I don't know about you, but I am always going to give Usain Bolt the benefit of the doubt until he proves me wrong/lets me down. Any time you have some sort of rivalry where two teams or athletes are superior to their competition and it becomes a battle between the two rivals, it's great for the sport but I haven't seen anything from Justin Gatlin that has me worried as a Bolt fan.
Bolt edged out Gatlin in the 100 metre final at the World Championships in Beijing, such has been Bolt's greatness that when someone like Gatlin comes close, it's a bit different. It's a good story, but I reckon that Bolt has played his cards perfectly since coming back from injury which has coincided with Gatlin gaining some momentum thanks to some lightning-quick times this year.
But it's one thing to run a quick time, it's something completely different to beat Bolt in a race. In a sport where times are records, and athletes are known as 'world record holders' you must still win the race and at the end of the day Bolt wins races. Gatlin's last portion of this race will make him cringe, he got the wobbles and everything fell out of sync, which is why I'm still all in on Usain.
It's also a great time for our own kiwi rivalry between shot-putters Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill. Walsh took the bickies this time around but unfortunately missed out on a medal as he finished 4th while Gill finished back in 8th - two kiwi lads in the top 8? Yes ma'am.
Remember when everyone in Aotearoa knew Gill thanks to his nek level training videos? Well at the moment those training videos don't mean much as Walsh has climbed the ranks and appears to have surpassed Gill.
I found this super cool video as well, it's super cool for me because I love digging deeper into sports and athletes so if that's you buzz, see how Gill and Walsh compare.
Another massive salute to Lydia Ko who has just won her 3rd Canadian Pacific Women's Open after defeating Stacy Lewis in a playoff hole. Ko could have won it on the 17th but she missed a birdie that then set up the playoff with Lewis. We're witnessing greatness first hand folks.
Jeffrey Sarpong, get used to this name as the Amsterdam born, Ghanian will be joining the Wellington Phoenix this season. It's been reported that Sarpong will arrive in Wellington today to join the Nix after a promising start to his career with Ajax didn't quite eventuate how he would have liked and he has since done the European rounds.
Sarpong played youth footy for the Netherlands, but has pledged allegiance to Ghana and as you can see in this video below he goes alright. The most exciting aspect could be his partnership with Roly Bonevacia, a fellow Dutchman who likes to thread the needle with slick passes. There won't be Nathan Burns though, so the Nix will still probably need to find another striker somewhere but there should be plenty of attacking opportunities from this midfield group this season.
Ladies and gentlemen, Jarryd Hayne...