Thursday, August 21, 2008

10 Hurdles To Glory

Well, last nights semi-final went basically how it needed to go. I got the big Q next to my name. My ending time wasn't very impressive, 13.31, but I was happy at the end. I received my Dartfish race analyzer for my touchdown points last night and I was surprised to see that I came through the first six hurdles faster in the semi-final than in the previous two races. I was 7.71 in the qualifying round, 7.64 in the quarters and 7.62 in the semis.

The problem I had with my race last night was that when I got clear of the field, I started thinking too much about what Brooks wanted me to work on for the race and got too complacent. I never think in a race, I just go. At the end of the day, I didn't feel like I did anything. In my cool down, I was feeling way more loose and fresh, which indicates to me I need to have a more aggressive warm-up for the finals.

The final is set up like this:
2- Wignall (JAM)
3- Phillips (JAM)
4- Noga (POL)
5- Payne (USA)
6- Robles (CUB)
7- D.O. (USA)
8- Doucoure (FRA)
9- Quinonez (ESP)

I'm feeling fresh this morning and I am going to go out and let it all hang loose, no need in saving anything for the junior prom!

30 down, 10 to go.

47 comments:

Athene said...

best of luck

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CeeCee said...

I finally caught your race last night and was so excited for you. Remember, you're always your worst critic, so despite what you consider shortcomings, you continue to give an awesome performance. Continue to shine Sweetie!

luv2teach said...

David I am so proud of you you go boy! I have been following you throughout the Olymipics and I like your style so much that I just had to find out more about you. I am impressed at how you present yourself during the interviews, speaking with intelligence and completing your statments without, "you know what I'm saying". lol Thanks for presenting yourself with style and I wish you blessing and God speed in your final event.
P.S. My daughter goes to Howard! and will graduate in 2009. Go Bison.

Clorissa Wright said...

Okay, the 13:31 was just a warm up! 12:85 here you come!!! Robles who?? :-)


Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I just saw you on TV--Congratulations!! I looked you up on the internet and you have a COOL website. Keep up the good work and keep your faith strong!! God Bless You!!

Lady in Virginia

Kurt said...

I'm saying congrats from now, cause if you run like u been running, u will definately win!

Christy said...

I just saw you on TV--Congratulations!! Keep up the good work and keep your faith in God strong. He can carry you through anything!!

Lady in Virginia

Jason Fobbs said...

Man so proud of you boy! 10 more make that run like the lady had you running around the church lol! Lets get D.O. mission 12.85!!!

Sunny said...

Hi David,

Wishing you all the best for tonight's race! I hope you win the gold and complete your mission!

nice blog.
Sunny

HaPPi Like a HiPPo

Hanna Maria said...

Hey, good luck!!=)

Hanna, Sweden

eshe said...

just saw your race! all the best in the finals!

Aams said...

I just started taking an interest in track & field. Watched you on TV in the semi-finals yesterday. You did a good job. . .don't be so hard on yourself. You kicked ass. lol. Good luck with the finals. I'll be rooting for you.

valeria said...

Good luck David!

Noli said...

You are SO LIVE! Go Oliver!!!!

Anonymous said...

Good luck from the Upsers in Coralville, IA!

Karla said...

David,

I am so very proud of you. Who knew that when I met you at Howard in 2000 that this guy from Denver who was on the team with me would be an Olympian. You clearly had talent above and beyond the MEAC. We were both hurdlers you the 110s me the women's 100 meter hurdlers. My fondest memory of our track days was going to the homecoming game together as a team. I recently ran across some of those pictures. I just couldn't figure out how all the west coast schools missed out on signing you. Nevertheless, congratulations on your success and all of the track bison will be watching you.

Anonymous said...

David,

I finally got an opportunity to see your race last night! I didn't witness anything ragged about your performance :)

Run your race and stay focused . . .

Reality from the ATL :)

Anonymous said...

congrats!! keep it up!! you are almost there!!

Anonymous said...

We are rooting for you!

Anonymous said...

Good Luck David!

Benjamin (An American in Malaysia)

Rami Taibah said...

Hard luck man, I know that you were aiming for the Gold, Dayron is top of his game, he has very tall legs that I think gave him the edge over you....

Anyways congrats for the Bronze, you are still an Olympic medalist :)

Rami Taibah from Saudi Arabia

LaLa said...

YES! I will be watching whatever you do for years to come!! Enjoy every moment!!

sharae said...

