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

Worlds Day 9 – Bolt & Taylor Close Out in Style…

Sep 4th, 2011
4:50 am PDT

Following the semis for the men and women’s 4x1’s, the finals got underway with the men’s 5000 meters. It became yet another championship race – which means they spent some 4200 meters warming up for a showdown between kickers. What made the race exciting is that this time it was not a set up for a showdown between Kenya and Ethiopia, because the U Read More...

Worlds Day Eight – Pearson & Bolt Shine

Sep 3rd, 2011
4:54 am PDT

Friday it was the field events that were sizzling. Today that heat went back to the track as we had some stellar track performances headed by Sally Pearson and Usain Bolt who put down some outstanding times in a meet that has been devoid of fast times.  It got started with the men’s 1500 meters Read More...

Worlds Day Seven – The Field Stars

Sep 2nd, 2011
6:10 am PDT

There were a couple of great races on the track but the real action took place on the field today. In the women’s javelin, Maria Abakumova (RUS) heaved a tremendous 71.25m/233’ 9” in the 2nd round to take a stranglehold on the competition. The mark took over the yearly lead, was a national record, and improved her #3 all time position Read More...

Worlds Day Six – USA Day (Sort Of)

Sep 1st, 2011
7:31 am PDT

With three gold medals in five finals, one would have to say that it was a very good day for the United States. But in one event it was a good news, bad news day that left me a bit sad in spite of the gold medal. That event was the final of the women’s 1500, where the field lined up twelve women of fairly equal ability Read More...

World Championships – Intermission

Aug 31st, 2011
5:44 am PDT

Wow. We’re already half way through the World Championships, and so far we’ve had a bit of everything. Some controversy; exciting competitions; and lots of young people stepping up! I know that the controversies are dominating most conversations – the Bolt & Robles DQ’s – but to me the most exciting thing to come out of the first few days has been the number of new/young champions that have been crowned Read More...

Worlds Day Four – New Stars Crowned

Aug 30th, 2011
6:40 am PDT

Just as the opening day was clearly the day of the Kenyans, today was the day for new stars of the sport to get crowned! As we saw several new faces take on some old ones and emerge victorious. The most exciting event of the day was the last event of the day as the men’s 400 meter runners took to the track Read More...

Worlds Day Three – Montsho Derails the Double

Aug 29th, 2011
7:37 am PDT

On day three of the championships head to head competition finally took center stage. It wasn’t about World Records, as none were in any imminent danger, but rather stirring competition that brought the focus back where it belongs – on the sports’ outstanding athletes! After a couple of semifinal races (I’ll talk about the men’s 400 in a bit) the first final on the track was the women’s 400 meters Read More...

Worlds Day Two – Bolt One and Done

Aug 28th, 2011
8:13 am PDT

One and done, that’s what we fans of the sport call the “new” false start rule. Simply put, it means that if you false start you’re done, thrown out of the race. There’s no “oops”. No do overs. You can’t wobble, flinch or shake. You can’t say you heard a camera click, it was too noisy near the track, or the plane flying overhead distracted you Read More...

Worlds Opening Day – All Kenya

Aug 27th, 2011
7:11 am PDT

The opening day of every major is filled with qualifying rounds, and day one in Daegu was no different with only two finals on the docket. If there’s such a thing as making a statement on opening day however, the Kenyan women did just that in those two finals as they swept the medals in both the marathon and 10,000 meters – and added a non medaling fourth place in the 10K! In the marathon the Kenyan’s set the stage for the day, and possibly this championships, as they went to the front early on and worked as a team, methodically burning away the competition Read More...

Daegu – a Final Peak before the Gun

Aug 26th, 2011
5:20 am PDT

It starts tomorrow – the year’s biggest meet. So what are we looking at as we get ready to name the sport’s champions? For starters we’ll be missing some big names in the sprints. Injury took out Tyson Gay (USA, 9.79) at the U.S. Trials. Drug bans this summer have taken out Steve Mullings (JAM, 9 Read More...