Day: September 29, 2017
The 2017 season is over and we can hardly wait until the 2018 season begins. Many athletes are taking much needed vacations, and other athletes have began training with redemption on their minds plus more. Below we have made some early predictions for the 2018 season. We are sure that you fans won’t let us forget if we were wrong when the season comes around.
Trayvon Bromell will defend his 60 meter dash World title
We seem to forget rather quickly how much impact Trayvon Brommell had on the sport before his injury. He only raced once in 2017, after coming off an Achilles injury. He has been training hard, and overcoming adversity is nothing new to Mr. Bromell. He will rebound in 2018, and take home the 60 meter indoor title, the year off rest will only help him. The mental aspect of Athletics is just as important as the physical, and we feel the year off has made him stronger in both areas.
Wil London III will win the NCAA Outdoor 400 Meter Title*
After making the USA team for the 2017 World championships in the 400 meter dash, we feel this gave Wil London III the spark he needed to show his greatness. London III, ran his personal best 44.47 at the 2017 USA championships where he took home the silver medal. He teamed with his USA teammates to take home the silver medal in the 4×400 relay. This experience will give him the confidence to attack the 2018 season with vengeance that’s why he’s our early pick. *Will London III could also win the Indoor 400 meter title
Yohan Blake will be the world’s #1 Sprinter in 2018
Towards the end of the 2017 season, Yohan Blake started to show flashes of the athlete we saw before his injury. He won two competitions to end the season, and more importantly we were able to see his great technique in his races. With Usain Bolt stepping away from the sport ( at least for now) we think the throne is Blake’s to take, and with the number #2 all-time 200 meter dash & 100 meter dash times we know he has the resume’ to do so.
Fred Kerley will be the #1 400 meter sprinter in 2018
When you take a look at Fred Kerley’s top 5 times of the 2017 season, you can’t help but to be amazed at how great he was during the season. Kerley’s top 5 performances consisted of 43.70,44.03, 44.09, 44.10, and 44.11. His 43.70 was #2 behind World champion Wayde Van Niekerk. With him not having to run the rigorous collegiate schedule in 2018, we feel this will only help him put together even better performances next season. Be on the lookout for the new face of the USA 400 meters.
Cameron Burrell will win the Outdoor NCAA 100 meter Title
Mechanically there is no one better than Cameron Burrell in the 100 meter dash. In 2017 Burrell ran a personal best 9.93 in the 100 meter dash, a time that was good enough to be ranked #8 in the world. Another year at the University of Houston will sharpen his tools to be ready to run more sub 10 times in 2018. He could put up a top #5 time in 2018.
The Auburn Tigers Men’s 4×100 team will win the Outdoor title
The 2018 Auburn Tigers may have the most talented roster of sprinters in the nation. They return Raheem Chambers, Odean Skeen(if he doesn’t go pro), Joshua Burks, and Nathan Allen to the team in 2018. After finishing 2nd in a close race last season, record numbers could happen in 2018. Odean Skeen looks poised to break out to be the face of collegiate sprints. Coach Ralph Spry deserves a lot of credit for the job he has done on “The Plains”.
Usain Bolt will come out of retirement
Some things just don’t add up, like Usain Bolt finishing 3rd in the 100 meter dash at the World championships. Another would be him limping off the track after the Jamaican 4×100 relay. It’s hard for us to believe that the greatest track athlete of all-time would end his career like this. We predict that Usain Bolt will get the itch to come back at the end of 2018 to finish his career at the 2019 World championships. He will take most of the year off, and realize that he can’t go out the way he did he’s too competitive. There has to be a better ending to this story, and what happened in London is not it.
We have selected our first All-Pro Track & Field team. The team is compromised of which athletes exemplified excellence in each event. Another way we made the selections was, if there was one race/event for a gold medal which athlete would we have selected to compete for us.
2017 All-Pro Track & Field Men’s Team
100 Meters- Christian Coleman(USA)- Held World lead 9.82 in the 100 meter dash, won 2 silver medals at the World championships (100M, 4x100M)
200 Meters- -Wayde Van Niekerk (South Africa)- His 19.84 was the #2 200 meter dash time in the World. He took home the silver medal in the 200 meter dash at the World championships.
400 Meters- Wayde Van Niekerk (South Africa)- Ran World lead 43.62 in 2017. Won the World title in the 400 meter dash.
800 Meters- Nijel Amos(Botswana)-Took home the 2017 Diamond league 800 meter title, also ran #2 800 meter time in 2017.
1500 Meters-Elijah Motonei Manangoi (Kenya)- His 3:28.80 was the world lead, He took home the World championship in the 1500 Meters.
Steeplechase-Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya)- The 2017 Steeplechase World champion ran the #2 and #3 times in the event in 2017.
5K-Muktar Edris (Ethiopia)- Ran the World Lead in the 5k, Also won the 2017 World title.
10K-Mo Farah(Great Britain)-Legendary!! Ran the World lead at the World championships to win the 2017 World title.
100 Hurdles- Omar Mcleod(Jamaica)- He held the top 3 times in the 110 hurdles for the 2017 season. Won the gold medal at the 2017 World championships.
400 Hurdles-Kyron McMaster (IVB)-The 2017 Diamond league 400 hurdles champion also ran the world lead 47.80 in 2017.
Long Jump- Luvo Manyonga (South Africa)-2017 Long Jump World champion, 2017 Diamond league Long jump champion, 2017 World lead holder….Triple crown
Triple Jump- Christian Taylor (USA)- 2017 Triple Jump World champion, 2017 Diamond league champion, 2017 World lead holder….Triple crown
High Jump-Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar)-2017 High Jump World champion, 2017 Diamond league High jump champion, 2017 World lead holder….Triple crown
Discus- Andrius Gudžius (Lithuania)- He won Gold in the Discus at the World championships, and also won the 2017 Diamond league title. His 69.21 was #2 in the World for 2017.
Shot Put- Joe Kovacs (USA)- He took home the silver medal at the world championships, he also had the #2 throw of the 2017 season of 22.57.
Javelin- Johannes Vetter (Germany)- He won gold at the World championships in the javelin, and he had the world leading mark of 94.94 in 2017.
Pole Vault- Sam Kendricks (USA)- He had the top 3 jumps in 2017, and dominated the event with winning the 2017 World title & 2017 Diamond League title.
Hammer Throw-Pawel Fajdek (Poland)- In 2017 he held the top 10 throws in the event, and took home gold at the World championships in the event.