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  • What is the most competitive event in Paris?

    What event or race shapes up to be the most competitive in Paris?

  • #2
    Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

    THE WOMEN'S AND MEN'S 100M I PICK TIM AND STURRUP

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    • #3
      Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

      What about the men's 800 meters. There are several guys who could win that race.

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      • #4
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        The two pole vaults should be great. Nobody has been close to dominating the men's vault this year. There are at least a half dozen potential winners in Paris. And the women's vault features the three best in the brief history of the event.

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        • #5
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          not to mention that there is a chance that an american can win either vault competition

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          • #6
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            Hey, we won them both in Sydney. Why not in Paris?

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            • #7
              Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

              men's 800, pole vault, 100,
              women's 100, pole vault, hammer throw

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              • #8
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                Women's High Jump should be a great one. Already 10 women over 2.00m this year. Some may argue that it won't be competitive because Bergqvist is a 2.06m performer. However, her inconsistency should somewhat counterbalance that fact. She recently won the Swedish National Championships with a very modest 1.86m.

                Not counting Aldama (because of the nationality issue), there are another 6 women over 14.75m this year. Of these 6 women, only Lebedeva has been over 15m, but the likes of Mbango, Martinez and Ndoye will put up a good fight.

                Women's hammer should also be a great one, with a chance of the WR going. With Montebrun's recent injury, we don't know how she's going to perform, so the slightly less consistent Yipsi Moreno could be a favourite for the title. 16 women over 70m this year, and many women finding fitness at the right time should make for a great competition.

                On the men's side, it goes without saying that the 100m will be an interesting final, purely because of the fact that it's so open this year. No-one is promising fast times, but it would be a relatively safe bet (even this year) to say that it will be won in a sub-10 performance.

                The men's 200m is also quite open - at the start of the year KK was the favourite, but the times from his few races weren't amazingly fast. Needless to say, he is always a threat at major championships. The US guys will put up stiff opposition, as will Frankie Fredericks and Suetsugo.

                5,000m will be a great one - Chebii, Gebrselassie, and Bekele are all gold medal prospects (Geb looking the slightly weaker one of the three, but history says that you can never count him out).

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                • #9
                  Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

                  For track fans this year's World Championships are wide open in many events. I think the schedule partly is the reason why. Not many meets prior to the Big One, so many athletes are back home training & working on getting healthy & peaking. We will have not seen them perform in a month so the interlude could prove quite interesting. Many events do not have a dominant superstar, so that should make for an exciting meet to watch.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

                    look out for John Capel and Derek Miles

                    they will make news

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                    • #11
                      Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

                      I hope you have some paddng beneath said limb

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                      • #12
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                        I second tandfman: men's PV. The other day in the office we were updating our list of gold-medal favorites and we remain stumped on that one. Based on indoor form, Lobinger should be a clear No. 1, but he's been pretty up and down (npi) outdoors. Averbukh has the year's highest jump, but he has been similarly flaky. If home-field advantage plays any kind of part, then look for Mesnil (just a centimeter behind Av. on the yearly list) to bring home the lardon.

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                        • #13
                          Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

                          Well, to my own view of point 100m & 4&100 is competitive event.

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                          • #14
                            Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

                            Not counting Aldama
                            >(because of the nationality issue), there are
                            >another 6 women over 14.75m this year. Of these 6
                            >women, only Lebedeva has been over 15m, but the
                            >likes of Mbango, Martinez and Ndoye will put up a
                            >good fight.

                            Women's hammer should also be a
                            >great one, with a chance of the WR going. With
                            >Montebrun's recent injury, we don't know how
                            >she's going to perform, so the slightly less
                            >consistent Yipsi Moreno could be a favourite for
                            >the title. 16 women over 70m this year, and many
                            >women finding fitness at the right time should
                            >make for a great competition.


                            A few ammendments are in line...
                            I noticed today that Montebrun doesn't even have the world lead any more - Yipsi Moreno does. Couple this with the fact that Montebrun has a niggling injury, then maybe Moreno has the slight edge.

                            Another slight ammendment is that (apart from Aldama), there are now two women over 15m. Mbango jumped 15.03m at the Karelia Games. Aldama won't be at the WCh, but this 15.03m is surely enough to scare Lebedeva (whose SB is 15.12m).

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                            • #15
                              Re: What is the most competitive event in Paris?

                              still thinking about Capel and Miles making news

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