serious top end speed and a killer finish; and an average/typical start by Bolt Read More...

Trials Day 3 – Redemption Sunday

Jun 25th, 2012
8:06 am PDT

Today's agenda was short but sweet - 8 events, 7 finals and 1 semi. But when the names involved include Cantwell, Hoffa, Gay, Gatlin, Richards Ross, Merritt, Wariner, and Suhr you're talking about one high powered afternoon. Not to mention a lot of athletes looking for redemption - and most got just that Read More...

Trials Preview – Men’s 100 Meters

Jun 16th, 2012
8:22 am PDT

The very nature of the Trials makes this meet exciting - the best in the country come together with only three competitors per event moving on to the Olympic Games. That alone puts a spotlight on every event - and I will be keeping an eye on them all. But some events carry even more intrigue and drama Read More...