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

Who’s Windows are Threatening to Close?

Mar 20th, 2013
9:57 am PDT

A common phrase in the world of sports refers to an athletes "window" closing – to his or her window of opportunity expiring. In most cases we're talking about the opportunity to win a title, but the term can also refer to obtaining records or other significant performances. Every couple of Olympic cycles or so, as the sport's population begins to age at the top end, we get a group of individuals who's windows begin to close 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...

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...

Blake Upsets Bolt at Jamaica Trials!

Jun 29th, 2012
8:18 pm PDT

Before I get to our Trials, everyone had been waiting on the Jamaica Trials to see what the sprinters there are doing. Well, London is going to be hot in the short sprints. In the women's 100, Shelly Ann Fraser wins in 10.70 (+0.6) over VCB (10.82), Kerron Stewart (10.94), and Sherone Simpson (11.01) Read More...

D.oha A.thletes M.ake N.oise!

May 11th, 2012
10:09 pm PDT

D.A.M.N.! If today's meet in Doha was the"opening act" of the Olympic year,  I can hardly wait for the denouement in London - it's going to bring down the house! Today's events were Olympic in quality across the board and began to fuel plot lines that will only be answered by a gathering of all the world's best into one stadium Read More...

2012 Outdoor Preview – Sprints

Mar 22nd, 2012
11:32 am PDT

Now that we’re completely done with the indoor season, it’s time to start taking a look at how this outdoor season might possibly shape up. More importantly, at how the Games might shape up. So as I go through the various events on the Olympic slate, I’m going to try and Identify those individuals that I feel as of today ill be in the mix – the contenders and potential contenders Read More...

U.S. Open Preview

Jan 25th, 2012
5:34 pm PDT

The U.S. Open Indoor meet will be held this weekend, and there are several events worth keeping an eye on, as there will be many top level athletes competing. So let’s take a look at what I think will be the top competitions. Men’s 50 Meters Easily one of the deepest fields of the meet, the men’s 50 has former Olympic & World 100 champion Justin Gatlin (USA); former 100 Meter WR holder Asafa Powell (JAM); and #4 all time in the 100 Nesta Carter (JAM) among the entrants Read More...

The Best Performers of 2011

Dec 9th, 2011
6:03 pm PDT

December is already a third gone – not much time left in this year. As a matter of fact the indoor season is already getting started! My how time flies when you’re having fun! So before the month gets away, and Baby New Year shows up, I want to give out some kudos to athletes that I feel really got the job done in 2011 Read More...

Bolt Wants Four London Golds – But are Any Certain?…

Nov 14th, 2011
10:17 am PDT

Usain Bolt stated recentlythat he now wants to add the 4x4 relay to his repertoire in an attempt to go for four gold medals at the London Olympic Games. The last time we saw a four medal haul at the Olympic Games was by Carl Lewis in 1984 – before that it was Jesse Owens in 1936. So it is indeed a very rare occurrence – one that requires both dominance over one’s opponents as well as a bit of luck and good fortune Read More...

2011 In Review – Men’s 100 Meters

Oct 18th, 2011
11:31 am PDT

With the general rankings out of the way, it’s time to start taking a look at individual events. So twixt now and the end of the year, I will look back on several events in between other news and events that come up. I will start with the men’s 100 meters which always lends itself to questions/controversy Read More...