Listen as we discuss the 2017 Diamond League Finals in Zurich and Brussels where 32 winners emerged in the series. We also talk about the recent historic decision by the IOC, simultaneously awarding the hosting rights of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles respectively.
In this episode we review the just ended National Youth Games in Ilorin. Who were our standout athletes? What do we have to say about the states' participation, and those like Lagos who didn't send a team. We will also talk about Chiamaka Egbochinam winning Silver in the Girls's 100m. We also talk about D'Tigers & D'Tigress on their Afrobasket exploits. Obviously different strokes for the two teams.
It was a championship of upsets, and we would focus on the major upsets at the competition: Usain Bolt finishing 3rd in the 100m; Elaine Thompson not finishing on the podium; neither of Allyson Felix nor Shaunae Miller-Uibo winning the 400m; Mo Farah losing his 5000m title; Yulimar Rojas winning the Triple Jump ahead of Caterine Ibarguen; Ryan Crouser not finishing on the podium; Sally Pearson winning the 100m Hurdles ahead of Harrison; Kori Carter winning the women’s 400m Hurdles; Ramil Guliyev winning the 200m; Ambroise Bosse winning the men’s 800m; Trinidad and Tobago in the 4x400m; Great Britain in the men’s 4x100m, Emma Couburn in the women’s Steeplechase, etc.
We also will on two sets of athletes; first of all, those who claimed their first world titles and those who retained theirs
We then discuss the Isaac Makwala debacle which marred the atmosphere of the championships for a few days. What really went down? Was the issue well handled? What about the conspiracy theories?
Finally we focus on Usain Bolt and his legacy. What will we miss most about Bolt? Will the world ever see another Bolt? What's next for Usain Bolt/
We talk about Nigeria's performance at the London World Championships where for the second successive time we have failed to win a medal.
How is it becoming normal that a country of Nigeria's prospects and population can't seem to win a medal at a global championships like this?
It is also of bad note, the shoddy preparations of Team Nigeria, with athletes needing the intervention of IAAF before they could secure UK visas, and having to arrive just a day before their events. Even some got to London a day before the end of the championship. Did we not shoot ourselves on the foot?
Fast forward to Doha 2019, do we think we can end the medal drought in Qatar, what do we need to do to be able to finish on the podium then?
Now that the season has ended, do we think ensuring that the National Sports Festival happens this year will help Nigerian athletes get ready for 2018 season, considering that the Commonwealth Games will happen in April?
A few shocking and disappointing performances were recorded. Blessing Okagbare seems to have been picking up at the right time. Elaine Thompson put up a fierce performance against Marie Talou. Shaunae Miller put up a winning performance, while Caster Semenya really trailed. Nigel Amos also bouncing back at the right time.
What are the potentials of Andre DeGrasse at the World Champs in the 200m. Conseslus Kipruto did not win his Steeplechase event. A new champion emerged.
We also go back to the Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues that happened close to each other.
We also go back to the World U18 in Kenya. Some impressive times were posted. South Africa is rising to dominance in track and field events, as this was evident in them topping the medal table.
We talking about the National Championships which held at the National Stadium, Abuja.
What were the highlight moments, who were those that made the headlines?
We share our thoughts on Nigeria's absence from the World under 18
Later in the week the Warri Grand Prix takes place in Osoro.
NAW S2 EP4: The National Junior Trials and ensuing Team Nigeria’s absence in Algeria reviewed, National Senior Trials previewed and fresh AFN Elections announced
After the AFN election that saw a new president emerge, the Appeals Committee has come to nullify it and call for a new presidential election.
We also review the first ever AFN/MOC National Youth and Junior Champs that was held at the Abuja National Stadium. We then talk about Nigeria being unable to present a team in Algeria, the first time it is happening in ten years, despite us being defending champions from two years ago.
We also talk about the National Championships coming up from July 13th-15th. We dissect all the controversies from the list of invited athletes to the dates. Why isn't the likes of Seye Ogunlewe, Regina George and co not on the team? On the other hand we also talk about the inclusion of so many MoC athletes. 12 of them made the team this year as against just 2 who did last year
At the Paris Diamond League, Nijel Amos bounced back to winning ways. Are things shaping up for him before the World Champs? Some upsets happened in the Men's Javelin, 110m Hurdles, 3000m Steeplechase and women's 1500m. Do we think they happened by a stroke of luck, or does it signify that things could change ahead of the World Championships? Can the likes of Elaine Thompson, Sam Kendricks, Mutaz Barshim and Chris Taylor extend their unbeaten run to the World Championships? What about a Will Claye vs Taylor rivalry in the Triple Jump? And with Pichardo back, will things be any different? What is happening to Renaud Lavillenie who seems to have lost his confidence? We also saw Ramil Guliyev's surprise emergence in the 200m?
