I used to really like Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of all-time, who was also recognized as the best boxer of the noughties – 00’s, by several different major organizations. However, after it turned out that the man is a huge homophob I wish him to lose in a devastating fashion his next fight, which is supposed to be his last, and then that it won’t be enough for him, and similarly to Muhammad Ali he will drag his career well beyond its natural end and continue to accumulate losses.
Well, this is something that I first started thinking about yeeeeears ago. I reckon it all started back in Sydney 2000, when Maurice Greene and Marion Jones were kings of the sprint, and I thought to myself – “hey, they’re both American, handsome, competing in the same events (and owning them), and very similar in age (Greene was born in 74, Jones in 75) – why don’t they hook up and have awesome children with the perfect gene pool to become the next greatest sprinters?”. Well, the trouble was that Marion was already married back then, to shot putter C. J. Hunter. Later, in 2002, they divorced – and Marion married an actual sprinter – Tim Montgomery, but it wasn’t the same – I mean, isn’t it obvious that Maurice and Marion make a much better couple?! Jesus, they were meant to be together. Continue reading
As I was sitting and compiling these lists and summaries, I received another confirmation to what I was feeling during the Championship itself – that this is the best World Championship in terms of results of the last few. So many simply superb performances! AND a WR, something we didn’t get in Moscow, for example. I don’t want to state that it was the best Championship since 2009 or since 2005 or whatever because I need to refresh my memories from those Worlds and I don’t want to state things that I might regret later on, but yeah – this Championship was great. And so we begin the journey through the top 10 greatest male athletes of Beijing 2015. But first… Continue reading
Well, the World Championships is over, what a bummer. But the summaries are just starting! There was too much action to use the format we implemented for the Swimming World Championships, i.e. to give out bronze, silver and gold medals for each sex. So, we’ll use a different tactic and single out the top 10 of the Championships (well, my top 10. I guess the objective top 10 will look somewhat different. But fuck the objective top 10), as well as mentioning several other great performers who didn’t make the cut. Continue reading
I reached a conclusion this other day, when I saw Kim Collins compete in one of this year’s Diamond League events. Kim is already 39 years old, and the level he’s performing at these past few years is unparalleled in men’s T&F. To be such a consistent performer for such a long time? This is fucking unbelievable. Continue reading
The Israeli Track & Field championship was held in the beginning of July, so I figured I might as well write about it. I planned on writing this post earlier, but hey – classic planning fucking fallacy. Continue reading
I admit – this wasn’t my original intention. For my next Hall Of Fame induction I was planning to introduce an athlete in a sport which is not track & field – because despite the evidence for the contrary, this is not a track & field Hall Of Fame. It embraces all sports without considering their race, age, religion, sexual orientation, etc. But Borzakovskiy just recently announced his retirement from the world of sports, and I decided to make a change of plans. Yuriy was one of my all-time favorite track & field athletes, and his place in the Hall Of Fame was guaranteed, but I used this opportunity to honor him and induct him now instead of sometime later.
So… Yuriy Borzakovskiy! One of the greatest 800m runners of the past 15 years. Never a world record holder or a world champion, but he has been an Olympic champion, a four time medalist in the Athletics World Championships, a European champion, a mainstay in the discipline’s elite for the past 15 years, but perhaps more than anything – like Kajsa Bergqvist, he possessed a style which probably made him a favorite of the neutral sports fans. Continue reading
It’s been a while since our first induction to the Blog’s Hall of Fame, so it is time we introduce our second inductee. And this time it’s Israel’s greatest track & field athlete of all-time, one of the greatest pole vaulters of the last 15 years, Aleksandr (or Alex) Averbukh.
My first encounter with Alex occurred at the 1999 World Championships. He immigrated from Russia only a month before that, and in the Championship’s program he was still listed as Russian. Alex was previously a decathlete, with a PB of 8084 points, a whole THOUSAND points better than the Israeli embarrassing record of 7096 (WTF?!). However, by then he already shifted his career to the Pole Vault. I must admit, I never heard of him before the championship, but in Seville he shocked everyone by winning the bronze medal. I still remember the excitement of when it happened – Israel won a medal at the World Athletics Championship! Wow! Averbukh competed with vaulters who were way more celebrated and more experienced than him, but it was he who managed to win the bronze medal with a result of 5.80m, which was also a new NR. Interestingly, he shared the podium with two more Soviet-born vaulters, but only one of them actually represented an ex-Soviet country – Maksim Tarasov (Russia), who won the gold vaulting an unbelievable height of 6.02m, and grabbing his head in amazement afterwards. The silver medalist was Dmitri Markov, who represented Australia. Continue reading
Our first inductee to the Blog’s Hall Of Fame is… drum roll please… Kajsa Bergqvist!
Well, this was a bit redundant… I mean, her name IS in the post’s title…
For all the blog readers who are not track & field fans – Kajsa was a Swedish high jumper, a really damn good high jumper. Continue reading
Ok, so now we’ve covered the men’s top medalists, it’s time to move on to the women. As you will see, in several ways the women’s situation is more intriguing than the men’s. But first let’s have a look at the standings and the leaders in both the gold medals and the total number of medals, regardless of colors. The tables’ format is the same as it was in the men’s post: You need 4 medals to gain an entry to the overall table, and 3 gold medals to be listed in the gold medals list. Continue reading