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    I think it was a BAD idea to give the meet to Doha and hold it this late in the season. I donít think there has been a big meet this late in my lifetime (Mexico City was a few years before I was born). This in conjunction with next yearís Olympics being earlier than usual (the earliest since Atlanta) and also in adverse conditions (very hot and dry one year, hot and humid the next). I am expecting many sub par performances and very slow and tactical races in anything above 800. I think it will be similar to Sydney in many ways but with a lot more empty seats!
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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 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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    Quote Originally Posted by TWalsh View Post
    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?
    Yikes! You actually do know the Walks!
    I cede my super-uber-T&F-nerd card to you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyp View Post
    A lock is never a lock in Championships.
    Here's my Locks!

    m200 Lyles
    Dec Mayer
    w400 SMU
    w3000St Chepkoech
    wLJ Mihambo
    wTJ Rojas
    Hep Thiam

    Reality is that at least one will lose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Yikes! You actually do know the Walks!
    I cede my super-uber-T&F-nerd card to you!!
    I will trade you my walks info if you can guarantee me you will get at least two medalists right in the men's high jump!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWalsh View Post
    I will trade you my walks info if you can guarantee me you will get at least two medalists right in the men's high jump!
    That ain't hapnin.
    Once the WCs start, we can all see each other's picks in the Dutch Game and we can have a mini-game of who did better on that one.
    Maybe we'll both get skunked.
    Right now I'm leaning towards Ned-I'yuk-Prot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Here's my Locks!

    m200 Lyles
    Dec Mayer
    w400 SMU
    w3000St Chepkoech
    wLJ Mihambo
    wTJ Rojas
    Hep Thiam

    Reality is that at least one will lose.
    Any more word about funding for the Bahamas team?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tm71 View Post
    I think it was a BAD idea to give the meet to Doha and hold it this late in the season. I don’t think there has been a big meet this late in my lifetime (Mexico City was a few years before I was born). This in conjunction with next year’s Olympics being earlier than usual (the earliest since Atlanta) and also in adverse conditions (very hot and dry one year, hot and humid the next). I am expecting many sub par performances and very slow and tactical races in anything above 800. I think it will be similar to Sydney in many ways but with a lot more empty seats!
    You forget about Seoul '88?
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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.
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...
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