Over the past week there has been a range of interesting things in the world of athletics which is still in a seemingly large crisis. For the first time in many recent years, athletics news has been at the forefront of most sports news stories, consistently making the front pages of newspapers and the BBC website, all all based around nothing more than just allegations. Despite this continued bad publicity for the sport, there has been some unbelievable performances which will hopefully overshadow the bad press which has been surrounding the sport in recent weeks. The performance highlight comes from a certainly unexpected source in America, by none other than a 16 year old!
Candace Hill — 10.98
At the Brooks PR Invitational event held in Seattle, America, young 16 year old, Candace Hill lined up to streak away from the rest of the field in an unbelievable 10.98. This time would be the 9th fastest in the world this year – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads the times with 10.81 – along with the great ranking, this also makes her the fastest American Junior of all time. Above all of these however comes the glory of the World Youth Record which really shows the strength of this performance, but for me personally the most amazing stat of all is that this performance would have won her a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
This result will give Hill bags of confidence going into the rest of the season with her coach suggesting that she contends with the senior athletes at the US Trials next week. This would be very interesting if she were to run and make the final and potentially contend to gain a medal and even World Championship selection.
This performance has been a one off however with her previous best time being 11.21 so it will be some unknown territory for her to consistently run those fast times needed in championship situation. However, this is still very early on in her career with the prospects of going pro very soon showing a very bright future.
Grant Fisher beaten over 2 Miles
Elsewhere in the same meeting over in America, the Brooks PR, was a highly anticipated boys 2 Mile race with high school sensation Grant Fisher. This race as expected was mainly contended by Drew Hunter and Fisher who is one of the only few American High Schoolers who have gone sub 4:00 over the Mile. This race followed the script with a fast pace being set, yet the two stand outs would still be able to kick hard over the last lap with Hunter (8:42.51) producing a 55 second last lap to just take Fisher (8:43.57) which is certainly an unexpected result after Fisher being made out recently to be one of the most promising and best high school runners ever seen in America.