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Monday, August 28, 2023

Sportsman of the Week Ending 8/27/2023


This Blog is a big, if not HUGE fan of track and field and this week provided the most fireworks outside of the Olympics I can remember in a long time.  And it's all about American sprint domination (not to take away from other big golds but let's focus).  American Noah Lyles set the sprint world on fire with not just winning times, but World Class record times at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.  Known to have the 200m locked down, he increased his burst speed (against all odds) to burn the 100m in under 10s.  Well under 10s.  Before winning his third straight 200m World title (ho hum, foregone conclusion) he shocked the 100m field with a 9.83s.  His 200m time was 19.52s.  This made him the first man to sweep the 100m/200m since probably the best overall sprinter in history, former Sportsman of the Week Usain Bolt, in 2016.  Then when he was the anchor on the 4x100m race (for me, one of the most exciting events in all of sports), he became the first since Bolt since 2015.  He's elite and showing it and will likely set the Olympic world on fire next week in Paris.  For now, he is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

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