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  • #16
    Re: Should Defar Run 1500 or 10K in Berlin Next Year?

    [quote=mump boy]
    Originally posted by Gleason
    Originally posted by "mump boy":1epg2suo
    Originally posted by doug091463
    jelimo will run a mile on february 21st, what would be even better is in july or august have jelimo run a 1500 a distance she would be moving up to and have defar and dibaba move down to the 1500 for that race, to make it even better have a rabbit bringing them on a sub 3:55 pace and just to make sure we dont get a donovan bailey vs michael johnson match race where one quits because they are losing and the other jogs to victory have jelimo, defar and dibaba in with the top 10 for 1500 meter specialist, now that would be a fun race.
    i'm not convinced of jelimos potential over 1500 yet she's only just moved up from 400 !!! i know she's strong but it takes some serious endurance to run 3.55. it's like expecting kratochvilova to run 3.55.

    she's full of suprises thought so i wouldn't rule it out :-)
    Kratochvilova was ranked # 6 in 1981 T&FN 100 with 11.09 & defeated Koch in 1983 European Cup 200, so she was a sprinter who moved up to 800. Jelimo was world ranked in nothing before 2008.
    i think it is very possible that jelimo will run a great 1500 but let'snot get carried away. maria mutola is an amazing 800 runner with great strength but her 1500 best remained at 4:01.50 which is respectable but hardly earth shattering. it may be that jelimo is a speed based 800 runner rather than an endurance one. we will soon find out :-)[/quote:1epg2suo]

    I've always thought Mutola never fulfilled her potential at 1500m. She made the Olympic 1500m final in 1992 (which was her first and last major 1500m champs at the age of 19) and she ran 4:02 in the final, which was her sixth race of the Games and in the final, Mutola was on sub-4:00 pace at the bell, before fading a bit. Perhaps if she was fresher, she could have gone sub-4?

    Olizarenko is an example of an 800m runner with superb 1500m strength. She ran 1:53 and 3:56, and I also think she was a sub-51sec 400m runner!
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    • #17
      Re: Should Defar Run 1500 or 10K in Berlin Next Year?

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      i deserve extra credit

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      • #18
        Originally posted by mump boy

        i'm not convinced of jelimos potential over 1500 yet she's only just moved up from 400 !!! i know she's strong but it takes some serious endurance to run 3.55. it's like expecting kratochvilova to run 3.55.

        she's full of suprises thought so i wouldn't rule it out :-)
        I agree, I have my doubts given her 400/800 background but she seems to be such a raw talent that anything goes right now. Jepkosgei also has routinely run 1500s every year and her results haven't been as bright as her 800m times - she sports a best of 4:08.

        As for the original question of doing the 1500 at Berlin - will the Russians be there? I haven't heard whether their suspensions will be backdated or not.

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