Have you been following the USATF (United States of America Track & Field) events these past few weeks? I have, and it’s been electrifying thus far. There have been some records broken followed by many personal bests amongst the athletes. If you don’t know this by now, I am a huge track & field fan, I can sit and watch these events all day. Let’s highlight a few of the events below.
Sidney McLaughlin broke the women’s 400-meter hurdle world record by running a 51.90 second race. I can tell you from experience that the 400 hurdles event is probably the most difficult race. In this race you are expected to run as fast as you can while jumping over hurdles. In addition, you need to be prepared to jump over the hurdles with both legs, otherwise if you favor one side you will stutter step to a hurdle. Stuttering to a hurdle will cost you valuable time in the race. Sidney seems more comfortable leading with her right leg over the hurdles but at about 2:50 seconds in the video you will see her lead with her left leg. During the last 100 meters you see her final kick, which allowed her to surpass the former world record holder Dalilah Muhammad. Race starts at 2:33
Next we have Ryan Crouser who began the Olympic trials with his phenomenal shot put throw of 23.37 meters!! He broke the record by about 8 inches. This is an example of everything working in his favor from his technique of his spin & release while keeping his balance to not fault on the throw. After his throw they may need to extend the lines that measures his throws as he almost threw it past marking distance. By the way who is his barber? Did you notice how clean shaven his neck was? Awesome throw Ryan!! (throw starts at 20 seconds)
Lastly Erriyon Knighton ran a semifinals which is a new world junior record beating Usain bolt who ran a 19.93 in 2004. Noah just turned 17 years of age this past January. He eased up towards to end as he broke the record in his semi-final run. In the finals he ran another Personal best of 19.74 which landed him in 3rd place. Either way he will be going to Tokyo and has more time to add on to his legendary status. (Race starts at 1:45)
Other notable races, Sha’carri Richardson ran a 10.87 in 100 meters during these trials making her the current fastest woman in the U.S. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (Big up my Jamaicans) ran a 10.63 in a 100-meter race earlier this year making her currently the worlds fastest woman in that race. Gabby Thomas is a Harvard Student athlete who ran a personal best of 21.61 in the 200 meters to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. And one of my all-time favorite athletes, Allison Felix will be competing in Tokyo in the 400-meter dash, which is my favorite event. Good luck to all these athletes who will compete in Tokyo, I cannot wait to see them perform.
P.S If you are a runner, athlete or participate in Track & field and you want to train like the pro's, please reach out to me.
N'Namdi Nelson, M.B.A, CSCS, PES, CES