gh wrote:OK, so I can "understand" (and hate) a 3 semis with 2+2, if you're down to just 2 semis (you know, like god intended), WTF is up with this sudden 3+2 bullshit? This stuff continues to amaze me.
Per Andersen wrote:He's within the norm of what is technically acceptable.
I agree with Per. Nothing at all wrong with Richardson's technique. It suits him perfectly. He is a delight to watch.
Ummm, he's really not anywhere near the 'normal' technical model. The technical model does not advocate that long swim motion, because it's not conducive to 'quick' levers getting up to the hurdle. Now, that said, you'd be crazy to try and break him of it now. I would not teach it, but sometimes athletes figure out what's best for themselves despite a coach trying to cram them into a technical model. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Man, It looks like we are in agreement then. How about that
jason richardson almost at the line !!! what a finish !! oliver was the biggest disappointment of them all, all the way down to 5th. it was obvious from the diamond league that he would struggle here too
Liu Xiang was clearly gaining hard on Robles, and then even passed him slightly and was about to win it, but Robles right forearm hit and pushed backwards against the front of Liu Xiang's left forearm, significantly, pushing Liu Xiang's momentum backwards slightly, and Robles' momentum forwards slightly, causing Liu to trip over the last hurdle and lose, while causing Robles to fly over the last hurdle and win.
Liu Xiang was the true best hurdler in that race, and should be the one with the Gold medal right now.
efua ninsin wrote:weren't both of them affected by the hands collided. i think it would be unfair to dq him. it was not intentional
I agree that it was not intentional.
I don't think Robles should be DQ'd
I'm just saying, it sucks, cuz the guy who was clearly the faster of the two, and was clearly going to win it, ended up not winning, due to the shitty luck of getting pushed backwards by Roble's arm just prior to jumping over the last hurdle, throwing him off balance and draining a bit of his momentum, costing him the win.
You could tell pretty clearly that Xiang was gaining steadily, very noticeably, and had already passed Robles and was on his was to a win, just before the collision and Xiang getting fucked into not winning.
Xiang was the faster hurdler in that race today. Damn. That sucks.
Gabriella wrote:Intentional or not, he impeded him. It should be a DQ
I would agree with this if it had been Robles that had shifted over towards Xiang's lane and accidentally impeded him, but since it was Xiang who moved a bit towards Robles' lane and put himself in a situation to get accidentally impeded, they probably won't DQ Robles, and probably shouldn't DQ Robles, as that would be unfair.
That said, this still totally sucks, cuz it was extremely obvious that Xiang was on his way to a victory, to anyone who has eyeballs, and that he just got pwnt out of it by bad luck cuz of that collision just before the last hurdle. I am a Liu Xiang fan, so I'm very saddened by this. Damn. I could see the victory in his sights as he was zooming past Robles, and then it all just goes to shit like that. Sigh.