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    Quote Originally Posted by CookyMonzta View Post
    GH did that in the spring of 1994.
    In 1994, GH wrote a story about the world championships in Doha in 2019? Now that's impressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norunner View Post
    In 1994, GH wrote a story about the world championships in Doha in 2019? Now that's impressive.
    No. He wrote about the decline in spectatorship at track meets in general, with the same title as this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    about 75
    How does it compare to past WCs, if that's not a secret?
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad hammy View Post
    Shades of my first Oly Trials, 1984 in the LA Coliseum.
    My exact same thought. I was there for the 1500 and sitting with Ruth Wysoki's coach the day I went. I think that I also saw a 1:44 800 not make the team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 26mi235 View Post
    . . . . I think that I also saw a 1:44 800 not make the team.
    Sub-1:44, wasn't it? James Robinson?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cigar95 View Post
    Sub-1:44, wasn't it? James Robinson?
    1984 Olympic Trials Final:
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    1st - Earl Jones - 1:43.74
    2nd - Johnny Gray - 1:43.74
    3rd - John Marshall - 1:43.92
    4th - James Robinson -1:43.92
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    Quote Originally Posted by cigar95 View Post
    Sub-1:44, wasn't it? James Robinson?
    Yep, a fellow Oaklander - I was quite disappointed (but not as much as Robinson, I'm sure!)
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    Gymnastics held their world championships in Doha and nobody came.

    I mean by the end there were some spectators. The facility was maybe half full on the last day.

    The first day of competition, almost every person in the stands (which was only a handful) was credentialed.

    And gymnastics is in peak Simone Biles era, comparable to Usain Bolt in some ways. A superstar of the sport that attracts casual fans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polevaultpower View Post
    And gymnastics is in peak Simone Biles era, comparable to Usain Bolt in some ways. A superstar of the sport that attracts casual fans.
    Biles is not remotely in that category. A superstar in the US, sure, but I guarantee you over here nobody who wasn't already a gymnastics fan has heard about her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polevaultpower View Post
    Gymnastics held their world championships in Doha and nobody came.

    I mean by the end there were some spectators. The facility was maybe half full on the last day.

    The first day of competition, almost every person in the stands (which was only a handful) was credentialed.

    And gymnastics is in peak Simone Biles era, comparable to Usain Bolt in some ways. A superstar of the sport that attracts casual fans.
    Meets like the WC need to be in a place where you can justify a vacation and is a destination spot. Forget the politics this needs to be more of a business. I have a masters in history and couldn’t tell you a thing about Doha and I would wager most of the world couldn’t tell you where it is on a map. Yes, I am ignorant, but no fans at Track meets and the sport dies.
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