Day: October 20, 2017
The field is not set yet, but we can hardly wait to see what the 2018 60 meter dash has in store for the U.S.A. There are legitimate 7 Sprinters that could make the team for the World Indoor Championships in 2018, and those athletes pose a real chance to make the podium. Below we showcase the athletes we believe could be World championship medalist in Birmingham, Great Britain March 2018.
There is no time like now for our great sport of Athletics. We are at a crossroads for the sport and looking for our athletes to take it to the next level. Our sport is a entertainment business, and we have lots of talented, young, energetic, and marketable individuals to take the sport to the next level. With the sports greatest athlete of all time, and arguably greatest marketer & showman retiring we look to the new generation to take the baton to new heights. We made a list of the top 25 sprinters at age 25 and under. Most experts feel that the prime age for a sprinter are the ages to 27-30, so these sprinters have a lot more to accomplish. There are many more talented athletes under the age 25 in the sport, that this list could have stretched to 40.
25. Mikiah Briscoe (USA)- She sped to a impressive 10.96 to win the NCAA Division I Women’s 100 meter National title in 2017. We expect more consistent sub 11 times in 2018, which would send her into the pro ranks.
24. Aleia Hobbs(USA) – She ran the seventh fastest time in the women’s 100 meter dash for 2017, that time 10.85 was also tied for the USA lead with Tori Bowie for 2017. The 21 year old hopes to improve on this time in 2018, and that will put her in the upper echelon of female sprinters.
23. Nathon Allen(Jamaica)- We are really looking forward to seeing the 21 year old compete in 2018. He ran a personal best 44.19 in the semi-finals of the World championships to qualify him for the finals. That time was the 15th fastest 400 meter time in 2017. He went on to finish 5th in the 400 meter dash at the World championships. He is a heavy favorite to win the 400 meter NCAA title in 2018.
22. Thebe Babolaki (Botswana)- The 20 year old sprinter ran a personal best of 44.02 this past season in Lausanne. In 2016 he took home the African 400 meter championship & teamed with Botswana teammates to win gold in the 4×400 relay. He also has a personal best in the 200 meter dash of 20.21, with this versatility a 200/400 double is possible. This young man will be a threat in years to come, and we look forward to watching him grow.
21. Salwa Eid Naser(Bahrain)- At only 19 years old, Naser ran a National Record of 50.06 in the women’s 400 meter dash final to take home the silver medal in the event. She would came back in September to break her own National record, running at time of 49.88 in Bruxelles that ranked as the 7th fastest time in the world for 2017.
20. Jereem Richards (Trinidad & Tobago)- After a long collegiate 2017 season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, the 23 year Trinidadian caped off a tremendous season with a bronze medal in the 200 meter dash. He helped his teammates win the gold medal in the 4×400 relay at the 2017 World championships. He ran his personal best in the 200 meter dash this season of 19.97. Richards, signed professionally with Adidas after the season. More medals are coming his way.
19. Michelle Lee-Ahye (Trinidad & Tobago)- She ran the third fastest time in the women’s 100 meter dash for 2017, her 10.82 was a personal best . In 2015 she was apart of the 4×100 Trinidad & Tobago relay team that captured the bronze medal at the World championships.
18. Chijindu Ujah (Great Britain)- The 23 year old Britian is arguably the face of British sprinting. The 2017 season was his best. He led off the Great Britain 4×100 relay team that won the World championship, and he also won the 2017 Diamond league 100 meter dash title.
17. English Gardner (USA)- Lets not forget that in 2016 that Gardner ran a personal best 10.74, and that time was the fourth fastest time in the world that season behind all of Elaine Thompson’s times. That 10.74 is tied for the 7th fastest time in history. She still has her prime ahead of her, and the 2018 season lots of fans will lose their “sprinters amnesia”.
16. Steven Gardiner(Bahamas)- The 22 year old Bahamian star ran a personal best/Bahamian record 43.89 in the semi-finals of the World championships. That time of 43.89 was the fifth fastest time in the world for 2017. In his young career, Gardiner, has accomplished an bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 4×400 relay with his Bahamian teammates, and he took home the silver medal in the 400 meter dash at the 2017 World championships.
15. Akani Simbine(South Africa)- The 24 year old South African holds personal bests of 9.89 in the 100 meter dash, and 19.95 in the 200 meter dash . His 9.89 is a South African Record. We look forward to more battles between he and fellow countryman Wayde Van Niekerk.
14. Morolake Akinosun(USA)- She has won a gold medal in the Olympics, World championships, and Pan American games being apart of the USA women’s 4×100 relay team. In 2017 her season’s best 100 meter dash time was 10.98 which was ranked 7th among U.S Women in 2017. We look for the 23 year old to break out in 2018 in the women’s 100 meter dash.
13. Trayvon Bromell(USA)- The 22 year old from St. Petersburg, Florida burst onto the scene in 2015 running 9.84, and taking the bronze medal in the 100 meter dash at the 2015 World championships. Then in 2016 winning 60 meter dash gold at the 2016 World Indoor championships, he was hampered by injury in 2017 , but we expect him to be back in full strength when the 2018 season rolls around.
