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  • Originally posted by treadwater1 View Post
    Superb run by Muhammad on a dripping wet track, it wasn’t raining during the race which makes me question what she could run on a dry track. It’s starting to look like the US will have a lot of favourites over the hurdles and in the sprints at the world championships, the Jamaican era has come to an end abruptly.
    On the men’s side, yes but the females, across all distances, much less - I expect them to medal in all three hurdle races, but outside of Wilson and Houlihan, they will struggle for female medals on the flat.

    On the weather - several reports now saying that the conditions she had might just be perfect - just after the rain, breaks humidity etc. Spikes will sort any residual wet on track. Same conditions as Rai Benjamin’s great run last year

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    • Originally posted by treadwater1 View Post
      Muhammad has taken her 400 flat time from 52.64 to 52.63 to 51.62 to 50.60 this year
      I’d say she’s in sub-50 shape right now. Gunnell could run 50.6 and get to 52.74 as a master technician, so you’d have to think Muhammad is running slightly quicker than that, as she looked good over the last two barriers but Gunnell was sublime

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      • Originally posted by jjimbojames View Post

        On the men’s side, yes but the females, across all distances, much less - I expect them to medal in all three hurdle races, but outside of Wilson and Houlihan, they will struggle for female medals on the flat.

        On the weather - several reports now saying that the conditions she had might just be perfect - just after the rain, breaks humidity etc. Spikes will sort any residual wet on track. Same conditions as Rai Benjamin’s great run last year
        I tend to disagree with that theory, the times in the men’s and women’s 200 were on the slow side. Compare the men’s Rio 200 final times with what they ran in the semis

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        • Superb run from Muhammad.

          Looking at other results 22.11 only got Hill 3rd in the shot! Return to form for Kovacs with 22.31 in second. Won by Crouser with a massive 22.62. 13 men went further than Scott Lincoln’s PB. So far this year 21 Americans have gone over 20m. Unbelievable strength in depth!

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          • Originally posted by jjimbojames View Post

            On the men’s side, yes but the females, across all distances, much less - I expect them to medal in all three hurdle races, but outside of Wilson and Houlihan, they will struggle for female medals on the flat.

            On the weather - several reports now saying that the conditions she had might just be perfect - just after the rain, breaks humidity etc. Spikes will sort any residual wet on track. Same conditions as Rai Benjamin’s great run last year
            In the hurdles at this time, and not October, it would be reasonable to postulate that there will be one USA medal in the mens 400m hurdles but up to 3 medals in the womens 400m hurdles; the short hurdles for men and women will contain probably one USA medal in the mens and one or two in the womens but the Jamaicans are not to be underestimated in the womens short hurdles. AS for mens sprints over 100m,200m and 400m the Americans will do very well in medals clearly based on what we have seen so far and I agree that the Jamaica men are out of the picture at this time in the 100/200m; in the womens the American women look not particularly impressive; the Jamaicans and DAS, Talou and even Schippers in the 200m will find the USA not quite at their very best; in the 400m the USA women do not figure in my view as potential medallists.

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            • Bump to get above the spam

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              • Originally posted by LuckySpikes
                NR in the 5000 for Konstanze Klosterhalfen at the German Championships in Berlin - 14:26.76, taking down Irina Mikitenko's 14:42.03 mark. "Pulverisiert" as the Germans say!

                Now #4 European all-time (Shobukhova & Abeylegesse are #2 & #3 *sigh*).
                Dang it! Beaten to the punch again!

                Well let's just say that Klosterhalfen's amazing run today is by all rights #2 all time in Europe... Faster than even Paula Radcliffe at the distance! Remarkable!

                Personally if I was her, I'd focus on the 5000m at Doha, because with that run she has moved herself right into the reckoning for the medals. Yes, even with the Ethiopians and Kenyans there!

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                • More from the German World Championship Trials.... Cindy Roelder ran a 12.90 (+0.5 m/s) season's best as she won the German 100m hurdles title, going under the 12.98 standard and booking her place on the team to Doha, the former European champion starting to show some of the form that brought her the gold medal in Amsterdam in 2016.

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                  • That's an incredible time.

                    I think Klosterhalfen's main problem in Doha is going to be the heat. That's going to make a fast race even harder.

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                    • Tatjana Pinto is the new German 100m champion, running an 11.09 (+0.1 m/s) season's best to beat European silver medalist Gina Luckenkemper (11.20) and current world #1 in the long jump this year, Malaika Mihambo 11.21 =PB). The top four all went under the World Championship qualifying standard of 11.24 (fourth placer Lisa Marie Kwayie set a new personal best of 11.22) and this could provide a headache for the German selectors.... Depending on what their selection policies are, will Mihambo go as the third 100m sprinter, or will she defer and focus on her main event the long jump? If she does, will there be a possibility of Kwayie being given a discretionary place as she has the standard too?

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                      • Originally posted by Occasional Hope View Post
                        That's an incredible time.

                        I think Klosterhalfen's main problem in Doha is going to be the heat. That's going to make a fast race even harder.
                        We'll see... If you disregard Hassan's European record 14:22.12 from the Anniversary Games (since she's highly unlikely to be able to double up in Doha due to the scheduling), Klosterhalfen's time ranks as the 3rd best in the world this year, behind Kenyans Helen Obiri and Agnes Tirop. Regardless of the conditions in Doha, she'll be in the mix for the medals.

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                        • I thought Hassan was going for the 5/10 double?

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                          • Originally posted by jjimbojames View Post
                            I thought Hassan was going for the 5/10 double?
                            Well, in that case, Hassan will certainly be a threat in the 5000m, if that is indeed true.
                            Last edited by RunUnlimited; 03-08-19, 21:21.

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                            • That would be crazy to see - but I can’t see her winning a last lap burn-up against the 1500m ladies with that in her legs. My guess is she’s entered in for all three and we don’t find out for sure until each event starts

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                              • i note that in the World Ranking system by IAAF, Miguel Francis of GB is not in the list top 100 and has a score of 1142, that with a top time of sub 20 in a DL meet and two o ther performances better than GB athlete Boldizcar who is in the top 70 with a best of 20.6 and some other efforts none of which goes close to the Francis performance; no wonder so many think the Rankng system is potty.

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