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    Sport-Express published an interesting interview with 92 & 00 Olympic Champion Heike Drechsler. Some interesting snippets (roughly translated)


    SE: You already mentioned Bolt (talking about talent) What do you think about him?
    HD: He is a super-talent! With his overall sizes he has a staggering reaction time. I was not also slow myself in the sprints; however, because of my height, the first 30 meters was where I experienced problems. In Bolt nothing similar! I hope the jamaica federation understands what talent it has available, and it related to its “treasure” is extremely critically....he has not only a remarkable body, but also outstanding technique. It is felt, that he was prepared from the childhood.

    SE:Which of Bolt's records are you most impressed by - 9,58 or 19,19?
    HD: Both are crazy! But nevertheless its his time in the short sprint that impresses me more - because of his reaction at the start.

    SE:A that you do think about Mike Powell's record?
    HD: I saw that 8,95 in Tokyo with my own eyes. This was the phenomenal duel of Powell and Lewis. Battle of the giants! Lewis constantly jumped so far, which others remained only to envy. But Mike Powell in 1991 was in super-form. He managed to control his enthusiasm. Both were giants, also, in their technique. Especially Lewis.

    SE:What's your opinion of our to Helena Isinbayeva?
    HD: She also is a big talent. But she confuses me a little, that her main apparent desire to earn, each time she exceeds the world record by just a centimeter!
    SE: Bubka also did this..
    HD: and Helena knows, this, and she knows what she is capable of. When in competitions athletes do not show everything they can, this is somewhat offensive for the spectators . But otherwise I am enraptured by her. Very emotional, likable sportswoman. Let us see how highly she finally will take off! By the way Bubka me told that Helena was capable of jumping 5,50!

    SE: what do recall about your chief competitors?

    HD: About Galina Chistyakova I've already spoken (HD said how gracious she was) . And it is necessary, of course, to speak about Florence Griffith Joyner. It goes without saying, in Seoul she established on an improbable world record - 21,34. Florence earlier healthily ran, but in the one-and-a-half years prior to the games in 1988 she appeared elegant. However, in Seoul before us appeared a new woman- athlete - and to believe in the fact that her results were clean was difficult. I remember, when asked about Griffith Ashford called her a man. Of course for Ashford she was her competitor, and the words sounded harsh, but Griffith made mad progress in short time, and this is almost improbable. Yes, results can be improved; however, me, for example, it took me 10 years, in order to reach to 7,48. But when somone makes gigantic jump, then, naturally, questions arise. Certainly, it is very it's a pity, that Griffith is not living and able to clear her name. Generally everything, which occurred with her, is very tragic. I know, she left daughter…

    SE: In Seoul you yielded to JJK.

    HD: We regularlycompeted and therefore it is possible to say: Jackie was necessary to me so that my results would grow. In competitions she had fantastic concentration and focus. In Seoul I was amazed by the fact that next day after world record in the heptathlon she won the LJ, after showing 7,40. I remained the second - 7,22, after me Galina - 7,11. Three years ago met Jackie in Monte Carlo.

    SE: And Ottey, running at 50?
    HD: She is amazing. And she looks superb! She strictly follows a diet and nourishment plan. She is a phenomenon! It seems, she fears to retire!. She says that as long as she obtains pleasure, she will compete, and why shouldnt she? Alas she can no longer win large tournaments - biological age nevertheless is shown. I remember, once at a press conference Ottey came in dressed entirely in gold - trousers, foot-wear etc. This was furore. They loved it, it for all was extremely interesting. To me I remember her as a very proud woman - to approach her was difficult. In the competitions she kept a certain distance - She wouldnt talk to you. And immediately she would disappear after the race!

    SE: Your opinion of Marion Jones?
    HD: Before sydney she declared, she wanted to win 5 gold medals. But she did not win the LJ! And not only because I was there - Marion was not a jumper, but a sprinter. If she won gold, it would offend the LJ specialists! - indeed her techinique was far from ideal. Finally, this cost her victory. Generally she appeared an affable, modest girl. A large part of her fate was down to teh environment she was in I feel.

