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¶ '21 wOT 400H: Sydney McLaughlin 51.90 WR

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  • Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post

    She also ran 52.75 in May 2018.
    Correct. The only reason I noted the 53.60 is because it was "only" a month after her flat race, so closer to a 1-1 comparison of where she was at form wise while the 52.75 was at SECs so closer/during her championship season that year.

    I'm just skeptical of the conversion differentials when comparing any event (or even the flat 400-4x4 split). I guess its a good guide, but especially when considering the top tier of athletes, I'm not sure they are a great reference.

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    • Originally posted by ATK View Post

      I guess its a good guide, but especially when considering the top tier of athletes, I'm not sure they are a great reference.
      They are a reference to great athletes. I agree there are too many tangents to make a strict comparison but we likely have enough data from 400h running the 400 to see an approximate comparison at the top level. Little is a good start as she ran both the 400h and the 400 within a couple months of one another. If you determine she was a few tenths faster at Eugene - pre crash - and at Stockholm then you can back into a number. It's figuring in the hurdling aspect where it gets tricky.

      FTR, I assume SM might have a shot at the American record in the flat at some point.

      Last edited by booond; 07-16-2021, 08:16 PM.

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      • Originally posted by booond View Post
        They are a reference to great athletes. I agree there are too many tangents to make a strict comparison but we likely have enough data from 400h running the 400 to see an approximate comparison at the top level.
        Then we have Wayne Collett.
        2nd in the 1970 NCAA 400H in 48.9.
        1st in the 1972 Oly Trials in the 400 in 44.1.

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        • Originally posted by ATK View Post
          Little's mistake costs her a spot on the team.

          AMAZING race from Sydney with 51.90 world record, Dalilah in form right in time 52.42, her 3rd best time ever
          Little would hae been the third placer if her trail leg hadn't hit the 8th hurdle. Her form in Europe has shown that she would have been in the mix for a medal. With Little in the field, we could have seen 6 women under 53.00

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