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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Day 5 Review

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My thoughts on the fifth day of the World Championships...

Versus managed to show us a decent amount of a semifinal in the women's 5000 meters and ended their telecast early, but couldn't find time to show us the women's discus final. Naughty, naughty!

Event-by-event reactions...

Men's High Jump: Shocker. Donald Thomas has been a high jumper for less than two years and is now a world champion.

Women's Discus: Un-shocker. Heavily favored Franka Dietszch won her third world championship on her first throw.

Women's 100m Hurdles: Michelle Perry won a close one.

Men's 400m semis: USA looks to sweep.

Women's 400 meters: I thought Novlene Williams was the best runner in the race, and she might have been if not for an overly aggressive early pace. Britain's one-two sweep was truly unexpected.

Men's 200m semis: According to form. Bolt and Spearmon are battling...for second.

Men's 1500 meters: The message board must have every English-speaking knucklehead on earth chiming in. In short, Webb doesn't have any race-strategy subtlety or ability to think on his feet plus he's a little short in sprint speed. The exact opposite is true of Lagat and always has been. Webb is going to beat himself up over this (with plenty of help from the press and the peanut gallery) but really, he just has to figure out how to use his abilities to his benefit. It took El Guerrouj a while to make it work, too.

P.S. This is probably the biggest single news item for US distance running in 20 or 25 years.

P.P.S. The whole Ramzi thing is just wierd. He doesn't race all year long and then comes up silver at the Worlds. What the heck is that?

1 comment:

Tmo said...

I saw Alan Webb hit hard by the Kenyan as they rounded the curve. Alan could have fought through it but would have knocked out Lagat to do so as Lagat was on his shoulder. Rather than bump Lagat, Webb looked to see who it was and stuttered his stride so that the US would medal and took his lumps. NO ONE is reporting this, watch the damn TIVO it was on Versus. Alan Webb is my hero for running through this, and I have not heard him complain about the barging of the Kenyan.