ADAPT­ING TO LIFE AF­TER BOLT

Athletics Weekly - - News - Ja­son Hen­der­son, ed­i­tor

AS 2018 draws to a close, it’s fair to say the sport is sur­viv­ing life with­out Bolt. It’s been an ac­tion-packed 12 months with a num­ber of ath­letes emerg­ing to in­spire and en­ter­tain us.

From Chris­tian Cole­man’s scin­til­lat­ing 60m at the start of the year to Kevin Mayer’s daz­zling de­cathlon in Ta­lence and Eliud Kip­choge’s marathon mag­nif­i­cence on the roads of Ber­lin, we have en­joyed our share of world records.

When it came to com­pe­ti­tion, we feasted on a World In­door

Cham­pi­onships staged on home soil, fol­lowed by the feel-good fac­tor of the Com­mon­wealth

Games on the other side of the planet. The Euro­pean

Cham­pi­onships in Ber­lin cre­ated mem­o­ries to last a life­time, while the Di­a­mond League buzzed along with ev­ery meet­ing pro­duc­ing world-class re­sults.

Such events pro­vided a stage for re­mark­able tal­ents to shine. The ebul­lient Dina Asher-Smith blasted to three golds in Ber­lin and made clock­ing the world’s fastest fe­male times for 100m and 200m look easy.

Yet the Bri­ton knows she’ll have to raise her game in 2019 to chal­lenge the im­pe­ri­ous Shau­nae Miller-Uibo.

In Noah Lyles, the sport has found a male sprinter with so much speed and charisma it’s tempt­ing to call him the new Bolt. He is hardly the only prodigy on the cir­cuit, though. Long jumper Juan Miguel Echevar­ría, pole vaulter Mondo Du­plan­tis and mid­dle-dis­tance man Jakob Inge­brigt­sen pos­sess a rare abil­ity and the po­ten­tial to en­ter­tain us for years to come. Add to this Nafi Thiam, Caster Se­menya, Mariya La­sitskene, Ca­ter­ine Ibar­guen, Ab­der­rah­man Samba … the list is al­most end­less.

The achieve­ments of all these ath­letes – and more – are chron­i­cled in this stats spe­cial. Ev­ery run, jump and throw of note is listed as we bring you the names and num­bers that mat­tered dur­ing 2018.

THIS bumper 112-page magazine is our last is­sue un­til Jan­uary 10 when we will bring you, among other things, a pre­view to 2019 and an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Se­bas­tian Coe. Un­til then, we wish all our read­ers a merry Christ­mas and a happy new year.

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