It may be slightly incorrect to say Wadeline Jonathas could have been lost to the sport but she certainly may never have been found were it not for the intuition of a high school track coach.
Deanna Price’s hammer career almost ended before it even got going.
A top-25 finish on a senior World Championships debut is remarkable for any athlete, not least a teenager.
The journey of each elite athlete is preciously unique – and this is particularly true of world 200m finalist Kyle Greaux.
In many ways, 2019 wasn’t the easiest of years to make a breakthrough in the 400m hurdles.
It is not likely Gabriela DeBues-Stafford will forget 2019 in a hurry.
Britany Anderson didn’t just beat a world U20 record this year; she broke the curse on age-group sprint hurdles bests.
In mid-September, a week before she travelled to Doha for the World Athletics Championships, Yaroslava Mahuchikh opened a present from her friend.
Among the past contests highlighted during last month’s World Athletics Heritage Mile Night in Monaco was the epic 1500m race in Christchurch, New Zealand, at the 1974 Commonwealth Games, where an unheralded Filbert Bayi produced one of the most audacious performances in athletics history as he led from gun to tape to win gold in a world record of 3:32.2.
Yes, Karsten Warholm had indeed watched the race in which he retained his world 400m hurdles title in Doha. Four or five times, in fact, as he told us right at the start of a press point on the day of the World Athletics Awards last month in Monaco.
Nobody knew exactly what to expect when Brigid Kosgei arrived for a press point interview in Monaco two days before the World Athletics Awards - for which she was on the final female shortlist of five.
When Gambian sprinter Gina Bass finished sixth in the 200m at the World Championships last month, she didn’t take home a medal but an entire continent was proud of her.