Top 10 Most Impressive Performances in Athletics for 2010, Top Asian Athlete and Top New Comer

>> December 27, 2010

What are the best performances in athletics in 2010? the following is a list of my Top Ten Most Impressive Performances achieved during the 2010 season, as well as the Best Asian Athlete and the Best New Comer in Athletics. Unfortunately, I don't have Usain Bolt or Asafa Powell or Haile Gebrselassie on the 2010 top performances.

THE 2010 TOP TEN MOST IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES IN ATHLETICS

1) David Rudisha (KENYA)
Rudisha has broken the World record twice at 800m (1:41.09 & 1:41.01). He also won the African Championships and Continental Cup. He was unbeaten in 12 finals during 2010 season. He was named the Male World Athletes of the Year for 2010 by the IAAF. Without a doubt he is the best in the World in the 2010 season.



2) Blanka Vlasic (CROATIA)
Vlasic won 18 out of 20 meets at High Jump including seven out of seven wins in the Diamond League. She leapt 2.05m this year, a world leading and became the World Indoor champion, European Champion and the Continental Cup champion. She was named the Female World Athletes of the Year for 2010 by the IAAF.



3) Teddy Tamgho (FRANCE)
World Champion and World record holder at Triple Jump indoors (17.90m). He became the third best ever triple jumper with a distance of 17.98m he set in New York in June. He is the winner of 2010 IAAF Diamond League for Triple Jump.




4) Zersenay Tadese (ERITREA)
Most of readers doesn't recognize this guy (and his country!). But once you have broken the World record, you should have a slot on the top position. Tadese breaks the World records at Half Marathon and 20km (en route) in Lisbon with marks of 58:23s & 55:21s.





5) Anita Wlodarczyk (POLAND)
In 2010, only one World record has been broken in the women category and it was Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland in the Hammer throw. She hurled the iron ball to a distance of 78.30m, and eclipsed the old WR record 77.80m.





6) Tyson Gay (UNITED STATES)
Gay has beaten Usain Bolt at 100m this year. He was unbeaten at 100m in 2010 season and has recorded the fastest time in the world over the 100m in 9.78s. He also ran 44.89s in the 400m, thus became the first man to break U-10, U-20 and U-45. He also set a World best mark at 200m straight in 19.41s. He is the winner of 2010 IAAF Diamond league for 100m.



7) David Oliver (UNITED STATES)
Oliver set the 4th and joint 5th fastest times in the 110mh ever, 12.89s & 12.90s. He won the Continental Cup and six out of six in the Diamond League races as well as unbeaten in 15 finals at 110m Hurdles.





8) Allyson Felix (UNITED STATES)
Felix became the first person ever to win two IAAF Diamond League trophies in the same year, 200m & 400m. She also won World Indoor relay gold and wins in 21 out of her 22 individual races





9) Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAMAICA)
A consistent sprinter for many years. This year she became the World Indoor champion at 60m. She also recorded the World leads at 100m (10.78) & 200m (21.98) and was unbeaten all season.





10) Steven Hooker (AUSTRALIA)
Hooker won the World Indoor Championship, Continental Cup and Commonwealth Games at Pole Vault. He also set World outdoor lead of 5.95m and 6.01m indoors.






THE 2010 TOP ASIAN ATHLETE

Olga Rypakova (KAZAKHSTAN)
Rypakova won the World Indoor championship, Continental Cup and Asian Games at triple jump. She also has recorded the 2010 World lead and Asian record, 15.25m.





THE 2010 TOP NEW COMER


Christophe LemaƮtre (FRANCE)
Lemaitre has become the first white man to break the 10s barrier. He won the Continental Cup at 100m. He is also the winner of three gold medals at the European Championships.





Sources/Credits:
1) Wikipedia  (athletes above)
2) IAAF Website (related athletes)


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