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    I agree he is highly likely to do that. Whether...

    I agree he is highly likely to do that. Whether he'll win is another matter altogether. Since Bayi in 74, how many have won major finals employing those tactics? Even El G usually needed the help...
  2. Thread: Men's POY

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    I believe only two marathon runners have won AOY...

    I believe only two marathon runners have won AOY - Paula Radcliffe and Wang Junxia. The former had a marathon WR backed up by stellar track races and the latter won it primarily for her track...
  3. Thread: Poor Justin

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    Agree with all this. I blame the agents more...

    Agree with all this. I blame the agents more than the athletes, coaches or even Federations (excluding Russia!).
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    Couldn't agree more. Had Gatlin 'fessed up' in...

    Couldn't agree more. Had Gatlin 'fessed up' in public the way Chambers (eventually) did and got himself an untainted coach, I suspect he would have become one of my favourite athletes and the way he...
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    A top agent boasting about how he supplies HGH...

    A top agent boasting about how he supplies HGH and testosterone versus a team who may not have counted how many puffs on a little blue inhaler an athlete took on a given day - clearly only one of...
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    Agreed - this is poor journalism in as far as...

    Agreed - this is poor journalism in as far as they should have stated they went after Gatlin and found absolutely no evidence he has been doping. However, getting a top agent (he IS an insider),...
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    I've only watched the first half but they do...

    I've only watched the first half but they do address the choice of Tadesse and acknowledge his poor record and unimpressive PB. They said that he had not taken any liquid during any of his marathon...
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    I set 6 pbs at 800 last year, improving by 9...

    I set 6 pbs at 800 last year, improving by 9 seconds. Sadly, I didn't see my name anywhere in the end of year rankings - I like Aaronk's method (but suspect PRs are of no consequence to gh and his...
  9. Thread: MSR - m800

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    It was year that, in April and May promised so...

    It was year that, in April and May promised so much! I thought the early performances of Korir, Murphy and Bett indicated the emergence of three massive new talents all capable of 1:42.x. High...
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    The key to that race wasn't the last mile, it was...

    The key to that race wasn't the last mile, it was the steep downhill leading onto the seafront. Bekele knew how to run down hill and did so at full speed. Mo, like most mere mortals was putting the...
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    Agreed - the half marathon is way beyond Mo's...

    Agreed - the half marathon is way beyond Mo's best distance. He was destroyed by Kamworor in Cardiff and I doubt he's ever been near the world's top 10. There's a reason no 'names' have ever been...
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    I'd have Francis ahead of Naser. One-all in...

    I'd have Francis ahead of Naser. One-all in their head-to-heads - one of which was obviously far more significant - and Francis' best time is intrinsically better coming off rounds (and in even...
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    Back to Mo and Bekele. I bow to no one in my...

    Back to Mo and Bekele. I bow to no one in my admiration of Farah but even I can't make a case for Mo ahead of Bekele. Had they raced each other at their peak, I have no doubt Bekele would have run...
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    Clearly TBO has always gone out relatively slowly...

    Clearly TBO has always gone out relatively slowly compared to the competition. A 200 in 23.8 though would never felt slow to Chrissie! She runs that first 200 every bit as hard as the majority of...
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    I was watching the race in an airport lounge. The...

    I was watching the race in an airport lounge. The BBC coverage was on a large screen with the sound off but the subtitle function on. The person transcribing the commentary was presumably using...
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    I was at the Bedford track earlier this year and...

    I was at the Bedford track earlier this year and it is rock hard and very fast. The wind for Fearon was also 2.0 m/s (Prescod ran 10.04 with 1.5m/s). To be fair, it was not exactly a one-off...
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    I think Powell is right. DAS started University...

    I think Powell is right. DAS started University this year and seems a few weeks behind last year in her preparation. She's had a really tough academic / training schedule (nothing like the life of...
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    It was 15 degrees when I got in my car an hour...

    It was 15 degrees when I got in my car an hour later. I had an eye on the wind sock by the long jump and thought the wind was blowing into their faces as they ran around the bend.
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    Ah yes, the 'Vernon' clause.

    Ah yes, the 'Vernon' clause.
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    Not a statistically representative sample, I...

    Not a statistically representative sample, I know, but I can't think of a British Athletics fan of my acquaintance who doesn't regularly visit this website and Letsrun. I'd hazard a guess that...
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    Given the respective popularity of T&F in Europe...

    Given the respective popularity of T&F in Europe vs US, there are probably more people paying attention over here than in the US.
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    I should add, this plays far worse in Europe than...

    I should add, this plays far worse in Europe than the more litigious US where I think many fans see Nike's actions as simply normal business practice.
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    Where is the Nike PR team in all this? The...

    Where is the Nike PR team in all this? The damage done to Nike of losing BB to New Balance and even encouraging a few other athletes to leave, is nothing compared to the negative publicity this...
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    Mo's low profile this week suggests one of two...

    Mo's low profile this week suggests one of two things to me: either there was an injury / illness concern or he is in VERY good shape. If it's the latter I think he'll take it on when the pacemakers...
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    Tonight's probably the last chance Mo will have...

    Tonight's probably the last chance Mo will have to realise his potential at the 10. I suspect that is still a long way off the WR - maybe 26:35. His performances at 1500 and HM suggest he can get...
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