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  • Grazerism
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    I actually thought the W800 was a lousy race. It was so obvious that Okoro was using horrendous tactics and would crash and burn. I found Mo's 3000 win much more exciting--because there is much more suspense in seeing if someone can really maintain a perfectly even breakneck pace--and he was suffering at the end!

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  • lalala
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    I think, obviously, Okoro was naive but I'd rather they did that than what most of the middle distance athletes do- give it a goddamn go!

    Had she been a bit more controlled, just a second or so slower at 400m, it might have been quite different.

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  • Kai88
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    From the sounds of it though Neil Spaeight didn't sound like he really had prepared for the indoor season that well, and from the sounds of the interview afterwards it wouldn't surprise me if he did retire before the summer season.

    Safe to say i don't think Okoro will do that again, and im sure that she is on course to run some super times outdoors this summer.

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  • AthleticsInBritain
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    Originally posted by mump boy
    i just saw maz outside the stadium having a one to one with charles :?

    then saw her while we eating dinner, she just said she got over excited coz he wanted to win but none of them will beat her outdoors

    to be fair she was rubbish but compared to every other uk middle distance runner (apart from mo) who went to the back and stayed there she had genius tactics
    I thought Nick McCormick ran well and to form. He was in 4th place with the leaders for 2/3 of the race. And Mark Draper did the race that was expected of him by the management! :lol:

    I don't know what happened to Neil Speaight though. He did at least start off near the front but should never have fallen off the pace like he did.

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  • croflash
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    Agreed, what a race. Okoro must have thought she is Jelimo or something, that was a crazy first half by her.

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  • mump boy
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    i just saw maz outside the stadium having a one to one with charles :?

    then saw her while we eating dinner, she just said she got over excited coz he wanted to win but none of them will beat her outdoors

    to be fair she was rubbish but compared to every other uk middle distance runner (apart from mo) who went to the back and stayed there she had genius tactics

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  • nevetsllim
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    Originally posted by eldrick
    one of the most exciting races i have seen in years !!!

    races like this reminds you of how great a sport this is !!!
    I agree, it was full of drama - although I'm just miffed that Zbrozhek didn't defend because she was capable of doing so - I had £12 on her at 8/1 but it was a free bet so I didn't lose anything :?

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  • eldrick
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    one of the most exciting races i have seen in years !!!

    races like this reminds you of how great a sport this is !!!

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  • joeltetreault
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    Originally posted by LopenUupunut
    1 1205 Savinova, Mariya RUS
    This has been quite the season by Savinova (23 years old). Coming into this indoor season, she had an outdoor best of 2:00.78 ('07) though indoors was faster: 1:59:46 ('08). The 1:58.10 is almost a 1.5 sec improvement.

    http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographie ... index.html

    Up until this season, she had never made the final of a world or euro championship.

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  • AthleticsInBritain
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    For those who didn't see it, Okoro went through 400m in 56.x and in the end literally crawled across the finish line although she did fall over trying to out lean Cusma for the bronze medal. Full marks for her because if she wants to compete against Jelimo for the honours in the summer, she's got to get used to going out in 56 or 57 seconds for the 1st 400m.

    Charles van Commenee was most definitely not impressed though. He called her naive and that it wasn't professional to go out too fast like that. Ouch!

    I'm seriously impressed that she recovered from that lactic overload to come back and run in the 4x4!!!!

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  • LopenUupunut
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    1 1205 Savinova, Mariya RUS 1:58.10 WL
    2 1215 Zbrozhek, Oksana RUS 1:59.20 SB
    3 1123 Cusma Piccione, Elisa ITA 2:00.23
    4 1077 Meadows, Jennifer GBR 2:00.42
    5 1078 Okoro, Marilyn GBR 2:03.30
    6 1249 Petlyuk, Tetyana UKR 2:03.77

    Pretty good rabbiting by Okoro. Pity she forgot it wasn't Jelimo behind her and went out a bit too hard.

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  • Rineanna
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    I can't understand what made Okoro employ those tactics. The dog on the street could've seen that she'd blow up at some stage. She made it too easy for Savinova.

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  • Rineanna
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    Regardless of how many rounds there were, this is going to be a cracker of a final!

    Petlyuk
    Meadows
    Okoro
    Savinova
    Cusma-Piccione
    Zbrozhek

    As Steve Cram just said, any of these can win a medal; it's wide open.

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  • midnightsun
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    the six top-seeded proceed to the final as expected. No casualties in the semis.

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  • Flumpy
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    They don't. Apparently Maz wasn't very happy at all. It' ridiculous.

    Either contact the federations and ask for some more entrants or cancel a round. It's not that difficult.

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