Steve Smythe’s in-depth look at the women’s performances in London
STEVE SMYTHE CONTINUES HIS STATISTICAL ANALYSIS BY REVIEWING THE WOMEN’S EVENTS, AGAIN LOOKING AHEAD IN RELATION TO NEXT YEAR’S COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS
RECORDS were in short supply but the athletics was compelling and the atmosphere was electric thanks to the record-breaking crowds. Doha will surely see faster sprint times but it will be unlikely to match up elsewhere.
ALL three medallists got faster as they progressed through the rounds with Tori Bowie’s dive edging it by a single hundredth of a second in the final.
The fastest in the championships was Olympic winner and world no.1 Elaine Thompson who ran 10.84 in her semi, but hampered by her Achilles problem, only 10.98 in the final.
The quickest heat winner, Gina Luckenkemper, ran 10.95 in that race but was a poor sixth in her semi in 11.16.
It was the first time ever that either USA or Jamaica did not have a double finalist but both Ivory Coast and Trinidad and Tobago did.
No Briton was close to making the final but Daryll Neita should be in two years’ time and an 11.15 heat and 11.16 semi was close to her 11.14 PB.
Tori Bowie: no dip of form in the final for the American