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Best moments in Track and Field in 2022
As the 2022 athletics calendar rolled on, fans hailed new heroes, saluted the latest champs, and bid farewell to some illustrious stars of the sport. But no matter the period of the year, our greeting was clear: we cheered on each moment that highlighted what has been an eventful year in the world’s oldest sport.
Here are the top 10 moments in athletics in 2022.
1. Emotional Yaroslava Mahuchikh wins High jump Gold for Ukraine as war ravages her country
There is a reason sport, in this case, athletics, brings us together. As Russia invaded Ukraine and the war started, it had so many ripple effects. But not so much for Ukrainian jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh.
Shortly before the World indoor championships started, it took Mahuchikh three days by car to escape her country. On her way out, Mahuchikh heard gunfire and could sometimes see shells raining down miles away. Though her hometown of Dnipro was far from the front lines of the Russian invasion, she could never shake the fear that when she said goodbye to her mom, dad, grandfather, and sister, it might have been for the last time.
But, despite having her world turned upside down and the tortuous journey to reach the competition, the 20-year-old still managed to win high jump gold at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. She jumped a world-leading height of 2.02m to claim the title.
“I realized that on the track and jumping, I could show the power and strong spirit of the whole Ukrainian nation,” she said. “I could show worldwide that we will fight until the end. Until we win.”
2. Allyson Felix bids farewell to the sport
After announcing she planned to retire at the end of last season, USA’s Allyson Felix decided to race in one last World Championships – in front of a home crowd in Oregon.
The 36-year-old leaves the sport as a proper legend with another gold medal around her neck. And although sports don’t always give us the swansong we want for our greats (Usain Bolt in 2017), Felix got more than she would have bargained for.