eldrick wrote:none of the established 800 gals "kicked on" after pj's 1'54-flat last year into 1'56 territory let alone 1'55 or 1'54 this year - the best is 1'57+
without cs popping out of nowhere, this wouda been considered the poorest 800 season in 40y !
the standard in wc was truely awful & jm rode it to almost win
to replicate a silver next year is going to be infinitely harder - the ruskies & other east europenas tend to do better in that than in wc/og
personally, i don't see jm ever getting within 1/2s ever of kelly's record of 1'56.2 ( maybe not even within 1s ) & that will limit her
her problem is that she is only 5'1 & that just doesn't give her the physical tools to get into the 1'55s "naturally"
re kicking on, for me the most disappointing one this year was Okoro (although I totally accept that this is through injury and no fault of hers).
re 40 years, yes, it has been a bit pathetic overall this year. Although I'm not sure the top ranked runner was clean in every single one of those previous 39 years...
I must admit I had JM marked down as the weakest of our top 3 (admittedly a very strong top 3, so this is no great criticism). I think I probably still feel the same - but what she has proved is that she has a very big heart, and has developed into a very good racer. I now think that, while fit, she will be a danger in every race she enters. The Russians will fear her next year. Believe it.
re being 5'1, you are going to have to explain that one! People used to say big men couldn't run fast, but I think we can put that one to bed now, can't we? Next up: "small women can't run long"? No. I think there is room in the same bed for that generalisation too.
...but I'm happy to listen to arguments otherwise.