WOMEN TRACK AND FIELD BEYOND OLYMPICS 2021

Times are changing. Athletes are relocating or changing Camps and affiliation. Perhaps, Athletes should change coaches every Eight (8) years or after two (2) Olympic Cycles. This will give Athletic Pundits additional material to write. Arguably, 2016 – 2024 will be the Era of Elaine Thompson – Herah. Despite taking a presumed Sabbatical in 2017 – 2020, one cannot refute her Dominance in the Women 100M and 200M events and the difference she makes on a 4 X100M Relay Squad.

Olympics 2021 and Prefontaine Classic 2021 is History. Up next of significance is World Athletic Championships – 2022. Fans envision another 123 in the Women 100M event. If the Cast of characters is the same and Elaine, Shelly, and Shericka are healthy, then it is possible. World Athletic Championships could be considered a redundancy but it is good for the Sport of Track and Field. Monetarily, it is good for Athletes of the Caliber we saw in Tokyo Olympics 2021. Fans will enjoy seeing another 123 performance and greedy enough to request repeats, the equivalent of refills at the Soda Fountain.

World Athletic Championships – 2022 should be entertaining. There is a possibility that Elaine Thompson – Herah will run 10.47 and 21.2 for the 100M and 200M respectively. Fans anticipate Shericka Jackson will join the 100M 10.6X club. A review of Olympics 2021 and Prefontaine Classic 2021 show Shericka Jackson closing fast at the end of each race. This is confirmation that Shericka Jackson is making progress with her Speed. There is work required on her start. Start is not limited to getting out of the Blocks it includes forward progress by or about 30 Meters into the 100M and 200M events.

Some athletes could have a career-challenging year in 2022. For example if Shacari Richardson finds it difficult to beat 123, she may not participate in World Athletic Championships – 2022 or Olympics 2024. Will Christine Mboma get faster and allowed to compete in the 400M? Will Gabby Thomas decide to compete in the 100M? Fans of Gabrielle Thomas are not keen on her ability to be a Star in the 100M and the 400M events. Her Athletic history seems best suited for the 200M. Gabrielle Thomas can be a star in the 400M event if she studies this race. Regardless she will compete.

Olympics 2024 should be exciting. The French Athletes will bring their best Game but not likely to be as good as this 400M Performance. Fans of Elaine Thompson – Herah yearn for Signature Performances at the Paris Olympics – 2024. Gauntlet down, Fans anticipate 10.47 for the 100M and 21.2 for the 200M or better. The Spear should burn in Paris. Should the gods of Athletic Health smile, Elaine Thompson – Herah, will perform at an extremely high level and make Jamaica proud. All 100M finalist in Paris know in advance, that if their Personal Best (PB) is south of 10.7X, they will be late for Dinner where dinner is the Gold Medal.

Three-Peat and 123 is very much a possibility at the Paris Olympics – 2024. Three-Peat – Fans of Elaine Thompson – Herah believe she can win the 100M and 200M for a third consecutive time at the Paris Olympics – 2024.123 – Fans envision the expected three (3) Jamaican entrants in the Women’s 100M Final in Paris, to finish 1, 2, 3, and stake Flag on the Podium, regardless of the names associated with the entrants.

From now until after Olympics 2024, it is unlikely that Shacari Richardson will beat anyone on the Women 100M podium in Tokyo Olympics 2021. She can keep dreaming. Fans do not see Shacari Richardson winning a 200M on the world stage. Elaine Thompson – Herah, Gabby Thomas, and Christine Mboma will deny her the opportunity to be at the top of any Podium. Fans believe that Natasha Morrison might be ready to step forward. With some Positive vibration, she could be the next Burning Spear.

For now, let us move forward to World Athletic Championships – 2022. Philippines Athletes are encouraged by the performances of Hidilyn Diaz and EJ OBIENA. Pinoys expect their good fortunes to continue.

