Aleia Hobbs ran 6.98 earlier in the season at the 60 meters, a world leader. Aleia Hobbs won the 60 meters in the 2023 NB Indoor Grand Prix in style! Aleia Hobbs ran 7.08 in the heats and 7.02 in the finals. This is our story on Aleia Hobbs and her dominating victory at 60 meters at THE TRACK at new balance.
One of the things that many bemoan is the lack of reality in some sports. Not so with track and field. In most cases, if you are up to snuff and do not make it through the rounds, in a track or field event, you do not advance.
Take the women’s 60 meters at THE TRACK at New Balance.
It was one of the toughest fields that I have seen indoors in years.
In heat one, Aleia Hobbs, the fastest 60m indoors in the world in 2023, cranked a 7.08, with Celera Barnes at 7.21, Kiara Parker at 7.22, Candace Hill, at 7.25 and Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone in 7.33.
Yes, that Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, the one who set 4 World records at the 400m hurdles, golds in the Olympics, Worlds and not thinking of the 400 meters flat. Sydney did not move on, not because she is not the finest 400m hurdler in the world, but because at 60 meters, she is not even beginning her top speed.
In heat two, Mikiah Brisco won in 7.15, Kayla While in 7.21, Melissa Jefferson, 7.25 and Athonique Strachan was fourth in 7.32. 2022 WC at 200 meters, Shericka Jackson, in 7.34, did not advance.
Consider that, two World Champions did not advance in this hot little 60-meter sprint race in Boston. Oh, and in the final, Aleia Hobbs was smoking, running 7.02, with Mikiah Brisco in 7.10 and Celera Barnes in 7.21.
This is track and field, ladies and gentlemen, not professional wrestling. Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Sherika Jackson get it.
Track & Field is real, like an ee cummings poem. Honest, brutal, and transparent is when our sport is at its best.
And yes, I think Aleia Hobbs is going to fly this year!
This is a video of Aleia Hobbs, interviewed after her win at the NB Indoor Grand Prix, courtesy of World Athletics!
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