After the stagnant track season of 2020, we weren't sure what the 2021 season would entail. Little did we know what it would become. At the time of writing this at the end of February there have already been world records and multiple national and area records.
First up is the staggering run by Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay taking two seconds off the world indoor 1500m record of the legendary Genzebe Dibaba. “I’m very happy to set a world indoor record,” said Tsegay. “I have been training really hard and I set myself a target to break the world indoor record.” Her performance at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais stopped the clock at 3:53.09 astonishing the few spectators in the stand. Who knows what she can do when the outdoor season comes around. Sifan Hassan may not be as indestructible as we once thought.
Next on the list is Hugues Fabrice Zango. When people think of the best triple jumpers in the world Zango may not be on the top of your list with the Christian Taylors and Will Clayes of the world. But the Burkina Faso athlete has been jumping extremely well in the last few years. The powerful jumper has the craziest 2nd phase with a distance that some long jumpers would be proud of. His recent world record, was the longest ever indoor triple jump with a leap of 18.07 metres at an event in Aubiere France. If the Olympics go ahead he will certainly be troubling the American jumpers for the medals.
Olympic champion Ryan Crouser smashed the world record in the shot put recently in Fayetteville. The 6 foot 7 giant launched the shot out to 22.82m in the very first round of the competition, it was so far it almost cleared the landing mat. A reasonable target for Crouser this season is the 31 year old long standing outdoor record of Randy Barnes.
It wouldn't be fair not to mention US Hurdler Grant Holloway who has hit the 2021 season with a bang. Posting multiple sub 7.40 races his quickest 7.32 seconds for 60M hurdles. Colin Jackson’s long-standing world record is 7.30 which is very achievable for the multi talented American. Like Jackson, he is a great all-round athlete, with a long jump best of 8.17m and a 44.75 split from a 4x400m relay.
Lets see what the outdoor season can do!