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TAKEAWAY PREFONTAINE CLASSIC 2021- WOMEN 100M

Women 100M event at the Prefontaine classic 2021 saw another Signature Performance by Elaine Thompson-Herah. Frankly, if the Women 100M was the only event at Prefontaine classic 2021, Fans would have been satisfied.

What in tarnation was Shacari Richardson doing? Any High School Athlete could have produced that fake performance. Those of us who have personal reference to Track and Field know that Shacari Richardson mailed it in. If there is any sport you should not hype, it is Track and Field. Exaggerating capability in track and field will embarrass an athlete. Especially, if said athlete embellished in the façade. Thanks to Teahna Daniels for putting up a fight.

The Tokyo 100M Podium did not disappoint the fans. If you had any doubt that Elaine, Shelly, and Shericka were for real, 123 were happy you attended the Prefontaine classic 2021. It was a memorable and incomparable Post Olympics performance.

Elaine, Shelly, and Shericka quietly came to town with every intention of giving the fans some excitement for their time and money. They rolled out the script – good morning, good afternoon, and good night – “meet me at the tape”. Post event interview by Shacari Richardson was preposterous at best. She needs to chill and apologize to her fans. Anymore bellicose utterance could prompt her fans to walk away.

Fact is the Tokyo 100M podium is so much better than shacari Richardson. Overall, Elaine, Shelly, and Shericka will continue to have her number. How many people saw Shelly smiling over the shoulder of Shacari Richardson during her interview? Priceless. Elaine, Shelly, and Shericka should take a break for the rest of the year unless they have contractual obligations.

The preparation for World Championships – 2022 has begun. Fans believe Elaine Thompson – Herah can run 10.47 for the 100M and 21.2 for the 200M. Those times will further cement her name in the IOC Annals and Track and Field hall of fame. Expectations are Elaine will probably do both times in Paris, especially if fans sneak up at the Starting Line and tell her the Germans are coming.

From now until after Olympics 2024, it is unlikely that Shacari Richardson will beat anyone who was on the Women 100M podium in Tokyo Olympics 2021. She can keep dreaming. Fans do not see Shacari Richardson winning a 200M on the world stage. Gabby Thomas and Christine Mboma will deny her the opportunity to be at the top of any Podium. Fans believe that Natasha Morrison is ready to step forward. With some Positive vibration, she could be the next Burning Spear. Let us know what you think at BeyondApparent.com

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PHILIPPINES PERFORMANCE TOKYO OLYMPICS – 2021

Philippines Athletes had a successful Olympics in Tokyo. Getting a Gold medal is a big deal when the reality is some Countries did not get a Medal of any color. Compared to the Jamaicans who had to travel from the Caribbean Sea, the Philippines Team traveled up the Geographical Road to Japan. Each Philippines Athlete felt that 2021 was the year at least one Kababayan would win an Olympic Gold Medal. In Tokyo, Kababayans feel a sense of Home Field advantage.

Philippines Athletes worked hard to develop their individual talents and despite not being as good as Jamaicans on the Track or as Americans in the Pool, they exhibited the Pride of the Philippines and discovered a Burning Spear.

Fans searched Gymnastics, Track and Field, Swimming, and Boxing events for that Burning Spear but without success. Simultaneously Fans began to pay attention to the approach and performance of Hidilyn Diaz in the Weight Lifting event. Hidilyn Diaz in the 55kg weightlifting event was an Athlete ready to step forward and be the Philippines first Olympic Gold Medalist.  

Hidilyn Diaz, competing on the World Stage since 2007 and winning a Silver medal in Rio 2016, was ready to be an Olympic Gold Medalist. She was determined to give every Kilogram of effort to accomplish her Goal. She withstood the PRESSURE from competitors to attain victory. Her performance was exemplary and a model for all Philippines Athletes to copy regardless of Athletic focus.

Hidilyn Diaz, would not be denied Olympic Gold even it meant Lifting the entire day and if necessary the rest of the week. She was not in a rush to have Dinner or Baboy (Pork), until she won her unique Gold Medal.

