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    Also, September XC is very much an American...

    Also, September XC is very much an American phenomenon. The international XC season is December-March. And how many people running US collegiate XC are likely to make WC teams anyway?
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    But what would be the right time to have the US...

    But what would be the right time to have the US nationals? Having them later would mean the top stars have to miss a significant part of the European DL season and the earning opportunities that come...
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    Anyone who's been following T&F for at least a...

    Anyone who's been following T&F for at least a couple of years should know we never get actual start lists more than a day in advance. And the WC team manual has the usual clause:
    "For events held...
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    On the third hand, I'm not sure having WC during...

    On the third hand, I'm not sure having WC during summer holidays is good for increasing viewership, either.
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    What's unclear about the bolded part? The...

    What's unclear about the bolded part? The confirmations are done just one day in advance for every event.
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    I guess Alan was referring to NOP, not national...

    I guess Alan was referring to NOP, not national team.
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    Truth be told, I'm really hesitating on which...

    Truth be told, I'm really hesitating on which Pole to pick. I may well end up with your top 3 in the prediction contest.
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    That's exactly the way I'm looking at wHT. My...

    That's exactly the way I'm looking at wHT. My pick would probably be Zhang-Price-Fiodorow.
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    I'm not sure about this year's US squad, but...

    I'm not sure about this year's US squad, but Jamaica with SAFP and ET should be able to beat that.
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    Warsaw doesn't even have a proper T&F stadium....

    Warsaw doesn't even have a proper T&F stadium. Perhaps you mean Chorzˇw?
    No chance of a DL in Russia while the country is banned. Ukraine doesn't have any serious international meets and I'm pretty...
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    I find the w4x1 prediction pretty bizarre....

    I find the w4x1 prediction pretty bizarre. Germany 1st, Jamaica only 3rd?

    Also, no Bondarenko in the top 10? He might not be having a great season, but he had some jumps showing he still has a lot...
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    I don't believe there's any political agenda in...

    I don't believe there's any political agenda in setting the schedule. There just might be a marketing one.
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    That could be said of the Muslim world in...

    That could be said of the Muslim world in general. A lot of the popular Muslim/ Christian names come from the same Old Testament source.
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    Irena Szewińska would have likely won the 200/400...

    Irena Szewińska would have likely won the 200/400 double in Montreal, had the schedule allowed for it.
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    Perhaps there have been withdrawals in that event?

    Perhaps there have been withdrawals in that event?
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    Ethiopia is also ca. 1/3 Muslim, and there aren't...

    Ethiopia is also ca. 1/3 Muslim, and there aren't many Ethiopian runners with what you would think of as Muslim (Arabic) names.
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    That's always going to be an issue with the...

    That's always going to be an issue with the invites, even if the process worked faster. This year it's made a lot worse by the timing of the WC, which means anyone not going to Doha would end their...
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    I realize that, but you said "even if Hassan is...

    I realize that, but you said "even if Hassan is running it", so my claim was made on the assumption she does.
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    Which doesn't negate my basic point. If done...

    Which doesn't negate my basic point. If done right, they could complete the process in one step, instead of the multiple iterations that take weeks to complete.
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    It would be a major surprise if Hassan didn't win...

    It would be a major surprise if Hassan didn't win it.
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    I think most people (including me, I admit) were...

    I think most people (including me, I admit) were shocked in 2017. He really didn't look very good through the season until the WC.
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    "Tend to be" is correct, but I can recall a...

    "Tend to be" is correct, but I can recall a couple of top-class athletes from a European country who suddenly disappeared from the scene a while ago while at the top of their game and I always had a...
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    So the entry lists on the IAAF website aren't...

    So the entry lists on the IAAF website aren't final?
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    They might have, but if you remember 2017, Korir...

    They might have, but if you remember 2017, Korir and Amos dominated the circuit, and the WC win went to Bosse ahead of Kszczot, neither of whom had been on anyone's medal radar.
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    Out of the more recent Bahraini imports (Rose...

    Out of the more recent Bahraini imports (Rose Chelimo, Mimi Belete, Kemi Adekoya, Albert Rop etc.), none has assumed a Muslim name when they switched, so it doesn't appear to be the standard these...
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