Nelson Feels The Love In Hayward Return: World Athletic Championship 2022 (Latest News)

Kemba Nelson in Oregon World Athletics Championship

At Hayward Field on Saturday evening, when the fourth heat of the women’s 100-meter preliminary competition was settling into the blocks, the crowd was shouting with excitement.

Every one of the three earlier heats had been triumphed over by a Jamaican competitor. The observers from that nation were out in full force at Hayward Field for the Saturday session of the World Athletics Championships. They had another competitor to cheer for in the fourth heat of the competition. This athlete was also a graduate of the institution hosting the competition, the University of Oregon.

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A voice was heard from section 218 of the home venue for track and field in the United States while Kemba Nelson, who is from Jamaica and attends Oregon, was getting ready for her heat.

“Come on, Kemba,” shouted a man wearing the green, black and yellow of Jamaica. “Your track!” After some time had passed,ย  Nelson came with a smiling face; he said again, “One thing about Jamaicans, we’re everywhere. It never comes as a shock to see how many of us are creeping into the wild.

Nelson ran a time of 11.10 seconds on Saturday to place third in her heat and go to the semifinals on Sunday. On Saturday, Nelson made sure to be there for her followers if they showed up in support of her. Nelson will participate in the marathon as part of a jam-packed day of events for University of Oregon alumni. At 6:15 a.m., Galen Rupp runs in the marathon.

At 11:35 a.m. on Sunday, Jillian Weir will participate in the hammer throw for a medal; later in the day, Devon Allen, Johnny Gregorek, and Nelson will run. On Sunday, Allen and Nelson might conduct their respective tournaments’ semifinals and finals.

Nelson will continue to have a hectic season due to this. Still, it will also be a season that lasts longer than it did a year ago when she finished eighth in the Jamaican Championships and did not qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo.

She stated on Saturday that her performance at Trials the previous year was not her most remarkable. “I guess I just kind of put it into my brain that I’m pretty exhausted after a long season. “But I put that behind me. I’m tired when I say I’m tired.”

Nelson After Qualify For Semifinals
Nelson After Qualify For Semifinals

Jessica Hull in Oregon World Athletics Championship

Jessica Hull, who graduated from the University of Oregon in track and field, is also not getting caught up in any myths about having a full schedule. After running a steady 1,500-meter race for the second day in a row on Saturday, she qualified for the event final on Monday. After that, she will shift her focus to the 5,000-meter race.

Jessica Hull got second place in her heat on Friday; Hull’s coach encouraged her to focus more on coming in third or fourth place in the semifinals on Saturday to save her energy for the final. This guidance was tested as 2019 bronze medalist Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia began to press the pace with 700 meters left to go on Saturday. But Hull allowed Laura Muir of Great Britain to take the slot behind Tsegay, and she followed them home in third, reaching the finish line in 4 minutes and 81 seconds.

Hull stated, “Because it’s easy to swallow the bait, I’m pretty proud of how patient I was at that moment.” When I found out that Gudaf was going, the last thing I wanted to do was tag along with her because I already knew she was going. I asked Laura to fulfill my request that someone else go before me, and she did so. I was pleased since I could keep myself from getting more than ten meters too impatient.

“Composure, composure, and more composure” was the only thought that was going through my head at that point.

When the players reached the race’s final stretch, Hull turned back to check that she was in an advantageous position. In addition, she had more to offer but that she was “clearly holding her cards.” As a result, Hull accepted.

It is a relatively new sensation for Hull, who is competing in her second World Athletics Championships and was also a finalist in the Olympic competition in Tokyo, to engage in such cat-and-mouse games with elite international competition. Hull is currently competing in the World Athletics Championships.

“Being in the position where I can cut off these elite women is incredibly unique,” said Hull. “It’s unusual.” “In contrast, in Doha in 2019, I was the athlete who was eliminated in the last stretch of competition. Now I’m up there, and we’re looking at one other, neither of us wanting to give too much away.”

After advancing through the first round of competition on Saturday in the men’s event, Johnny Gregorek, a graduate of the University of Oregon, now has another 1,500-meter race to look forward to. The alumnus of the University of Oregon in 2015 was in ninth place as the bell lap of his heat began. Still, he worked his way up to finish sixth in a time of 3:35.65, securing the final slot in automatic qualification for his heat.

Johnny Gregorek Jr. At Hayward World Athletic Championship

Gregorek came in with a timing that was only a fraction of a second slower than his season best. He was prepared to put in the work necessary to compete in Sunday’s semifinals.

Gregorek commented that it is “where the event is at right now” and that there is “great depth of talent” and “a lot of powerful people.” “As a result, I know I need to prepare for a slow burn.”

Another graduate of the University of Oregon, Cooper Teare, the reigning U.S. champion in the event, was included in that pool of formidable competitors. Teare competed in the first heat on Saturday and was among the top six for most of the race. However, he fell to 13th place for the final lap and finished in 3:41.15.

Even though Teare was experiencing the consequences of a stress response in his left tibia during the competition, he still managed to come out on top and win the U.S. title. Because of this ailment, he could only train for the World Championships by swimming and biking, which showed at the bell on Saturday.

“I just felt so flat,” Teare remarked. “You may do as much endurance work as you want on the bike or in the pool, but the work that focuses on your turnover rate is challenging. When men of that caliber start to turn it over and kick, it’s difficult to mimic that feeling by doing anything other than sprinting.

This summer, Teare’s friend and training partner Cole Hocker, a graduate of the University of Oregon program, was forced to cross-train due to an injury and didn’t even make it to Oregon22.

Teare noted that “that’s just kind of how it works” while describing the situation. You just have to learn to roll with the punches. I put in a lot of work on the cross trainer to see if I could make it out here and see how far I could get, but unfortunately, that was all there was to do today. It’s challenging to have that be the result on my first really big Worlds stage, especially when it’s here. It’s extremely painful to have that be the result. However, not much can be done to change the situation.”

On Sunday, Allen was the first alumnus of the University of Oregon to compete, and he did so in the first round of the 110-meter hurdles. Allen won his heat on Saturday morning in 13.47 seconds, even though he had been grieving the loss of his father in the weeks since the USATF Championships.

Johnny Gregorek Jr. At Hayward Hayward World Athletic Championships 2022
Johnny Gregorek Jr. At Hayward Hayward World Athletic Championships 2022

“I was a touch sloppy today, but it is OK,” said Allen, who will switch to football and training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) in a few weeks. “It doesn’t even matter that much. On Sunday, we will give it our all to achieve a time that is lower than 13 minutes. These may be my final 30 hours on the track.”

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