As of, oh, about now, it' s on the front page. Still a work in progress though, as full results of the Russian Championships (and the composition of their team) still unknown. And the Ethiopians have some distance choices they won't announce until Friday.
A typical example of what's wrong with this board... You get 100 comments on each of the 100 threads on Alan Webb, but a WORLD RECORD doesn't even get one decent comment. But then she is a woman, isn't a distance runner, and comes from on eof these faraway places where people's names are hard to pronounce, so who cares, right?
I don't know what message boards you frequent, but compared to the IAAF Forum, this board is very parochial. Yes, some countries' athletes do generate more interest there than others', but if a great performance comes up, no matter where and who achieves it, it will be talked about. The Russian championships (and not just Pechonkina - there were a lot of other top-class performances achieved there, but I doubt anyone over here knows or cares) were the big topic of discussion the last couple of days. And FYI, most of the posters are British or American. I've only ever seen two Russians post anything there.
I won't be surprised if Pechonkina goes well under 52 in Paris, nor will I be surprised if she becomes the first woman under 51 by next year. She might also be the fastest one lap sprinter by next year. She is one powerful athlete.
Under 51? No way, she'd need to be able to run sub-49 on the flat to do that... The 52-second barrier could be broken at some point in the near future, though. If Pechonkina doesn't do it, Jana Pittman may.
Unlikely to happen. Why would a meet promoter have a recent WR setter (an incredibly rare animal these days) in his meet and not run her in her WR event? Flys in the face of marketing logic. Promoters aren't interested in satisfying the curiousity of tracknuts, unfortunately.
Unless she wanted it to happen. We've seen some of those off-event things where for one reason or another, an athlete did not want to compete in his/her prime event at a certain time. This could happen with Pech after Paris. Or maybe not.
In reference to touch down times for hurdlers...one of the posters said and I quote " I doubt that anyone would carry out such analyes at the Russian Champs. As a hurdle coach myself I always take down touch down times(important data for the coach and athlete to take back to a training session to see strengths and weaknesses in a race) ..be it a race or pratice situation. Any coach worth his or her salt would do it, especially in a national championship . And the Russians are such technique that you know her Coach has that info...weather it out there for the public is another matter. But I`m sure it will surface in some research paper in the future
Possibly, but if her coach took down the touchdown times, they are likely to be hand-timed and not terribly accurate. They won't be directly comparable to the times achieved in the last 2 WR races, which were achieved in WChs and were the subject of major IAAF research projects.
I just love it when there are complete break downs of the sprint races. True about the hand times but they have been very helpful for me and my hurdlers to get a feel of the race and it`s " zones", then we go back and work out the weak spots ( I talking about my 110HH guys) but also in the IM it is useful. Amazing the kind of data that is out there and it can spell out the whole race and it`s stages.