GAW Ep13 - Kendra Harrison breaks 28 Year Old World Record at London Anniversary Games, IAAF World U20 Champs Bydgoszcz best shows

July 27, 2016

Starting with the review of the London Diamond League because of Kendra Harrison's WR breaking feat, setting a new WR of 12.20s. How did she conjure up this feat? Was missing the Olympics team a blessing in disguise? Should she be given a bye because of her recent feat? What kind of special considerations should be made in cases like this? We can then focus on Bolt's return, plus his comments about feeling disrespected by the Americans. How will this new rivalry play out in Rio? Is Bolt trying to stir up unnecessary sentiments? Other outstanding performances like Sandra Perkovic, Mo Farah, Christian Taylor, Shelly-Ann's loss: can she defend her title?

 

Review of the World Juniors: Who were the outstanding performances for each of us? Focus on the likes of Neeraj Chopra (Javelin), Buckowiecki (Shot put), Candace Hill (100m), Noah Lyles (100m), Tiffany James (400m), Luis Zayas (High Jump), and so on. Botswana's performance, US dominance in all four relays, etc

 

Egyptian Javelin thrower Ihab Abdelrahman has failed a dope test. Results from a test taken in April show that he tested positive for testosterone, and is provisionally suspended and may be missing the Olympics. The B sample will come out on Monday. What would the Javelin field and Africa miss by his absence?

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NAW Ep13 - Nigerian athletes to fund themselves to Rio Olympics, Team Nigeria’s poor performance at Bydgoszcz 2016 and impressive outing from Nigerians defected to Bahrain.

July 26, 2016

We weigh in on the whole controversy of Nigerian foreign athletes being told to buy their own tickets to Rio, since the issue pretty much blew the internet this weekend. What could have necessitated that email? How does this affect the psyche of the athletes ahead of the Olympics, and Nigeria's image in particular, seeing that the story went viral? Would anyone take us seriously?

 

A review of Team Nigeria's disastrous outing at the World U20 Championships. Were we shocked by the outcome? What happened to Tobi Amusan who eventually finished 5th? Would she be able to cope with the pressure in Rio? What about the athletes' welfare, since they complained about not being given food for days while in camp? How do we avoid such re-occurences in future?

 

Stephen Mozia's recent feat of setting another National Record and his No.3 standing in the world with 21.73m in the shot put? Is he really a contender? Can he actually make that history for Nigeria?

 

Ofonime Odiong's victory, and the fact that five Nigerian born athletes competed for Bahrain?

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GAW Ep12 - Caster Semenya sets amazing World Lead and more, leading others to their PBs/NRs, while Almaz Ayana goes for a double in Rio

July 20, 2016

Review of the Monaco Diamond League with special focus on Caster Semenya's PB, NR, MR, DLR, WL of 1:55.33. The race was so fast that the next five finishers set PBs/NRs. Is Jarmila Kratochvílová's World Record of 1:53.28 on? Mind you it was set in 1983. Does she have any contenders? Other impressive performances in Monaco include Wayde Van Niekerk, Valerie Adams, Dafne Schippers. Eilidh Doyle, Katerina Stefanidi, Conseslus Kipruto. And then upsets in the men's 1500m with Ronald Kwemoi winning and Kiprop finishing 6th, Omar McLeod tripping in the 110 Hurdles, Gianmarco Tamberi winning the High Jump with a National Record of 2.39m and then being ruled out of the Olympics after a severe injury at his second attempt at 2.41m.

 

Almaz Ayana going for the 5000m/10,000m in Rio, and Tirunesh Dibaba going for the 10,000m. Can she win both, or will Dibaba have an edge since she's going for only one event? Are Genzebe Dibaba's days in the long distance events over? Muktar Eedris is one to watch out for in the men's 5000m. Why is Meseret Defar not included in the list?

 

Preview of the World Juniors which takes off on Tuesday. Who are the athletes to watch out for? Abdullah Akbar Mohammed of Saudi Arabia is the World No.1 in the boys'100m with 10.04, South Africa's Gift Leotlela is No.5 in the 100m/200m (10.20s, 20.47s), Botswana's Baboloki Thebe is No.2 in the 200m with 20.21s, and 1st in the 400m with 44.27s. Candace Hill in the girls'100m is the world leader with 11.09s, Khalifa St. Fort (No.2 with 11.16s), Tobi Amusan tops the 100m Hurdles list with 12.83s, etc 

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NAW Ep12 - Any medal prospects for Team Nigeria that headed out to World Junior Champs at last minute, and preview of Rio Olympics team

July 19, 2016


Focus on the 13-man team to the World Juniors whom we believed left on Sunday night for Poland. What are their chances? Any medal prospects? Tobi is No.1 in the world rankings in the 100m Hurdles, and 14th in the 100m (11.50s): can she some how medal in both? Aniekeme is No.7 in the 100m (11.34s), Mercy Ntiabong No.4 in the 200m (23.17s) and 12th in the 100m (11.47s), Raymond No.20 in the 100m(10.35s). A brief mention of Ofonime Odiong who will be competing for Bahrain for the first time at the same competition. What has Nigeria missed in her?

 

What are our thoughts about the Nigerian team to Rio? Are there people who made the team who shouldn't be there? What are the chances of our athletes? Blessing going for the 100m/200m/Long Jump/4x100m. Isn't it an over kill? Or would she just do only one of the sprints along with the Long Jump? Because she told me that for sure she's going to do the Long Jump in Rio. Do the women's relay teams stand a chance? Why list nine athletes for the women's relays?

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