Track & Field

5 Beijing Shocks: From Infeld to Schippers’ way out there 200m

In no particular order, here are the most shocking moments of Beijing 2015.

No 1: Emily Infeld 3rd in 10000m

Infeld was a mere third at the USAs and even though the strength in depth of the American team was clearly shown with their 3-4-6 placings in the World Championship final. Infeld’s previous success came in finishing 2nd and 4th at the NCAA cross country. A completely unheralded athlete, Infeld kicked hard to grab bronze on the line from Molly Huddle giving us probably the most unlikely medal of the championships.

No 2 USA 4 x 4 Women

The Dream team of Sanya Richards Ross, Natasha Hastings, Allyson Felix and Francena McCorory had one of the worst relay races of thier careers when everyone but Felix bombed completely. Richards-Ross, a 48.70 athlete at her best, blew up in the last 50 giving Jamaica the lead, which they were able to hold onto until Felix ran an incredible 47 second split to rein in the Jamaicans. Surely, a fresh Francena McCorory who was ranked world No 3 this year could hold off Novlene Williams Mills who ran all three rounds of the 400?

Eh no.

No 3 400m Hurdles
Nicholas Bett struggled to make it to the final and managed to win almost unnoticed on the outside in lane 9. Even with the loss of Bershawn Jackson, Jehue Gordon, Johnny Dutch, LJ Van Zyl, Javier Culson and Thomas Barr no one could have seen Bett win this one.

No 4 Chinese Relay

The Chinese, long known as a great bunch of lads but certainly surprise medalists here. Even with an improvement in Chinese sprinting led by sub-10 man Su Bingtian no one could have seen this coming. Meltdowns from America and Great Britain paved the way for the incredibly efficient Chinese outfit.

No 5 Dafne Schippers
21.63. #3 performer of all time. Faster than Marita Koch’s 36 year old, drug tainted European Record and a new Championship Record. I’m still shell shocked.

One for the road…what the hell VCB??

Thomas Barr competing at the World Championships in Beijing. Image via Athletics Ireland
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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

1 Comment

  1. michael cornyn
    September 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm — Reply

    Irish team 4×400 only 3 seconds of medal,great achievement, need to get to a final & then medal

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