Michael Johnson reveals the athletes to make future of track & field brilliant

Michael Johnson reveals the athletes to make future of track & field brilliant

Abigael Wafula 06:06 - 13.05.2024

American sprint legend Michael Johnson has provided a list of athletes he believes, hold the future of athletics and will make it fun.

Four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson has named the athletes he is banking on to make the future of track and field exhilarating.

The American legend singled out reigning World silver medallist, Letsile Tebogo, who is just 20 years to continue making the sport interesting.

He also added that reigning World Indoor champion Julien Alfred, Rhasidat Adekele and Yared Nuguse to be among the next stars in athletics. Johnson added that world 200m silver medallist Erriyon Knighton is also in the mix.

For the athletes who are currently making the sport interesting, Johnson singled out triple World champion Noah Lyles, two-time world 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, 400m Hurdles world record holder Sydney McLaughlin and double world record holder Faith Kipyegon.

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Reigning World 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson, two-time World 200m champion Shericka Jackson, Karsten Warholm, Grant Holloway, and Athing Mu also made the list.

“Track is in pretty good hands the next few years! NOW: Noah, Sydney, Sha’Carri, Karston, Shericka, Grant, Athing, Faith, Jakob. NEXT: Letsile, Rhasidat, Julian, Erryon, Yared. Who am I missing?” he asked on his X handle.

Jumpers World, an account on X added to the comments saying: “Wayne Pinnock and Jaydon Hibbert. Don’t count out the field events boss.” Another X user commented: “Jadon Hibbert will be the first teenager to jump 18m in the triple jump.”

Jeremy Bradley also added his comment saying: “How on Earth can you leave her out?!” Another added saying: “Wild to leave out Femke and include Sydney. Sydney doesn’t compete and does nothing for the sport as opposed to Femke who is constantly on the circuit.”

Graeme Oudney also gave his opinion, saying: “I don’t think this is quite right. It’s not the individuals, it’s the competition!

“I can’t wait for Jacob VS Josh; Karston VS Dos santos; Athing vs Keeley… that’s what makes it great. Coe and Ovett for example were far more exciting because they are competing!”

Jarrin Solomon said: “I would def take Sydney out and insert Josh Kerr here as well. Sydney doesn't race enough to push the sport forward at all. Her nor Athing do anything for the sport. Great athletes, but they race no more than 5 times a year. That isn't helping the sport at all.”

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