Sunday, July 6, 2008

Is It David Oliver’s Time to Shine?

-From Eugene, OR

Sure Allen Johnson isn’t in the finals of the 110 hurdles, but rising star David Oliver is running at an instinctual level that is unaffected by the loss of the 37-year-old American hurdling legend. Look for the heat to come from Anwar Moore, Antown Hicks, and veteran Terrence Trammell.

Oliver has been on the grind and is hoping that the hurdles are his best friend, and not his worst enemy, tomorrow in the finals.

“That's what's important. Whether you're first or 16th, we're all going to the semifinals, and we all have a chance to make the team still," said Oliver.

Women’s 200m Final Looks Very Familiar to 100m

The main difference going into the 200-meter final is that Allyson Felix has the fastest time (22.22) run by an American this year. The 100-meter U.S. Olympic trials champion Muna Lee has the second fastest qualifying time (22.33), Shalonda Solomon put down 22.48, and Bianca Knight won the first heat in 22.53.

Felix, Lee, Lauryn Williams, Torri Edwards, and Marshevet Hooker all appeared in the 100-meter final, and they are all now in the 200-meter final.

This race is simply too close to call. Felix is the favorite going into tomorrow. Hooker is motivated by not getting left home. Solomon is a beast, and Knight is the picture of consistency at the half lap distance. Not to mention that Torri Edwards has veteran experience that can not be underestimated.

Get your popcorn ready, because this is going to be entertaining.

All content and photos by Jay Hicks.


  1. You were right about Oliver but a bit off about Felix. Still, not bad.

  2. Hi sauerkraut: First off, thanks for reading and commenting.

    It was a great day of track and field. David Oliver is in the zone right now. He is in the zone and is a big asset to the sport.

    Allyson Felix definately did it big tonight. The race for 2nd and 3rd was very close.

    They way people have been running at the trials, I wasn't sure if one of the others would take off with her at the curb and challenge the race.

    Keep em' coming sauerkraut!


    Jay Hicks