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Track and Field’s Surprising ‘Off Year’

By Rojo Grande On August - 2 - 2010

OK, I've finally conceded.

Even God took a day off after a six-day creation extravaganza.

And doesn't the farmer occasionally let his field go fallow?

So I guess I can forgive a few elite Track and Field athletes for dialing down in this so-called "off season".

But I'm taking names - and will be expecting great things next season from a list of 2010 no-shows which reads like a page from "Who's Who in World-Class Athletics":

Kenenisa Bekele - All-World distance runner from Ethiopia; injured.

Yelena Isinbayeva - All-World pole vaulter from Russia; injured ego.

Sanya Richards-Ross - American 400-meter World Champion; injured.

Paula Radcliffe - All-World British marathoner; seven months pregnant.

Liu Xiang - All-World hurdler from China; lingering injury.

LaShawn Merritt - American 400-meter World Champion; two-year drug ban.

Add to this list names like Dayron Robles, Terrence Trammell, German Fernandez, Jenny Barringer, Kerron Stewart, Muna Lee, Nelson Evora, Pamela Jelimo, to name a few world-classers who either fought nagging injuries or succumbed to the self-pr...

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