He's in lane 9 with.... in the same semi with Kirani James, Chris Brown and Jonathon Borlee....
I fancy (hey, it's London) McQuay's chances in lane 9 of a semi. He will be able to run his own race plan, rather than have it dictated to him by someone else going out too fast or too slow. He can let James go in the final straight (assuming James is gunning for a top seed in the final) and hold-off/reel-in the other two as need be. Brilliant, eh what?
t_monk wrote:As for medalling... McQuay has the better chance IF he makes it to the finals... that being said though I doubt he'd have medalled looking at his form from the first round compared to that of the other top athletes. But as I said.... once one makes it to the finals, anything can happen.
Its almost impossible to make judgment based off the first round.
Nellums in lane 6 with Santos and Kevin inside him, is pretty much the same as McQuay's lane 9 in his heat. Both with their major competition inside them.
I would pace a high bet on McQuay getting a auto Q than Nellums getting one.
cladthin wrote: I agree that LM should have either pulled himself out (I said so earlier in the thread) or we need to make a change to the system that takes the potential of doing the right thing out of an athlete's hands who won't do the right thing.
Unless they consider some type of UK-like funding for athletes, the governing body shouldn't have any such power when it comes to individual events. If USATF didn't help them "get there", they certainly shouldn't have the right to take away their opportunity...even if it seems wasted.
I'm not sure on that one. There are positive and negative aspects about keeping the decision totally within the hands of the athlete and we just witnessed the down side of that.
I totally believe in the "priviledge"/honor aspect of representing one's country and Merritt just selfishly took away the opportunity for another to take that spot. Merritt knows we are trying to send our best and for him to insist on running in that condition was not in keeping with what a team captain, of all people, should be demonstrating. He's had weeks to rehab which we've heard he's done and weeks to train and test it out.
McQuay is a 44.4 runner he will make the final easily if he is healthy. John went way too fast yesterday, this will kill him as it has in the past (2010 euros). I don't know that I would pick John against McQuay anyway. I am not sure James is faster either, but it won't matter in this heat because unless John is poised to run well into the 43s, 3rd place won't be able to hang with the the quality of semis that McQuay and James have shown they are capable of running. Look at McQuay's semis and finals from NCAAs and USAs the last two years. What you will see is a remarkable record of running really fast and then running again the next day. If he is faster than he was at USAs, which is likely, given his linear improvement over the past two years and the fact that he has never ran a summer season, he may well be the favorite to win gold, forget make the final. Anyone who questions the latter is on crack.
The future looks exciting for this event (not necessarily fast, but competitive) as there's a lot of youngsters near the top. Just heard them say that Solomon, the top Australian who just finished 3rd in semi #1 is only 19. Santos is only 18, and James is 19. Hopefully they can all stay healthy and continue to improve.