The awaited 9-day World Championships of Athletics (Track & Field) begins in Daegu with some twists in the sprint. Usain Bolt is there but has not shown the form that saw him dominate the sport at the last Championships and last year’s Olympics. Tyson Gay pulled out months ago, Jamaican speedster Asafa Powell is there but has pulled out of the men’s 100M due to groin injury, and Jamaican Steve Mullings was banned. The women’s side, however, still has Veronica Cambell-Brown of Jamaica, Carmelita Jeter of the United States, and defending and Olympics champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price.
I’ve only talked about the 100M sprints but the Caribbean loves all sprints and is expected to perform well in 100M, 200M, 100M Hurdles, 110 M hurdles, 400M and 400M Hurdles men’s and women’s events. Once we get to the 800M and beyond, we still have a few good runners like last year’s schoolgirl standout, Ristananna Tracey and others, but they are not expected to dominate the way we will at the sprints.
God speed runners and officials, pun intended. Fans, expect a great set of events at these 2011 Championships.