Mere weeks after he won gold as a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s history-making mile relay team that upset the United States to win gold at the IAAF World Championships in London in August, Jereem Richards has signed a professional contract with Adidas.
The 23-year-old Richards, who also won a bronze medal in the 200m in London, will graduate from the University of Alabama this fall and will forego his final year of eligibility. “I am actually graduating from the University of Alabama this semester so I will be done with collegiate running and ready to start my career as a professional athlete,” Richards told SportsMax.tv on Tuesday. “The better decision for me was to go professional this year.”
The signing of the professional contract was one of the several goals Richards had set this year, and one by one, he has been ticking the boxes as he strides towards a successful professional career.
Deborah John, the woman who debuted at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics for Trinidad and Tobago, is surprised at the treatment from the twin-island republic's athletics association.
According to the hurdler, who had a very bad fall during one of the heats, nobody from the T&T Olympic Committee, a week after she got back to the United States.
Reports from medical personnel close to the situation say John suffered whiplash, muscular strains to her quad and left hamstring, as well as a sprained shoulder and right thumb.
"Right now I’m in recovery and rehabilitation and I haven’t started going for medical treatment because when I left the championship in England, I was told by another doctor, not part of the T&T medical staff, to take about 10 days off to give the muscles some time to start the healing process,” John told the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian last Wednesday.
The stature of the now-retired Usain Bolt is undeniable For 10 years, the giant of a man held track and field above his shoulders, Ted Atlas-like. Now he is gone.
Are there any athletes waiting in the wings to replace him, or is there something new that track and field can offer that will make us flock to stadiums or to television sets, expecting something special?
SportsMax Zone's Lance Whittaker and George Davis spoke about the possibilities in our SportsMax Zone Blitz, see it exclusively here:
President of the National Associations of Athletics Administrations (NAAA), Ephraim Serette, has described 2017 World Championship mile relay gold medallist Jereem Richards as the future of Trinidad and Tobago athletics.
Serette also praised the coaches at the University of Alabama where the young sprinter attends school, for helping him successfully make the transition to the senior ranks.
“He is the future, and I must congratulate his coaching team at school because you know sometimes in the US, the coaches focus on scoring points for them to maintain their jobs at the universities but I think they handled him well and I think they were looking at the bigger picture and preparing him for these championships,” Serette told SportsMax.tv shortly after the Trinidadian delegation arrived home on Monday afternoon.
Chrisann Gordon, lead-off runner on Jamaica's 4x400-metre relay team, has helped clear the air about a dispute between Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson that allegedly led the former to opt out of the World Championships of Athletics final on Sunday.
Jamaica lost the opportunity to defend its 4x400 title when Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby suffered an injury 100 metres into the second leg of the event, won by the United States.
According to early reports, the two had a heated argument and the team's technical leader, Donald Quarrie, was forced to step in.
However, the reports that this was the reason for McPherson's absence, have since come in for closer scrutiny.
"I heard Stephenie-Ann was having some injury. I don't know what kind of pain she was feeling, but she was the person who was supposed to do the first leg and then me second, but she was unable to do that job tonight (last night)," said Gordon.
It was not the fastest 400m of Usain Bolt’s career (his lifetime best will go down in history as 45.28, dating back to 2007) but it was a landmark circuit for the Jamaican who has illuminated track and field these past nine years with his superhuman talent and his stellar personality.
Twenty four hours after his final race ended in the anguish of a torn hamstring on the anchor leg of the 4x100m, the Jamaican phenomenon was back on the track in the London Stadium, soaking up the adoration on a fitting farewell lap of honour at the end of the final session at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.
Andre De Grasse and Christian Coleman are expected to be the new stars of sprinting, and the latter wants an amicable rivalry.
Christian Coleman hopes to form a sprinting rivalry with Andre De Grasse akin to that established between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin.
Bolt was the dominant sprinter for close to a decade, claiming eight Olympic golds and 14 IAAF World Championship medals before a hamstring injury saw his career end in distressing circumstances as he failed to finish Saturday's 4x100m relay final.
In his last individual event, the Jamaican had to settle for 100m bronze as Gatlin - cast as the villainous foil for Bolt due to his two doping bans - finally got the better of his sprinting adversary in a global final, with 21-year-old Coleman taking the silver in his first appearance on the stage.
After his final race ended in disappointment, Usain Bolt insisted: "I won't be one of those people who come back."
Usain Bolt insists he will not go back on his decision to retire after a painful end to his glittering athletics career, and says he has no regrets about racing for one more year following his success at Rio 2016.
Bolt made history at last year's Olympics by winning both the 100 metres and 200m for the third time in succession, but there was to be no fairytale send-off for the sprint icon at the IAAF World Championships in London.
Having finished third in his last individual race, the 100m final, Bolt sensationally pulled up lame with cramp in his left hamstring when running the anchor leg for Jamaica in Saturday's 4x100m relay.