After experiencing the swimming events, aka The Michael Phelps Show, all last week and putting forth my best Olympic-esque effort in the Team Championships Race earlier in the day, I was salivating with anticipation for all the weekend’s track events.
It all started okay with Shalane winning the bronze in the women’s 10K. But after watching Deena pull out of the women’s marathon after the first 5 miles on Saturday night, Tyson Gay not even qualifying for the 100m finals, Bernard Lagat missing out on the 1500m finals, and Rupp and Abdirahman finishing 13th and 15th respectively in the men’s 10K, I’m feeling as if I’m watching the Track version of the 2007 NY Mets (who had a momental collapse last season for those who don’t know…yeah, it pains me still to write about it) all over again. It has left me scratching my head, wondering what’s happened to the
Never mind that the men’s and women’s hurdlers have dominated the medal stands in their respective sports and Walter Dix had a coming out party after capturing a medal in the 100m final that he probably wasn’t supposed to, I am disappointed that our A-list track stars have not performed anywhere near what we expected them to in Beijing.
There’s still some hope left, as Sanya Richards prepares for the women’s 400m final having qualified with the best time during the semi’s. The women still have the 200m race, the 800 race, women’s 1500m and the women’s 5000m yet to be completed. As for our male track athletes, the significant events that are yet to be decided are the 400m, 800m, and the marathon on Sunday. I am nervous but excited about marathon Sunday for the men prior to the closing of the games. I believe Ryan Hall will make a strong showing if the weather holds up and he runs his race.
So Go Team