Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field events?


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Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field events?

Postby dl » Tue Aug 05, 2003 3:33 pm

As much as I hate to say it, Dragila is looking less and less like a medal winner. Who else do you think has a shot at a medal in the field events, realistically?
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Re: Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field even

Postby tafnut » Tue Aug 05, 2003 3:54 pm

Since the answer is no one, that brings up a good point. Since field events are more about technique, and we supposedly live in the country with the most access to state-of-the-art refinements in athletic performance, why do we so miserably trail the rest of the world? We MUST have more female PV-ers (think HS and college) that many other top countries combined, yet we can't put 3 near the top? What is wrong with us? I don't see any correlation to our current distance woes, because I really don't think we do have anywhere near the talent of the North and East African nations.
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Re: Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field even

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 05, 2003 5:19 pm

Throws: We've generally had about zero medal-level throwers, even in the post Iron Curtin era. Connie P-S was close and we've had a few others with single marks that were good, but not consistency. Maybe Gerraughty can break out.

LJ/TJ: JJK was a superstar, but who else have we really had? Just Lewis, Marion and a very few others over the years.

HJ: We have had a LITTLE more success here, esp. Ritter back in the day with her AR. Acuff, Waller and Co. are just below the medal surface. If they could get up to AR territory, they could medal.
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Re: Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field even

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 05, 2003 5:54 pm

I don't think the U.S. will win more than five medals in the women's running events in Paris. I doubt if they will win any in the field events.
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Re: Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field even

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 05, 2003 6:04 pm

US medals women:
White - 2
Edwards - maybe 1
Richards - possibly 1
Devers - 1
McKelvy - possibly 1
Glover - maybe 1
Dragila - 1 (experience will carry her)
4x1 - 1
4x1 - 1

6 + 4 maybes = 8 medals

men:
100 - 1.5
200 -1
400 - 1.5
110H - 1.5
400H - .5
LJ - 2
SP - 1.5
Dec - 1
4x1 - 1
4x4 - 1

total: 12 likely
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Re: Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field even

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 05, 2003 11:08 pm

dragila has been stuck on heights that used to be her opening height (4.40). unless she jumps 15 ft she will not medal. she could medal with 4.55, but only if there some no heights from some of the contenders. the other field eventers women have no chance, sorry to say...
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Re: Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field even

Postby gh » Mon Aug 11, 2003 2:50 pm

The latest chart we've posted shows the U.S. women with

4 golds (White 100, Devers, 4x1)
2 silvers (White 200, 4x4)
2 bronzes (Dragila, Glover)

Dragila was in 4th until the Russian team was announced and Polnova didn't make it. Belyakova (who PRed to win the meet) doesn't quite have the same chops. But surely would not be surprised to see a Russian 1-2-3.
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Re: Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field even

Postby tandfman » Tue Aug 12, 2003 2:56 am

The way they've both been performing lately, Acuff is more likely to medal than Dragila. Which is not to say that either of them is a medal favorite. But Acuff has been jumping well fairly consistently in Europe. Dragila has not.
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Re: Will the U.S. women win a single medal in the field even

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:24 pm

Stacey Dragila,Amy Acuff, Grace Upshaw, Aretha Hill all have a chance with a great day. Shelia Burrell can be in the hunt, if some of the contenders dnf, as they always do.
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