As the outdoor season approaches, we take a look at the fast rising talents that you will need to keep an eye on during the Track and Field season. Below, you will find the best athletes that are sure to excel during the 2018 season.
Jamaica’s Briana Williams – 100m and 200m
Williams managed to break into the top 5 of the 100m for women just before her 16th birthday with a sensational 11.13 seconds during a race in Florida. She even outperformed the world record of Marion Jones at 11.17 seconds. The Florida high school student was also phenomenal at the CARIFTA games during March where she managed to break the event record with 11.27 seconds and ran the 200m in an incredible 23.11 seconds.
Cuba’s Jordan A Diaz – Triple Jump
The world of triple jump looks extremely bright now that Diaz is involved. The Cuban sensation stirred the world of jumping with his massive leaps and is compared to Jonathan Edwards who is the world record holder from the UK. Diaz is getting closer and closer to the 18.29m mark which has stood for nearly 23 yards. Diaz jumped 17.32m in February and managed to win the U18 title in 2017.
USA’s Michael Norman – 200m and 400m
Norman is already a teenage icon with his unbelievable sprints in both the 200m and the 400m. He managed to set a world indoor record of 44.52 seconds in 400m at the indoor championship in Texas. The 20-year old’s greatest asset is his raw speed which he showcased in Arizona days later where he ran 20.06 seconds.
USA’s Sydney McLaughlin – 400m
Considered as track magic, McLaughlin is the new kid on the block when it comes to the 400m for women. In just 24 hours, she managed to clock 22.39 in a 200m event and produced 50.07 seconds during a 400m race on a wet track. With such talent and depth, she had multiple offers to turn pro but decided to pick a scholarship at the Kentucky University instead.
Sweden’s Armand Duplantis – Pole Vault
The Swedish sensation has been vaulting since the age of 5 which means he has loads of experience in the field at only 18-years of age. Duplantis was born into a family of athletics. His father was an American vaulter and also his coach, while his mom is a physical trainer. Even his brothers are pole vaulters, but Duplantis might be the best in the family.
Canada’s Nine Schultz – Heptathlon
Schultz is quickly starting to make a name for herself with her outdoor performance after accumulating 6,018 points. Her list of achievements run deep. She currently holds junior, high school and U20 records in Canada. She qualified for the national team and is the youngest participant for the Commonwealth Games. Schultz holds the best pentathlon score of 4,502 points in Canada as is currently ranked 7th highest in NCAA history. However, she only made a debut in 2017 which is quite impressive.