The Philippines Olympic Gold Medal drought is over. Moving Forward we anticipate competitive Performances from James Deiparine, Kristina Marie Knott, Carlo Paalam, and Carlos Yulo in the SEA Games and Olympics 2024.

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SIGNATURE PERFORMANCE

Fans of Elaine Thompson – Herah received a Signature Performance at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, confirming her acceptance to the 10.6X Club. Her performance was a Clinic on how to run the 100M and 200M. If Performances could cure COVID-19, her Fans would be One Hundred Percent Healthy. Elaine Thompson – Herah was the Highlight of Olympics 2021. The Spear was burning in Tokyo.

Elaine Thompson – Herah, performed at an extremely high level. She displayed her talent and made Jamaica proud. Before the Olympics, I declared that the Women 100M Final in Tokyo 2021 was on Track for a Time of 10.61 or better. All 100M finalist knew that if their Personal Best (PB) were south of 10.8X, they would be late for Dinner where dinner is the Gold Medal.

Elaine Thompson – Herah performance in the 200M, was stellar and an awesome display of Acceleration, Velocity, and Speed. She accelerated at the start and maintained velocity for the distance. There is no winning coming from behind in the 100M and 200M. Despite the results of all previous performances, Elaine Thompson – Herah came away with Two Gold Medals.

There is no holding back or keeping anything in Reserve when running the 100M and 200M. Leave it all on the Track. At the start, let your opponents listen for the Gun, you watch the Feet. The moment Opponents lead Foot off Blocks, you BOOGIE. If in the 100M, First 4 Steps “Good morning”, next 4 Steps “Good afternoon”, next 4 Steps “Good Night”. Internal Mantra is “Meet me at the Tape”. If in the 200M, midway the Bend “Good morning”, end of the Bend “Good afternoon”, stabilize and “Good Night”, Internal Mantra is “Meet me at the Tape”.

Elaine Thompson – Herah is a Class Act Jamaican sprinter. She won the 100M and 200M at the 2016 Rio Olympics and repeated the feat at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Elaine Thompson – Herah destroyed the Field in both events. Elaine Thompson – Herah, confirmed that she is capable of running 10.61 in the 100M and Fans believe she can produce a time of 21.2 in the 200M.

Post Olympics, there were sore losers. Animus was abounding among presumed “Sport Fans” from various Countries towards Jamaican Athletes. Some refuse to acknowledge a stellar performance, with the undertone of – there goes those damn Jamaicans again. However, Takeaway from such negative sentiments is that people are not Anti- Jamaicans but rather hate success.

Moving forward it will be difficult to make the Jamaica Olympics Team as a member of the 100M squad. The Era of 10.6X in the Women 100M event is well on the way.

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SHERICKA JACKSON POTENTIAL GOLD MEDALS – OLYMPICS 2021

Despite the results of all previous performances, Shericka Jackson has an opportunity to win a Sprint double at Olympics 2021 and come away with Two Gold Medals, “Believe it or not“. It does not matter if you believe, as long as she does. She has the Power and is gradually working on Speed. However, she has to forget about running 400M style.

The 100M and 200M events are completely different from the 400M. Shericka Jackson, needs to make that adjustment and quickly. There is no winning coming from behind in the 100M and 200M, unless you are Usain Bolt and were slow getting out of the Blocks. In the 100M and 200M, there is a 99.99 percent chance, that if you are late out of the Blocks you will be late for Dinner. Dinner is the Gold Medal.

There is no holding back or keeping anything in Reserve when running the 100M and 200M. Leave it all on the Track. At the start, let your opponents listen for the Gun, you watch the Feet. The moment Opponents Foot is off Blocks, you BOOGIE. If in the 100M, First 4 Steps “Good morning”, next 4 Steps “Good afternoon”, next 4 Steps “Good Night”. Internal Mantra is “Meet me at the Tape”. If in the 200M, midway the Bend “Good morning”, end of the Bend “Good afternoon”, stabilize and “Good Night”, Internal Mantra is “Meet me at the Tape”.

