World Track&Field Championships underway

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.

Dominique Scott qualified for the World Championships, but was not sent by South Africa because their rules are stouter than the world qualifying rules.

Link: Scott Hurt by World Championship Snub

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.

Jarrion improved on that mark and picked up a silver medal ffinishing second to the pre-meet favorite Luvo Manyonga of South Africa. Good job Jarrion.

And two Americans beat Usain Bolt in the 100M. Old man Justin Gatlin won and up-and-comer Christian Coleman came in second. Both matriculated at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

On Day 3 of the Championships, Andrew Irwin failed to qualify for the Pole Vault final.

Omar McLeod, competing for Jamaica is safely through to the semi finals of 110M Hurdles.

Stanley Kebenei is through to the finals of 3000M Steeplechase finishing second in his heat

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.

There was an indirect medal for the Razorbacks yesterday by a Razorback spouse. Amy Craig married to Razorback great Allistair Craig, won the bronze medal in Marathon.

Thanks for the updates, PJ. I’m traveling this week and not able to keep up.

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.

On Day 6, Ex-Hog Kemoy Campbell representing Jamaica failed to qualify for the 5000M final.

Senior to be current Hog, Kemar Mowatt also representing Jamaica, finished 4th in 400M Hurdles final and missed bronze by half a second.

According to this tweet:

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.

Good to hear that. Looks like there was a protest or something and someone got DQedand moved Campbell in.

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.