Athletics stars you won’t see in Moscow

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By Alpheus Finlayson, BAAA

The other day we heard talk by the Russian athletics federation president Valentin Balakhnichev of the effect on ticket sales on the Moscow World Championships by star athletes like Tyson Gay testing positive for banned substances.

Everybody was looking forward to the clash between Usain Bolt and the fit Tyson Gay in Moscow.

For whatever reason, whether the athlete did not make their nation’s team, because an athlete is injured, not allowed to participate by their federation, banned due to doping, or now retired, several top athletes we are accustomed to seeing will not be competing in Moscow.

And we will surely miss them!

For those who have retired we thank them for their contribution and excitement they brought to our sport!

The Sprinters

There were four prominent sprinters who tested positive for banned substances in the last month. They are Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell Brown, Sherone Simpson, Asafa Powell, and the USA’s Tyson Gay.

Powell had not qualified for the Jamaican team. Gay’s star was on the upswing.

Then Jamaica’s Yohan Blake had a bye into the 100m but was not fit and decided to shut his season down.

The Bahamas’s Chandra Sturrup did not participate in Daegu and announced her retirement last month.

We have provided some competition statistics for these athletes we feel you would appreciate:

Tyson Gay, USA

Age 30

Double World Champion, Osaka, 2007

100m, 200m

Bests- 9.69sec, 2nd all time, Shanghai, 2009

19.58sec, 5th all time, NYC 2009

44.89sec Gainesville, 2010

Asafa Powell, Jamaica

Age 30

100m

Former World Record Holder

Best- 9.72sec 4th all time, Lausanne, 2008

Yohan Blake, Jamaica

Age-23

100m, 200m

Daegu World Champion, 2011 -100m

Bests- 9.69sec tied second best Lausanne 2012

19.26sec, second best all time, Brussels 2011

Kim Collins, St. Kitts & Nevis

Age- 37

Paris World Champion, 2003 100m

Bests- 9.97sec Lausanne 2013

20.20sec Edmonton 2011

Veronica Campbell –Brown, Jamaica

Age-30

100m, 200m

Olympic Champion Athens and Beijing(( 200m)

World Champion Osaka(100m) and Bejing(200m)

Bests- 10.76sec 8th all time, Ostrava, 2011

21.74sec 9th all time, Beijing 2008

Chandra Sturrup, Bahamas

Age-41

100m, 200m, Long Jump

Bronze medalist 2001 Edmonton

Bronze medalist 2003 Paris

Bests- 10.84sec 2005 Lausanne

22.33sec

6.70m LJ

Sanya Richards-Ross, USA

Age-27

200m, 400m

Olympic Champion, London 400m

World Champion, Berlin 400m

Bests- 48.70sec 7th all time, Athens 2006, Continental Cup

22.09sec NYC, 2012

Middle Distance

David Rudisha, Kenya

Age- 24

800m

Olympic Champion, London

World Champion, Daegu

Bests- 1:40.91 London, WR

Caster Semenya, South Africa

Age-22

800m

World Champion, Berlin

Best-1:55.45 13th all time best, Berlin 2009

Hurdles

Liu Xiang, China

Age- 30

110m Hurdles

Olympic Champion, Athens

World Champion, Osaka

Best- 12.88sec, Lausanne, 2006, WR

Dayron Robles, Cuba

Age- 27

110m Hurdles

Olympic Champion, Beijing

Best- 12.87sec, Ostrava, 2008, WR

Angelo Taylor, USA

Age-34

400m Hurdles

Olympic Champion Sydney and Beijing

400m

Best- 47.25sec 8th all time best Beijing, 2008

44.05sec

Jumps

Trevor Barry, Bahamas

Age-30

High Jump

Bronze medalist Daegu 2011

Best- 2.32m, Daegu 2011

Yargelis Savigne, Cuba

Age- 28

Triple Jump

World Champion Osaka and Berlin

Best 15.28m Osaka 2007 Triple Jump

Long Jump

6.91m

Christian Olsson, Sweden

Age- 33

Triple Jump

Olympic Champion Athens 2004

World Champion Paris 2003

Best- 17.97m Athens 2004

Nelson Evora, Portugal

Age- 29

Triple Jump

Olympic Champion Beijing 2008

World Champion Osaka 2007

Best-17.74m Osaka, 2007

Walter Davis, USA

Age-34

Triple Jump

Long Jump

World Champion Helsinki 2005

Best-17.71m Indianapolis, 2006

8.36m

Phillips Idowu, Great Britain

Age-34

Triple Jump

Best-17.81m Barcelona 2010

Leevan Sands, Bahamas

Age-31

Triple Jump, Long Jump

Best- 17.59m Beijing 2008

8.13m 2005

Throws

Adam Nelson, USA

Age-38

Shot Put

Olympic Champion Athens 2004

World Champion Helsinki 2005

Best-22.51m Portland, 2002

Chris Cantwell, USA

Age- 32

Shot Put

World Champion Berlin 2009

Best- 22.54m Gresham, Oregon,

Reese Hoffa, USA

Age-35

Shot Put

World Champion Osaka 2007

Best- 22.43m London 2007

We hope that this has provided you with a better appreciation of these athletes.

These are some of the stars you will not see participating in Moscow for one reason or the other.

Some of them you will see at the Beijing World Championships in 2015 or even at meets after Moscow.

We will miss those star athletes who do not compete but for the most part, the competition will be stiff, what with some new stars.

That’s just how it is.

Just prior to the championships we will tell you of some people to watch in Moscow, especially new talent.