2022 World Athletic Championships
Yesterday was the last day of the World Athletics Championships. Take a look at some of the major highlights from the last ten days.
The United States officially has a new fastest man, Noah Lyles. A 25-year-old from Gainesville, FL ran in the men’s 200-meter dash and, at the finals, ran 19.1 to win the gold medal. This time beat out the previous set record by only .01, 19.2 that had been set by sprinter Michael Johnson in 1996. Only two men have run faster than Lyles in the 200-meter dash, one being that of Jamaican Usain Bolt, who was a known favorite to win any race he was in.
Women’s 4×100 relay
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Jamaicans won gold in the relay while the United States won silver. However, the roles have been reversed at the World Championships. The United States women took home the gold by .04 of a second at 41.14, and the Jamaican women came in at 41.18. The Jamaican women’s relay has always been at the top of the podium for the 4×100 relay, so it was quite an upset seeing them get silver right after the Olympics. They had a star-studded team with teammates like Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the longtime world champion in the 100-meter dash, and Shericka Jackson, the fastest in the 200-meter dash. Compared to the United States women like Melissa Jefferson or Abby Steiner, where none of the members won any medals in individual events at this particular world championship. Congratulations to the United States women’s 4×100 relay and their new record, there seemed to be no bad blood between them and the silver medalist.
It seems Allyson Felix briefly came out of retirement. On the 15th, she ran the mixed relay final, winning bronze with her teammates, stating it was her last major race. Felix was already back in Los Angeles when she received an email asking to participate in the prelims of the 4×400 women’s relay this past Saturday, the 23rd. Of course, she said yes and hopped on a plane back to Oregon, helping advance the Unites States to the final. However, this really was her last major race, as she did not participate in the final. Yesterday the U.S. 4×400 women’s relay won gold
Women’s 4×400 relay
Yesterday the U.S. women won gold in the 4×400 with the third leg, Britton Wilson, creating the distance between the opponents needed to win. The last-leg Sydney McLaughlin, the world record holder in the 400 meter hurdle, ran a 47.91 putting the women’s total time at 3:17, 3 seconds ahead of silver winner Jamaica and 5 seconds ahead of bronze winner Great Britain.
To find more results about the World Athletics Championships events visit https://worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-championships/oregon22.