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Let this serve as the official thread.
Our main thought2?
1) Savinova deserves to be considered the favorite. We'd say she wins this race more than 50% of the time but after her we like the Americans.
We said in our preview we don't see how Montano wins it if her third 200 is over 30. That may actually be possible but not if it's over 31 like it was in the semis.
If Martinez is going to win, she's got to get out faster.
2) We expect this to be a MUCH slower winning time than the last 3 worlds.
Winning Times at the last 5 Worlds.
PS. We figured out why all of the 800 runners think they are going way faster than they are. The big screens hanging from the stadium are on about a half-full second delay. So if you look up at those, you'll see a time from the past.
Savinova - was impressed in 2011 where she seemed to be the only one to realise the race was against Caster Semenya and no one else. She will be ready in the final.
After that? Perhaps Martinez, Montano, but perhaps also the Kenyan, Eunice Jepkoech Sum.
1 571 Eunice Jepkoech Sum KENKEN 1:57.38 PB
Details 2 760 Mariya Savinova RUSRUS 1:57.80 SB
Details 3 928 Brenda Martinez USAUSA 1:57.91 PB
Details 4 923 Alysia Johnson Montano USAUSA 1:57.95
Details 5 745 Ekaterina Poistogova RUSRUS 1:58.05 SB
Details 6 959 Ajee Wilson USAUSA 1:58.21 PB
Details 7 854 Nataliia Lupu UKRUKR 1:59.79
Details 8 289 Lenka Masná CZECZE 2:00.59
Letsrun - where if you take it out hard you're a fool, and if you lay back and kick at the end, you're a coward. LOL! You guys should all be coaches - you'd be so successful since you're so darn smart. LOL!
Its really a shame that talent like that is coupled to someone who seems incapable of escaping mindless high-school-freshman tactics.
To be fair, the sit and kick is criticized in the 1500-10000 races, not the 800.
There is a difference between taking it out hard and being a moron. Solomon takes it out hard. He does not get criticized for this. If he were running splits in line with Montano (56-61), he would be 48-mid on the first lap. That would receive criticism and rightly so.