July 27, 2016
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?
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
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
July 26, 2016
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?
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?
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?
victory, and the fact that five Nigerian born athletes competed for Bahrain?
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
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?