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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post

    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.
    Why would there be no wind? The DL meet in Doha in may had wind. About the climate control: It's inside the stadium, but athletes don't live inside the stadium, as soon as they leave it they are back in the heat. A temperature difference of 15 degrees or more within a few seconds is no fun for the body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm View Post
    You forget about Seoul '88?
    No i recall it ended at the very end of September. I was a freshman in college so probably the meet I remember the least, except for that infamous men’s 100 meter race!
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    Quote Originally Posted by norunner View Post
    About the climate control: It's inside the stadium, but athletes don't live inside the stadium, as soon as they leave it they are back in the heat. A temperature difference of 15 degrees or more within a few seconds is no fun for the body.
    IIRC, they said the maximum difference they can achieve is 10 degrees C between the stadium and the outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tm71 View Post
    No i recall it ended at the very end of September. I was a freshman in college so probably the meet I remember the least, except for that infamous men’s 100 meter race!
    I've just checked and the last day of track and field in the stadium was October 1st with the men's Marathon on the 2nd.

    I remember the day after the 100m final we had our local season-opening cross-country meet. A former Canadian international had joined our club having married a local athlete after they met at a US college. He was very happy with the 100m result as it stood at that moment...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    I'm guessing there will be a lot of those (but they're not likely to be from the U.S.)
    The US athletes, with a few exceptions (like Tori Bowie) were not able to sandbag, since they had to peak at least to some extent to make the team.
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    I definitely agree with Powell about the sandbagging, esp. some of the late-season results we've seen where upstarts upset some established stars. The stars didn't become stars without understanding the demands and vagaries of peaking. And sometimes that means sacrificing some face (and money!) to reap the biggest reward.

    I am also very cautious about some superb last season results we've seen from the up-and-comers. Some may pay off in Doha, but many will not be able to be replicated in the stress of the WC.

    I also agree that this comp will be difficult to predict because of the lateness of the season and the kinks it put in many people's prep. I really hope that the USA can replicate its Mex City Oct results, but I fear that ship has sailed (, hit a reef and sank).

    In any case, I'm super hyped to see how it all turns out.
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    I have to point out again that they tested the system in the Asian Championships earlier in the year, and while it's weather-controlled it's not wind neutral - most finals have very "nice" wind readings, around +1.5m/s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
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    Kenya-Ethiopia dual meet in the 5/10?
    Kenya had no finalist in 5000 in Rio, and their highest finish was 13th two years ago.
    This year, they might be sending only one runner (Kimeli) who has an outside shot at a podium. If anyone breaks the Ethiopian sweep, Balew or Cheptegui might have a better chance.
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    Being a track specialist for Kenya is not a great way to make a living....no wonder they barely have anybody...
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