The sun was out over Scotland’s national stadium for the first night of hosting some of the world’s best athletes competing in the Diamond League.
For the first time in 5 years i past my old house on Curtis avenue on the walk down past the Montford pub to cross over the road to Hampden Park. There was a fantastic atmosphere with spectators walking about the ground excited at seeing some first class athletics. I was very excited to by trying to cover athletics for the first time at such a prestigious event.
Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Football stadium has been modified to be able to host the athletics track and field events for the Commonwealth Games. Rows of seats have been removed, and the surface has been raised up by 2m from the normal playing service and a new track has been laid. The athletes have stated that the track is fast so they appear to be happy with it!
During the games there will also be some para sports competing for medals. One athlete will be Great Britain’s David Weir who will return to Glasgow competing for England.
Weir who won 4 Golds at London 2012 raced well and won in a time of 3:08:78 ensuring he is coming into the games in good form. Canada’s Brent Lakatos crossed the line in 5th place with a time of 3:11:34.
This really was an inspiring race to watch, the power and determination of these athletes was a sight to behold.
Next up for me was having a go at shooting the Women’s Long Jump. A new and exciting challenge for me to learn as i went along. Sometimes I have to keep myself in check not to just sit and watch like a spectator and watch high level athletes doing what they do best.
The long jump was won by USA’s Tianna Bartoletta with a winning jump of 6.98m. Canada’s Christabel Netty finished the competition in 4th place with her best jump of 6.73m.
Mens 400m Hurdles was another exciting new event for me to photograph, such speed and co-ordination to get over those hurdles at speed!
The race was won by Javier Culson of Puerto Rico in a time of 48.35s.
The Mens 100m final is always the most sought after tickets in athletics for the chance to see the worlds fastest men in action. Jamaican Usain Bolt withdrew due to stomach issues leaving fellow countryman Yohan Blake to give the Scottish crowd someone to cheer to the finish line.
Blake who announced earlier this week that he would not be competing at the Commonwealth Games for Jamaica, preferring to concentrate on getting ready for the Olympics in Rio in 2014. He didnt have the best start out of the blocks and after 40m pulled up with what looked instantly like a torn hamstring.
The race was won by fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade in a time of 9.97s with USA’s Micheal Rodgers coming 2nd who also ran a 9.97s both producing Season Best times. 3rd place went to Nesta Carter who also posted a season’s best time of 9.98s.
A dejected Yohan Blake after puling up injured in the mens 100m final – Picture courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN
A fantastic evening of Athletics which i really enjoyed and can not wait to head back to Hampden during the Commonwealth Games for more action.