As we come down to the final seven weeks before the 2011 World Championships, many things are going on...the Kenyan Trials are from Thursday to Saturday of this week, the European U23s are in Ostrava (opening on Wed, events Thursday to Sunday), and then two meets in Belgium as well!
I spent the last ten days traveling to Lille, France for the 2011 World Youth Champs, then to AREVA Paris on July 8 and AVIVA Birmingham on July 10. Some great track and field action and some points to consider. The USA team at the World Youth Champs took sixteen medals. Amazing considering that the USA full team was assembled so close to the event.
In watching the sprints in AREVA Paris & AVIVA Birmingham, team USA has to see that its' normal stalwarts for medals, the 100m, 200m, will be very tough in Daegu, Korea. The 400 for men and women is suprisingly open, with the men's 400 meters eerily open. Jeremy Wariner needs to find the form that gave him 2004, 2005 and 2007,2008 and 2009 medals. His race in Paris had to be considered a real upset.
Two of the most exciting events for the Worlds will be both the 110m hurdles and 100m hurdles. On the men's side, Dayron Robles, Lui Xiang and David Oliver are ever as exciting as the 100 meters. On the women's 100m, with Sally Pearson, Danielle Carruthers, Kellie Wells, among others, should also a great competition.
The men's shot put has the eight top guys competing against each other everywhere. Dylan Armstrong is taking on all comers, and Tomasz Majewski, 2008 Oly champ, and Christian Cantwell, 2009 World Champ, are moving into the battle at the right time.
The men's triple jump, with Phillips Idowu and Teddy Tamgho, are two iconic charac
We shall know more about the fields over the next few weeks, as each of the 206 plus countries who will have athletes at the World Champs will announce their teams. More to come here!