Former Trinidad track and field star turned pundit Ato Boldon believes the sport of athletics has done just fine in its first year since the retirement of megastar Usain Bolt.
The Jamaica double world record holder and the sport’s standout personality hung up his spikes following last summer’s IAAF London World Championships. Many had feared that the sprinter’s departure would have had a negative effect on the sport in terms of viewer interest and attraction.
Boldon, who insists he never believed there would be a major void, admits he has been pleased with what he has seen so far, despite there being no major championships this year.
“I never bought the whole argument that Bolt’s going to leave this huge void athletically. I thought he would leave a void personality-wise, and I think maybe that has been nullified a little bit with the likes of [Qatar’s] Abderrahman Samba [second-fastest 400m hurdler of all time in just his second season in the event] and Noah Lyles and Sydney McLaughlin. It turned out to be a pretty good year,” Boldon told
“The 400m went through a huge change with the addition of Michael Norman to the mix. In the women’s 400m, I finally got the sub-49 I’ve been waiting for since Sanya Richards-Ross [in 2009]. I’m really excited to see the next worlds, Olympics, worlds cycle [2019, 2020, 2021] because there’s just so much young talent. There are a bunch of world records coming.”
Source: Kwesi Mugisa