12.Julian Forte (Jamaica)- Forte, ran the third fastest 100 meter dash time in the World in 2017. His 9.91 was a personal best for him. He finished the season with two victories he has shown that he is ready to take a big step in 2018 for Jamaican sprinting.
11. Phyllis Francis (USA)- Her 2017 season may have been the best of her professional career. The 25 year old took home three gold medals in World competiton. She took home two gold medals as apart of the women’s 4×400 relay in the World Relay championships & the World championships. She also ran a personal best 49.92 to win the 400 meter dash World championship. This could be the start of something!
10. Fred Kerley (USA)- We are so excited to see the 22 year old American continue his professional career in 2018. He will be the face of the 400 meter dash in the USA, and we feel that he won’t disappoint. In 2017, He won the NCAA 400 meter dash title during the Indoor & Outdoor seasons. Although these feats were great in itself the times he put up is what made him the face of the event in the United States. 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.
9. Noah Lyles(USA)- The 20 year old American has a bright future ahead of him in U.S. sprinting. He took home his first career Diamond league championship winning the 200 meter men’s division of the award. He has the versatility to run the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and 400 meter dash which makes him the triple threat for team USA going forward.
8. Yoshihide Kiryu (Japan)- In September 2017, Kiryu became the first Japanese sprinter to break the 10 second barrier in the 100 meter dash, he sprinted to a new Japanese record 9.98. The 21 year old is also apart of the Asian & Japanese record for the 4×100 relay where he and teammates ran 37.60 at the 2016 Olympics to take home the silver medal. He was also apart of the 2017 World championship bronze medal team of the 4×100 relay. If healthy reaching the podium in major championships is not out of the question.
7. Dafne Schippers(Netherlands)- At the young age of 25 she is already a legend in the sport of Athletics. She has a long list of accolades that we can’t go through here, In September she defended her women’s 200 meter dash world championship in London. She holds five Netherlands National records in the 60 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, outdoor long jump, and part of the 4×100 relay. Her 200 meter dash time of 21.63 is the third fastest on the all-time list and a European record. Schippers, has at least 4-5 years of top level sprinting remaining, and could end her career among the all-time greats.
6. Dina Asher-Smith(Great Britain)- The future belongs to her. At 21 years of age she already holds the British records in the 100 meter dash & 200 meter dash. In 2016, she won gold in the European championships for the 200 meter dash, the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 relay, and also earned the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics games in the 4×100 relay with Great Britain teammates. At the 2017 World championships her and teammates earned the silver medal in the 4×100 relay, with running 10.99 & 22.07 at age 21 we look for those times to drop as she gains more experience and that’s the reason she is high on this list.
5. Christian Coleman(USA)- He is our pick to become the King of American sprints for the next 5-10 years if healthy. He has proven has the strength to complete the 100/200 double by winning the 60 meter dash & 200 meter dash National titles Indoor, then 100 meters & 200 meters National titles Outdoor. Most impressively, after a long collegiate season he took home two silver medals at the World championships.
4. Andre DeGrasse (Canada)- In his young career the 22 year old has accomplished so much we can’t help but think how great can this young man become. The Canadian is a 3-time Olympic medalist earning silver in the 200 meter dash, bronze in the 100 meter dash, and bronze in the 4×100 relay. He is a 2-time World championship medalist earning bronze in both the 100 meter dash & 4×100 relay at the 2015 World championships in Beijing, also in 2015 he doubled in gold at the Pan American games in Toronto to win the 100 meter dash & 200 meter dash. He may have not even started his reign at sprinting supremacy, he will threaten world records in his disciplines,and it will be great for sport.
3. Shaunae Uibo-Miller(Bahamas)- You can make the case that the 23 year old Bahamian is the best sprinter in the world. She won the 400 meter Olympic gold medal in 2016, in 2017 she became the second female athlete( Allyson Felix) to win Diamond league titles in the 200 meter dash & 400 meter dash. If she were to complete the 200/400 double on the championship/Olympic level her legacy would be cemented.
2. Elaine Thompson(Jamaica)- The 25 year old Jamaican is arguably the best female sprinter in the sport. Last summer, she took home 3 medals at the Rio Olympics winning gold in the 100 meter dash,the 200 meter dash, and silver in the 4×100 relay with Jamaican teammates. She has personal bests of 10.70 in the 100 meter dash (which is a Jamaican record), and 21.66 in the 200 meter dash. She is a favorite to win the 2018 World championship in the 60 meter dash Indoors, and this will be another great accolade to build toward her legacy.
1. Wayde Van Niekerk(South Africa)- At the age 25 he is the first sprinter ever to go sub10, sub20, sub 31, and sub 44 in the 100m, 200m, 300m, and 400 meter races. He has won two 400 meter dash World championship gold medals, and he took home the silver medal in the 200 meter dash for the 2017 World championships. Van Niekerk, could be the first athlete to go sub 43 in the 400 meter dash, and that would put him in the top 5 sprinter category in my opinion(currently ranked top in our top 10 all time).