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  1. Thread: Rio WRs?

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    It is winter in Rio. It could still get hot at...

    It is winter in Rio. It could still get hot at this time of the year, but chances are pretty good that temperatures will be moderate. In any case, the conditions should be more conducive to distance...
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    Yeah, that's what makes it even more impressive....

    Yeah, that's what makes it even more impressive. Two of the team members are born in 96, one in 93, one in 92. If they continue progressing like this, GDR's European record could fall pretty soon....
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    Incredible sprinting by the Germans, even if they...

    Incredible sprinting by the Germans, even if they were mostly lucky with the conditions. The last time a relay team from outside of the US and Jamaica ran this fast was in 1993!
  4. Thread: Rio WRs?

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    It's more likely than wDT, but I'd put it in the...

    It's more likely than wDT, but I'd put it in the same category as the other two.
  5. More so than, say, Ria Stalman's or Juha...

    More so than, say, Ria Stalman's or Juha Tiainen's?
  6. Thread: Rio WRs?

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    It's an outlier in the context of this season....

    It's an outlier in the context of this season. Her competitions so far yielded the following results: 6.74, 6.92, 7.04, 6.88, 6.90, 6.87, 7.01, 7.31. Apart from Portland WIC, all the other marks...
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    I guess the point is that outlier performances...

    I guess the point is that outlier performances happen in LJ. Kotova's 7.42 is just an example. She got 30 cm farther than the second best jump of her career. But if you look at Reese's record this...
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    But that's the American way of thinking. To the...

    But that's the American way of thinking. To the Germans, the nationals are not the be-all-and-end-all competition. And since the selection is based on the current season's record, Molitor's world...
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    Dobek will be running in the national U23 champs...

    Dobek will be running in the national U23 champs this weekend, so we may get a better idea of whether he's finally rounding into form. Other Olympic team members in attendance will include Maria...
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    I thought Dobek would be more likely to run, but...

    I thought Dobek would be more likely to run, but there's been no official announcement. Since both run in individual events, either of them could be used in the relay without being specifically named...
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    It's hard to see Zalewski even making the final,...

    It's hard to see Zalewski even making the final, but I think Cichocka could actually be in the hunt. Not a likely medalist, but things could happen, especially if the final is slow.
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    Sidło Memorial, Sopot: m200 (-0.3) 1 Karol...

    Sidło Memorial, Sopot:

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    1 Karol Zalewski 20.26 PB Polish no. 3 all-time

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    1 Sylwester Bednarek 2.30 SB

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    1 Piotr Małachowski 65.85
  13. He got DQed 3 times in major championships. He's...

    He got DQed 3 times in major championships. He's also won 3 European titles and a WC silver.
  14. No, you just don't get it. That track gave an...

    No, you just don't get it. That track gave an unfair advantage only to white European runners.
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    I believe it's mostly about image/ PR. If a large...

    I believe it's mostly about image/ PR. If a large proportion of the team finishes near the bottom of the fields or goes out in the first round, it creates a perception that the team as a whole is a...
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    OK, that changes things a bit. But I still don't...

    OK, that changes things a bit. But I still don't see Molitor as obviously superior to Obergfoll this year. As I said, Obergfoll leads on head-to-head, she has also thrown farther, and has arguably...
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    I had a quick look at the Olympic years, assuming...

    I had a quick look at the Olympic years, assuming those would be the best, or at least close to the best. Looking at 1992, 1996 and 2000, none of these years had more than 6 Americans over 6000, and...
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    They couldn't. In those days, the rule was if you...

    They couldn't. In those days, the rule was if you sent more than one athlete in any event, they all needed to have the A qualifier.
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    If Molitor knew what the criteria were, there was...

    If Molitor knew what the criteria were, there was nothing stopping her from chasing marks in minor meets with good wind. She's basically saying 'screw the official selection criteria, I'm the world...
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    Most European countries do, too. Russia has never...

    Most European countries do, too. Russia has never sent teams as big as they could, neither did Germany, and even many minor countries do that - Sweden's selection policies have been discussed here...
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    Like Gabs said, the criterion was an objective...

    Like Gabs said, the criterion was an objective one, so I see no basis for a lawsuit. And IMO it's a pretty good criterion, or in any case better than using any one competition as the only basis for...
  22. Do we know for sure Semenya will be doing the 400?

    Do we know for sure Semenya will be doing the 400?
  23. Also Aleksandra Chudina - she won Olympic medals...

    Also Aleksandra Chudina - she won Olympic medals in HJ, LJ and JT, won a European gold in the pentathlon, and also won multiple world and European golds as part of the Soviet voleyball teams!

    But...
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    It was a good showing by the Polish team at the...

    It was a good showing by the Polish team at the WJC. 4 medals (2 gold, 2 silver), 58 points and 6th place in the point table (of the European nations, only Germany did better). In addition to the...
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    But, if you're really off, it doesn't change...

    But, if you're really off, it doesn't change anything. In Amsterdam, he had tons of height, but fell down on the bar on all three attempts. The height could have been 4.70 instead of 5.70 and the bar...
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