    SE: What is your opinion of Tatiana Lebedeyva?
    HD: she is confident in herself, has a combatant nature & battles to the end. She frequently solved the outcome of competitions in the last round with her sixth attempt. She is small, but has good acceleration & is very powerful.
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    I can imagine her thoughts about Flo Jo. But she uses a rather peculiar argument to underline her thoughts: her training age to reach 7,48m, which she states as 10 years in contrast with the short period in which Flo Jo catapulted to unimaginable heights.

    Well, Heike reached 7m after only 6 years, from age 12 on that is.
    Well, Heike reached 7,40m after only 8 years, from age 12 on that is.
    Well, Heike reached 7,48m after only 12 years, from age 12 on that is.
    From age 14 on it's then 10 years, the 5th year-in-a-row performing in a stellar manner above 7,40m.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans Rutten
    I can imagine her thoughts about Flo Jo. But she uses a rather peculiar argument to underline her thoughts: her training age to reach 7,48m, which she states as 10 years in contrast with the short period in which Flo Jo catapulted to unimaginable heights.

    Well, Heike reached 7m after only 6 years, from age 12 on that is.
    Well, Heike reached 7,40m after only 8 years, from age 12 on that is.
    Well, Heike reached 7,48m after only 12 years, from age 12 on that is.
    From age 14 on it's then 10 years, the 5th year-in-a-row performing in a stellar manner above 7,40m.
    it's not the best comparison but her point is that her improvement was gradual where as Flo Jo's was nonsense
    i deserve extra credit
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    This has been discussed more than need be, but there are multiple facts that are relevant, such as being an Olympic medalist from 4 years before (while a full-time college student?) and not being a full-time athlete until the last year, and (if I recall correctly) being injured some of the period between the Games, which masked would might have shown as more incremental improvement.

    So, yes, I have questions, but it seems that you do not; rather you seem to 'know' (may be without actually knowing).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans Rutten
    I can imagine her thoughts about Flo Jo. But she uses a rather peculiar argument to underline her thoughts: her training age to reach 7,48m, which she states as 10 years in contrast with the short period in which Flo Jo catapulted to unimaginable heights.
    Well, Drechsler dodging awkward questions about her own past is practically a tradition, so there's hardly anything peculiar about making her improvement sound much more gradual than it really was.
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    So, what did she have to say about the 8m mark?
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    HD own improvement in the 200, from Peter Matthews' 1988/89 Annual:
    1981 24.16
    1985 23.19
    1986 21.71 (=WR)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDelano
    HD own improvement in the 200, from Peter Matthews' 1988/89 Annual:
    1981 24.16
    1985 23.19
    1986 21.71 (=WR)
    ...
    Not a fair comparison & doesn't quite reflect the full picture. Her 24.16 from 1981 was run in a heptathlon competition when she was 16 yrs old, which is mightily impressive. The 23.19 as a 20 yr old was run off primarily long jump training. 21.71 was run in her first season as a 'sprinter'.

    Remember she only had 3 seasons where the 200m was part of her championship programme (86, 88 & 90) the other years she was either a long jumper or long jumper that competed in occasional sprints.

    The point about Flo Jo was that she was an established sprinter for years before her 88 season, but that breakthrough at age 27 and then a sudden retirement means that season sticks out.
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    Isn't this the same Heike Drechsler who Franke and Berendonk disclosed had been given drugs between 1982 and 1984? When she described the claim as "a lie" she was sued by the authors and ordered to pay £7,500 costs and to issue a formal apology. OK - so it is quite plausible that she took stuff unknowingly but I think it's probably best if she doesn't speculate on what her former competitors were up to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John G
    Isn't this the same Heike Drechsler who Franke and Berendonk disclosed had been given drugs between 1982 and 1984?
    Yes, read their article at http://www.clinchem.org/cgi/reprint/43/7/1262.

    Figure 3 shows the effects of steroids on the performance of "a female long jumper" in the years 1980-1984. Those performances can come from only one athlete.
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