Sometimes statistics lie. Going 158 at the us trials and running 159 at the big meet is somewhat of a letdown but running 156 and then going 202 is a Letdown with a capital L. It is the magnitude of disparity that is the fact that people here are pointing out. of course there are some russians like zaripova, chicerova and ambukhomova who perform well at both meets.
gennady wrote:Unfortunately there are no complete results of the semifinals, but still a very impressive list of results!
The full SF results are there, they're just not very easy to read because they've been listed by lane as oposed to actual result. I've listed the result by position below. Women in bold made the final:
Krivoshapka clearly had the easier heat and semi, so you would expect her to be fresher for the final. Firova and Guschina appear to have run unneccesarily fast, but I guess it depended on how the race went & if their opponents went out hard. An interesting point is all the top familiar names ran faster in the semi than the heat, where as virtually all the lesser names ran faster in the heat than the semi. In recent years, Nazarova has often run a good semi and not so good final; yes 50.00 is her best for 8 yrs, but I wonder whether she has another fast one in her? I'd expect Krivoshapka to win and it'll be interesting to see whether Guschina and Firova are down on their semi times.
Just reviewing the LJ results, 4th placer Kucherenko (6.81) was the only one to get all six jumps and had a solid, consistent series with 3 jumps in the 6.7+ range. On the other hand, 3rd placer Kolchanova had few valid jumps. 1st placer Sokolova's second best jump was 6.94, better than anyone else and also had a 6.7+ jump so deserves her selection. Nazarova was also consistent with some 6.8's, so again deserves her place, but I would definitely take Kucherenko over Kolchanova based on form in recent years. Most of Kilishina's jumps were around 6.5 but that 6.81re-affirms her potential when not injured. Last years champ Zaitseva, who went over 7m then, qualified for the final with a 6.48, but come the final had two no jumps and a 5.92 to come last.
The most important question: Will the Russian federation ignore be blinded by the NC results and not nominate Klishina for London? Just because she jumped a few silly cms less than others? I strongly urge them to decide in favour of beauty.
Should be quite a final! Zaripova is just in it for speed work.
I recall when Tomashova beat Ayhan in Paris; man, was Ayhan pissed! Tomashova also finished 2nd to Kelly Holmes in Athens, then won the "sweep" in Helsinki, when Chizhenko was DQ'd. She was a hell of a RACER. It seems unlikely she could reach that form again, however.
In HT, 5 over 72 meters, Lysenko 78.51Khanafeyeva 76.04. Cheers, Alan Shank Woodland, CA, USA
AK49 strikes again.... I am sure she will be in around 49.5/49.4 shape come Oly... Gushina and Firova though... It will be interesting to see what they do. That relay team will be fierce though only if...
Last I checked, they hadn't qualified for the relay based on their atrocious time at the EC.
(Clarification: it is my understanding that relay qualification is top 16, based on aggregate of a nation's best run time in 2011 and in 2012. Russia has a 3:00 performance on 2011, but a best of 3:08 in 2012 and is therefore outside of the top 16 on aggregate.)