This August must have been a special month to sports lovers especially when it comes athletics. All eyes were set to London where this year’s IAAF world championship game was expected to be historical. And indeed it was.
Field and track event turned out to be full of fun, upset and surprise throughout the competition. The major focus was on the men’s 100m and 4x100m where Usain Bolt where expected to mark the end of golden career as undefeated athletes in history. The stage was set for the 100m final and was no doubt the overwhelming favorite to win the race. London stadium was fully packed to bid farewell to the world’s greatest sprinter of all time in final race in the dicspline.
The expected celebration ended up in disappointment to the majority in the stadium as Justin Gatlin of USA stole the show. Bolt finished luckily third to be on the podium for the last time in his illustrious career. Though this time in a position he has not known in the past fifteen years.
The stage once again offered him a chance in the relays final after his Jamaican team easily qualified to the final. The big man was on the anchor lane to stretch home. Once again the expectations to see the big man’s team win ended up in agony. Was he again beaten this time around? No, hamstring injury struck when he was to unleash his trademark sprint to stretch. He helplessly fell down to give room for the team GBR&NI to win their first ever global gold medal in the discipline. Nobody saw this coming. Bolt had disappointing career finish but still remains the best ever sprinter the world has seen. His World records in 100 and 200m will surely take time to be broken.It was heartbreaking to see the man who has entertained many bid the crowd bye. Who will step up to fill this big gap left? With age catching up with Gatlin and Jamaican Blake out of form due to series of injuries. The world waits to see who it will be.
The championship did not go well with Jamaica, winning only one gold medal was a disappointment. Elaine Thomson failing to shine. They must have surely missed Shelly Ann Fraser who on maternity.
Women steeplechase final was expected to be a competition between Bahrain and Kenya. Ruth Chebet of Bahrain, the world record holder ran out of gas in the final lap to pave the way for Emma Coburn of USA to the gold. The first for the US in history.
Kenyan veteran Ezekiel Kemboi was also beaten by a young promising Kenyan Consenslus Kipruto. The king of steeplechase was left defenceless to finish out of the podium. He would later on announced his retirement. The world of will really miss the man who has entertained many people in the track.
Another shocker was in 5000m for both men and women. Mo Farah was the overwhelming favorite to take home second gold medal for the Britain after he successfully defended his 10000m. He too had announced to be competing for the last time on the track in the final. The party that this long distant runner expected was spoilt by Edris of Ethiopia. He however salvaged silver medal as he shifted his attention to marathon.
Almaz Ayana is undoubtedly the best woman in the track when it comes 5000m and 10000m. She is the world record holder in 10000m, a record she set in the Rio Olympics. She sucesfully defended her title in 10000m and expected to double in 5000m. As it was expected to be an East African affair between Kenya and Ethiopia, indeed it was. Ayana tried her trademark kicks to steal the show as she always did but Kenyan Hellen Obiri would allow her. In fact, Obiri provided every answer to Ayana’s questions during the entire race. Obiri would finally beat Ayana in the final lap to win Kenya a gold medal. The two ladies destroyed the field so to speak.
The 2017 IAAF World championship game was one of it’s kind. With some of the amazing players retiring while some take the centre stage to shine. Don’t forget the evergreen US sprinter Allyson Felix adding to her of medals to a record of sixteen. The golden girl promises not be retiring from athletics. Think of the ever smiling Dine Asher Smith of Great Britain, an amazing sprinter.
London was a place to be especially for sports lovers. It was to see the IAAF flag handed to Qatar for the 2019 championship to be held in Doha.