Track is my field: Mark Cullen's international track and field blog featuring storytelling, commentary, and predictions and event analyses for the Olympics and World Championships. I'll be writing from the 2017 World Championships in London. I'm active on twitter: @trackerati
Monday, May 22, 2017
Dusk on America
He exits the
hotel just before me.
He starts to
walk across a vast, darkening parking lot.
He is World
Champion, as new to the scene as a world champion can be.
He has not
competed in Eugene before, or the US.
which America he knows.
I slow my pace;
my odd tempo attracts his attention.
I slow even
more; he turns and looks again.
towards the shopping center.
several minutes, then drive in his direction, but I’ve lost him.
I return to
the hotel and wait in the lobby, under the guise of writing.
At last he
at me; we begin to talk.
I read a
story I wrote about him the day he became World Champion.
As he turns
to go to his room we exchange gentle, awkward waves.
I can leave.
He is safe.
For now -Mark Cullen
My encounter with Kenya's javelin World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego took place at Eugene's Valley River Inn on May 28, 2016, on the evening following that day's Prefontaine Classic, where he finished second in the javelin in his US/Eugene debut. Here is the story I was privileged to read to him: http://www.trackerati.com/2015/08/watching-history.html