guru wrote:Of course, Beard had to run her 4x4 prelim the morning of the 400 final due to weather
What does that have to do with the price of rice in China? Every athlete would love to have ideal conditions, but we can't be apologists for them when the conditions are less than ideal. Do you think Duncan enjoyed running into that hurricane on Saturday? Furthermore, athletes in the past (eg. Natasha Hastings, Monique Henderson, etc.) had to run three rounds of 400 instead of just two, yet they still ran a full second faster than Beard in the final.
guru wrote:Beard still won, which is all that matters. You're the one who said Beard didnt deserve the Bowerman last year because of the time she ran - I'm just providing context.
Incidentally, your Beard comments seem a bit different than the tune you're singing now with Duncan's wind-hindered performances...
I didn't bring up the headwind to make excuses for Duncan, I only did it to show you weak your "4x4 prelim the morning" comment sounded when trying to defend Beard. Besides, Duncan showed her brilliance on several other occasions during this outdoor season - 22.12w at SEC, 22.21 at East Regional, 22.19 in NCAA semifinal - but Beard ran her fastest time of the entire outdoor season in the NCAA final which you are making excuses for. If Beard had run some fast times prior to NCAA's, I would have viewed her entirely differently.
guru wrote:Bottom line - I'm being consistent(I believe Duncan deserves the Bowerman, slow NCAA times or not) - you're not.
Guru, you're all over the map. Now you're saying that Duncan deserved the Bowerman over Beard? If true, I stand corrected, but I could have sworn that you were one of the Duncan haters last year, and you're calling me inconsistent? Come on man, come on. My belief has always been that the entire season should be taken into consideration for the Bowerman, not just NCAA's, and if athletes are gong to be given credit for great 4x400 relay performances, they should also be given credit for great 4x100 relay performances. Why should only one relay count?