We also review the US and Jamaican National Trials. Highlights from the US Trials include the fastest ever women's 400m Hurdles race which was won with 52.64s; Gatlin and Tori Bowie winning the 100m titles, Christian Coleman's emergence as the only male sprinter doing the 100m/200m in London, Noah Lyles pulling out of the 200m; the emergence of young sprinters on the US team like Deajah Stevens who won the women's 200m ahead of Tori Bowie, and Fred Kerly, World Leader in the 400m with 43.70s, winning the US title; With LaShawn Merritt and Allyson Felix pulling out of the 200m, youth seems to be upstaging experience in the US team. We will also talk about Ryan's Crouser's best Shot Put throw in the world in 14 years;
From the Jamaican Trials, Elaine Thompson won the 100m with a new WL and has opted out of the 200m. What does this portend? Who is the likely women's 200m Champion in London? Yohan Blake won the sprint double. Can he make the podium twice in London? Seems Veronica Campbell-Brown's best days are over as she didn't compete due to injury. What can we say about her career?
Leading off with last weekend's AFN/Dynamic Solutions meet. Making of Champions' Joy Udo Gabriel ran two PBs to qualify for the African Junior Championships later this month. Also, another MoC athlete - Glory Nyenke attained qualification as well.
Samson Nathaniel and Yinka Ajayi also both qualified for the London World Championships.
We also express our general outlook on the AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet which held in Abuja.
We then talk about Blessing Okagbare who ran an SB last weekend in Marseille, and looks like she would be one of the leading athletes expected at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica this weekend. Margaret Bamgbose also hit qualification for London 2017 at this same meet.
Peter Moreno has broken the Decathlon National Record set by Lee Okoroafor since 2003, setting a new one (subject to ratification).
We conclude by talking about the AFN elections next week, are there clear front-runners now? Listen to discover a new board member that has emerged.
GAW S2 EP3 - Adidas Boost Boston Games, Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague reviewed and Rome DL previewed
We review the Adidas Boost Boston Games.
- Wayde Van Niekerk won the 200m straight, while Shaunae Miller-Uibo raced to fastest time ever over the distance, a time of 21.76s, smashing Allyson Felix’s former mark of 22.55s. Both Felix and Van Niekerk are going for the 200/400 double in London. Can Miller pull off both successfully?
- Tori Bowie won the 150m in 16.30s, also erasing Felix’s former mark of 16.33s. Where do we place Bowie in the scheme of things? Will Felix go for the double, since that was her target for Rio, and even if she does, can she stand the onslaught from the likes of Thompson, Bowie and Dafne Schippers in the 200m? Is it safe to say her best days are over?
- Alonso Edward won the 150m in 15.09s, beating Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake. Can Blake successfully combine the sprint double, or should he just stick with the 100m in London?
- Keston Bledman won the 100m in 10.21s, same time as Akani Simbine who was 2nd. Is the law of diminishing returns setting in for the South African?
We review the Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague, Czech on Monday.
- Antonio Alkana set an African and Meeting Record to win the 110 Hurdles, fifth fastest time in the world this year. Listen to find out his time.
- Mosito Lehata won the 100m in a PB and NR, same time as Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu who was 2nd, while South African Thando Roto was 3rd.
- Wenda Nel won the 400m Hurdles in an SB of 54.66s, 9th on the 2017 World list. South Africa seems to be producing a lot of stars in various events. What can other African nations learn from them?
- Isaac Makwala placed 5th in the 400m. The race was won by Luka Janezic in an MR. Are the younger Botswanans sending Makwala into retirement?
We preview the Rome Diamond League on Thursday.
- Women’s 100m: Dafne Schippers vs Ta Lou, Michelle-Lee Ahye & Tianna Bartoletta
- Men’s 200m: Andre De Grasse vs Ameer Webb, Aaron Brown & Brendon Rodney
- Men’s Javelin: Thomas Rohler vs Johannes Vetter, Julius Yego, Andreas Hofmann
- Women’s Triple Jump: World Leader Yulimar Rojas vs Caterine Ibarguen & Olga Rypakova
- Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Conseslus Kipruto vs Ezekiel Kemboi
- Women’s 5000m: Genzebe Dibaba vs Hellen Obiri
- 110 Hurdles: Orlando Ortega vs Aries Merritt, David Oliver and Andrew Pozzi
- Women’s 400m: Novlene Williams-Mills (50.54s) vs Botswana’s Lydia Jele who is the fastest in the field (50.32s), & Natasha Hastings (50.74s)
NAW S2 EP2 - New MoC sponsors announced, Okagbare in 2017, Lagos School Relays and the AFN elections
We announce three new sponsors for the Making Of Champions project. Listen to find out who they are.
Blessing Okagbare competed at the Doha Diamond League and finished 6th in the women's 200m. What do we think about Okagbare, and how do we see her season panning out?
In the absence of A-grade Nigerian athletes competing at the highest level, do we stand a chance at the World Championships in London?
We come back home to talk about the Lagos State Secondary school relays held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Is this a good means to relaunch Nigeria's lost glory in the relays?
We also talk about the AFN elections. It is a pity that these elections seem to have halted all Athletics programmes in the country. With the people who have come forward, what are our views with regards to who becomes the next president of the federation?
Highlights in this episode include:
At the Jamaican Invitational
-Elaine Thompson ran a WL of 22.09s. Is it possible for Thompson to get beaten this year?
