Contrary to popular belief, the 2009 Track and Field season did not end with the World Championships in Berlin. There are still three prestigious meets to come.
Then, the outdoor season will transition into Cross Country for the distance runners and a time of rest and healing for others.
There were two meets last Monday which, for the casual fan, may have flown under the radar. They were the Zagreb Grand Prix, held in Zagreb, Croatia and the Aviva British Grand Prix, held in Gateshead, Great Britain. Click the links to see results.
This Friday, Sept. 4, is the sixth and final meet in the Golden League Series in Brussels, Belgium. Among an all-star cast scheduled to compete, three athletes are still in the running for the million dollar jackpot: distance legend Kenenisa Bekele, 400-meter icon Sanya Richards, and vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva.
UPDATE: Golden League meet just completed. Read highlights.
The following week, Sept. 13, the World Athletic Finals will be held in Thessoloniki, Greece. In this, the traditional end of the outdoor Track and Field season, all the top world athletes will be on hand to make their final "statement" of 2009.
On September 20, China will host the Shanghai Grand Prix, featuring Usain Bolt and Isinbayeva. It is possible that former World Champion hurdler Liu Xiang, who has not competed since Beijing, will test himself there against American Terrence Trammell.
The expected re-match of Bolt and Tyson Gay in Brussels will not happen, although both will be present—Gay in the 100m and Bolt in the 200m.
A former athlete from India has some heartfelt advice for the maligned Caster Semenya, the South African 800m World Champion caught up in a gender controversy.
The classy Tyson Gay, who has not openly made an issue (or excuse) of his groin injury, will undergo surgery for same and promises a real challenge to Usain Bolt next year.
Finally, this writer asks the question: "Among Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, or Usain Bolt, who most dominates his particular sport?"
Interesting read, but note, he writes for a swimmer's site.
The Golden League meet in Brussels will be carried on NBC TV and live online at Universalsports.com.
The World Athletic Finals can be seen live on Universalsports.com