Well here they are in Eugene , Oregon, competing at the US Olympic trials for track and field . All that training and the pressures therein will all come down to the next eight days for many of the nation’s top track stars. For the likes of world champions Tyson Gay, Allyson Felix and others. It’ll come down to proving their worth as the likely contestants in their chosen events. Gay as the world champion in the 100m and 200m , it’ll be his chance to prove that he’s the likely competitior who’ll be able to challenge the supremacy of Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell.
The three females who’ve gained a berth for the Beijing Olympics in the heptathlon, from right to left Diana Pickler (3rd),Hyleas Fountain (1st) and Jacquely Johnson (2nd) . picture courtesy of getty images/Andy Lyons…………..
Bolt the recent claimant of the world record at the 100m having smashed his country man Asafa Powell’s previous time of 9.76 . The record was lowered to 9.72 and it’s quite possible that we’ll see that record lowered in the upcoming Beijing Olympics , if everything goes as expected . If Powell , Bolt and Gay should make it to the Olympic finals in the event. Then we’ll have three of the six fastest men his history involved what has been usually described as the race
Decathlete Brian Clay reacts after clearing the adjudicated height in the jump in the two decathlon event. Clay was the silver medalist at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Clay is no doubt hoping to acquit himself well in the upcoming event. picture courtesy of getty images/ Matthew Stockman ……….
And with the qualifying standards being so high it makes it a very tenuous situation for an athlete to qualify . With only the top three having to qualify and with only one alternate being taken. It places extreme pressure on the athletes hoping to make it to the Olympics. Track and Field still remains a showcase for the entire summer Olympics. It can be said that a great many for those attending that this’ll be the main highlights for the fans in attendance at the Olympic arena where the track events will be held. The US Olympic track and field team is hoping that they’re able to have a successful series wherein they’re able to usurp the success of previous teams. Whether or not this is at all possible remains to be seen. Always considered to be the main contenders to garner a slew of medals in many of the most prestigious of the track events. The country could be in for a surprise in a number of the events where they felt that they have a distinct advantage.
The ladies in the 100m at the US Olympic trials in Eugene , Oregon. The race was won by Muna Lee , seen to the right of the picture followed by Torrie Edwards (center) , with Lauryn Williams finishing third. picture courtesy of getty images/ Andy Lyons ………..
The US’s main competition in many of the sprint events especially amongst the men is expected to come from the Jamaicans and East Europeans in particular. It goes without saying that whatever success that can be garnered at the upcoming events in Beijing can be equated with the training and the facilities here that are amongst the best in the world. On campus university facilities beside the fact that also that many of the country’s elite track and field stars are now highly paid professionals. Many of them racing abroad at the most prestigious events across the globe. In Europe in particular where the most lucrative events are held , the top athletes are to be found racing each other for the acclaim and notoriety that’s afforded to those at the upper echelons track and field.
Tyson Gay the the American record holder in the men’s 100m at 9.77 . Gay broke the previous record held by former record holder and Olympic champion Maurice Greene in a preliminary heat . He won the finals itself in a wind assisted record time of 9.68 . However due to the fact that the wind was in excess of 4m per sec the time wasn’t ratified in order for the record to stand. Gay will now seek the double in the sprint events by trying to add the 200m title to his 100m title at the trials. The presumptive favorite in the event he’s favored to add that title with some considerable ease. picture courtesy of getty images/Matthew Stockman ………………
Reese Hoffa (left) winner of the shot put stands next to his teammates who’ll be accompanying him to Beijing in the Olympics in the event. Christian Cantwell and Adam Nelson. Cantwell second from the right and Nelson right are a triumvirate who are considered amongst the best shot putters in the world. picture courtesy of getty images/ Andy Lyons …………….
In the field events where the US only of late has been considered a serious threat in the men’s shot put. They now possess three of the top six performers in the world this year. And the triumvirate being sent to Beijing must be considered a serious threat to for a clean sweep in the event. Reese Hoffa , Christian Cantwell and Adam Nelson will be the US’s representatives for the event. And for those individuals in particular they’ll be out to prove that they’re up to the task of taking on their East European rivals.
High hurdler James Carter competes in the men’s 400m hurdles in the quarter finals at Hayward Field scene of the US Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. picture courtesy of getty images/Matthew Stockman …………..
As thrilling as the events are and the wonderment that it has created for the fans of track and field. The sport here in North America no longer seems to attain the presence and excitement that it once had in the public’s persona and it clearly doesn’t seem to resonate. What coverage that’s gleaned is only minimal to say the very least. But once the events at the Olympics begin to unfold . You can rest assured that the world will be watching in awe of the spectacle that the events seem to create on a world stage. The Olympics as a sporting spectacle is perhaps the most widely watched sporting spectacle in the country . Most definitely second only to the audience for the major sporting domestic sporting event known to the world as the Superbowl.
Rory Quiller competes in the preliminary round of the men’s pole vault at the US Olympic trials at Hayward Field, Eugene , Oregon. picture courtesy of getty images/ Andy Lyons ……………
Track and field is a sport that seems to resonate with everyone either at a young age or once they become adults. We can all remember the first time we may have gone for a jog or taken the task of hurdling or even making an attempt of throwing a discus or javelin. One way or another it may well have been either a pleasant memory or one of complete abject failure. But the attempt may at the time have been worth it. If only for the mere experience of having done so.
abritishman ……………………aka tophatal