I’ve been firing out a lot of track and field information for readers over the last couple of days, with the Big and Little All-City track teams and athletes of the year, and here’s one more nugget worth checking out. The video above is of the men’s 100-meter final from the Golden Gala meet in Rome on Thursday.
It features some of the world’s top sprinters, led by Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, and for the local fans, Mookie Salaam.
Salaam gradauated from Edmond North, then ran at Oklahoma until 2011, when he left school to sign a pro contract with Adidas and focus on the Olympics. He is OU’s record holder in the 100 (9.97 seconds) and 200 (20.05 seconds). Salaam won the NCAA championship in the 200 in 2011, but injured his hamstring running the 100 at the 2012 Olympic trials. That forced him to withdraw from the 200 as well.
Salaam has run several races this year, and won two of them. He ran strong on Thursday, finishing sixth in a time of 10.08 seconds. But Bolt and Gatlin put on a show, with Gatlin coming out on top by one one-hundredth of a second.