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  • It's official: Krivoshapka, a threat to Sanya Richards

    Antonina Krivoshapka from Russia won the 400m Russian tittle on Friday. The day before she ran 49.29 in her semifinal, improving her PB around a second, running the second best time ever for a Russian, becoming the woman of any nationality who has dipped the most under 50 for the first time in her career over the last 20 years, and only 0.06 over Sanya Richard's World leading time.

    From one day to another, what apparently was an extremely favourable scenario for the dominant Richards in Berlin, changed. But to lose to a younger girl who came out from nowhere? Is that possible? To defeat the best IAAF 400m runner for the last four years? Perhaps not. But how many athletes who own 36 top times in their event , who are among the 10 best ever, who have dominated their event four years but have never won a major title exist?

    SR is much more expierenced, undoubtedly. To Krivoshapka this is the first season she runs under 50 and she had run all the three championships finals she won this year not as well as her semis or heats, not to count historically Russians usually run slower at global titles than at their champs.

    However, SR has never won a global title so far or season bested at them. Aware of her psychological fragility, she even accepted recently that she choked at the Beijing OG final last year, when she dramatically lost gold in the last meters.

    Richards or Krivoshapka?

  • #2
    lovely.

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    • #3
      **Sits back and wait for Track Daddy to lose it in this thread**

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      • #4
        Originally posted by justblaze1011
        **Sits back and wait for Track Daddy to lose it in this thread**
        I believe I hear him banging on the door right now trying to get back in lol.


        Richards should be fine. The 4x4 is another matter altogether.


        1 Antonina Krivoshapka RUS 49,71

        2 Anastasia Kapachinskaia RUS 49,97

        3 Lyudmila Litvinova RUS 50,27

        4 Natalia Nazarova RUS 50,56
        There are no strings on me

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        • #5
          The Russian women ALWAYS run fast at their Championship, when they run fast elsewhere I'll take notice.

          T&F_LA has proven to be what I call a Sanya pessimist. I've never seen him/her write anything positive about Sanya, just poundings of negative are what I expect. How does this thread differ?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by guruof track
            The Russian women ALWAYS run fast at their Championship, when they run fast elsewhere I'll take notice.

            T&F_LA has proven to be what I call a Sanya pessimist. I've never seen him/her write anything positive about Sanya, just poundings of negative are what I expect. How does this thread differ?
            Ditto on this entire post!

            TD shouldn't have to worry about defending Sanya, as she will do it in Berlin in a few weeks. :wink:

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            • #7
              Originally posted by guruof track
              The Russian women ALWAYS run fast at their Championship, when they run fast elsewhere I'll take notice.
              SR ALWAYS runs fast, when she run fast at a major championship I'll take notice. in your logic they would be even :shock:

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              • #8
                This happened last year. A large group of Russia ladies ran out of their minds at their championships only to test positive right before and during the Olympics. I would take anything they did at their championships with a grain a salt. Let's see what they do when they come up against the world and the IAAF/WADA drug enforcers.

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                • #9
                  Re: It's official: Krivoshapka, a threat to Sanya Richards

                  Originally posted by T&F_LA
                  Richards or Krivoshapka?
                  Ohurougu.

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                  • #10
                    Re: It's official: Krivoshapka, a threat to Sanya Richards

                    That'd be cool. Yes, don't forget about the Big O.

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                    • #11
                      [quote=T&F_LA]
                      Originally posted by "guruof track":38xpmov3
                      The Russian women ALWAYS run fast at their Championship, when they run fast elsewhere I'll take notice.
                      SR ALWAYS runs fast, when she run fast at a major championship I'll take notice. in your logic they would be even :shock:[/quote:38xpmov3]

                      What are your PRs and how many more medals than Sanya do you have?

                      If you were halfway fair in your criticism of Sanya I would take it at face-value. Unfortunately your not and therefore I render your opinion as obsolete. Its much like Athiest and his/her obession for Bolt.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by guruof track
                        What are your PRs and how many more medals than Sanya do you have?
                        You're gonna love this. Krivoshapka's 49.29 is the fastest an athlete has dipped under 50 for the first time, over the last 20 years. I think you can take that at face-value this time.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by poodabear
                          This happened last year. A large group of Russia ladies ran out of their minds at their championships only to test positive right before and during the Olympics. I would take anything they did at their championships with a grain a salt. Let's see what they do when they come up against the world and the IAAF/WADA drug enforcers.
                          That is wrong on so many counts.... only one of the Russian women who ran "out of her mind" at the Russian championships was among the group that got suspended. That was Soboleva.

                          And they didn't test positive before/during the games. Indeed, they never tested positive. The ban was for urine-sample switching back in '07.

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                          • #14
                            Still I will wait and see how fast they run outside Russia before I label her a potential gold medallist

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gh
                              Originally posted by poodabear
                              This happened last year. A large group of Russia ladies ran out of their minds at their championships only to test positive right before and during the Olympics. I would take anything they did at their championships with a grain a salt. Let's see what they do when they come up against the world and the IAAF/WADA drug enforcers.
                              That is wrong on so many counts.... only one of the Russian women who ran "out of her mind" at the Russian championships was among the group that got suspended. That was Soboleva.

                              And they didn't test positive before/during the games. Indeed, they never tested positive. The ban was for urine-sample switching back in '07.
                              ok, I'm sorry. I was wrong on that I thought it was a positive, although getting caught for urine swapping does lead one to believe that. But wasn't there a Russian female athlete caught at the Olympics. The long/triple jumper. Or was she from another country? Perhaps i was getting mixed up with her. I stand corrected and apologize for my error.

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