notorious wrote:USA Track and Field thinks that they are slick. On their home page cover story of the meet, it shows a picture of the 2007 World Championships womens 200m with Felix beating Veronica. lol
Huh? why would USATF not promote the US athlete.
Before the next Bolt and Gay clash, would JAAA having a picture of Bolt losing to Gay in Stockholm?....
VCB all the way, which is to be expected. Felix tweeted a photo of a set of starting blocks so its clear she's working on her starts. Given her build and strengths as a sprinter, Felix is never going to be 60m athlete but the race should help build some 'drama' throughout 2012 when these athletes meet again... I doubt if they'll race over the 200m before London anyway.
Interesting to see double world champ Michelle Perry on the start lists for the 60mh. Tilastopaja has her last results from 2009 so perhaps some maternity leave?
As I said earlier, it will be interesting to see how Felix's 60m in 2012 compares to her PR of 7.32 from 2004. "Start work" or not, not improving on a PR she set at age 18 would raise some questions, and very well could see her not make the final.
I haven't seen any close up footage of VCB's 50m to judge if her start is the same as her 2011 attempts, but I would rather she get called up on it now by a starter and DQed before she gets busted in the JAM trials or worse still, in London.
Am I being naive to assume that someone at the IAAF wouldn't tap her on the shoulder to say that what she's doing is illegal and we will pull you up on it if you try and do it again?
VCB seems like a person of principle and not one to cheat. Perhaps she believe's she's within the rules at the moment and if she doesn't record a DQ on the blocks, she's ok?
Can anyone think of any other sprinters who've adopted a similar approach?
Has anyone looked to see if she does the same thing in the 200m?
Disappointing in and of itself, but lists toward hypocritical when you remember that she told Philip Hersh after Worlds last August that is was important to "keep her word", and compete at Weltklasse despite the fatigue of her efforts in Daegu.
Come on, guru, she still ran in NY...it just wasn't Millrose. Same thing as far as I'm concerned (it's not like Millrose is still in the Garden). Plus, Hersh, the muslim-hating, PED accusing, hack, had no right to divine her intentions.
"But Felix already makes enough for dollars not to get in the way of good sense. This was more about good intentions."
Regardless of what meet Felix runs in, it's kinda missing the point. Which is this: Who in the heck wants to see her run the 60 meters?
Yeah, just fork over top dollar to see someone run in an event that's not even her specialty, an event that's clearly her weakest of all the sprints.
Oh, I know all about Felix "using" the meet to work on her start, but as a ticket holder, I would not want to be "used" that way. But that's track in an Olympic year. The top athletes will use meets as a glorified practice session, whether you like it or not, and avoid competing against their main rivals as much as possible until the Games.
A niche sport needs more great races/matchups, not less, but such is life when an entire year comes down to one meet.
This is a pretty interesting men's 400m field. I'd love to see where LeJerald Betters is right now. I know that Pinder is running really well this indoor season, and of course Kirani James is Kirani James. Perhaps we see a 45 low?
Kirani James David Neville Demitrius Pinder Johnny Dutch Jamaal Torrance LeJerald Betters Tabarie Henry Calvin Smith Joshua Scott
Anyone know when or if Jeter intends to run indoor this year?
Ever since 2009 when she made her big break through she has been running indoor. In fact her best season to date (2009) she ended that season with the fastest 60m time for that season (7.11). I know it is relatively early in the indoor season but I have not heard anything about her running any indoor meet, I would think this would be a good tune up or 'check' at least to see where she's at compared to other season.