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  • Petros
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    Ayhan looked like she needed a hug after her race. She looked shattered. Maybe it was the heats that did her in. But speaking of heats - and impressive performances - I noticed another girl in that race, a dark-haired Russian with a short upper body and long legs. Hadn't I seen her in another race? Turns out I had.
    Her name is Zadorozhnaya (or something like that). She ran:
    - a 1500 heat Tuesday
    - a 5000 heat Wednesday
    - another 1500 heat Friday (passing Jacobs to eliminate her)
    - then the 5000 final Saturday
    - and the 1500 final Sunday.
    She's a horse!

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    >I've always wondered if air quality makes a
    >difference. This meet was in one of the most
    >congested metropolitan areas on earth. It's
    >sea-level air, but it ain't very fresh. Szabo,
    >who can ordinarily do 14:45 in her sleep, barely
    >(by about half a second) cracked 15:00. Ayhan ran
    >the same pace she ran for her 3:55 the week
    >before, but this time she ran out of gas down the
    >stretch, and it seemed to be as much of a
    >surprise to her as it was to the rest of us. Was
    >it the track? The air? The water? The wine? What?

    The heats. She isn't use to running qualifyers. That makes a difference. Look at Borzakovskiy. He probably could have sustained his kick a bit longer without rounds. He should have held steady around the curve, then blasted the straight, but he kept pushing and paid the price. Great 800 final though. Tough running there, same with the final straight in the 5k and 1600 relay. Great stuff.

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  • gh
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    >I have post-WC depression !!!>>

    me too--no more beer and foie gras breakfasts! :-)

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  • 6 5.5hjsteve
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    I have post-WC depression !!!

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  • ndamix
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    These were probably the most unpredictable championships ever (and I'm not just saying that because I didn't do so hot in the prediction contest). I haven't seen this much uncertainity since the 1976 Olympics.

    However, despite alot of the uncertainity that abounded (and the off-track drama with Jon Drummond, Tim Montgomery, Maurice Greene, and Kelli White), this definitely has to rate as one of the best championships ever.

    Kelli's 100/200 double, Guevera's sub-49 second win in the 4, Phillips' come-from-behind win in the LJ, Young's upset over Washington in the 4, and Capel's vindication in the 200 were some of the most memorable images I'll take with me going into 2004.

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  • Petros
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    I've always wondered if air quality makes a difference. This meet was in one of the most congested metropolitan areas on earth. It's sea-level air, but it ain't very fresh. Szabo, who can ordinarily do 14:45 in her sleep, barely (by about half a second) cracked 15:00. Ayhan ran the same pace she ran for her 3:55 the week before, but this time she ran out of gas down the stretch, and it seemed to be as much of a surprise to her as it was to the rest of us. Was it the track? The air? The water? The wine? What?

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  • DentyCracker
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    No, it was a different stadium in Paris

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  • rmayes
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    Wasn't this the same track that Tim Montgomery ran the 100m world record on last year? Have they replaced the track since then? If not then it can't be that slow even with the 2 m/s tail wind that Tim had.

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  • LightningStrikesTwice
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    Sure was a nice champs this time. They cleaned up the area around the stadium which they normally don't do for (European) football. The dog doo doo so common on all the sidewalks in Europe was not to be seen. Security was very lax, I guess the French feel they are immune from world events. It rained only for a short while on Saturday (as I recall). And the highlight for the locals was of course L'quippe winning it's first gold medal. Drummond and Montgomery didn't shine, Acuff did as usual, AS DID PAPPAS !

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  • LightningStrikesTwice
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    Sure wasa nice champs this time. They cleaned up the area around the stadium which they normally don't do for (European) football. The dog doo doo so common on all the sidewalks in Europe was not to be seen. Security was very lax, I guess the French feel they are immune from world events. It rained only for a short while on Saturday (as I recall). And the highlight for the locals was of course L'quippe winning it's first gold medal. Drummond and Montgomery didn't shine, Acuff did as usual, AS DID PAPPAS !

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  • tafnut
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    Or, as I said before, the women's lighter frames were not slowed as much by the spongy track as the men's heavier frames were. Who is going to 'sink into the track' more? I ain't no physicist, but the relationship seems pretty obvious.

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  • Jon
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    I don't think the Paris track had
    >anything to do with the slow sprints. The sprint
    >times were reflective of this year. Just a down
    >year for fast sprint times.


    I agree. The women's sprint times were testimony to the fact that it was a pretty quick track (10.85, 10.93, 10.99 / 22.05 / 48.89).

    The men's equivalent to the female winning times are 9.86 / 19.85 / 43.48, according to the mercier scoring tables. Goes to show just how down the men's sprints are this year.

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  • DentyCracker
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    I believe the track was soft. Great for distance good for noo injuries, but slow

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    Great Meet. The 5000 may be the best since Coe v. Straub v. Ovett in Moscow 1980.

    very competitive 4x4s. Great upset in the women's 1500.

    I don't think the Paris track had anything to do with the slow sprints. The sprint times were reflective of this year. Just a down year for fast sprint times.

    You don't see the big world records as in recent years, but you do see a lot of great competition and close races. Peace.

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  • Randy Treadway
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    Part of the reason the middle distance and distance races seem so awesome, is because they are contrasted against recent World Championships and Olympics which have been contested on rock hard tracks.
    The Paris track surface was obviously 'set up' to favor these runners, so performances were more like we've seen on the best of the GP circuit the last few years.

    As it should be!- but then I'm admittedly prejudiced in favor of middle distance runners, given the short shrift they get in the U.S. to typically sprint-centric fan & media focus.

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