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    I think there are 3 axes: (1) versatility (2)...

    I think there are 3 axes: (1) versatility (2) longevity (3) domination of the competition. In a discipline like the HJ, the skills don't transfer well to any other event. Yes, there have been HJrs...
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    Rodgers-Lyles-Gatlin-Coleman. That will avoid two...

    Rodgers-Lyles-Gatlin-Coleman. That will avoid two younger hotheads having to exchange. Lyles will be better on the backstretch that the curve but Gatlin can do either.
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    Wilson always looks like that, as does Muir. IMO,...

    Wilson always looks like that, as does Muir. IMO, Wilson has mastered the art of not looking distressed, doesn't mean she can go a lot faster. Having said that, I hope she breaks her AR this year.
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    I think SRR is ok, maybe a 6 out of 10 as a...

    I think SRR is ok, maybe a 6 out of 10 as a commentator. She does have insights about the sprints and can articulate them. Ato on the other hand is at least a 9 out of 10, insightful and super...
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    I'd venture to guess that Crammy could have run...

    I'd venture to guess that Crammy could have run in the 47s easily.
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    Not to mention Avdeyenko, Protsenko, Krymarenko...

    Not to mention Avdeyenko, Protsenko, Krymarenko and Senyukov.
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    The best part of the NBC commentary on the 100...

    The best part of the NBC commentary on the 100 was that Hutchings and Cram managed to get through the whole event without any reference to Gatlin's history. Hutchings even said that Steve Mullings is...
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    Usually I would agree, but note that WVN's 31.03...

    Usually I would agree, but note that WVN's 31.03 en route to his WR is the #4 performance of all time. His WR of 30.81 is only 0.22 faster. IMO, SMU is in 48-high form and still a very long way from...
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    No distance night the previous night this year ?

    No distance night the previous night this year ?
  10. Yikes - I guess I'm in a minority in not liking...

    Yikes - I guess I'm in a minority in not liking showboating. No, I didn't like Bolt's antics either. Celebrating is fine, but there's a difference. If Holloway did go over to congratulate Roberts...
  11. Awesome race. In a way, Roberts ran the more...

    Awesome race. In a way, Roberts ran the more impressive race in that he hit two hurdles pretty hard and yet came back with a stronger finish than Holloway. IMO he would have won without that mistake....
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    Let's get one thing straight - no way is...

    Let's get one thing straight - no way is Rudisha's record going down this year, by Brazier or anyone else. Same goes for both of Bolt's records. Crouser, Echeverria and Norman have the best shot,...
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    From memory, WVN's crazy splits were: 10.7...

    From memory, WVN's crazy splits were:

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  14. I don't think that these numbers mean that the JT...

    I don't think that these numbers mean that the JT WR is much higher quality than any other. Not to downplay the skill of javelin throwers, but performance in that event in particular is subject to a...
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    Also makes me wonder how many sub-13.5s Nehemiah...

    Also makes me wonder how many sub-13.5s Nehemiah would have had if he had competed in 82-86.
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    Juantorena at the 77 world cup:...

    Juantorena at the 77 world cup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYK9E1XAzdI&t=32s
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    I'm not a season ticket holder, but I have been...

    I'm not a season ticket holder, but I have been to 6 of the last 10 editions of the meet. They sent me the link. Roll on June 30!
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    And even if they did, there are those who were...

    And even if they did, there are those who were irritated by Bolt's clowning and apparent trivialization of the business of winning an important 100m race - and even worse, the way he reduced his...
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    I'm talking about the rhythm change involved in...

    I'm talking about the rhythm change involved in switching to a vastly different stride length. Excluding the flight over the hurdle, a normal 110H stride length is about 2m (let's assume 3.14m to get...
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    IMHO, no-one is going to be successful (i.e....

    IMHO, no-one is going to be successful (i.e. faster) with 2-stepping in the foreseeable future. I mean even a Young or Bolt. Doing it for part of the race would involve a very difficult rhythm...
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    Ideal high hurdles spacing

    This topic has exercised me for years and I have to give it an airing (though not sure if it belongs on the Historical board). Apologies if it has been covered before.
    It's obvious to any observer...
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    I've just finished the book, and also the new...

    I've just finished the book, and also the new Fosbury book. The Doubell one was more interesting because I knew almost nothing about him, but the Fosbury book was better written and also had a lot of...
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    Aww - even if I wear a Cardinal shirt ? That's...

    Aww - even if I wear a Cardinal shirt ?

    That's really the name I got from my dad, but I might be willing to change it if it means getting in to Pre this year ...
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    I read somewhere that there will be 5000...

    I read somewhere that there will be 5000 temporary seats. Still leaves the capacity well short of the 10,000+ usually at Pre. I'm definitely planning to snap up tickets as soon as they are available....
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    Throwers 1-2-3. That must be unprecedented.

    Throwers 1-2-3. That must be unprecedented.
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