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    Now that we’re in the lull before the WC, it’s time to consider Doha as a venue and as a WC. What shall we expect?

    My take is that it will be the most ‘honest’ global championships . . . ever.
    Yes, the doping authorities seem to be stricter than ever before, but I’m mostly talking about the level of performances. With the first climate-controlled outdoor championships, the environmental conditions will be taken out of the equation – not too hot, not too cool, no rain, but most importantly, NO WIND . . . helping, hurting or affecting performances whatsoever. So the sprints will be ‘basic’; the other races won’t have any portion be wind-in-the-face. The discus and javelin throws will fly true. No (un)lucky breaks.

    The track/runways are state-of-the-art, i.e., fast.

    I think we’re in store for some exceptional performances. Or is this wishful thinking?

    Lots of questions to be answered:

    Men
    Was Coleman affected by his drug near-miss. Is Gatlin’s leg OK? Is Blake back?
    Is Lyles a lock?
    Norman-Kerley rematch. James back?
    Is Brazier ready for greatness?
    Can JInge hang with TCher long enough to kick?
    A non-Kenyan mSt champ? Kenya-Ethiopia dual meet in the 5/10?
    Where do the collegians fit in the 100H?
    Warholm-Benj match-race!
    USA-Jam relays.
    HJ mess finally cleaned up.
    Epic PV showdown.
    Finally some fireworks in LJ?
    Can CT hold off Claye?
    SP – event of the meet!
    Can Dacres challenge Stahl?
    Poles 1-2 in HT?
    Germans or Kirt/Cheng?
    Mayer WR?

    Women
    The Jam queens or the Brit?
    If SMU can go, she wins! Seyni there?
    Wilson continues domination?
    I like Houlihan’s chances in the 1500!
    Coburn breaks up Kenya sweep?
    Hassan 5/10 double win?
    Amis shunted to bronze in 100H?
    McL-Muh in WR?
    More Jam-USA relays
    Lev upset over Lasits?
    Amis shut out in PV?
    Mihambo unchallenged?
    Rojas big mark?
    Ami SP medal?
    Top 3 finally sorted out in DT
    Ami HT medal?
    Lyu over Aus/Eur challenge?
    Thiam dominates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Now that we’re in the lull before the WC, it’s time to consider Doha as a venue and as a WC. What shall we expect?

    My take is that it will be the most ‘honest’ global championships . . . ever.
    Yes, the doping authorities seem to be stricter than ever before, but I’m mostly talking about the level of performances. With the first climate-controlled outdoor championships, the environmental conditions will be taken out of the equation – not too hot, not too cool, no rain, but most importantly, NO WIND . . . helping, hurting or affecting performances whatsoever. So the sprints will be ‘basic’; the other races won’t have any portion be wind-in-the-face. The discus and javelin throws will fly true. No (un)lucky breaks.....?
    Paris '03 wasn't climate-controlled, but didn't need to be, and with the cavernous almost-enclosed stadium it was abou as neutral as you can get. Maybe even better than what Doha will provide.
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    My big questions are always: Who will be the biggest upset?Who will be the biggest surprise?
    A lock is never a lock in Championships.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    Paris '03 wasn't climate-controlled, but didn't need to be, and with the cavernous almost-enclosed stadium it was abou as neutral as you can get. Maybe even better than what Doha will provide.
    Perhaps wind-neutral, but it was pretty cold for the second half of the meet (I was actually there) and the marks reflected that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    I think we’re in store for some exceptional performances. Or is this wishful thinking?

    Lots of questions to be answered:

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    Is Brazier ready for greatness?
    Im voting yes !!.. I can feel it in my bones!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    Perhaps wind-neutral, but it was pretty cold for the second half of the meet (I was actually there) and the marks reflected that.
    based on official reports, lowest temp for any in-stadium final was 16C (61F) which I'd consider anything but cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    based on official reports, lowest temp for any in-stadium final was 16C (61F) which I'd consider anything but cold.
    Not freezing cold, but certainly sub-optimal for sprints and field events.
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    I'm shocked! Atticus forgot the men's 20k walk.
    -Will this be the breakthrough year for Japanese 20k walkers Yamanishi and Takahashi in a championship meet?
    -Can 2018 EC winner Diego Garcia Carrera continue Spain's good fortune in the walks?
    -Will Massimo Stano of Italy prove that his monster race at La Coruna in June is no fluke?
    -Can Eider Arevelo get back to 2017 form and win a medal?
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    I was in Paris 03 for the middle days, and it was shorts and t shirts weather for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiederganger View Post
    I was in Paris 03 for the middle days, and it was shorts and t shirts weather for sure.
    I looked it it up now in the official IAAF results book. Yes, the max temperature was between 25 and 29 on days 1-6, but it dropped to 18-19 on the final 3 days.
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