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    Sure Sign of the Apocalypse
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    In the women's Hammer Throw, an event where USA fortunes have been, shall we say, less than stellar . . .

    of the top 32 performances by 13 performers in the world this year,
    Americans have 15 of the performances by 5 performers.

    1 78.24 DeAnna PRICE USA
    2 77.43 DeAnna PRICE USA
    3 76.75 Brooke ANDERSEN USA
    4 76.46 Gwen BERRY USA
    5 76.26 Zheng WANG CHN
    6 76.23 Gwen BERRY USA
    7 75.80 Zheng WANG CHN
    8 75.79 Gwen BERRY USA
    9 75.74 DeAnna PRICE USA
    10 75.66 Zheng WANG CHN
    10 75.66 Zheng WANG CHN
    12 75.61 Anita WŁODARCZYK POL
    13 75.43 Janeah STEWART USA
    14 75.30 Brooke ANDERSEN USA
    15 75.27 Zheng WANG CHN
    15 75.27 Zheng WANG CHN
    17 75.12 Anita WŁODARCZYK POL
    18 75.05 Brooke ANDERSEN USA
    19 75.04 Maggie EWEN USA
    20 74.95 Hanna MALYSHIK BLR
    21 74.89 Zheng WANG CHN
    22 74.84 Alexandra TAVERNIER FRA
    23 74.71 Joanna FIODOROW POL
    24 74.70 Zalina PETRIVSKAYA MDA
    25 74.47 DeAnna PRICE USA
    26 74.46 Joanna FIODOROW POL
    27 74.38 Gwen BERRY USA
    28 74.36 Hanna MALYSHIK BLR
    29 74.21 DeAnna PRICE USA
    30 74.20 Alexandra TAVERNIER FRA
    31 74.18 Brooke ANDERSEN USA
    32 74.09 Gwen BERRY USA

    Whoda thunk?
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    But US women have been high on the world lists in the past, and they still never won a single medal at global championships. Their chances look better than ever this year, especially with Anita Włodarczyk MIA, but it's too early to count the chickens.
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...
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    Pretty sure it already happened two years ago when the US went 1-2 in the steeplechase and 5-6 in the 200m one hour later.
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    I think that Powell was referring specifically to the women's hammer, and the US did not medal in that event two years ago.
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    I think Juicy News was referring to the apocalypse

    Berry in particular has underperformed at championship meets so far. Price's record is so-so - not great, but less bad than Berry's - and Andersen has no big meet experience. I do like the Americans' medal chances, but they can't take anything for granted, even in the absence of Włodarczyk and Zhang.
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    The thing about Berry is she's always been an early-season thrower, losing form after June. Her SB at the nationals may be a sign she's improved in that department, but then, it's still a long way to go until the WC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut View Post
    .. I do like the Americans' medal chances, but they can't take anything for granted, even in the absence of Włodarczyk and Zhang.
    What's up with Wang?
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    What's up with Wang?
    Good question. She won the Chinese trials last weekend. I've assumed that she'll be in Doha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    What's up with Wang?
    Who said anything was up with her? LU was talking about Zhang Wenxiu, the multiple WC and OG medalist, who's now retired, I believe.
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    Right. I'm not aware of any reason Wang wouldn't be competing.

    Zhang's retirement is a less obvious game-changer than Włodarczyk's absence; but she was a consistent medalist for the last decade-plus - seven medals (all with 74+), one 4th place and one 5th place out of the last nine major championships. Włodarczyk and Zhang have been two of the top four at every major meet since 2012, and two of the top five at every major meet since 2008. This is a huge opportunity for the new generation's throwers to step in.
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