### Facts, Not Fiction

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No discussion of the men's 200m final, I see... Well, let me just ask: when was the last time the US Championships was won in a time slower than 20.45???

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When was the last time it was held in fairly short order after a three-hour weather delay?

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Originally Posted by JRM
No discussion of the men's 200m final, I see... Well, let me just ask: when was the last time the US Championships was won in a time slower than 20.45???
2001 - 20.54 Shawn Crawford (wind -0.9)

Webb's race was into a 1.9 wind. How does that work in your calculator?

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Originally Posted by Davidokun
When was the last time it was held in fairly short order after a three-hour weather delay?
a delay that actually gave them the advantage of a far longer break between semi and final than normal, no?

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Originally Posted by gm
2001 - 20.54 Shawn Crawford (wind -0.9)

Webb's race was into a 1.9 wind. How does that work in your calculator?
20.32, thanks for asking. When the Canadians are running faster, you have to wonder. So... my greater question still stands. What's happened to the men's 200m?

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The field ran much better in the semis earlier in the day, with Webb at 20.13. The long weather delay was not a help, I'm sure. Just one of those dud races. Not as bad as 20.77 for Ron Clark in 1994!

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Originally Posted by gh
a delay that actually gave them the advantage of a far longer break between semi and final than normal, no?
If it were scheduled that way, then yes. But they were about half and hour from racing the final, then had to wait for an indefinite period of time, which turned out to be about three hours, and then had about an hour to prepare for the final. Result: after adjusting for lane, wind, and altitude using JRM's calculator, the average difference between final and semifinal was -0.08 this year, versus +0.08 last year. That is, last year they ran faster in the final, with a short break (and in extreme heat); this year they ran slower in the final, with a long break.

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Let's also bear in mind that Michael Norman scratched from the final. The race might have been faster if he had been in it.

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Originally Posted by JRM
20.32, thanks for asking. When the Canadians are running faster, you have to wonder. So... my greater question still stands. What's happened to the men's 200m?
Lyles and Norman didn't run; Young didn't run; Coleman didn't run;

Semis were faster.

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