sidelined wrote:Larkim, are you trying to argue that the bigger the margin of victory, the less impressive the achievement? That seems a little eccentric to me...
But yes, to a point I do suggest that; in respect of Jess, had what she achieved been a massive margin of victory and a world record, clearly that would be a superlative performance worthy of recognition (particularly given the level of the heptathlon WR!). But to post "only" a UK record and "only" the 5th highest score ever whilst beating the rest by a country mile is (to my eccentric mind!) not as "good" as Rudisha posting a WR in a race that was genuinely competitive (i.e. he could have lost!)
My argument falls down ref Mo I suppose, but I think the nature of a 10,000m or a 5,000m is such that an Olympic final is almost inevitably not going to produce a WR.
I'm also not just judging the level of achievement - I'm also adding a subjective element of "how much fun was that to watch!?!" Rudisha was exciting, in my house we were all (yes all!) applauding at the TV when Mo won, and when Jess won we all went "Meh, bit of a damp squib really".
Just my eccentric opinions though!!