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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Nincompoopish thinking! There is actually a real benefit to up-and-comers going to Championships, even if they don't advance. The next time they go, the rookie jitters will be absent.
    Fillery is 20 years old and began this year with a PB of 14.08. He has beaten that time in 22 races this year with a best of 13.54. It is ridiculous that British Athletics have not taken the invitation. It is not inconceivable that he could get into the 13.2s by Tokyo which would give him a chance of sneaking into the final which is a criteria for accepting the invite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickstat View Post
    Fillery is 20 years old and began this year with a PB of 14.08. He has beaten that time in 22 races this year with a best of 13.54. It is ridiculous that British Athletics have not taken the invitation. It is not inconceivable that he could get into the 13.2s by Tokyo which would give him a chance of sneaking into the final which is a criteria for accepting the invite.
    The criteria for the British team is capable of winning a medal at Doha or Tokyo.

    Based on that criteria, I wouldn’t have selected him. Admittedly I wouldn’t have written the criteria like that in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjb210 View Post
    The criteria for the British team is capable of winning a medal at Doha or Tokyo.
    And with that myopic attitude, they will sorely disadvantage future success.
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    On what planet do athletes like McAlister or Coppell have a medal chance in Tokyo? They expect them to improve to 47.5 or 6m within the next 10 months?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    And with that myopic attitude, they will sorely disadvantage future success.
    Talk about someone who is ready for a breakthrough performance! Norman has run 8:29 three times this season, and 8:30 once. The short sighted attitude of Team GBR is not conducive to developing athletes. Better to let Norman have his nerve-buster championships this year.
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    Has there been any news about an invite for Keenon Laine? Several athletes with 2.28 have received one.
    Last edited by norunner; 09-13-2019 at 08:07 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    I've never been able to remotely understand this mindset
    Probably because GB athletics is financed completely by the Lottery....it's a political game fighting for funding from other sports...which get can dropped at a moment's notice....and the basis for funding is how many medals your sport can win....On The Podium is not a saying but an order. Having someone on the team who unlikely to medal is a waste of resources....
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    Aren't the travel and lodging expenses of the team paid for by the IAAF and/or the hosts? If so, then cost shouldn't be a factor. I agree with gh and Atticus--there are good reasons to accept these invites, even if the athletes are unlikely to be on the podium this time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Having someone on the team who unlikely to medal is a waste of resources....
    Then let the athletes have fund-raisers, GoFundMes, to defray the expenses. Jeez, this is not the KoolKidzKlub!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    Aren't the travel and lodging expenses of the team paid for by the IAAF and/or the hosts? ...
    It's my understanding it has been that way for a couple of decades now.

    Of course, the Brit federation probably has a "formula" that mandates adding 3 functionaries to the traveling squad for each athlete :-)
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