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  • '09 Monaco GP 1500: Baala 3:30.95

    Very good return to form from Mehdi after a 3:45 win at the French Champs.
    http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

  • #2
    Unbelievable for a guy who ran only 3.45 a week ago.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jeremyp
      Unbelievable for a guy who ran only 3.45 a week ago.
      But that was a tactical race but either way, I didn't think he thought he was in that sort of shape.

      Let's hope he remembers his brain in Berlin unlike two years ago (and four years ago).
      http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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      • #4
        Everyone was blazing! :shock: God I love how the right race at the right time can give 12 1500m guys massive PB's. 3.31's for everyone.....almost. :wink:

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        • #5
          Yepp fantastic preformances all along. Perhaps with Mekkonen as a little disappointment.
          2nd place Anter Zergulaeine (or something like that!) PB:ed and that was about 4 years ago.

          Kudos to the to pacekeepers. Especially good was Polonet who didn't try to keep the other pacers back when he ran a bit uneven splits...

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          • #6
            Farah ran 3:33.98 actually :shock: Unless I was watching someone else, I thought he crossed the line in 3:35!
            http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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            • #7
              Anyone with the full results?

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              • #8
                http://www.iaaf.org/gp09/results/eventc ... html#M1500

                Here are the results.
                http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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                • #9
                  Thats only franctionally short for Farah of the time Moorcroft ran in the season he set his 5000m national racord.

                  His 1500m PB before hand was not really reflective of his capabilities anyway but im not sure if i was expecting 3.33. Fantastic run, should give him lots of confiedence for the 5000m.

                  Baala has come from nowhere, remains whether to be seen how he will do in the rounds though, will have to remeber he can't just steamroller the guys in front of him...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kai88
                    Baala has come from nowhere, remains whether to be seen how he will do in the rounds though, will have to remeber he can't just steamroller the guys in front of him...
                    Baala had to start his season late due to a plantar fascia tear in early June. He started back training about a month ago. I agree, the rounds will be very telling.

                    http://www.ouest-france.fr/actu/actu_sp ... 3_flux.Htm

                    He's one of the few athletes to have started in the ElG era and is still competing ten years later (in addition to Lagat and Silva).

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                    • #11
                      Last year Yusuf Kamel ran 3:32.83 to join Elliott, Cram, and Coe as the only men in history who have run sub 3:33 and sub 1:43.
                      Here, Kamel sets another pb with a 3:31.56, joining Cram and Coe as the only men in history who have run sub 3:32 and sub 1:43.
                      dl indicated on another thread that Kamel has been somewhat constrained by injury, so this is a fabulous performance. I think Kamel should run the 1500 in Berlin, as dl indicated Kamel's ability to sprint has been impacted most.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by joeltetreault

                        He's one of the few athletes to have started in the ElG era and is still competing ten years later (in addition to Lagat and Silva).
                        A very consistent high level performer throughout this decade:

                        2009 3:30.96 Monaco 28/07/2009
                        2008 3:32.00 Roma 11/07/2008
                        2007 3:31.01 Paris S-D 06/07/2007
                        2006 3:32.01 Bruxelles 25/08/2006
                        2005 3:30.80 Paris S-D 01/07/2005
                        2004 3:31.25 Roma 02/07/2004
                        2003 3:28.98 Bruxelles 05/09/2003
                        2002 3:32.03 Bruxelles 30/08/2002
                        2001 3:31.97 Monaco 20/07/2001
                        2000 3:32.05 Z├╝rich 11/08/2000

                        Has been in every OG, WC, and Euro this decade so far, with three medals (EC gold 02, 06; WC silver 03) and two 4th place (OG 00, 08)

                        www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/lette ... index.html

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                        • #13
                          Master P, that is remarkable. I wondered if anybody could match it, so the first person I looked at was ElG...He had 10 years in a row with his slowest season best being 3:31.16, and the last 9 years of his career his slowest sb was 3:29.05. Unbelievable....

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                          • #14
                            Wasn't that his 2nd race of the outdoor season after a tactical 3:45 last week? And he's 31 in a few weeks. A staggering run considering. Might make some cynics doubt he was ever injured!

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                            • #15
                              im catching the universalsports.com reply with the "all american" broadcasters and did anyone notice how Dwight blew the call saying at 1100m "they just went through the 1000" and something like, "they will never make 2:49 at 1200... What a dumbo

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