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  • #16
    Re: Say it ain't so, Regina!!

    >>Setting a WR at age 40 is all a
    >bit
    >questionable...

    To run 3:59.98, even
    >indoors and even 6 months short of 40, is not all
    >that questionable, when you consider the
    >following:

    1. She's been capable of running
    >4:00-4:05 for a long time. Even Mary
    >Decker-Slaney ran 4:03 at 38.

    2. The outdoor
    >world record is 3:50.46, although many speculate
    >on what the Chinese were doing in 1993. The
    >indoor world record of 4:00.72 should have been
    >broken a long time ago, by anyone.

    3. No one
    >seems to recall that a certain 42-YEAR-OLD broke
    >4:00.00 at least twice (gotta check my magazines
    >again) in 1994 (topped by a 3:59.78), and ranked
    >NUMBER ONE in the world that year. Does the name
    >YEKATERINA PODKOPAYEVA ring a bell?

    If
    >Regina's B-sample comes up dirty (pray otherwise,
    >as was the case for Bernard Lagat, but it doesn't
    >look good from where I sit), what does that say
    >about Podkopayeva's 1994 season, let alone anyone
    >in their mid-to-late-30s and even their
    >early-40s?




    It's not so much the WR that I'm questioning (yes, it's a soft record and was there for the taking), but for anyone to run sub-4 minutes for the first time in their career (especially careers spanning 15+ years) and to set a PB - that's gonna cause speculation.

    She first made a name for herself way back in the 1988 (of all years!) OG trials, at the age of 25. Now, for someone to come out and run 4:00 at such a young age, you'd expect them to quickly capitalize on that and go on chipping away at that time year after year. Not in Regina's case - she stayed at the 4:01-4:10 level for ages, then at age 39 1/2, bamn - she breaks 4 mins for the first time - 15 years after running 4:00.

    Podkapayeva may have been capable of sub-4min at 42 years old, but it wasn't a PB for her - it was 3 seconds down on her best.

    Apart from all this sub-4min at 40 crap, just look at the woman! All muscle and sinew - not an ounce of fat on her! People this side of the Atlantic have been speculating about her for ages. Wake up and smell the coffee!!

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    • #17
      Re: Say it ain't so, Regina!!

      <<They may have gotten the correct result but they would have gotten a failing grade based on their logic. She could have gone to any meet she missed with THG in her system and no one would have ever known.>>

      Quite probably. She only ran in 3 meets this year. Come to think of it, she ran in very few meets in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

      I forgot one more detail on Podkopayeva: She was the oldest woman to win a World Championship, in the 1997 indoor 1,500 (beating 38-year-old Mary Decker-Slaney), 8 months short of 45! Regina was 5 months short of 40 when she won this year.

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      • #18
        Re: Say it ain't so, Regina!!

        One other note: Regina's an asthmatic, last time I heard. What would she be doing with THG in her system?? Or could it be that her asthma medication contains THG (quite likely, but I'm not so sure in this case) and she didn't know it?

        And the marathon was starting to look good for her. I'll say one thing: That certainly thins our prospects for the women's 1,500 and 5K, as well as the women's 4x100 world record if Chryste gets the boot for 2004, whether Marion is on the relay or not. And there are yet to be more names revealed in the latest dragnet.

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        • #19
          Re: Say it ain't so, Regina!!

          >> All muscle and
          >sinew - not an ounce of fat on her! >>

          Wow, just like every Kenyan you've ever seen! Who knew that the principal ingredient in ugali was THG?!

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          • #20
            Re: Say it ain't so, Regina!!

            I'll say one thing: That certainly
            >thins our prospects for the women's 1,500 and 5K,
            >as well as the women's 4x100 world record if
            >Chryste gets the boot for 2004, whether Marion is
            >on the relay or not. And there are yet to be
            >more names revealed in the latest dragnet.>

            I'm not sure anyone caught with modafinil will get a two year ban.

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            • #21
              Re: Say it ain't so, Regina!!

              >>I'm not sure anyone caught with
              >modafinil will get a two year ban.>>

              No shit, Sherlock! Doesn't anybody pay attention to facts before posting anymore?!!! Let's say this for you one more time. Read it real slow so it sinks in (and excuse my caps yelling)

              MODAFINIL IS A MILD STIMULANT, NOT A STEROID.
              IF YOU GET CAUGHT USING MODAFINIL THEY TAKE AWAY THE MEET IN WHICH YOU USED IT, NOTHING ELSE
              THERE ARE NO DOWN THE LINE PENALTIES FOR HAVING USED MODAFINIL

              Do I need to add that the Gaines positive was for Modafinil, not steroids? (well, so far)

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              • #22
                Re: Say it ain't so, Regina!!

                >One other note: Regina's an asthmatic, last time
                >I heard. What would she be doing with THG in her
                >system?? Or could it be that her asthma
                >medication contains THG (quite likely, but I'm
                >not so sure in this case) and she didn't know
                >it?

                Prior to two weeks ago, the existence of THG really wasn't known, or at least documented as having any beneficial medical uses.

                Instead of dreaming up all kinds of innocent reasons why this stuff would be in their systems, how about thinking of the most likely reasons. Ockham's Razor, you know...

                I'm just utterly aghast at the trend I see here: innocent until proven unquestionably innocent!

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                • #23
                  Re: Say it ain't so, Regina!!

                  Please, at least spell my name right. I'm quite sensitive about that you know.

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