As the year draws to a close we look at the track and field highlights from the past 12 months
With a world and European championships plus the Commonwealth Games, 2022 has proved a power-packed year for track and field. Given this it wasn’t easy to come up with a short list of the greatest moments from the past few months. We have given it a stab, though, so here is our list – in no particular order – of the most memorable moments in 2022. What’s your favourite!?
Symbolic victory for high jumper Mahuchikh
With war raging in her country of Ukraine, Yaroslava Mahuchikh soared to 2.02m to win the world indoor title in Belgrade. “I didn’t think I was doing it for myself or my medal, I was doing it for all the Ukrainian nation, to show that we are the strongest in the world,” she said.
Red-hot Rojas bounds to world record
Yulimar Rojas has been a dominating force in the women’s triple jump recently and at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March she smashed the world record with 15.54m. It was further than her own world indoor record (15.43m) and outdoor record (15.67m). “I cannot be more thankful,” the Venezuelan said. “I knew it was the right time to achieve this and I took the chance.”
Ingebrigtsen claims world indoor 1500m mark
It was only February but Jakob Ingebrigtsen set out his stall for 2022 with a 3:30.60 world indoor 1500m record at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas de Calais. The Norwegian was behind world record pace as he went through 1000m in 2:20.90 but he finished strongly to take 0.44 off Samuel Tefera’s mark.
Duplantis supreme with 6.21m vault
Mondo Duplantis brought the World Championships in Eugene to a rousing finale with a world record of 6.21m. It was his third world record of the year and he said: “Somebody has to go out and win these competitions so why couldn’t it be me? It’s truly amazing how things have worked out and I do not take it for granted.”
Sprint hurdles record falls to Amusan in semi-final
The action during the final session at the World Championships in Eugene was barely underway when Tobi Amusan destroyed the 100m hurdles world record with 12.12 (0.9) to slice 0.08 from Keni Harrision’s previous mark. Amazingly it was her first time inside 12.40 – and she was wearing distance running spikes too! “I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world…