shivfan wrote:Were they right to switch from the long jump to the 100m?
Yes, there's more money and presitge in the 100m, and yes, concentrating on the sprints probably brings more invites to DL meets around the world, but has this switch damaged their ability to win precious metals at the major champs? Blessing Okagbare secured a bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, I think, and I believe Tianna Madison was a champion in a previous World Champs. Now that they're concentrating on the 100m, both made it to the final at the London Olympics last year, but neither secured a medal....
Would they have been more likely to medal if they'd stuck to the long jump?
Madison? The answer to that is yes. As already mentioned she's a part of the gold medal 4 x 100 meter relay team and was a bronze medalist in the 60 meters at last year's World Indoor Championships and is the reigning US Indoor Champion at 60 Meters. And she finished fourth in the 100 meters in London, with a PR of 10.85.