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The Athletics Thread

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To be fair, how were they to know that Lieke Klaver would be able to run a full 400m for the first time in her life? She always goes out like a train and then runs out of gas in the last 50m and tries to hang on but she was full steam ahead all the way round here. It really helped the Dutch be in position for the final leg, and then Bol did her thing. You could sea on the top bend that they still had a chance just from how effortless she looked coming into that final straight compared to Yeargin and Williams.

Mahuchikh manages to bring some justice in terms of getting the reward at the big events for her performances over the last couple of years, that had eluded her to date. The Aussies tend to raise their game for these championships, obviously Olyslagers/McDermott at the Olympics and then Patterson last year, but this year they got both of them on form at the same time.
 
To be fair, how were they to know that Lieke Klaver would be able to run a full 400m for the first time in her life? She always goes out like a train and then runs out of gas in the last 50m and tries to hang on but she was full steam ahead all the way round here. It really helped the Dutch be in position for the final leg, and then Bol did her thing. You could sea on the top bend that they still had a chance just from how effortless she looked coming into that final straight compared to Yeargin and Williams.

Mahuchikh manages to bring some justice in terms of getting the reward at the big events for her performances over the last couple of years, that had eluded her to date. The Aussies tend to raise their game for these championships, obviously Olyslagers/McDermott at the Olympics and then Patterson last year, but this year they got both of them on form at the same time.

It helped Mahuchikh that Lasitskene wasn’t there.

Watch out for Angelina Topić. Just turned 18 a month ago, won the European U20 title just before Budapest, and won the European U18 title last year. She made the final in Budapest and finished 7th, which is very good for someone just turning 18. She will contend for years to come, if she stays motivated and healthy.
 
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It helped Mahuchikh that Lasitskene wasn’t there.

Watch out for Angelina Topić. Just turned 18 a month ago, won the European U20 title just before Budapest, and won the European U18 title last year. She made the final in Budapest and finished 7th, which is very good for someone just turning 18. She will contend for years to come, if she stays motivated and healthy.

Has Mariya Lasitskene retired or just out of action due to the ban?
 
El Guerrouj's 2000 metres has fallen, the Scandinavians are taking the piss in endurance sports at the moment, although his mile and 1500m are the true pillars.

I believe El Guerrouj has only run the 2000m 3 times in his career, so given the lack of importance and time which has lapsed, the WR was bound to fall.

3:26 and 3:43 will be hard for Ingebrigtsen.

 
The Prefontaine Classic here in Eugene today - wooooo!

They moved it from the usual May to now, it's the last Diamond League meet of the season. I'll just watch it on TV, but I'm sure the atmosphere at Hayward will be electrifying as usual.
I'm wondering if they're doing something like the biathlon with the Diamond League; there, one of the regular hosts takes the World Championships and jumps into that spot and they reallocate the other stages' spots. Putting Eugene at the end just seems weird as I'm used to either Weltklasse or the Memorial Van Damme ending the season but I wonder if they're going to move around various meetings to get the Diamond League finals events distributed around, since they make those into a bigger festival with a full schedule, and then rotating that spot around means the different venues all get a chance to profit.
 
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I'm wondering if they're doing something like the biathlon with the Diamond League; there, one of the regular hosts takes the World Championships and jumps into that spot and they reallocate the other stages' spots. Putting Eugene at the end just seems weird as I'm used to either Weltklasse or the Memorial Van Damme ending the season but I wonder if they're going to move around various meetings to get the Diamond League finals events distributed around, since they make those into a bigger festival with a full schedule, and then rotating that spot around means the different venues all get a chance to profit.
Having the Pre Classic in September is all kinds of weird, I'm sure money has all to do with it. But I can also see the practicality of it because all the international athletes have to travel to the States just this time and then call it a day.

How do you type so fast, btw.? I mean with my fat fingers in the cycling stage threads... by the time I crank a post out the stage is practically over. :tearsofjoy:
 
All the TV commercials are killing the whole electrifying vibe of the meet - while we get to see ads there is lots of action going on on the field all at once. It's deflating.

The Bowerman Mile is a bit later today, that one always gets the entire stadium going. Wonder how Ingebrigtsen will do.
 
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2 DQs so far - one in the men's 400m and just now in the men's 100m. The other sprinters better be careful with their starts.
Poor Akeem Blake went all the way to Xiamen to fall out of the blocks, then went all the way to Eugene to get DQed for a false start.

It does seem a bit silly that Rai Benjamin wins the DL title for winning that one race when he only did a couple of races while Karsten Warholm won nearly every race all season so it really feels a bit silly to say that Benjamin was the best hurdler all season when this is the only time he's beaten Warholm all year (and he only got beaten by three people all season, Happio in a heat in Budapest where they jogged in having easily qualified, McMaster last week in Zürich and Benjamin here). It's like NASCAR's format with the "playoffs" I guess, so it makes the season about qualifying for the important races at the end. "Playoff" type winner takes all races in a season-long competition that already has a World Championships event seems a bit silly, but hey, that's the format and you know that when you sign up.
 
Rojas seems to be back to her usual form now after the bumpy jump final in Budapest.
And the 2nd and 3rd fastest times of all time in the women's 3000m steeplechase.
TBF she had problems with her run-up all night. The thing with Rojas is that she only needs to get one jump right and she should win comfortably because she just has more distance in her than anybody else in the field by a (no pun intended) distance, despite an often ropey second phase. She jumps a lot of fouls on the regular. But when she gets one right, and she tends to get at least one right across a series, she'll usually win.
 
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Great run by Ingebrigtsen, and congrats to Nuguse on the American record!

Well, that's it for today - day 2 tomorrow and some more fun races and competitions to watch. (Wish I was actually at Hayward instead of having to put up with all the commercials. :mad:)

What a run from Ingebrigtsen and Nuguse!

I did not expect Ingebrigtsen to do a 3 second mile improvement to get so close to El Guerrouj's WR.

Ingebrigtsen's running style reminds me of Sebastian Coe and Nuguse's running style reminds me of Said Aouita.