- 20-year old Kyron McMaster won the 400m Hurdles with a scorching WL of 47.80s; Is a new order emerging in the 400m Hurdles?
- Yohan Blake won the 100m in an SB of 9.93s; is he back for real?
- Morolake Akinosun won the women's event
- Andre De Grasse won the 200m in 20.14s, Merritt was 2nd. Can he successfully pull off the 200m//400m double this year?
- 35-year old Novlene Williams-Mills won the 400m in 50.54s. It was an emotional victory for her because she'll be retiring at the end of the season. Having overcome cancer, can we say she has courage?
Review of the Kawasaki World Challenge
- Justin Gatlin won the 100m in 10.28s.
- Aaron Brown won the 200m in 20.62s
- China's Shiying Liu won the women's Javelin with an Asian Record of 66.47m
- Tianna Bartoletta won the Long Jump with 6.79m, Shara proctor 2nd with 6.65m
- Ivet Lalova-Collio won the sprint double in 11.40s and 22.98s
- Thomas Rohler won the Javelin in 86.55m
- Queen Harrison won the 100m Hurdles in 12.65s
Review of the Shanghai Diamond League
- Luvo Manyonga setting a DLR of 8.61m in the Long Jump. He said he was aiming for 8.80m. Is the World Record under threat?
- Several WLs set:Elaine Thompson's 10.78s in the 100m, Bowie 2nd in 11.04s and Ta Lou 3rd in 11.07s. Murielle Ahoure was 6th in the race. Is it safe to say that Ta Lou has overtaken her mentor?
- Shaunae Miller-Uibo's WL of 49.77s. What do we expect to see in the women's 400m this year?
- Noah Lyles 19.90s in the 200m. Is he a factor in the scheme of things?
- Bershawn Jackson's MR of 48.63s in the 400m Hurdles, Kipyegon's WL of 3:59.22 in the 1500m, Hellen Obiri's WL of 14.22.47 in the 5000m, Ruth Jebet's revenge in the 3000m Steeplechase, winning with an MR of 9:04.78
In this episode, we recall the exploits of Nigeria athletes since the turn of the year. We commence with Nigeria's ill-fated participation at the World Relays and then we touch on the Penn relays too. Some Nigerian athletes have also already qualified for the World Championships in London. Listen to find out who they are.
Two promising foreign-based Nigerian athletes have sadly switched their allegiances to the U.S. Why does this continue to happen and how can it be stemmed in future?
There have also been a series local competitions recently. Such include the All Comers in PH, NUGA in Makurdi. Then we look into the four Golden Leagues coming up. When will the DK Olukoya Championships hold and in what city?
What should we look forward to this year, which athlete do we think will impress the most this year? Do we see Nigeria getting a medal at the World Championships?
#GAW S2 EP1 - Highlights from 2017 IAAF World Relays, Africa’s National Champs, Penn Relays and the return of the Diamond League
The IAAF World Relays held in the Bahamas from April 22-23. We recap USA's amazing winnings, Jamaica's Championship Record and the shocking baton display, Germany's unexpected GOLD, Canada and Botswana. What does the future hold for them in London's World Champs?
We also touch on Highlights from South Africa’s National Championships where Wayde Van Niekerk ran a World Lead, Luvo Manyonga and her record with Caster Semenya qualifying for both events in London: will both she and Van Niekerk go for the double? What are their prospects? Top 5 fastest times in the world in the 200m are from 4 South Africans: can they defeat the Jamaicans and Americans?
We also go back in time to the Penn Relays where the battle for supremacy between the USA and Jamaica continued. Listen to see how that played out. And remember, the power man Usain Bolt retires this year. How would this affect Jamaica?
Also, fast forwarding into the immediate future, the IAAF Diamond League kicks off on May 5th in Doha! Which key events should you watch out for?
NAW Ep 23 - Recapping the best moments of Top Sprinter 2016 and the athletics year for Team Nigeria.
What more is there to say other than about Top Sprinter 2016. We discuss about the three-day competition, and what it was like bringing some of the best Nigerian athletes to compete in Lagos. Who were the standout performers? What do we make of Mercy Ntia-Obong's double? Raymond Ekevwo beating the seniors to win the men's 100m title. National athletes likeNathaniel Samson, Yinka Ajayi dominating the quarter-mile.
There were notable national athletes who also took part: Nicholas ran in the 100m heats, Peter Moreno in the 200m heats, and others. Was it a sign of acceptability, going by the calibre of athletes present?
Then coming to the Juniors, MoC Track club's Joy Udo-Gabriel and Jerry Jakpa showing tremendous progress as they both stormed to a double. Surely the track club has been immense in their young careers.
We also speculate on which athletes and how many may be recruited into MoC TrackClub. There were many firsts on Top Sprinter 2016: Live-streaming of the event,Para-athletes also taking part, and the field events for Juniors.
Finally,we do a general review of Team Nigeria's performance in Athletics this year.There were many competitions Nigeria took part in: African Champs in Durban,World Junior Champs in Poland and Rio Olympics & Paralympics. What do we make of our outing at these Championships? Who is our standout Nigerian athlete this year?