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  • Athens Winners Announced1 (04PP5&6)

    New Year's Day is the perfect time to predict the Gold Medalists. Here they are:

    Olympic Men

    100 - Gatlin
    200 - Gatlin
    400 - Young
    800 – Borzakovskiy
    1500 – El G
    St – Shaeen
    5K – Bekele
    10K – Bekele
    110H – AJ
    400H – Sanchez
    HJ - Freitag
    PV – Markov
    LJ - Phillips
    TJ - Olsson
    SP – Cantwell !
    DT - Alekna
    HT – Tikhon
    JT – Zelezny – mini-comeback
    Dec - Pappas

    Olympic Women

    100 - MJ
    200 - MJ
    400 - Guevara
    800 – Mutola
    1500 – Ayhan
    [St – Samatova]
    5K – Adere
    10K – Adere
    100H – Foster
    400H – Pechonkina
    HJ - Cloete
    PV – Isinbayeva
    LJ - Kotova
    TJ - Lebedeva
    SP - Korzhanenko
    DT - Pospisilova
    HT – Moreno
    JT - Manjani
    Hep - Kluft

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    Re: Athens Winners Announced1 (04PP5&6)

    I'll definitely bet against Borzakovskiy and Pechonkina. They like to choke. I'd also go with Gail over Foster and Feofanova over Isinbaeva. But what do I know? At the prediction contests I am always WAY down.
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
    by Thomas Henry Huxley

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        >I can't see Gatlin achieving the sprint double - he lacks experience in major
        >championships. Bearing in mind the psychological edge that one needs to come
        >out and start all over again in the 200 (assuming he actually wins the 100
        >beforehand), it is hardly encouraging.

        I'm with you on that one. If he's going to win anythig it will be the duce. But then he have to beat a Kenteris on home soil, I've seen easier tasks.

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          Re: Athens Winners Announced1 (04PP5&6)

          I disagree, I think Gatlin will do just fine. And if he completes that double at the US Champs, then he will surely have the confidence to do it at the Olympics. The youngster has heart and is determined. I think his biggest task is winning the 100m. He has a better chance at 200m. He is better at the 200m. Look how he pulled that 20.04 out of no where, with no 200m training. He can probably go sub 19.8 this season and may go sub 20 on several occassions.

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            Re: Athens Winners Announced1 (04PP5&6)

            Gatlin could not get through the rounds in 2003 at the U.S. Outdoor, but of course he will win double gold....

            yeah right

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              Re: Athens Winners Announced1 (04PP5&6)

              My experise will be held confidential until it counts, lest others learn too much from me.

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                Re: Athens Winners Announced1 (04PP5&6)

                >I'll definitely bet against Borzakovskiy and Pechonkina. They like to choke.
                >I'd also go with Gail over Foster and Feofanova over Isinbaeva. But what do I
                >know? At the prediction contests I am always WAY down.>

                I'd bet against Borzo and Pechonkina myself but I'd bet the house that they don't like choking.

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                  Re: Athens Winners Announced1 (04PP5&6)

                  Gatlin is more than capable of successfully completing a sprint double .. He did it twice outdoors and twice indoors in college winning each time .. He’s also had the experience of running rounds and winning a World Indoor title … having said that, I don’t think he (or anyone else) will win a sprint double at either the Trials or the Olympics … Simply too much competition …

                  First off to make the team in both events will take a very strong week … Consider the potential competition in the 100:

                  Mo Greene (if healthy)
                  Tim Montgomery (if mind is right)
                  Bernard Williams
                  John Capel
                  Jon Drummond
                  Mickey Grimes
                  Darvis Patton
                  Coby Miller

                  Beating all of them (or at the least all but two of them) will be a daunting task within itself … Then we head to Athens and add (among others):

                  Deji Aliu
                  Uchenna Emedulo
                  Ato Boldon
                  Kim Collins
                  Asafa Powell
                  Obadele Thompson

                  Winning the 100 will NOT be a walk in the park this time around … There is NO dominant sprinter out there as I write this … Right now there are a bunch of guys between 9.95 and 10.00 .. One or two bad steps in any round can get you eliminated … And we haven’t discussed the DEUCE yet !!!

                  Waiting at the Trials will be:

                  Bernard Williams
                  John Capel
                  Darvis Patton
                  JJ Johnson
                  Shawn Crawford
                  Ramon Clay
                  Coby Miller

                  And a final which could be as close (or closer) than the 100 final … Then at the games we add:

                  Kenteris
                  Shingo Suetsugo
                  Frank Fredericks
                  Stephane Buckland
                  Francis Obikwelu
                  Usain Bolt
                  And a slew of 20.10/20.20 guys who on a good run could PR significantly

                  Not saying an Athens sprint double is impossible … Anything is possible given that EVERYTHING works out right … But I think it is highly improbable given how competitive the sprints are world wide … Gone are the days when if you won at the Trials you were guaranteed medals at the Games … We have a number of guys who are accomplished at both sprints … But beating the competition at the Trials and then turning around and doing it again at the Games is a very daunting task …

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                      If you had seen him run 19.86 as a 20-year-old, then stomp the field to win gold in the 60 at the World Indoor last March I think you might sing a slightly different tune. This guy is the real deal. As with all sprinters, of course, the key is staying healthy.

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                          How about Gatlin making the team first? Post Birmingham Indoor Champs he was suppose to do this and do that. He did not make the team to Paris and those who hype his Brussels 200m win are fooling themselves as he was rested whereas most of his threats were mentally and physically tired post Paris. Gatlin is like any other US top sprinter, just a contender.

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                              Re: Athens Winners Announced1 (04PP5&6)

                              I agree, except:
                              MEN
                              100/200 I'm a great fan of Gatlin, but only at his very best he can defeat Brown (100) and Kederis / Bolt (200)
                              400 Washington
                              10000 Don't count out Sihine (winner today in Newcastle) & Gebre: it 'l be much closer than WC
                              I think Bekele will run only 5000
                              PV Gibilisco
                              SP Godina
                              HT Murofushi
                              DEC Sebrle
                              WOMEN
                              5000 Dibaba (winner today in Newcastle)
                              100H Felicien
                              PV Feofanova
                              LJ Barber
                              DT Voggoli or Kelisidou

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