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  • T&FN ranked w/o "A" standard?

    How many athletes, if any, are in T&F News World Rankings that did not reach the Olympic "A" standard in the last two seasons (qualifying period)?

  • #2
    Is that 'c' in the title supposed to be a 'w'?

    Responses may be sent c/o 'Marlow'.

    edit: I'll take that as a 'yes'. 8-)

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    • #3
      In quiz mode I would read it to mean without an Olympic A standard.
      Tom Hyland:
      "squack and wineturtle get it"

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      • #4
        And the next question is--in what event did the 2007 World Champion enter the 2008 season without having yet attained the Olympic A or B standard in that event?

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        • #5
          didnt bernard lagat do it in the 5k with a very slow time?

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          • #6
            in 2007 bernard lagat was the world 5k champ in 13:45 and his best 5k time of the year was 13:30

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            • #7
              Not reaching the A standard in two consecutive years and still ranking might be tough, but I know that with Osaka's steamy conditions, a few women in the 10,000 in 2007 didn't have the A that year (including champ Dibaba).

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              • #8
                Lagat was the one I was thinking of.

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                • #9
                  I believe we've had at least one No. 1 ranker who did not make the world top 50 list that year!

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                  • #10
                    Abel Anton 1997
                    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                    • #11
                      Yup, Anton was only #58 on the list.

                      If there's anyone else, I have no idea who it was; I was thinking it was Yifter, but in looking, I discover we made a big deal of his being No. 3 in the 10K in '73 despite not breaking 29:00 in a year when 50th was 28:33.

                      But he won three near-equator races that got him in.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by doug091463
                        in 2007 bernard lagat was the world 5k champ in 13:45 and his best 5k time of the year was 13:30
                        Also think it was the first time that a winning time in the 5k at the WCs was slower than both the first 5k and last 5k of the 10k... But it was a great tactical race. I loved it.

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                        • #13
                          Don't let Kuha hear you! :-)

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                          • #14
                            My ears are stuffed with left-over confetti and paper hats!

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                            • #15
                              so as I prepare to wander the couple of miles down to the sports lounge to pick up my car I'm struck by one of the universe's great questions: will I be wandering again tomorrow because I had too many adult beverages for breakfast to risk driving yet again? (*groan*)

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