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Subject: RE: 1500m women's world record video (first lap 53 seconds)
Thanks for posting the links. Liu Dong who set the pace in that 1500m ran 1:56 at the end of the 1993 Stuttgart World Championships 1500m, running away with the race, the same that Qu did in the 3000m and Wang in the 10. So yes, she could run 57.2 at the start, especially since she was only pacing the race. She wanted to run and break the record but Ma wouldn't let her because of some stupid rule about dating. She was PO'd of course, ran the killer pace from the start then dropped out as forced to do by the coach.
Wang invariably ran the 2nd half of her races FASTER, so any supposedly short start would not have given any advantage, ridiculous as the notion is anyway. All her 400m splits were posted in T&FN and elsewhere at the time.
The same in the 3000m, the 2nd half was FASTER than the start. The only race this didn't happen was the 1500m thanks to Liu Dong, which led them below the WR anyway. To bad she wasn't allowed to compete with the rest of them. Look closely at that Stuttgart 1500m, she is running AWAY from 3:56 1500m runners. There is no doubt she would also have run 3:50-51 had she been allowed to compete in that race.
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