ADAPTING TO LIFE AFTER BOLT
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.