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  • The Flash
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    I've said it before, and I have to stick to it, because I feel it in my gut...Mo Greene will be back to top form this year. Mo surely realizes that he won't have another Olympic year, and that he may be approaching the end of his prime. Call it nieve or wishful thinking, but I am expecting (and hoping for) great things this year from him. My prediction...he'll go to Athens and will win Gold.

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  • Cyril
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    Geb is still on top of the world. His performances last year and thus far this year prove this. The WC performance was a "team" performance and he pulled Bekele to a WC gold.

    As he mentioned in the interview published last month - he is working on his speed and it looks like his efforts are paying off so far this year. He will win gold and very likely get the WR.

    As far as Mo is concerned - of course a much bigger long-shot. Not to count him out but based on recent performances he has a long way to go to get back into WR or OG condition. This effort will require training which, as evidenced by recent injury problems, his body may not be able to handle.

    Geb yes. No Mo.

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  • hijumpsteve
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    the odds on Greene winning at OG IMHO are about 5 to 1.

    the odds of him setting a WR in the process IMHO are at best about 8 to 1.

    Therefore the odds of him doing both are about 40 to 1.

    I made a 50-1 bet on basketball once, $50 to $1, and paid out the $ 50, dumbest bet I ever made. So a " gentleman's bet" only, sure.... he won't do it !

    What was the 50 to 1 bet ? In 1981 Indiana University sneaked into the NCAA basketball tourney, and I rashly told a die-hard I.U. fan they had "no chance," and I would give him 50 to 1. The rest is history.....

    The odds on Geb winning IMHO are 3 to 2. Odds on him setting a WR sometime in the year are even money, IMHO.

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  • 79.
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    GATLINGATLINGATLINGATLINGATLINGATLINGATLIN...
    BEKELEBEKELEBEKELEBEKELEBEKELEBEKELEBEKELE...

    Here are my two favourites...

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  • Run DMC
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    Geb lost his speed? Forget about last year, he ran 7:29 for 3000 two weeks ago and is the World Leader. Bekele is the only possible threat if Geb is healthy.

    Don't know about Mo, he is a wildcard. That tongue freaks me out.

    DMC

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  • kuha
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    An interesting fact related to my above post re: Geb in the the 10,000. On today's IAAF site, Bekele suggests that he will not attempt a 5/10 double in Athens. If so, my money is on him in the 5...

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  • az2
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    Darrel Brown could easily be the emerging dominant force this year..

    Between Gaitlin, Capel and Brown I think we have the 100 meter athens winner...

    I'd take one of those three against the field.

    I wouldn't the surprised to see Geb medal at 10K, I just don't believe it'll be Gold.

    A previous poster mentioned how good bekele is, and his room for progress over the summer.

    I do not think geb has PR's in him anymore for 5 and 10K.

    His recent injuries may have given him a breather from hard continuous racing, giving him a final stage in athens.

    Couldn't happen to a nicer person...

    ..one can hope for it.

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  • kuha
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    A brief addendum here: Maurice Greene is, from everything I've seen, one of the sport's very best ambassadors. I've seen him at many international meets and he's just great with the crowds, signs autographs for kids, etc. And for the poster above re: Montgomery, it's clear that TM is the "luckiest" WR holder in ages. He hit absolutely perfect conditions that night in Paris and edged the standing WR by the smallest of legal margins. Sadly, this success seems to have completely unhinged him. By comparison, Greene at his prime was a paragon of consistency and confidence.

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  • trackhead
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    I disagree that Geb's best years are behind him. He ran 8:04 for the indoor 2 mile, was WIC 3000m, and ran sub27 three times including the 3rd fastest 10000m ever. He's in top shape. It's just that Bekele is so good.

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  • misterp
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    I agree with these sentiments completely. A couple years ago, at the Mt. Sac Friday evening "distance carnival," which is not well-attended, I was amazed to see M. Greene sitting with two friends in the bleachers, watching with evident interest the college kids run a medley relay. I walked over and said hi, and he gave me a big grin, shook my hand, and at my request turned around and gave a wave and smile to my wife as well. The strutting persona you see on the track is not at all the way he is in person.

    I also agree that his best years may be behind him. But it's way too early to predict the top three OT 100m men. If he trains as hard and stays healthy, he should be able to run the mid- to low 9.9s. Why won't that be good enough?

    Quiz: who's more likely to make the team. Greene or T. Montgomery?



    I don't understand why people don't like Mo.
    >He is one of the friendliest guys on the track and he appreciates both sprints
    >and distance... unlike Michael Johnson who was a real ass when I met him and
    >who thinks distance running has little place in a track meet.

    Mo always
    >cheers on the distance runners, is familiar with all the International
    >distance studs, is always smiling and signing autographs, etc. I met him at
    >the Armory while he was practicing before Millrose and he joked around with us
    >and hung out with us for a while... as did several of the Kenyan athletes
    >(Rotich and a few others... this was a few years ago). Maurice actually knew
    >who Rotich was and we all joked around quite a bit. Mo is a great guy and a
    >phenomenal athletes. Until he says he is retired I will never doubt his
    >abilities.

    M

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  • conto
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    I personally believe Monty is over-rated. I know, its kind of silly to say that about the world record holder, but the guy had the most perfect conditions ever. Good competition. Flawless start. Perfect wind. I would be interested in seeing what Mo's 9.79 would have been with a 2.0 tail wind. I think many forget that Mo has had the top 3 times in the world every year for years now. He is not done, and if he has lost 15 or so pounds as TnF News wrote in their latest issue, I believe he will be back. In my opinion, his added weight the last 2 seasons held him way back and were the cause to his injuries. 10-15 pounds lighter will equate to less injuries this year and less weight to fly down the straight. Mo will be there.

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  • kuha
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    I agree with most of the above. Mo will have a tough time making the US team; but, if he does, he's got a reasonable chance to win the Olympic final, due mainly to the (apparent) lackluster competition. I think that Geb has a very good chance to win the 10,000. I wouldn't be surprised if the Ethiopian federation "assigns" Bekele to the 5000 only, for starters. If Geb is in 26:29-ish shape, I think it's unlikely that anyone else could beat him.

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  • marknhj
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    If Mo makes it out of the trials and is uninjured I'd put some $$$ on him, remember, he did run 9.94 last year. The 100m season should prove to be fascinating. Is Tim running indoors?

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  • gh
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    Oh yeah, and the part about Mo breaking the WR? I'll take a huge chunk of action against that, even if he's the Olympic champion.

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  • az2
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    I fully agree the OT in Sacramento 100 meter final could be a better race than the Olympic final 100...

    Capel, Gaitlin and Montgomery would be my selections currently...not sure of the order though

    Between now and August, I think some 100 meter guy will emerge as a favorite..

    Mix in the drug furor, and you never quite know for sure what the 100 meter list of contestents will be...

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