This meet went as to planned. I didn't run fast, only 13.42, but I won by three tenths of a second. The French guy came second and everybody else ran 14 seconds. They only supplied us with two hurdles for the warm-up, so I didn't get a sufficient enough warm-up for my liking, so I decided I was not going to push it too hard in the race. I got out and ran well for half the race, then went in to a bit of a shut down mode. I got us the seven points for the win, that was the most important thing.
As a team, we won the meet, Germany was second, they did very well in both pole vault events and France was third. We had some good results individually as far as wins. The times were not so impressive as we were dealing with some tough headwinds in certain instances.
I love this competition, I found myself screaming my lungs out for my other teammates, this is the true meaning of competition as a team. The fans here are great, they really loved me. I received more of an applause than the French runner did. Afterwards I took all the time it needed to sign all the autographs and take all the pictures. I even threw my uniform top in to the crowd. I had an awesome time out there. I think that the sport of track and field would be better off if they had more team scoring type events.
Now they are throwing us a big dinner down on the Champs-Elysees, it should be fun, I will definitely remember to bring my camera (allegedly).
4 weeks ago