For Track fans, the World Championships got underway today in London, with a number of ex-Hogs participating. In early results, Jarrion Lawson advanced to the Long Jump final. Unfortunately North Little Rock native and resident and defending Olympic gold medalist in Long Jump, Jeff Henderson did not, continuing his poor form since the Olympics,
The meet is carried live either on the NBC Olympic channel or NBC Sports Network or NBC depending on the day of the week.
Sandi Morris has qualified for the Pole Vault final. Her American teammate and former Olympic champion Jen Suhr did not make the final as she no-heighted. Also ex-Hog Tina Sutej of Slovenia failed to qualify.
Wonder why they let her compete in Rio Olympics last year. Her times were slower last year. Good move by Dominique to apply for US citizenship. I can root for her without mixed feelings then. I wish Omar McLeod applies for US citizenship. He is paying US taxes. Halfway there.
I had missed the fact that Dominique had applied for US citizenship. I saw the story on the news last night, but I didn’t hear that. Then when I posted the link, I just glanced at the article. Good for her.
Just like the Rio Olympics, Sandi Morris grabbed the silver medal in Pole Vault. Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece once again eluded her from grabbing the gold. 2019 World Championships could be Sandi’s time.
On Day 4, Omar McLeod, representing Jamaica, as expected picked up the gold medal in 110M Hurdles. United States, which has dominated this event until the arrival of McLeod and kidney transplant for the world record holder Aries Merrit, was shut out of the medals. Aries Merrit, the lone American in the final, finished fifth.
Two Hogs representing Jamaica, Kemar Mowatt (400 Hurdles) and Clive Pullen (Triple Jump), failed to advance to the finals of their event. I did not expect Mowatt, but thought Pullen would qualify for sure.
Ex-Hog Stanley Kebenei finished 5th in 3000 Steeplechase final. His US teammate Evan Jager won the bronze, first ever medal for US in the event.
One item of interest, Sandi Morris provided the color commentary for Men’s Pole Vault final won by Ole Miss star Sam Kendricks, who has had several close NCAA and SEC battles with Razorback star Andrew Irwin, Sandi has the broadcasting degree from Arkansas and I suppose this was a good trial run in broadcasting.
That’s a pretty tight spacing for the nine qualifiers. I’ve seen Kemoy run out of his head before in a final, specifically the race he ran at Tyson that clinched our last indoor NC (a huge PR), so I could see him jumping up into medal contention.
I looked up the heat results. Qualifiers were the first five in each heat and the next five fastest, so 15 guys made the finals. Kemoy was ninth in the faster heat, in which the top 13 runners were all faster than the winner of the slow heat. So, as the #9 fastest time, he had one place to spare in reaching the final. I don’t see any DQs; there was a DNF and two DNS in Kemoy’s heat. I also looked up the start list for Saturday’s final; there are indeed 15 runners. Kemoy’s PR is 13:14, so he should have plenty left in the tank for Saturday. Mo Farah would be your favorite, with the best PR and running before the home fans in London.