Upsets Upon Upsets
- Men’s 100m – Gatlin over Bolt
- Women’s Steeplechase – Coburn over the Kenyans / Jebet
- Men’s 200m – Guliyev over Wayde / Makwala
- Women’s 400m – Francis over Felix / Miller
- Men’s 5000m – Edris over Farah
- Women’s 100m – Bowie over Thompson
- Men’s 800m – Bosse over the field
- Men’s 4×100 – Great Britain over US/Jamaica
- Men’s 4×400 – Trinidad & Tobago over US
I probably missed a couple as well, but upsets were the story of these games.
Personally, I think it could be because of improved doping controls.
The US Women’s Mid-Distance
I totally underestimated them and look like a fool based on these predictions.
Jenny ran a really smart race and benefited from Muir / Hassan running too hard too early.
Coburn and Frerichs just balled out basically. You have to wonder where Quigley would’ve finished. It’s hard to explain why the Africans came up so lame here.
Ajee ran to expectations. She’s only 23, she can be (already is?) a star in the sport AND she’s from Philly.
Bolt / the Men’s 100m
I wish Coleman won. The fact that Bolt took such offense to this question and completely brushed it off makes me dislike him / think he’s dirty even more. Though uncomfortable for them, it’s a logical, reasonable question, backed by data, that we should be able to openly talk about.
Him pulling up in the 4×100 was rough, as you never want to see anyone get injured. Not the fairy tale ending he was hoping for but still the best sprinter of all time.
Gatlin winning the 100m at age 35, though at a more reasonable 9.92, still just makes me shake my head.
The End of the Mo Show
That 10k was spectacular, props to him. A bit of team tactics by the Ethiopians and Edris’ kick FINALLY dethroned him in the 5k. I also thought Chelimo could’ve gotten silver had he run a smarter last 400.
Still a ridiculous 6 year stretch for Mo. I wonder if he’ll be back on the track in 2019, as I don’t see him ever being a consistent ~2:06 marathoner.
Pierre Ambroise-Bosse winning the 800m
The 800m, more than maybe any other event, is a crap shoot. Bosse has run consistently well over the years so I was happy to see him win. His interview after winning was good, this quote specifically:
“I’m not the best of the world. I just won a race at the right time, that’s all that happened.”
He said that in reference to Rudisha not being there. His awareness that he simply won the right race is refreshing.
Also, the race commentary from French is amazing (start at about 6:00).
More than any other global championship, these officials were too involved.
- The entire Makwala situation was really poorly handled. Robbing him of the 400m and the race against Wayde was terrible for him AND for the fans.
- Quigley’s DQ in the steeple was a joke in my mind.
- Sharp’s DQ in the 800m, though overturned, was also joke.
- Kovaks DQ in the shotput was justified.