Finally saw this, Great race, race a 400m relay is so exciting.
It's A shame TBO tried for too long to take the inside (why are British athletes obsessed with hoping the inside opens up?) before going around and PSD weirdly tried to overtake on the curve twice. If either mistake was removed the Brits could have won. I noticed th splits were consistently good. Ohuruoghu's increased focus on speed work seems to be paying off, despite taking forever to change her mind not to go on the inside, she still kept pace and looked like she had her usual speedy finish at the end. I honestly think this GB team could medal in place of Jamaica this year with a bit of luck. All 4 girls seemed to have had good winters and are in the forms of their lives.
JumboElliott wrote:Based on this early season time without the two best runners for the US, is it possible that we could see a run at the World Record this year?
The 400m along with the 1500m world records are probably the most untouchable records in the sport.
Without both AF and SRR on the team, the US 4x400 team becomes very susceptible.
I'm not so sure, last year anybody half decent could have been on the last leg and won the race, the USA was so far ahead. The USA will only be under threat is and when the Russian women's learn to manage a race and stop completely blowing it at championships every time.
You must have serious inside information...I would never count this lady out...the best(clean) female 400m runner ever.
If somehow you are correct, the USA's women's 4x400 will win anyway.
That is hugely debatable. Sanya is very talented and fast but that isn't the same as the best. For years her race management was suspect and it appears she is a slow learner, hence she only has one world championship and one Olympic gold. She blew it in 2008, she made a big mistake of judgement in the 2012 indoor relay. Others who are considered clean and better than Richards-Ross would be Marie-José Pérec (much faster, Olympic record and much stronger international record in big championships), Cathy Freeman (faster and more successful once Perec was out of the way) and maybe Olga Bryzgina all have stronger records and times to genuinely challenge for the "clean women's 400m GOAT" title and it would be hard to not give it to Perec.