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Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 02, 2003 7:29 am

Just wondering who do you think will be able to survive the Golden League meetings for the $1,000,000 payoff. Here are the remaining 10 who will go on to Paris July 4.

Golden League Jackpot contenders:

Men
100m – Mark Lewis Francis (GBR)
800m – Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA)
110m Hurdles – Stanislavs Olijars (LAT)
Pole Vault – Nick Hysong (USA)
Javelin - Sergey Makarov (RUS)

Women
100m – Chandra Sturrup (BAH)
800m – Maria Mutola (MOZ)
1500m - Iryna Lishchynska (UKR)
400m Hurdles – Jana Pittman (AUS)
High Jump – Inga Babakova (UKR)
Triple Jump – Yamile Aldama (CUB)

*Men's 5000m – Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) not competing in Paris
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 02, 2003 7:35 am

i think out of that whole list only mutola will be able to hold on, because she is really dominating over everyone else right now. both men and women 100s are up for grabs, and so is the mens 800 and hurdles. but if im right, she gets the jackpot all to herself. thats crazy.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby gh » Wed Jul 02, 2003 7:35 am

I say only Mutola can stay the course from that group.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 02, 2003 7:36 am

Looks like Mutola will need a good tax advisor.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 02, 2003 7:44 am

I agree with the Mutola tout, but I think Pittman has a great shot also. Looks like an all female field here.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 02, 2003 7:55 am

Y'all beat me to it about Mutola; I was thinking the same thing. But even she will have problems staying unbeaten if Ceplak enters at least 2 GL races.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 02, 2003 8:59 am

<<*Men's 5000m – Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) not
>competing in Paris>>

The heck with who is going to win the Golden League. Why in the world would Bekele not be running in Paris?
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby br » Wed Jul 02, 2003 9:30 am

<*Men's 5000m – Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
>not competing in Paris>>

<The heck with who is going to win the Golden League. Why in the world would Bekele not be running in Paris?>



Ask his manager. He probably wants to save his legs for the WC.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Powell » Wed Jul 02, 2003 9:35 am

Apart from Mutola, I would say Makarov, Aldama and Pittman all have a good chance.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 02, 2003 9:51 am

>
Apart from Mutola, I would say Makarov, Aldama
>and Pittman all have a good chance.

Isn't the JT supposed to be an inconsistent event? That would give Makarov a hard time.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Powell » Wed Jul 02, 2003 12:56 pm

It's just like any event - if you're better than the others, you tend to win :-p
Note that Makarov only lost ONCE last season (that was in the European champs), and he did compete a lot on the circuit.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby gh » Fri Jul 04, 2003 3:11 pm

And then there were two (Sturrup & Mutola). I don't know if my heart wil be able to take the excitement over the next 2 months while this high drama plays out.

Allowing a mulligan was a far better way to go: too bad they changed it.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby blacklily » Fri Jul 04, 2003 3:31 pm

What happens if Sturrup & Mutola both notch a loss? Does the money get folded into next year's jackpot?
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Sat Jul 05, 2003 6:33 am

Good question. Here's another one. What happens to Allyson Felix's prize money in Paris last night? She can't take it without losing her NCAA eligibility. So does it go to the next placer, or does the meet just keep it? (Same question if she earns prize money in the WC in August.)
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby gh » Sat Jul 05, 2003 6:47 am

The IAAF Handbook is mute on this subject, leading me to believe the money disappears; checking.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby gh » Sat Jul 05, 2003 6:48 am

Ooops--hit reply button prematurely. The IAAF is mute on subject of what happens to jackpot if nobody wins.

As for Felix, I'm pretty sure that money just goes unawarded. I'll check on that too. (good questions!)
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Sat Jul 05, 2003 6:53 am

>Good question. Here's another one. What happens
>to Allyson Felix's prize money in Paris last
>night? She can't take it without losing her NCAA
>eligibility. So does it go to the next placer,
>or does the meet just keep it? (Same question if
>she earns prize money in the WC in August.)>>

I've got a worse scenario. What if she takes the money and runs (straight away from USC)?
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Sat Jul 05, 2003 10:19 am

>I've got a worse scenario. What if she takes the money and runs (straight away from USC)?<

Nothing wrong with that. She could just hang out with Alan Webb and they can count their money together. (Better yet, she could hang out with LeBron James, although then they'd probably spend so much time counting that she wouldn't have time to train.)
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Sat Jul 05, 2003 12:02 pm

I don't know what they'll do with Felix's prize money, but what I have always done in Portland is award the prize money to the next eligible athlete.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby gh » Sun Jul 06, 2003 6:07 am

IAAF has confirmed to me that the million does NOT carry over. And that there is no formal mechanism for awarding "collegiate" money to somebody else.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Sun Jul 06, 2003 8:52 am

>It's just like any event - if you're better than
>the others, you tend to win :-p
Note that
>Makarov only lost ONCE last season (that was in
>the European champs), and he did compete a lot on
>the circuit.

Well, I hate to say "I Told You So", but Zelezny put a quick end to Makarov's golden aspirations.

Actually, I lied. I LOVE to say that!
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Fri Jul 11, 2003 11:16 am

Sturrup stays alive in Rome! 10.89 win.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Fri Jul 11, 2003 11:24 am

look at her reaction time.... 0.119 !
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby gh » Fri Jul 11, 2003 12:27 pm

And Mutola stays alive. Huge sigh you just heard came from IAAF Headquarters in Monaco.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby gh » Sun Aug 10, 2003 7:16 am

Allow me to quote myself from last time:

>And Mutola stays alive. Huge sigh you just heard
>came from IAAF Headquarters in Monaco.>

But Sturrup is gone.
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Re: Golden League jackpot

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 10, 2003 10:38 am

Graf was absent much of the early season. It's a long season and staying unbeaten is a tough chore. Ceplak is a little dinged up so Graf may be the only one who can upset Mutola now.
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