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The Athletics Thread

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A great recap of the 2004 OG 1500 m final and the great 5000 m battle.

I thought Lagat had him to be honest. El Guerrouj was struggling with form in the lead up finishing 8th in Rome and 2nd in Zurich.

Also got to give credit to Rui Silva's last lap to get bronze.


It's kinda funny watching the 1500m vid because you already know the results beforehand, but I was still like go faster Guerrouj, faster! Don't let Lagat beat you! :tearsofjoy:

The 5000m is pretty great too, thanks for posting this!
 
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A great recap of the 2004 OG 1500 m final and the great 5000 m battle.

I thought Lagat had him to be honest. El Guerrouj was struggling with form in the lead up finishing 8th in Rome and 2nd in Zurich.

Also got to give credit to Rui Silva's last lap to get bronze.


One of my favourite memories. I watched the race in Zurich and saw Lagat sprint past him. Then, in Athens, it was basically the same situation again, I thought Lagat was bound to win it on the final stretch, but… well, you know what happened.
 
‘center’ of Us track and field…empty seats and terrible stadium announcers.

Why did they even upgrade that stadium if nobody’s gonna show up?
To make it as fast as possible so they can get records and hype the home athletes, of course!

The Diamond League is a bit of a tricky kind of one to ascertain in American interest, though - while it is a world circuit, a lot like F1 it has various fly-away sections with a core central calendar in Europe, and while there are many US star athletes who will generally do a very full DL calendar, like Chase Jackson, Ryan Crouser and Noah Lyles, there's also a fair few who simply don't compete outside of the US calendar, and with the extremely home-biased commentary that has been discussed on this thread before, it's quite likely that apart from among the real die-hard athletics fans, a lot of the overseas stars competing just don't pull in the punters to a place like Eugene - unless you're already on the West Coast, it's not the easiest to get to, so you have to really go out of your way for it, whereas you might get more casuals but a less knowledgable T&F crowd if the events were in, say, Chicago, LA or Atlanta.
 
‘center’ of Us track and field…empty seats and terrible stadium announcers.

Why did they even upgrade that stadium if nobody’s gonna show up?
The old Hayward Field was perfect for the Pre Classic - add a few temporary bleachers and you've got yourself a full stadium. But the new one was built pretty much so Eugene could host the Worlds, it's just too big for a regular meet.

We'll be hosting the U.S. Olympic Team Trials again this summer, doubt we'll see all seats taken there also. As has been mentioned Eugene isn't the easiest to get to, we have one small airport (eh, at least we have an airport! lol), which guarantees you'll have to have a layover at a major hub somewhere, so the travel alone is a turnoff for some.
 
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