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  • tandfman
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    The USA can enter Clark (who has the A qualifier) and one B qualifier. But I don't see how they could enter Vessey ahead of the two B qualifiers (Gall and Wright) who beat her in the Nationals.

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  • James Fields
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    Maggie Vessey

    I'd hope that USATF team leaders would encourage Ms. Vessey to keep running. At this time IAAF may not have enough 800m runners with the"A" standard to fill the lanes for the first of its three rounds at Berlin --
    in part because some "A" runners, such as Anna Willard, will pass on 800m to compete in a different event.

    Vessey, who has won some big races this year is only 1/25 of a second away from that 2:00 "A" standard.

    The IAAF Qualifying language seems to offer further encouragement for USATF to enter both Hazel Clark and Maggie Vessey:

    Each Member is entitled to enter two, three or four athletes per event, as follows:
    - 1, 2, 3 or 4 athletes with "A" standard;
    - 1 athlete with the "B" and 1, 2 or 3 athletes with the "A" standard;
    in both cases a maximum of three athletes will be allowed to compete.

    (I admit that language /wording for rules of athletic governing bodies may sometimes be imprecise, if not misleading. I don't know if that's so for the content quoted above.)

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  • gh
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    Originally posted by James Fields
    No one wrote, "Vessey - ouch. Even tho in contact (albiet towards rear) first 200 m. No WC but Is this the end of season for her?"

    Not the end, she's on W800m start list for Herculis meeting at Monaco on Tuesday, 28 July 2009: ....
    Her local paper this morning described London as "her final bid" but provided no quotes from her or anything to truly confirm the statement.

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  • TripleJump
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    Wow, I guess Kaki's injury was more serious than we thought--he's in the W800m at Herculis!

    Originally posted by James Fields
    No one wrote, "Vessey - ouch. Even tho in contact (albiet towards rear) first 200 m. No WC but Is this the end of season for her?"

    Not the end, she's on W800m start list for Herculis meeting at Monaco on Tuesday, 28 July 2009:

    CUSMA Elisa - ITA
    GUEGAN Elodie - FRA
    KAKI Abubaker -SUD
    KOFANOVA Elena - RUS
    KOSTETSKAYA Ekaterina - RUS
    KREVSKUN Yuliya - UKR
    SAVINOVA Mariya - RUS
    SIMPSON Jemma - GBR
    SINCLAIR Kenia - JAM
    TVERDOSTUP Tamara - UKR
    VESSEY Maggie - USA
    WURTH-THOMAS Christine - USA

    Source: http://www.herculis.com/[/i]

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  • TripleJump
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    Wow, I guess Kaki's injury was more serious than we thought--he's in the W800m at Herculis!

    Originally posted by James Fields
    No one wrote, "Vessey - ouch. Even tho in contact (albiet towards rear) first 200 m. No WC but Is this the end of season for her?"

    Not the end, she's on W800m start list for Herculis meeting at Monaco on Tuesday, 28 July 2009:

    CUSMA Elisa - ITA
    GUEGAN Elodie - FRA
    KAKI Abubaker -SUD
    KOFANOVA Elena - RUS
    KOSTETSKAYA Ekaterina - RUS
    KREVSKUN Yuliya - UKR
    SAVINOVA Mariya - RUS
    SIMPSON Jemma - GBR
    SINCLAIR Kenia - JAM
    TVERDOSTUP Tamara - UKR
    VESSEY Maggie - USA
    WURTH-THOMAS Christine - USA

    Source: http://www.herculis.com/[/i]

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  • James Fields
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    No one wrote, "Vessey - ouch. Even tho in contact (albiet towards rear) first 200 m. No WC but Is this the end of season for her?"

    Not the end, she's on W800m start list for Herculis meeting at Monaco on Tuesday, 28 July 2009:

    CUSMA Elisa - ITA
    GUEGAN Elodie - FRA
    KAKI Abubaker -SUD
    KOFANOVA Elena - RUS
    KOSTETSKAYA Ekaterina - RUS
    KREVSKUN Yuliya - UKR
    SAVINOVA Mariya - RUS
    SIMPSON Jemma - GBR
    SINCLAIR Kenia - JAM
    TVERDOSTUP Tamara - UKR
    VESSEY Maggie - USA
    WURTH-THOMAS Christine - USA

    Source: http://www.herculis.com/[/i]

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  • Charley Shaffer
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    Anyone know why Simpson was wearing generic Nike gear, not the OTC-Elite singlet that she was wearing in Eugene earlier this year?

    Symmonds, Pifer, and Chris Thompson all managed to find their OTC-E tops.

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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by no one
    Vessey - ouch. Even tho in contact (albiet towards rear) first 200 m. No WC but Is this the end of season for her?
    The pace was a bit slow for her to get the qual. Then, at the point in the race where she should have made her big move, she didn't seem to have anything at all. It's a shame. Had she made the team, there's no doubt in my mind that she could have made things very interesting, as she did in Eugene and in Rome.

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  • Kai88
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    Weird for Okoro, she doesn't quite look the same athlete this year. Her usual home straight strength just doesn't seem to be there.

    Her Euro Indoors exploits certainly dont seem to have dented her confidence of front running.

    I hope Jemma Simpson makes the final, she is full of confidence, and the womens 800m is wide open.

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  • gh
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    Official Results - Women - 800 Metres
    Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
    1 Jemma Simpson GBR 2:01.08 20
    2 Jennifer Meadows GBR 2:01.35 16
    3 Marilyn Okoro GBR 2:01.78 14
    4 Alysia Johnson USA 2:02.16 12
    5 Lucia Klocová SVK 2:02.19 10
    6 Mayte MartĂ­nez ESP 2:02.36 8
    7 Treniere Clement USA 2:02.78 6
    8 Maggie Vessey USA 2:03.06 4
    9 Claire Gibson GBR 2:03.09
    10 Neisha Bernard-Thomas GRN 2:04.55

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  • no one
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    Vessey - ouch. Even tho in contact (albiet towards rear) first 200 m. No WC but Is this the end of season for her?

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  • Flumpy
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    Maz has got to change her tactics. Be it going through the bell at 57 or 61 why does she feel the need to lead from the beginning.

    When did this nonsense start? She never used to do it :x

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  • croflash
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    Does Okoro ever not run from up front ?

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  • gadlor
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    Will Vessey grab yon A-standard? Will she throw down a 22 second last 200m? Will Alysia Johnson go out in 48.x and lose the flower in her hair? Oh, the drama!!

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  • Kai88
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    Thats a shame she would have been a real stern test for the Brits. If Simpson and Okoro are to do well in Berlin they really need to easily beat a field like this, its really not a great field.
    I still don't understand the Crystal Palace meet organiser's obsession with inviting so many mediocre American athletes, they seem to just pack out the fields everywhere....

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