maandag 26 januari 2009

German Fernandez world junior record

Teen sensation German Fernandez is stepping it up. German was hyped by Americans 2 years ago after the world Junior Championships and has since shown promise on a worldwide level. Last weekend he broke the (unofficial) world junior indoor mile record. A great performance for somebody who was just trying out his first indoor meet! With his world record of 3.56.50 German makes people smile and hope. America may have his next long distance champion. For a country that rules the world in the sprints and jumps but lacks confidence in the longer distances, German may bring a breath of fresh air for the new generation. He is an inspiration already, let's hope he keeps up the good work transfering into the senior ranks in a few years.

What I love about this picture is German's face. He clearly enjoys running even though he must be under pressure for the competition he is running in. It looks like running is second nature for this guy. The world may turn around, this boy will still be running with pride and joy.

dinsdag 20 januari 2009

CISA Kids 2009

The IAAF officially started its new kids tour, the CISA Kids 2009. This education-through-sport programme was launched in Sangalkam, Senegal last week. Its a sporting, artistic, and educational programme for elementary school students. The kids had the possibility to run 2 XC races in Sangalkam. Both the boys and the girls race was run in front of officials and sport autorities, giving them the possibility to show their potential and talents. It's not a only a great event for african kids, it also produced some fabulous pictures. The picture above was taken during the girls XC race. The girl in front seems like she is really enjoying the race even though they had to run quite a distance. It's good to see athletics being promoted all over the world. Hopefully one of these kids will manage to improve upon his future thanks to the sports, and even more so I hope all of these kids had a wonderful time going out there and be in the spotlight for only a day.

donderdag 8 januari 2009

XC Snowstorm

My heart has never been in XC. As a kid I was pushed into it weekly and I just hated it. I just couldnt understand how the other kids survived going that fast in the cold and wind and rain and snow. After being thrown into it for such a long time I can't deny my respect for those who have managed to survive all their race through the wind and cold and rain and storm. I firsthandedly witnessed how harsh and destroying a XC race can be. You are being pushed from start till finish and only the very best can conquer a top position. When I saw this photo of a XC race in Italy this weekend I couldnt help but being overwhelmed by what I saw. These athletes are used to harsh conditions but a XC snowstorm race can't be something they are used to training in. Not even to mention the african athletes who have hardly ever seen snow in their lives. Nothing but respect for these athletes who just went out there, got their running shoes and clothes on and performed with the heart of a lion and the soul of a warrior. Enjoy this extraordinary picture, with special thanks to photorun.