From Frugivore — The World Track and Field Championships are underway in Daegu, Korea, and American track & field stars are set to once again star in this week-long competition.
On the track, American sprinters want none other than to dethrone the high-powered and record setting Jamaican team, which is led by international superstar and world recorder holder, Usain Bolt. The American male sprinters, led by U.S. champion Water Dix, feel that Bolt is as vulnerable as ever, considering Bolt hasn’t nearly come close to the world record setting pace he established in the 2009 Worlds (9.58 in the 100 meters and 19.19 in the 200 meters).
From Frugivore — The American female sprinter contingent includes Carmelita Jeter, who is the favorite in 100 meters and is a strong contender in 200 meters; Sanya Richards-Ross, who is the reigning World Champion at 400 meters; and Lashinda Demus, who will be keen to win gold after finishing runner-up twice in 2005 and 2009.
In the field competitions, Americans are looking to medal in several events, especially the long jump where Americans Funmi Jimoh and Brittney Reese, who is the defending gold medalist, will battle with one another for long jump supremacy.
Many citizens of all nations love to assert their nationalistic pride during international competition, placing extra significance on the glamour events as idealistic marker of its nation-state’s virility and health. Moreover, international competitions usually bring out strong emotions that aren’t always seen in domestic sporting events, sans American college football and international futbol.
The sense of solidarity is in the air this week as Americans head into Labor Day Weekend, hoping that this World Athletics Final can distract them from an impending damage reports from hurricane Irene and a jobless rate that keeps deepening the nation’s collective despair.
Let’s hope that the American athlete aren’t hoping that they win but seizing their opportunity to make a firm statement to the world with their preparedness and integrity, cultivating momentum a year before the London Olympics of 2012.