"I think it was more than I hoped for and a little bit more," double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius told CNN when asked about his historic appearance at the recent world athletics championships in Daegu, South Korea.
DAEGU, South Korea -- This is the year when the best track and field athletes plan. They tinker and experiment with training and competing while searching for something that will work -- or ferreting out something that will not -- during the Olympic year that follows. World championships like the ones that have reached their final weekend here are just fine. Or better than fine. Gold medals are awarded and national anthems are played and winning brings unquestionably the second-most important title in the sport. But it definitely ranks second.
David Rudisha underlined his domination in the men's 800m by taking his first global gold, but Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva failed in her bid to regain her pole vault title at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea. Tuesday.
Defending champion Usain Bolt was sensationally disqualified for a false start in the men's 100-meter final at the world athletics championships in Daegu, South Korea, allowing fellow-Jamaican Yohan Blake to collect an unexpected gold medal.
In some ways, very little has changed in the four years since Usain Bolt evolved sprinting. When it comes time to introduce Bolt at an international track meet anywhere on the planet, the stadium falls into anticipatory silence. A steadicam operator trains his lens on Bolt, who then puts on a little show. Sometimes he feigns slicking back his hair. Sometimes he runs through a series of hand gestures. At all times -- including when he is sick or injured, which of late, has been quite frequently -- he seems sublimely relaxed.
EUGENE, Ore. -- In the final strides of his race, Andrew Wheating had already begun to process the disappointment. It was the 1,500 meters at the USA Track and Field national championships Saturday afternoon at storied Hayward Field. (Where, as a University of Oregon sophomore in 2008, he had made the U.S. Olympic team -- and rocked the Hayward house -- with a stretch-running second-place finish in the 800 meters, the most emotional race of that year's Trials).
EUGENE, Ore. -- Long after his race was finished Friday evening, Justin Gatlin dressed in sweats and swapped his sprint spikes for a pair of clunky sneakers. He walked along an iron barrier near the warmup area behind the grandstand at Hayward Field. A friend approached from inside and snatched up Gatlin in a long embrace, chiropractor Dr. David Pascal. Then another friend did the same, former U.S. Olympic coach George Williams. Tears formed in Gatlin's eyes and then rolled down his cheeks, and not for the first time on this evening.