Shericka Jackson is a Class Act Jamaican sprinter. She won the bronze medal in the 400M event at the 2015 and 2019 World Championships and at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Winning the 100M and 200M will require Sherika to trust her Talent, get out of the Blocks quickly, get the lead, run away, and win going away. Perish the thought of winning coming from behind in the 100M and 200M. Developing this Mind-Set will enable Shericka Jackson to destroy the Field in both events. Shericka Jackson is capable of 10.61 in the 100M and 21.2 in the 200M. Olympics 2021 should be a Festival in Japan. The Tail Gate Party has begun.

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WOMEN 100M FINAL SET FOR 10.6X IN TOKYO

Fans of Elaine Thompson – Herah are waiting for a signature Performance to confirm her acceptance to the 10.6X Club. Her performance in the 2021 Olympic Trials was impressive. She will be a contender in Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Her performance in Rio 2016 was exceptional. She is one of the few Female athletes who can run the 100M in less than 11.00 seconds and has proven that she can run the 200M in less than 22.00 seconds. She will perform well in Olympics 2021. Elaine Thompson – Herah, has an excellent chance of being on the Podium.

Absent injuries, she will to be a Factor in the Women 100M and 200M events in Tokyo. Her performances in the Jamaica National Championships were competitive and I anticipate improvement. The Jamaica National Championships – 2021, except for the Women 200M and 400M Finals, did not produce Times and Performances anticipated. Elaine Thompson – Herah, has some work to do but nothing to be nervous about. The Spear is burning in Tokyo.

In 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2017 we saw the best athletes on the planet participate in three Olympics and World Championships. Elaine Thompson – Herah, was a big part of the 2016 Olympics. She performed at an extremely high level, displaying her talent and making Jamaica proud.

Athletes planning to be in the Women 100M Finals in Tokyo with a Personal Best (PB) slower than 10.8X, should STAY HOME or skip the event. Participating in the event with a PB south of 10.8X, will make you late for Dinner. The Women’s 100M Final in Tokyo 2021 is on Track for a Time of 10.61 or better. This Athlete showed that the Time is possible.

Moving forward it will be difficult to make Jamaica Olympics Team as a member of the 100M squad. The Era of 10.6X in the Women 100M event is well on the way. Olympics 2021 should be a Festival in Japan. The Tail Gate Party has begun.

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THE 10.6 ERA HAS ARRIVED

In a previous Article, I said that in Tokyo 2021 the Women’s 100M could be won in a Time of 10.61. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce has shown that Time is possible. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce is doing very well. Twenty-Twenty (2020) was an excellent year. She continues to do well in Jamaica Female Track and Field. Absent injuries she is the favorite to win the Women 100M in Tokyo. Her performances look Exceptional. She had a strong outing in Doha 2019.  Her recent performances were impressive.

If you are a Female Track and Field Athlete intending to be in the 100M Finals in Tokyo and your Personal Best (PB) is slower than 10.8, STAY HOME or skip the event. It will be more difficult in 2024. In 2024, expectations are the winning time in the Women’s 100M Final will be 10.5.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a Vanguard for Jamaican Female Track and Field. Wish her well in Tokyo 2021. We thought she would retire after Olympics 2016 but was incorrect. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is back. She came, she saw, and conquered. She performed victoriously, hugged competitors, shook hands, and prepares for more challenges. Despite apparent dominance, she remains respectful and conducts herself as Class Citizen of the International Olympic Community.

In 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2017 we saw the best athletes on the planet participate in three Olympics and three World Championships. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce performed at an extremely high level, displaying her talent and making Jamaica proud. Team Jamaica Track and Field landscape is poised for a changing of the Guard, after Olympics 2021

Moving forward it will be difficult to make it to the Olympics representing Jamaica in the 100M event – Female and Male. The Era of Speed Merchants is well on the way. Men and Women who can run fast will migrate and some will change Nationality in pursuit of their Sprint dream. They will become Track and Field Mercenaries.

