Can Vida Anim survive in the 200m?

first_imgWith her disappointment from missing out in the women’s 100m final and a disagreement over the payment of some expenses, Ghana’s sprint queen, Vida Anim almost ended her Olympic participation prematurely as she threatened to stay away from Tuesday’s 200m.However, with the issues resolved, Vida, a former African sprint champion and one of Africa’s strong representatives at the Beijing Games, is expected to go into action in the heats of the 200m races on Tuesday.She surely faces stiff opposition from the pack of ladies who outran her in the 100m final won in an impressive manner by Jamaica’s Shell-Ann Fraser and her compatriots, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart who both shared the silver honours.There is also USA’s Torri Edwards and Christine Arron of France who both failed to finish among the top four and who will be out to make amends in the 200m.Having competed against some of these top tars, Vida may not have any problems pulling through the heats as her real challenge will be in the quarter-final or semi-final races where the list for tomorrow’s final will be picked.The Ghanaian sprint queen insists, she has gotten over her disappointment and frustrations and looks forward to the 200m races. “I’ve not put myself under pressure. In such races or competitions, anything can happen and I’m going out there to do my best, I hope my best is good enough to send me into the next round,” she told the Daily Graphic.Days after winning the lO,OOOm in style, all eyes will be on Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba to see if she can add the 5, OOOm title when the heats for that event are run today.Dibaba faces stiff challenge from her compatriots, Meseret Defar, who has raced the world Champion in some breathtaking world events.Meanwhile, with their former compatriot Bernard Lagat out of the way, Asbel Kiprop and Augustine Kiprono Ghoge will be hoping to bring the 1,500 metres title back to Kenya when they go into action today, Tuesday.Favourite Lagat, now competing for the U.S., failed to qualify for the final, leaving the way clear for one of the Kenyans to return the middle distance gold back to the country that has owned it three times before. The women’s 100m hurdles final also threatens to be another showdown between the U.S. and Jamaica but the Americans appear to have the upper hand as they recorded the top three semi-final times, led by world numbers one and two Lolo Jones and Damu Cherry respectively.Source: Daily Graphiclast_img read more