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  • #16
    Originally posted by guruof track
    Jn, those stats you posted are for Barringer, with that said...........
    No, I stated her PB was 9:22, which it is. and that 9:22 was 9th place last year, which it was. I didn't say Willard ran 9:22 in the Olympics and was 9th. I can clearly read that Barringer was 9th in 9:22.26. But the stats are almost identical for Willard (PB 9:22.76 at Heusden-Zolder in 2008).

    I guess, I was missing a comma in there somewhere. :P :wink:

    My point was she needs to break 9:10 just to have a chance at a medal in the steeple, while her PB in the 1500 might be medal worthy depending on the pace.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Jnathletics
      Originally posted by guruof track
      Jn, those stats you posted are for Barringer, with that said...........
      No, I stated her PB was 9:22, which it is. and that 9:22 was 9th place last year, which it was. I didn't say Willard ran 9:22 in the Olympics and was 9th. I can clearly read that Barringer was 9th in 9:22.26. But the stats are almost identical for Willard (PB 9:22.76 at Heusden-Zolder in 2008).

      I guess, I was missing a comma in there somewhere. :P :wink:

      My point was she needs to break 9:10 just to have a chance at a medal in the steeple, while her PB in the 1500 might be medal worthy depending on the pace.
      So her PB would have still put her in 10th place, right???

      But I get were your coming from and I agree. I think Willard and Barringer can run 9:13ish at best.

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      • #18
        [quote=guruof track]
        Originally posted by Jnathletics
        Originally posted by "guruof track":evz0msue
        Jn, those stats you posted are for Barringer, with that said...........
        No, I stated her PB was 9:22, which it is. and that 9:22 was 9th place last year, which it was. I didn't say Willard ran 9:22 in the Olympics and was 9th. I can clearly read that Barringer was 9th in 9:22.26. But the stats are almost identical for Willard (PB 9:22.76 at Heusden-Zolder in 2008).

        I guess, I was missing a comma in there somewhere. :P :wink:

        My point was she needs to break 9:10 just to have a chance at a medal in the steeple, while her PB in the 1500 might be medal worthy depending on the pace.
        So her PB would have still put her in 10th place, right???

        But I get were your coming from and I agree. I think Willard and Barringer can run 9:13ish at best.[/quote:evz0msue]

        In one real shot at the 1500 in a world-class race Barringer run sub-4 and almost beat one of the top two or three specialist in the world. She has also trashed most all of her PRs at other distances when she was a 9:22 performer. Unless she runs too many races with the barriers at 36 inches I think it is very likely she will do better than 9:13. Of course, getting a time that quick depends on the vagaries of races and conditions. Also, the one factor that will be a 'barrier' this year (other than a 'yard') is how very long this year has already been for her.

        Willard also has turned a few heads by popping a sub-2:00, faster than the winning mark at the US Trials. My guess is that with the double she was much more interested in qualifying in both than with trying to win either. Thus, We will have to see what they will do. I could see one of them running 9:10 and still not getting the AR.

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        • #19
          Where was the "mistake"? (other than perhaps not running fast enough to suit some of you)

          She now has two options for Berlin and got in some good hard work without getting injured. Mission accomplished.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by gh
            Where was the "mistake"? (other than perhaps not running fast enough to suit some of you)

            She now has two options for Berlin and got in some good hard work without getting injured. Mission accomplished.
            I agree, she ran to qualify. That said, she should gauge at what event would pose her a greater chance at a place on the podium, my thoughts are the 1500m's, however, that is without the rounds and final of the SC. Should she do both, she may not come close to the goals she set for either event. Which is why I stated that the 2nd event will suffer, whichever event that will be at the WC's.

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            • #21
              I guess I'm just believing that Willard would serve her medal chaces best by concentrating on the SC. I think her 1:59.29, 4:01.44 times do show potential in the 1500m, but I think the SC is more wide open and she could pull a surprise there.

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              • #22
                The WCh schedule allows for rest:
                Steeplechase:
                15Aug heat
                17Aug final
                1500:
                18Aug heat
                21Aug semi
                23Aug final
                She can do it if she wants to.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Gleason
                  ....
                  She can do it if she wants to.
                  I hope she does do the double. She is better then anyone else that would take the spot. And I'm positive she'll represent.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Jnathletics
                    Originally posted by Gleason
                    ....
                    She can do it if she wants to.
                    I hope she does do the double. She is better then anyone else that would take the spot. And I'm positive she'll represent.
                    In addition, she gets twice the amount of experience at championship racing, which takes a long time to accumulate. Willard also has a body and a temperament that is made for international racing.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by 26mi235
                      Willard also has a body and a temperament that is made for international racing.
                      Built like a hockey player?

                      You're going to need to explain that one.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Gleason
                        The WCh schedule allows for rest:
                        Steeplechase:
                        15Aug heat
                        17Aug final
                        1500:
                        18Aug heat
                        21Aug semi
                        23Aug final
                        She can do it if she wants to.
                        Good point... I hadn't seen the schedule of the WC.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by K.I.R.
                          Originally posted by 26mi235
                          Willard also has a body and a temperament that is made for international racing.
                          Built like a hockey player?

                          You're going to need to explain that one.
                          Built to take and give punishment? :lol:

                          http://www.daylife.com/topic/Anna_Willard

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                          • #28
                            Triple threat Willard

                            As of 1 July 2009, IAAF world best marks lists this year show Willard as
                            -- World 5th in 3000m steeple chase
                            -- World 4th in 1500m run
                            -- World 3rd in 800m run

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                            • #29
                              jkjoregon...thanks for the link with photos and video interview with Willard...very informative!

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                              • #30
                                Re: Triple threat Willard

                                Originally posted by James Fields
                                As of 1 July 2009, IAAF world best marks lists this year show Willard as
                                -- World 5th in 3000m steeple chase
                                -- World 4th in 1500m run
                                -- World 3rd in 800m run
                                I hope that she runs four more 800s to qualify for WAF. Then she could do Steeple/1500 at WCh and Steeple/800 at WAF. That would be a first. Felix was great to make T&FN World Ranking at 100/200/400 in 2007. Willard might make the T&FN World Ranking at 800/1500/Steeplechase.
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