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    I also must strongly disagree with Mr. Treadway. The 400 is all about pacing and running your own race. Young's and Woody's pre-WC careers were full of going out too fast and dying. Richards' ability to run her own race under this pressure was phenomenal. And the "danger" with only one or two opponents is very small. It's not an 800-meter pack.

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  • tafnut
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    her PR is 50.58, so theoretically she could have split sub-50 BUT to run 50.4r in the WC 4x4 Final is still DA BOMB!

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    One more thing, from what i understand Sanya split 50.4x, thats her fastest 400m ever, in her life relay or open so she gave it all she had....TWO THUMBS UP..WAY UP!!!

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    >Her leg may have been even-paced, but was risky.
    >By allowing herself to get 'sucked in' by
    >pursuers she also risked getting tripped,
    >bumped, knocked, or whatever.
    And it's almost

    Another incredibly perceptive analysis by Mr. Treadway. I thought she might have taken off too quickly but she held her head together.

    At this level, if you're handed
    >the baton with the lead, it's important to not
    >let competitors draw even with you unless your
    >competitor is at an obvious suicidal pace- if
    >you do, LOTS of bad stuff can happen.>

    How about unless your competitors are two of the better 400m runners in the world who happen to outperform you in the open race.

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  • DentyCracker
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    Sandra Richards ran the leadoff leg for Jamaica. Sanya on the other hand ran a good anchor leg for the USA. Funny how in both 4x4 races there were two Jamaican born athletes in the first three on that anchor leg. It would hve been very interesting if they had switched Davian Clarke and Michael Blackwood. Young would have had to run harder to win. There is something about having a relay baton in his hand that turns Davian into an absolute monster

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    I thought it took a lot of guts for Sandra Richards to run her race the way she did. Jerome Young ran his anchor lkeg the exact same way, and he is given accolades for being a cool customer.

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    Sanya had a lot more at stake here than you guys think. It would have been politically embarassing for her to be passed by the Jamaicans having ditched them last year.

    Remember Suzian Reid at the last world champs. She was in a similar position politically and otherwise and lost her composure......and the race.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Sanya has shown all year that she can stay under control on anchor... indoors against Demas and outdoors in running down Pan Am silver medalist Regis... big props. too her ...way too go SANYA

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  • tafnut
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    I'm thinking the coaches put her last because of proven raw speed. I'm also sure they had a long talk with her about parceling out the effort. In any case. I say again, she was phenomenal.

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    amazing !
    this is like letting a rookie take the game winning shot in the last game of the nba finals. very gutsy move, but it worked thanks to the amazing resolve by the teenager. the future is hers !

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  • dl
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    Splits for the U.S team, as well as most others , will be available in the free e-TN to be sent Monday morning.

    Gutsy move by the U.S. coaches to put an 18-year-old on anchor. Awesome race.

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    Come on folks! The girl did what she had to do. I applaud such a young person like Sanya. She ran confidently and she was composed and ran her race.She didn't panic. Give her the respect she is deserved.

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  • michael lewis
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    Does anyone know the splits? Especially on the last leg?

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    Russia probably should have switched around their 3rd and 4th legs. I remember Nazarova bombing at World Juniors a few years back on anchor for Russia at this same event and being passed by Allison Beckford of Jamaica who went on to win the gold.

    The Russin 3rd leg reminds me a lot of Privalova

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  • Randy Treadway
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    >Are you inferring that she should have just "ran away" from the other runners from the start?

    Of course not- maintaing a 2 to 3 meter lead would be fine, as long as she isn't running herself out of gas. Elite athletes know their pace well enough to recognize that. And maybe that's exactly what she was gauging.
    But she looked to me like she was running TOO comfortably the first 200.

    Now to argue the other direction- I KNOW she's a freshman, and not yet at the elite level of a Guevara. The U.S. staff chose to put her on the anchor, and the basic reason is they didn't have anybody better to choose from.
    Just look at how many 400 finalists the U.S. had to fill out their relay pool- ZERO.
    That the U.S. was able to win at all is a bit of luck and a bit of the U.S. having more depth in '2nd tier' 400 sprinters (50.5 to 51.9 PR's) than anybody else.

    The Russias were the underachievers here- they have the horses to go 3:20 flat and would have beat the U.S. had they not screwed up their final handoff.

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