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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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    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 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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    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.
    So if it's climate-controlled with no wind or negligible wind... how close is it to being an indoor meet? I guess it can still rain, right?
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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 jeremyp View Post
    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.
    This year, though, I feel like there aren't many athletes who even look like locks. Most events have two or more top contenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut View Post
    This year, though, I feel like there aren't many athletes who even look like locks. Most events have two or more top contenders.
    I predict that with the meet being held after the season proper, making any predictions is going to be harder than usual. Some people will mispeak, some who didn't look great during the season were just sandbagging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    ... some who didn't look great during the season were just sandbagging.
    I'm guessing there will be a lot of those (but they're not likely to be from the U.S.)
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