Track is my field: Mark Cullen's international track and field website featuring storytelling, commentary, and predictions and event analyses for the Olympics and World Championships. I'll be writing from the 2018 European Championships in Berlin in August. I'm active on Facebook and Twitter: @trackerati.
Monday, June 29, 2015
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Simple tasks such as climbing the stairs in the grandstands would result in people being drenched in sweat. Hayward’s faithful were there, but their enthusiasm was tempered by the conditions.
In our take your pick department, in Beijing today it’s 88F with 79% humidity.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Kibwe Johnson urged his second round hammer throw to "Come on!" and "GO!"
It did as commanded at the USATF Outdoor National Championships in Eugene on Thursday when it exceeded the World Championships qualifying standard of 76.00 meters by 22 centimeters.
He later surpassed that with his farthest throw of 76.95m (252' 5"); each was good enough to win.
Conor McCullough (76.09m/249' 7") and A.G. Kruger (76.01m/249'4") will join Johnson at Worlds in Beijing, as each exceeded the championships standard as well.
The depth of Thursday's results was remarkable, with the top 8 recording bests of 71.16m (233' 5") or better.
Even 4th place joined the fray, as James Lambert responded to early adversity by throwing 3 personal bests to rewrite his own record, now at 72.49m (237' 10").
"I'm finally healthy," Lambert said. "I had a little bit of a knee problem at the end of indoors which kind of hindered me at the (indoor) championship where I lost by two inches."
Consistency in training has been key to his ability to peak so well this season. In addition, he is adjusting quickly to any mistakes.
Lambert said that after his first throw "got way away from me, I moved over so I can stay in front of it, and that really helped a lot."
McCullough said, "I'm excited that all three of us made the team. It's my first senior team and I'm elated." In Beijing, "I'd like to improve and leave it all out there."
It's the first time since 2009 that the US will be sending all three.
Kruger likes the look of the event's future in the US.
"In most years 76m is going to (win) it," he said, "but it was a great competition. It was a great look as to what the men's hammer throw is going to come to in years to come."
Johnson echoed Kruger's view. "Everyone was awesome! I can't remember a time when everyone was in it, at least since I've been around. The country in general is coming up. We have a lot of good young talent."
Johnson would like to throw 78 metres or more in Beijing, make the finals, "and see if I can get on the podium. Outside of Pawel Fajdek (POL), who is leading he world by three meters, it's pretty wide open."
Johnson sees his throwing career winding down, but he'd like to stay involved in the sport.
"I'm going to phase my way out and start coaching these young kids. It's something I'd like to do - to give back. I've learned so much from so many people on my journey to where I am now."
In US track and field, the men's hammer throw is a resurgent event.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Note that the trend is upward for even hotter weather, not cooler:
With highs of
Combining forecasts from the National Weather Service, Weather Underground, and weather.com, here are the forecast highs for each day of the championships:
93 - Day #1 - Thursday, 6/25
90 - Day #4 - Sunday, 6/28
1. USATF announced that the senior men's and women's 5,000m will be run Sunday morning instead of Sunday afternoon:
Sunday, 6/28 - W 5,000m - new start time: 10:20am
Sunday, 6/28 - M 5,000m - new start time: 10:45am
2. The men's and women's 20k walks will be a combined race:
Sunday, 6/28 - M+W 20k walks combined race: 8:00am
3. The junior men's 10,000m, originally scheduled for Saturday evening, will now have an early Saturday start:
Saturday, 6/27 - JR M 10,000m - new start time: 10:00am
That leaves several races of 3,000m or more to be run in what are likely to be brutally hot conditions.
The senior women's and men's 10,000m remain at 7:35pm and 8:15pm on Thursday, 6/25, preceded by the first round of the women's 3,000m steeplechase at 7:05pm.
The first round of the men's 3,000m steeplechase remains at 6:10pm on Friday, 6/26, and the women's steeple final remains at 1:55pm on Saturday, 6/27.
The biggest impact of the heat likely will be felt in the multis, especially their final events:
- The men's decathlon 1500m at 7:40pm on Friday, 6/26, when temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 90s;
- The women's heptathlon 800m at 1:11pm on Sunday, 6/28, with forecast highs in the upper 80s at that time of day.
Scant consolation to have 'cooler' temperatures than the men, but the cumulative effect of seven events in such heat will be quite similar.
The heat will have a decisive role in shaping the US World Championships multi-events teams, among many others.
It will encourage sit-and-kick races in the middle and long distances, not that those are anything new to national or world championships. Now these are virtually guaranteed.
Weather and schedule updates will be posted here as warranted.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
The 16-year-old became the youngest woman in the world ever to break 11.00 for 100m.
“World Youth is next,” she reiterated.
- birthdate: 11 February 1999