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    The Home Depot meet has set a new low for meet websites. Incredibly lacking in information, and some of what they have is just pathetic. The meet is over, but there are no results on the web. I hope the meet and the telecast were better than the website. Couldn't be much worse.

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    I was pleasantly surprised by the telecast. Rawson is still stuck on his "go down to your high school track" routine, and Carol still makes absurdly obvious and gratuitous remarks, but all in all better than the Pre meet. Of course the best part is that it was LIVE!

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    • #3
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      Could you please post the results of this meeting. I cannot find them anywhere. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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        Yeah it's a pretty sad day when I feel like it's 1974 again.... and I will have to wait for tomorrow's newspaper and hope that maybe there will be partial results of, oh, I dunno, 2 or 3 events buried in the "Scoreboard" page along with lacrosse and ping-pong. Couldn't watch the event on tv here in Toronto, which wants to host a Summer Olympics, and where the local papers treat athletics worse than lacrosse and ping-pong. Seriously. This town needs to smarten up and show that it DESERVES to host the major showpiece of the world's second biggest sport after soccer.

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        • #5
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          Could somebody please post re: women's 100? How did Allyson Felix do? Time? Who won? Would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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            equally annoying about Rawson is his Yoda-speak: "she has the best time in the world this year, by far, does Ana Guevera."

            But props to Carol Lewis for calling out US track meets for not using the new IAAF false start rule, saying, quite correctly I feel, that American sprinters and hurdlers will be at a disadvantage on the European circuit and at the world champs.

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            • #7
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              Kelli White won the 100 in 10.79 with something like 2.3 mps wind. Torri Edwards was second in 10.96. Felix ran in the 11.30s

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                What's really sickening about that website is that with all those graphics, someone must have paid good money to put it up--money that could have used to bring in a few more athletes. These people have no clue about what a meet website should have. Some of that crap was written by a moron who doesn't know anything about track. Couldn't USATF have helped them out in the info department? Couldn't someone have tapped them on the shoulder and told them that they were making fools of themselves?

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                • #9
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                  thanks for the results. that's quite a surprisingly slow result for Felix and makes me wonder if the media has put a monkey on her back by calling her "the future of sprinting, now" blah blah blah. Give the girl a break, she's 17. Besides, she's going to discover soon enough, hopefully sooner than later, that she is a born 200/400 sprinter. Too many great 400 talents waste their time in the 100 (Raelene Boyle would have been incredible at 1 lap, likewise Gwen Torrence and Evelyn Ashford), because the 100 is way overrated.

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                    their website sucks and that is putting mildly.
                    anyway, mo greene won the 100 in 9.94 (AL), kelli white the women's 100 in 10.79 w: 2.3 with Felix well back. guevara won the women's 400 in 49.63, second was miles back, calvin harrison won the men;s in 45 flat. lunn outkicked krummenaker in the men's 1500 and jacobs outkicked hamilton in the women's 1500. allen johnson won the men's hurdles in 13.2 slightly wind aided and mckelvy the women's hurdles in 12.58 (windy also). dragila won the vault in 14-9 only and toth the shot in 71-2. espn did not do a bad job broadcasting the meet plus it was live.

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                    • #11
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                      don't get too down on Home Depot. Would you rather have them sponsoring a meet or not?

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                      • #12
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                        >thanks for the results. that's quite a
                        >surprisingly slow result for Felix and makes me
                        >wonder if the media has put a monkey on her back
                        >by calling her "the future of sprinting, now"
                        >blah blah blah. Give the girl a break, she's 17.
                        >Besides, she's going to discover soon enough,
                        >hopefully sooner than later, that she is a born
                        >200/400 sprinter. Too many great 400 talents
                        >waste their time in the 100 (Raelene Boyle would
                        >have been incredible at 1 lap, likewise Gwen
                        >Torrence and Evelyn Ashford), because the 100 is
                        >way overrated.

                        You're late. On several occasions, Felix has told the media that she eventually plans to move up to the 400. She was doing this race mostly as speedwork for USA champs, & to take a crack at Angela Williams' 11.11 high school record. Not that Felix regularly nails her start -- her top end speed is her main strength -- but her start was notably slower than usual. Nevertheless, 11.35w at age 17 is very good! Her personal best is 11.37.

                        The 100 is not overrated, it's simply where the biggest payday & fame lies for the sprints. If anything is "way overrated," it is America's underwhelming distance runners...save for a few exceptions.

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                        • #13
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                          i agree she is better at 200 plus she had competed in a high school meet friday night. she is learning about world class competition early.

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                          • #14
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                            >don't get too down on Home Depot. Would you
                            rather have them sponsoring a meet or not?<

                            The economics of their sponsoring the meet are not going to be affected by what some nut posts on a message board. But maybe someone close to the meet or USATF who reads this stuff will see it as a wake-up call to pay some attention to a part of the product that is important to track fans. If they don't think track fans matter, then screw them--people who think that way shouldn't sponsor track meets.

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                            • #15
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                              "The 100 is not overrated, it's simply where the biggest payday & fame lies for the sprints"

                              Like I said, and thanks for explaining why, it is way overrated. When people who could be winning Olympic 400 gold and setting 400 records, national or world, are finishing second or fourth or not even making Olympic finals in the 100, then the 100 is overrated. Gwen Torrence ran the opening leg of the 4x400 in the '93 Worlds in Stuttgart in 49.0, off of 100/200 training!! Jearl Miles-Clark has been telling Marion Jones for several years that she could break the world 400 record if she seriously put her mind to it. Instead, Marion will most likely continue the pattern that has gone on for decades, and will end her career having chased FloJo's records, in vain.

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