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  • #16
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    Remember that Montgomery was involved the non handoff fiasco in the preliminary round at the 1997 World championships, with a former school mate in fact. Yes it does matter where you have the fastest runner. Though it may seem odd it is best to have the fastest runner second (ex: Marion Jones in the 41.57 relay at the Worlds) That is why the current World record is "soft". In this Coach's dream situation the fastest man is second with a seemingly obsolete handoff technique- the time- 36.70. But again with agents, managers, personal coaches and above all politics this will not happen.

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    • #17
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      Yes, I happen to have it. You can call me at (714)740 4432 and we can work out the details.

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      • #18
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        Would never happen: Nike spends eleventeen-million bucks on an Ad campaign centered around Tim Montgomery and then USATF tells them, "oh, by the way, we're not letting him run the relay"? I don't think so.

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        • #19
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          That's how true national teams do it (French in 1988-1991), USSR 1980-1988 Canada 1995-1998. several of these runners were not in the top five of their respective nations yet led thir teams to medals as well as annual bests.

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          • #20
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            Some ad campign. Has anybody seen the Tim Montgomery ads? And I'm not talking about his recent newpaper articles about coaching decisions (Charlie francis)

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            • #21
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              OK, Mo Greene adidas, Justin Gatlin Nike, whatever. The point is that the sponsors---who also give money to governing bodies--aren't going to stand by whilst their standardbearers sit on the sidelines sted of earning gold.

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              • #22
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                I know, but it is still good wishful thinking. As always, money sort of ruins everything.

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                • #23
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                  On the other hand, if there weren't money and budding professionalism we never would have had the World Champs, and modern stars like Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Mo Greene would probably have run in one OG and then hung them up. And we be all the worse for it.

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