Dave, that was a very nice shot that they got. It looks all poetic. Poerty in motion.

-Alondra

Anonymous said...

Just saw your finals congrats! Cayman...

Bootafull said...

Awww David over thinking is never a good look...But as long as you're feeling good about things now you'll come out on top of your game again. I believe in you and look forward to seeing you in action... So go baby go!

rheya said...

wonderful !!!!! David , you are great !

D Nunn said...

WASSUP OLYMPIC MEDALIST?!!!! I see you bringing one back home!!!!! Sorry about writing on it before you posted ya blog about it but CONGRATS!!!!!

Steven FL said...

Hey David good job in the semi finals i wish all the luck to u in the finals i will be praying for you if u could email me @ syracuse_fan123@yahoo.com i know your probably busy but if u get a chance that would be great.

thx GOD Bless you
Steven

KESAUNDRA M. said...

David Oliver! You have been the highlight of the Olympics for me - talented, fast and absolutely gorgeous! I wish'd you won the gold, but you still did great. Congrats! Do take solace in the fact that you're the best looking athlete in Beijing! Good luck with your future challenges.

Love, Kes from Guyana, South America

Nikigc said...

GREAT JOB!
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."
-Corinthians 9:24

(guess you dont write back, must be super busy. enjoy)

Anonymous said...

David,
Congradulations on your Bronze medal! I would have loved to see a 1-2-3 US sweep of the hurdles with you leading the way!

Mmm said...

We're routing for you! Go for it!

Brandon said...

BRONZE isn't bad for a guy who 8 years ago, was inches away from signing his life away to the U.S.Government & representing his Country in an intirely different way. DENVER STAND UP! You did a PHENOMinal job out there!
I don't know what's more crazy for me. . .You running you 1st ever hurdle race against me, killing me & now standing on an olympic podium. . .or your MOM & my DAD?

THANK YOU's are in order to you! Keep your head UP!

Wendy said...

You did a great job in the semi-final. You are hard on yourself because you know your potential. Go out there and do what you do. Be the best you can be. Only 10 to go...

Anonymous said...

Good luck!! we'll be watching and cheering!!!!

Anonymous said...

Glory has come, man. You did it! You are an Olympic Medalist! No one can take that from you.Embrace that. Use this as fuel for the next 4! EXCELLENT JOB AND OVERALL DEDICATION.

Chris & Stephanie said...

IDAHO IS ROOTING FOR YOU. YOU MAKE US VERY PROUD....

LovelyCandice said...

David, I got a chance to see the race Tuesday evening...Wow! You are doing a great job. I am so happy for you. I know God will continue to bless you. Keep it up!

-Candice,25 from California

Esteban said...

David, Congrats on your Bronze Medal, amazing race, close finish to 2nd spot. On the final couple of hurdles and sprint your feet looked like they had wings.

Anonymous said...

OMG David, your soo AMAZING & not to mention F****** HOT!! I saw your race last night, you were so poised & calm. You shined like a star!! I saw your race last week, and knew the rest of the team was up was against REAL talent. i wish you all the best in your final race!

~Andrea
Texas girl..

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on last night's race, there is some tough competition out there but I am definitely rooting for you! You looked great out there :)

göğüs büyütücü said...

very nice

Al said...

Hey man bronze thats awesome i think anyone good enough to get a medal in the olympics is an amzing athlete dont forget 4 years from now ill be trying out for london's olympics see you there

share-bare said...

Great job! Let's kick some butt during your last 10! Good Luck! I'll be watching....

Penny said...

Wishing you all the best from Memphis, TN!!!

Angelthadiva said...

Great job! Well done!

I have looked forward to your races! You are an extraordinary athlete, and a fierce competitor!! You look so cool, calm and collected. :)

I have enjoyed your interviews. You aren’t cocky or arrogant; you come across as being very humble and genuine…This is very refreshing to see.

Wishing nothing but God’s best for you! Blessings and traveling mercies in Jesus’ name!

Miss Ivory said...

You know I still owe you dinner for helping me "move on up", right? I am so proud of you that it's unreal! You always had that fire in your eyes and a smile on your face (bouncing around campus everyday). You deserve everything you have...You've earned it all! Hard work is just that: Hard. Again, I am so proud of you. I miss you so much, David! Take care. Ivory Council (remember HU 2000...) kalilovesyou2@yahoo.com