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    I agree, and for that reason I take issue with...

    I agree, and for that reason I take issue with gh's opinion that Doha was not "remotely" his best performance of the year. The last 200 in his 1:42.7 was definitely an awesome achievement and mind...
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    Naser in Doha. Her performance was in some sense...

    Naser in Doha. Her performance was in some sense equivalent to the mSP (3rd all time, but behind two questionable marks). But it was more of a surprise, and more important was the gutsy manner of...
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    London 2012 m800

    London 2012 m800
  4. Thank you! It really bothers me how Olympic...

    Thank you! It really bothers me how Olympic medals are valued so much higher than world championship medals. In track & field terms, they are equal. It's the kind of language I would expect from the...
  5. If the 90 minute TV time slot is that important,...

    If the 90 minute TV time slot is that important, why not start the discus and triple jump before that, and show highlights tape delayed during pauses in the live action ? I'm just afraid that even...
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    I guess it is compared with what most Kenyan...

    I guess it is compared with what most Kenyan athletes run ...
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    Not every world class athlete manages their...

    Not every world class athlete manages their income wisely ...
  8. They'll put you in first class with an economy...

    They'll put you in first class with an economy ticket, if they've overbooked economy.

    I'm not arguing in favor of the perks, I'm just observing that if the Doha organizers wanted to optimize the...
  9. There's definitely a changing of the guard (not...

    There's definitely a changing of the guard (not just in the US ranks) and it's great to see.
  10. Why ? The world is full of people on planes, at...

    Why ? The world is full of people on planes, at events, etc. who paid different prices for the same tickets. They don't all get refunds. The market is dynamic.
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    This brings the ratio between mens' and womens'...

    This brings the ratio between mens' and womens' WRs (legit races), at 10.20% slower, to the second lowest among all events. The 100, at 9.5%, is the lowest, assuming we accept Flojo's 10.49. Without...
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    10 years. Not Kipchoge or Beleke, but the next...

    10 years. Not Kipchoge or Beleke, but the next great marathoner. I do think the psychological barrier broken today will help. As others have mentioned, the proliferation of sub-4 miles after...
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    I miss the days when I used to do that at Pre,...

    I miss the days when I used to do that at Pre, before the rotund guys in green blazers took control of such migrations ...
  14. IMO, they should have opened the gates free of...

    IMO, they should have opened the gates free of charge starting with the first low attendance day. The boost to the image of the meet would have outweighed any lost revenue.
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    Two 50 second laps would be a thing of beauty. I...

    Two 50 second laps would be a thing of beauty. I hope it happens in my lifetime (I'm 58), but the rate of improvement has slowed a lot since Coe.
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    Agree - and the way they dropped back to give him...

    Agree - and the way they dropped back to give him the limelight at the end reminded me of Curtis Beach dropping back with a huge grin on his face at the 2012 OT as Eaton finished off his WR with a...
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    Of course it will be repeated. Might take a few...

    Of course it will be repeated. Might take a few more years, but the record has dropped steadily from 2:06:05 to 2:01:39 over the last 20 years, so it would be unreasonable to think that it won't drop...
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    I don't think the officials should have steadied...

    I don't think the officials should have steadied the bar, but on the other hand, it didn't look to me like a wobble that was likely to fall off. It was a pretty minor brush compared to many I've seen...
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    Could you send me some of your stock market picks...

    Could you send me some of your stock market picks ?
  20. Even though their times weren't close to the WRs,...

    Even though their times weren't close to the WRs, Cheruiyot and Brazier's utter dominance stand out. For comeback of the meet, Barshim.
  21. I'm starting to get the faith again about Barshim...

    I'm starting to get the faith again about Barshim eventually clearing 2.46. Yes, this was only 2.37, but wow - to summon it up from nowhere shows that mentally he is still strong.
    And that takeoff...
  22. Amen.

    Amen.
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    It's not just the clearance height, but hurdling...

    It's not just the clearance height, but hurdling breaks McLaughlin's rhythm a lot more than it does Muhammad's. She loses ground with every hurdle then recovers some of it between them. Definitely...
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    And posted exactly the same time :)

    And posted exactly the same time :)
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    Warholm's pattern was 13 to hurdle 9, then 15 to...

    Warholm's pattern was 13 to hurdle 9, then 15 to the last one. Chopping down that much didn't seem to slow him down too much. He had to really stretch to make 13 to the 9th. Even on the backstretch,...
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