Valerie Adams may have thrown farther in previous seasons than she did in 2014, but assessed on its own merits as a stand-alone season, the shot putter from New Zealand won everything she could have this year. Quite literally.
At the end of any outdoor season, it’s easy to overlook some of the performances from the indoor season. But Genzebe Dibaba’s feats in the first few months of 2014 are difficult to forget in a hurry.
It’s not unusual for the top heptathletes to excel in a field event. But it is extremely rare for a combined events athlete to beat the world’s best specialists in the sprints.
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In many ways, 2014 will be remembered as the year of the high jump. In a season which saw unprecedented depth from the world’s best high jumpers, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim was the best of them all.
When Dennis Kimetto pulled out of the Boston Marathon in April with a hamstring injury, distance-running fans pondered whether the Kenyan would be able to salvage anything from the 2014 season. But he did much more than just that.
Records are made to be broken, but even the most optimistic athletics fan would have said that Sergey Bubka’s pole vault world record was safe for another decade or so. Renaud Lavillenie knew better.
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