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GOULE ON TRACK FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS – 2021

There is hope all Athletes despite the impact of COVID-19 were able to stay mentally and physically fit. Natoya Goule is fit and in Track shape. Her performances in Boston and London were stellar. She has done well in preparing to be an Olympian. She has been training and is psychologically prepared. There is Local opposition to the staging of Olympics 2021 but the Athletes in Japan are ready and Natoya Goule will be.

Natoya Goule is a star. She will be a force to reckon with in Japan. She has improved her display of confidence at the start Line and now wave with exuberance. Despite finishing sixth in Doha 2019, she continues to improve her performance in the 800 Meters. Goule will be ready to win at Olympics 2021. She will make more VLOGS after the Olympics. It is refreshing to see an athlete step away and establish a new frontier. She is a Burning Spear and has my vote for flag bearer in the opening ceremony. Below are things that Natoya Goule can do to ensure victory.

Training should not be fun. It should be hard work but NO Pain, NO Gain. She has my vote for flag bearer in the opening ceremony.

Work on a Sprint Finish.

Develop more confidence in her stride or Form

Believe in herself and tune out opponents or the competition

Think of Olympics 2021 in Training

Think of the Records for the event and aim for the fastest time. World time is 1:53:28. Olympics is 1:53:43.

The following Splits are recommended, First 100M – Next 600M – Next 50M – Final 50M. Do not run in the Pack. Do not engage in a Jog in the park. Run the Race, get into the heads of the competitors, and run the splits. Mentally and physically, practice the splits. Get to the point where there is no thinking, just running.

First 100M establish Momentum

Next 600M maintain Momentum, follow the leader, and always stay in striking distance of the Leader but at her Pace. If the Lead changes, follow that leader. If the Pace is too slow, go by and stay at her Pace (one she has proven she can maintain during Training). Do not Jockey for the lead it will ruin Stamina.

Only exert enough energy to maintain Momentum. The mission is to win and break the Record if she can.

Next 50M (100M to the Finish Line) get ready to sprint. This is like a running start in Relays but longer. Ask a member of the 4 x 100 Relay team to work with her on that in Training. Be serious it will make a difference.

Final 50M run as fast as she can to the Finish. Leave it all on the Track. Focus on the Finish Line. The only Race she is running is the current. Past and future races are of no concern. This is where work on Sprinting will help.

In Training and Competition Imagine, she is in the Olympics 2021 800M Final. See herself winning the ultimate Prize.

Develop that strategy and run every Race accordingly. Tweak it a little where necessary.

COVID-19 caused the rescheduling of Olympics 2020 but Athletics is essential. Sports Fans look forward to seeing Olympic caliber Athletes perform, especially those who compete in Track and Field including the Marathon. There are many things happening in the world, from the Caribbean to South China Sea but now is the time to support and encourage all Athletes preparing to perform in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Olympics 2021 is schedule for July 23 to August 8 2021. There are Geo-Political issues in the Region that could have an impact on the event but conditions not expected to deteriorate significantly, before September 2021.

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PHILIPPINES PREPARE FOR OLYMPICS – 2021

Philippines Athletes are confident about their chances in the upcoming 2021 Olympics. On the Women, side of the Track Kristina Marie Knott with Personal Best in the 200M of 23.01 and 11.27 in the 100M appears to be the best on the Team. Pending satisfying Olympics qualification requirements, I expect her to be competitive.

Satisfying Olympics qualification requirements is something most Athletes overlook. However, in the next two months qualification requirements will be Front and Center. Compared to Jamaica, The Philippines Team will travel up the Road to Japan.

