Richards has a lot on the line here in terms of making a(nother) statement and defending for the gold... Hastings needs to get feet wet in EU and show she:s for real on the senior level on this side of the pond.
Trotter slow out of the blocks, Richards out quick and makes up stagger on Trotter immediately. Hastings running strongly on inside. Richards leading at 250m, way ahead of field. Off the turn, Richards powers, powers, powers and dominates in 49,54 WL. N. Williams places 2:nd.
it's not exactly the same, but ian thorpe dq'ed on oz trials for 400m for athens ( he inexplicably fell into the pool ) - this was a guaranteed gold medal the ozzies woud have lost if thorpe hadn't swum it in athens
feverish behind the scenes activity led to the 2nd qualifier ( craig stevens ) giving up his position on the individual "for good of team oz"
it's not likely to happen here, but it's not beyond reals of possiblty that nastash or weinerg might be paid a sum by maybe the shoe company of sanya to give up their slot - they may just say :
"you get $25k sponsorship/year currently - quietly give up the individual spot & just keep the relay one & we'll up your sponsorship to $75 - 100k for this year"
realistically, after the hard seasons these 2 youngsters have had & quality of osaka opposition, they'd do extremely well to make the final, let alone medal, so an extra $50 - 75 may be a decent business proposition to give up the slot to sanya
eldrick wrote:...realistically, after the hard seasons these 2 youngsters have had & quality of osaka opposition, they'd do extremely well to make the final, let alone medal, so an extra $50 - 75 may be a decent business proposition to give up the slot to sanya
elders, is that meant to only apply to women, insofar as in the same event, the 400m, Jeremy Wariner, Quincy Watts and Steve Lewis -- three of the four past Olympic champions -- won in extended-seasons? Avard Moncur, the 2001 World Champion, was an extended-season collegian and NCAA Champion. Ten years before that, Antonio Pettigrew was the NCAA II Champion and won the World Championships as an extended-season collegian.