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  • #16
    Former Soviet Union as a whole was definitely a huge disappointment, with a poor showing by the Russians (apart from the walks, they won just one gold!) and no medals at all for Ukraine and Belarus (they did the worst of all.

    Western Europe as a whole did poorly as well. If you exclude Germany and the UK, the other countries put together got just 9 medals - that's just 1 more than Poland alone!

    Poland is probably the biggest surprise in the medal count. We never won more than 4 medals at a WCh before, and the only global championship in history with 8 medals was Tokyo 1964 :shock:
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Powell
      Former Soviet Union as a whole was definitely a huge disappointment, with a poor showing by the Russians (apart from the walks, they won just one gold!) and no medals at all for Ukraine and Belarus (they did the worst of all.

      Western Europe as a whole did poorly as well. If you exclude Germany and the UK, the other countries put together got just 9 medals - that's just 1 more than Poland alone!

      Poland is probably the biggest surprise in the medal count. We never won more than 4 medals at a WCh before, and the only global championship in history with 8 medals was Tokyo 1964 :shock:
      No doubt. Tokyo was an outlier, as half of the medals was earned by the great sprint/LJ combo.
      "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
      by Thomas Henry Huxley

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Pego
        Tokyo was an outlier, as half of the medals was earned by the great sprint/LJ combo.
        But Polish T&F was very strong in that period. We also won 7 medals in Rome. And 7 in Moscow as well - yes, there was the boycott, but I honestly think all of the Polish medalists would have made the podium anyway had everyone been there.
        Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Powell
          Originally posted by Pego
          Tokyo was an outlier, as half of the medals was earned by the great sprint/LJ combo.
          But Polish T&F was very strong in that period. We also won 7 medals in Rome. And 7 in Moscow as well - yes, there was the boycott, but I honestly think all of the Polish medalists would have made the podium anyway had everyone been there.
          True.
          "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
          by Thomas Henry Huxley

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          • #20
            Kenya also did well and the wins in 5K/10K might be delicious.

            My Portugal was a little disapointing, altough we know that Naide and Silva were not at their best due to recent injuries ... we expected better from them.
            Good surprise come from 20KmW and mainly marathon both sex.

            Regarding USA versus Russia, after Beijing which pointed to a very close race, USA beat clearly Russia and is now so strong in female as Russia. US still face their "ghosts" in 4*100m relays and 100mh but overall things seems good for USA at short term altough BOLT and Jamaica sprinters should get majority of gold medals in sprint events in this OG cycle. Russia had big failures which I don´t know if they are circumstancial or predicting something not good for Russia. It seems me clear that we will not see countries with 30 or more medals. Carabean countries are "atacking" US in their strong events, we hace more countries to have success in field events on which mainly in female Russia dominated it. I won´t be surprised at all if in a next major Jamaica or Kenya will be the country with more golds.

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