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South African 100 m triumph - NAIROBI (KEN, Jul 12): In heavy rain, Tshenolo Lemao claimed gold for South Africa in the boys’ 100m on the first day of the World U18 Championships in 10.57 from teammate Retshidisitwe Mlenga (10.61) and Jamaica’s Tyreke Wilson (10.65). Ethiopia’s Abersh Minsweo upset Kenya’s Emmaculate Chepkirui for the 3000m title, 9:24.62 to 9:24.69, while Germany’s Selina Dantzler won a close shot put final with 17.64m from China’s Tianxiao Yu (17.62m) and Yue Sun (17.59m). France’s Steven Fauvel Clinch leads the decathlon after the first day with 4084 points from Latvia’s Olegs Kozjakovs (4053) but pre-competition favourite Maximilian Kluth from Germany withdrew after the 100m due to injury.
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:21

IAMBOLT, a Review by J. Stuart Weir

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I managed to get myself an invitation to the IAMBOLT Première in London. I confess I have not been invited to a great number of Premières in my life! (Just less than 1, in fact). My justification for asked for an invitation was that I had been in the stadium at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics to see Usain Bolt win all three of his Olympic trebles - not to mention seeing him in 4 World Championships and a few Diamond Leagues.
 
It was a fun event to attend with the man himself speaking from the stage to introduce the evening. I was accompanied by the web editor of Athletics Weekly, who proved excellent company but just as poor as I was at celebrity spotting. I did see Jonathan Edwards, Mo Farah and Chelsea footballer, Cesc Fabergas. I am told that former Spice Girl, Geri Horner, Salina Hayek, Tallia Storm, Liam Payne and Sean Paul were among those representing music and Shown Biz.
Sunday, 02 April 2017 23:16

IAMBOLT, a Review by J. Stuart Weir

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Stuart Weir gets some of our toughest assignments. This one was to review and attend the opening for the new Usain Bolt movie. Our friend in athletics did a nice job!
 
IAMBOLT
I managed to get myself an invitation to the IAMBOLT Première in London. I confess I have not been invited to a great number of Premières in my life! (Just less than 1, in fact). My justification for asked for an invitation was that I had been in the stadium at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics to see Usain Bolt win all three of his Olympic trebles - not to mention seeing him in 4 World Championships and a few Diamond Leagues.
 
A personalized red carpet, pretty special! photo by Stuart Weir
It was a fun event to attend with the man himself speaking from the stage to introduce the evening. I was accompanied by the web editor of Athletics Weekly, who proved excellent company but just as poor as I was at celebrity spotting. I did see Jonathan Edwards, Mo Farah and Chelsea footballer, Cesc Fabergas. I am told that former Spice Girl, Geri Horner, Salina Hayek, Tallia Storm, Liam Payne and Sean Paul were among those representing music and Shown Biz.
 
IAMBOLT is a documentary by Ben and Gabe Turner, not a drama. It includes action footage of some of his principal races but the real value of the film is the unrivalled access to Bolt who allowed a camera to follow him around and record his thoughts before and after particular races. He appears to speak openly and honestly allowing himself to be caught in some unguarded moments. The viewer feels he know Bolt a little after viewing it. The film revealed more of Usain Bolt the person, than I might have expected.
 
The Athletics Weekly review by Euan Crumley said: "It actually gets right under the skin of this superstar and reveals a depth not previously apparent in a man usually to be found owning his stage and commanding his crowd". I thought that a very fair assessment.
 
He comes across as very human, at times expressing anxiety in the run up to Rio. He admits to lacking self-confidence at times, wondering, despite all his achievements if he still is the best. Injury - what agent Ricky Simms calls "his biggest rival" - is a source of worry to him.
In press conferences, I have heard him, talk about spending hours playing computer games because he cannot go out and do normal things without being mobbed. The film reveals something of his exciting, glamorous but, at times, boring life.
 
For me the most fascinating insight was Bolt's reaction to remarks by Justin Gatlin in a TV interview. Bolt clearly felt disrespected by the convicted drugs cheat, who, as Bolt points out, has never beaten him in a championship race. While in public, Bolt normally plays down the rivalry been the pair, privately it clearly means a lot to him not to be beaten by Gatlin.
An excellent film. Catch it in a cinema, as a digital download on DVD or Blu-Ray.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:37

Ryan Crouser: Is The Best Yet To Come?

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Nov. 27, 2016 
By Dave Hunter
 
A favorite, accurate, and often-used sports saying declares, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” So true.  Ah, but when talent does work hard you have, well, Ryan Crouser – a young, gifted, and dedicated athlete who’s the reigning Olympic gold medalist and Olympic record-holder in the shot put.
 
Few look askance when – in the months that follow the Olympic Games – newly-crowned gold medalists take a break from training to rest, recuperate, and savor their winning performance. But when we recently caught up with Ryan Crouser, the 6’ 7” 290-pound Olympic champion wasn’t chilling. He was logging time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California working to build strength and gain some quality weight in preparation for the upcoming world championship year.  
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 04:52

FloTrack Talks with Hoka One One's David Torrence

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There are few who have the type of range David Torrence possesses in the 800 to the 5,000m. With 1:45 speed and 13:16 strength, the 30-year-old has found plenty of success in his seven years as a professional, including an American record in the indoor 1k and five U.S. titles. Even so, there remains a glaring hole on Torrence’s résumé: he has yet to make an Olympic or World Championship team. It’s a reality that is shared by many given the brutal top-3 selection structure, but for someone like Torrence who has come close on multiple occasions, it’s undoubtedly frustrating. 
 
Now entering 2016, Torrence is entirely focused on finally breaking through at this summer’s Olympic Trials, whether it be in the 1500 or 5k. After a period of coaching change in the last few years that ultimately saw him return to the famed John Cook, and also signing on with Hoka One One as his sponsor late in 2014, Torrence believes he’s in position to do just that.
 
First, though, is plenty of months of build-up training leading to the Trials in July. With 2016 still being in its infancy, we caught up with Torrence to talk about his roadmap for this season, and the new regimen that he hopes can improve his late-race speed. As is customary (if not clichéd) for this time of year, I start by asking DT the usual round of New Year’s questions. 
 
Check out the Q&A HERE.