Kristina Marie Knott will be an inspiration to her Teammates. Her performances In the Women’s 100M and 200M is impressive. In the Women’s 400M Hurdles, Robyn Lauren Brown has potential. Her technique is good but needs to work on Speed. The 4x100M Women’s Team looks ready to compete with a little bit of improvement. The Women’s Team appears competitive. Women’s Pole Vault will have an entrant from the Philippines that might surprise Tokyo. There are Women Athletes whose mettle will be obvious in Olympics 2024.

On the Men, side of the Track and Field competition, several Athletes standout, but James Deiparine looks promising as well as Eric Cray. Eric Cray’s performances are impressive but he has some major work ahead to improve and be successful in Olympics 2021. The Men’s Team might be competitive in the Field but probably not on the Track.

In the 400M Hurdles, Eric Cray with a time of 50.21 is the best for that event in the Philippines. He has Speed but Technique needs improvement. The 110M Hurdles features Clinton Kingsley Bautista with a time of 13.98 but with tremendous upside. For the100M, Anfernee Talaboc Lopena with a Personal best of 10.61 is the best I observed. He has potential but might not have enough time to be competitive in Olympics 2021. T Anthony Beram, with a time of 20.83 in the 200M and 46.39 in the 400M, in 2021 looks impressive. In the 800M, Carter James Lilly at 1:47.52 with a little bit of work could improve his time to 1:45:00 and be competitive.

The Men’s 4x400M Team should be competitive. Ernest John Obiena should deliver in the Pole Vault, fingers crossed. The fans are expecting improvement in 4x100M. Carlos Yulo should maintain is form in Gymnastics in the Olympics. Swimming and Gymnastics will be frontline for the Filipino Team.

The Philippines Athletes are progressively working on their talents to be as good as Jamaicans on the Track and Americans in the Pool. I sense a Pride of the Philippines among them, or a Burning Spear somewhere.

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ATHLETICS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Inspired by my wife I decided to write this article. This article is an exploration of performances, potential, and the future of Track and Field in the Philippines.  In subsequent articles, I will delve into the Teams, Men, and Women, by Event, strength and weakness.

On a recent visit to Manila and walking around wearing a Beret, a Gentleman from a distance shouted, “Hey Bob Marley” to which I replied, “Hail up Dread” make it a Great day. His greeting was his way of saying since you are Black and wearing Bob Marley signature headdress, then you must originate from Jamaica. In essence, just saying Hello and letting you know I appreciate you, Bob Marley, Reggae Music, and the Island Nation

Point of fact, not all Jamaicans is Black. There are Jamaicans of every Race and Ethnicity. The Jamaican Motto is “Out of Many, One People“. I consider myself a Universal person and therefore, I can interact with people on any Island, in any Country, and on all Continents. My only preference is they speak some English or good with hand gestures. It does not matter if their English is limited; I am very good at interpreting.

Now then, let us explore Philippines Athletes and their preparedness for Olympics 2020. How good are they? If they are not yet as good as Jamaicans or Americans, is there a Pride of the Philippines among them, or is there a Burning Spear.

The Philippines Olympic History is Representative. Carlos Yulo is blazing the Trail. He had fabulous performances in 2019 World Championships winning GOLD for Artistic Gymnastics. He has a tremendous upside and certainly one in which the fans are optimistic. In 2019, Philippines Athletics took a significant step forward. The Philippines performance in South East Asia (SEA) 2019 Games looked impressive but how will they compete in Olympics 2020.

On the Women, side of the Track Kristina Marie Knott with Personal Best in the 200M of 23.01 and 11.27 in the 100M appears to be the best to date in the Philippines. The Women’s Team is competitive. In subsequent articles, I will delve into the Performances of lesser-known Athletes by Event, strength and weakness.

On the Men, side of the Track and Field competition several Athletes standout but James Deiparine looks promising as well as Eric Cray. Eric Cray’s performances are impressive but he has some hard work ahead to be successful in Olympics 2020. The Men’s Team is competitive. In subsequent articles, I will delve into the Performances of lesser-known Athletes by Event, strength and weakness.

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