American speed prepares its 'revenge' after the Tokyo disaster

TThe United States won three golds out of a possible 14 (100, 200, 400, 4×100, 4×400 and 400 hurdles, in men and women, and 110 hurdles for men and 100 hurdles for women) in the speed tests of the Tokyo Games last year . A balance so discreet that generated a huge noise in the specialized press of the world athletics giant.

The Americans barely won the two long relays and the women’s 400 hurdles, with a world record included, in charge of the media Sydney McLaughlin. The rest was little short of a disaster despite getting on the podium in several tests.

The food disaster the ‘myth’ that American sprinters don’t compete the same far from homeespecially those who are younger and come from shining at the university level in the NCAA.

The point is that the calendar wanted to give you a golden opportunity to remove that painful thorn in the first major post-Olympic competition. We talked, of course, about the Eugene World Cup.

Because the Americans will run this time at home at Hayward Field, the same scenario in which the NCAA Championship was played last week. A clue therefore that they know perfectly.

His desire for revenge largely depends on what several athletes are capable of doing, some of them with zero prominence at the international level, highlighting two names: Devon Allen and Abby Steiner.

Allen came to the fore last April when it was announced his signing as a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, an NFL teamjoining an exclusive list of athletes who tried their luck in American football.

The thing is that Allen, fourth in the 110 hurdles at the Tokyo Games and fifth in Rio, assured from the start that he planned to combine his new ‘job’ with athletics and it took him very little time to show that he was very serious, because yesterday won the New York meeting with 12.84 (+1.6), third best mark in history.

Allen is the great threat of the Jamaican Hansle ParchmentOlympic gold in Tokyo, and his compatriot Omar McLeodgold in Rio 2016, but not the only one because the world champion Grant Holloway he has already run this year in 13.06 although the new ‘guest’ to the high hurdles party is undoubtedly the university student Trey Cunninghamwhich last Friday won the NCAA final with just 13 seconds and zero wind.

Abby Steiner, the fashionable girl

On the female level, highlighting the ‘advent’ of Abby Steineran athlete with no international experience who during her university years He has combined athletics with ‘soccer’. The Salma Paralluelo American has definitely exploded this season with several flashy brands.

In the 100 meters has been able to run in 10.90 (+1.0) although it has been in double hectometer where he has dazzled with the best world record of the year, 21.80 (+1.3), in some NCAA championships that closed with a sensational post in the final of the 4×400 in which he fell below 49 seconds, despite being a distance that is alien to him at an individual level.

Steiner is now the great ‘Yankee’ alternative to Jamaican dominance, at least in the 200 meters, although if Elaine Thompson-Herah It is at the level of Tokyo, it will be very difficult to snatch the world title from it.

The 100 meters, a kingdom without a king

One of the most uncertain tests when there is hardly a month and two days left before the start of the World Cup is the men’s 100 meters, among other things because the Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs has been out for almost a month due to a muscle strain first grade

The fact is that there are ten athletes, including the ‘rehabilitated’ Christian Colemanin a tenth of a second (between the 9.85 of the Kenyan Ferdinand Omurwa and the 9.95 of the Jamaican akeem blake).

The American assault on the 200 seems more obvious, especially if the Olympic champion André de Grasse still far from his best form. The Canadian has not dropped below 20 seconds so far this year, although next Saturday he will try to redirect his season at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

Meanwhile, there are 11 athletes from the United States among the 12 fastest of the year in the double hectometer, with the 18-year-old prodigy Erriyon Knighton commanding the list with an intimidating 19.49 (+1.3).

On the return to the track, the American hopes go through the return of the best Michael Normanwhich this season has dropped back comfortably from 44 seconds (43.60) after three years and seems a serious threat to the untouchable Steven Gardiner.

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