Weekly Athletic News

Usain Bolt lights a flickering hope

The talismanic Jamaican had announced that 2017 World Championships will be the last time the World will see him competing. However, just a few weeks prior to the event he said that he might continue after the event is over, but 2017 will be his final season and that has been reiterated by him previously as well.

Bolt has discussed the situation with Coach Glen Mills, and he has stated that they haven’t reached to anything conclusive yet. Bolt has also cleared the air by stating that he will not be participating in the 200m event, and his tentative last event might be the 4x100m relay. Bolt has been prolific in the World Championships much like his Olympic successes and the tournament is known as Bolt’s swansong.

 

Omar McLeod looking to shatter all hurdles

Omar is currently the fifth fastest man in 110m hurdles history after edging past Hansle Parchment’s 12.94 seconds in 2014. McLeod finished the 110m hurdles in 12.90 seconds, but he revealed that his coach will be disappointed in him for not breaking Aries Merritt’s world record of 12.80 seconds.

McLeod who will compete in Budapest and Paris before leaving for the World Championships has looked energetic and vibrant, and has brushed off any injury scares. The Jamaican has set a national record while Yohan Blake seems to get his bearings right just before the tournament commences.

 

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey double fires Great Britain to 3rd position

Great Britain had a productive time on the second day of European Team Championships as Jack Greene, Dwayne Cowan, Aikines-Aryeetey, Eilidh Doyle and Dan Bramble bagged the maximum points for GB after winning all their individual events. Harry and his team broke Championships record in the 4x100m event, which has propelled Great Britain to the 3rd place.

Great Britain with 144.50 points follows second-placed Poland with 150.50 points and leader Germany with 166 points. British women team had a disappointing second day, where they could not finish the race after a failed final exchange in the 4x100m event. Great Britain has performed exceptionally considering the fact that some of their elite athletes opted to rest before the 2017 World Championships in August gets underway.

 

Paula Radcliffe lashes out on wiping rule

UK Athletics has made it clear that necessary steps would be taken to conserve the goodwill of the game, and this can mean the complete obliteration of records prior to 2005. However, Radcliffe who is a world record holder in Marathon has labeled the decision as a ghastly measure against athletes and said that this would punish them twice.

Questions about the morality of the rule to be implied has been raised, but it looks like UK Athletes might go on with the decision.