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Friday, August 21, 2009

Worlds, Day 7


TV: NBC, 1-3 PM (live); CBC, 1-3 PM (live); Versus, 8-10 PM (tape)
Web:, 5:35 AM (men's marathon), 11:45 AM (afternoon session); IAAF radio, 5 AM (marathon), 11 AM (afternoon session)
Highlights: M Marathon, W 5,000, M/W 4 x 100m, M Long Jump, M Pole Vault, W Hammer

My thoughts on the seventh day of the Worlds...

The 800 has a reputation as an unpredictable event, but this is ridiculous. Kaki trips over himself, Ismail DNFs, Kiprop blows chunks, and Reed doesn't make it. Does Symmonds have a medal chance in the final? I'd say he's probably the smartest racer in the final, and that helps a lot.

The USA 4x100 discovered that you actually CAN be too safe. As I'm writing this, it's still up in the air as to whether they make the final or not, but blame can solidly be placed at Doc Patton's feet. Not for screwing up, but for still being hurt from whatever screwed him up in the 100m final, which kept him from accelerating properly. Crawford slammed on the brakes and still ran up his ass.

Kudos to Versus for working with the rain delay that put everything behind by half an hour. They started half an hour late and ran their whole two hours plus an extra 10 or 15 minutes.

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