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  • #16
    Originally posted by Trickstat View Post

    Not long ago, but possibly before you joined, I seem to recall someone on here basically arguing that track and field athletes who specialise in events other than 100/200m only do so because they are not quick enough at the short sprints so that would rule SML out then.
    Fred Kerley, Lashawn Merritt, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Shericka Jackson, Grant Holloway, Michael Norman, Steve Gardiner, Marie Jose-Perec

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Trickstat View Post

      Not long ago, but possibly before you joined, I seem to recall someone on here basically arguing that track and field athletes who specialise in events other than 100/200m only do so because they are not quick enough at the short sprints so that would rule SML out then.

      I was one who offered this opinion and I think it is largely true that athletes will stick with the shortest distance they can have the most success with. As with anything, there are exceptions to this rule.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Atticus View Post
        w3000 - LM always keeps it honest.
        I love that about her!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Revenant View Post

          We all fall prey to hyperbole, but I see no evidence that SML could run the times needed for that. There's no doubt her current PB's in some events aren't representative of her ability right now (the flat 400m...) However, I don't believe focusing solely on the 100/200 would take her to the form she'd need to beat an in-form Jackson, Thompson etc. over the half lap.
          Sydney ran 11.07 (windy) and 22.39 as a U20 in 2018 and has no recorded marks in either event since. She certainly hasn't gotten slower.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by NotDutra5 View Post

            I was one who offered this opinion and I think it is largely true that athletes will stick with the shortest distance they can have the most success with. As with anything, there are exceptions to this rule.
            I think this is probably becoming increasingly untrue for mid distance and long distance runners, at least for those who are trying to make a living off of running. There is just so much more money in road races now that I think more people are moving upwards in distance. This is even true of many of the best 1500/5k/10k runners. Many of them are moving up to take cracks at the half and full marathons earlier because there's so much prize money. The fact that people like Gidey are trying the marathon so early, as well as Genzebe Dibaba (who has no results for 10k on the track) speaks to how road running, and consequently longer distances, are becoming increasingly incentivized

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            • #21
              Entries in almost every event now released

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