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  1. But that list excludes Gong Lijiao, who would...

    But that list excludes Gong Lijiao, who would surely have won the junior title in 2008 had she bothered to show up.

    And the men aren't really doing better, either. There's Storl from 2008, then...
  2. Thread: Whither Cos?

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    Probably not. But you can believe OJ is a...

    Probably not. But you can believe OJ is a murderer, and still consider him a great athlete, can't you? That's what I was talking about.
  3. As much as I would love Bukowiecki to become a...

    As much as I would love Bukowiecki to become a great at the senior level, I'm always sceptical when it comes to age group phenoms in throwing events. Krzysztof Brzozowski, who was Gill's closest...
  4. Thread: Whither Cos?

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    You don't necessarily need to block out the bad...

    You don't necessarily need to block out the bad to consider him funny. Of course you may decide not to support him financially by buying tickets to his show, but that's another matter.
  5. I was never much of a believer in Gill, but it's...

    I was never much of a believer in Gill, but it's too early to write him off completely. The odds of him getting to the top are getting longer, but there have been cases of youth phenoms who got...
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    By that measure, Romania and Bulgaria are...

    By that measure, Romania and Bulgaria are possibly the most progressive countries in the world; they have much higher quality on the women's side compared to the men's.
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    So nasty political attacks on the Qatari state...

    So nasty political attacks on the Qatari state and the entire Arab world are fine?
  8. Thread: Fun with maps

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    Denmark sound like a pretty good country to live...

    Denmark sound like a pretty good country to live in if the worst thing about it that they could come up with is fewest Zaras per capita ;)
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    The Europeans (and Africans) will simply need to...

    The Europeans (and Africans) will simply need to keep functioning as if they were still in their regular time zone :)
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    And if you look at season records of top Western...

    And if you look at season records of top Western athletes (including Americans), you'll find most of the very best didn't do a whole lot of competitions on the circuit. Just look at the list of...
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    I remember in the early days of the Doha meet...

    I remember in the early days of the Doha meet (after they were pressured by the IAAF to include women's events at all), the female athletes were instructed to dress more conservatively while...
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    Which isn't surprising, given that they boycotted...

    Which isn't surprising, given that they boycotted the Games
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    89, to be precise. But the number goes down to 48...

    89, to be precise. But the number goes down to 48 when you take into consideration the 3-per-country rule. And the qualifying period is less than a full season, so that's going to reduce the number a...
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    IAAF World Relays

    IAAF World Relays
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    I have a friend who lives in Doha and is a track...

    I have a friend who lives in Doha and is a track fan, so I guess he's the third one :D
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    Would that imply that the whole structure of the...

    Would that imply that the whole structure of the T&F season should be changed that year? I just don't see top athletes competing in the DL from early May to early September and then achieving season...
  17. Thread: Jenner

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    Yeah, isn't all this pure speculation? Having...

    Yeah, isn't all this pure speculation? Having surgery on your face to make it look more feminine is nothing like sex change.
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    I've always found it surprising nobody on these...

    I've always found it surprising nobody on these forums ever questions the NCAA policy of banning student athletes from taking prize money. I don't think any other country has a setup of this sort....
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    It's only 'interesting' if you make the...

    It's only 'interesting' if you make the assumption that there's something wrong with being gay.
  20. Thread: Said Aouita

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    And yet Steve Backley, competing in the same era,...

    And yet Steve Backley, competing in the same era, won 4 consecutive European titles :)
  21. Thread: Said Aouita

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    Yes, you can. As great as Zelezny was, he never...

    Yes, you can. As great as Zelezny was, he never won more than 2 consecutive major championships (OG/WC/EC). He won in 92 and 93, but then lost in the 94 EC. Won again in 95 and 96, then lost in 97...
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    But that quarterfinal was in all likelihood wind...

    But that quarterfinal was in all likelihood wind aided. The wind gauge malfunctioned and there were no official readings, but the times overall were just too fast compared to what the same guys ran...
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    Many years, yes, but not quite as long as you...

    Many years, yes, but not quite as long as you suggest. Moses Kiptanui ran 3:34.0 in Nairobi in 1992.
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    That may be, but Sjoberg was a very clear no. 1...

    That may be, but Sjoberg was a very clear no. 1 (plus world champ and WR holder) in 87, and was also ranked 1st in 85. And he had one of the longest careers at top level of all HJers, with 12...
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    The Kenyan fed could do nothing stop him from...

    The Kenyan fed could do nothing stop him from running in Atlanta; at that point he hadn't represented Kenya in 4 years. It was only a matter of being granted Danish citizenship a few months before he...
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