What Star Gets Left At Home? Previews Of The 1,500s At The 2012 US Olympic Track & Field Trials
June 27, 2012
The men's 1,500 at the 2012 US Olympic Track and Field Trials is absolute must-see tv. Who gets left at home? 2011 world champion bronze medallist Matt Centrowitz, 2009 world championship finalist Leo Manzano, 3:30 man and Oregon favorite Andrew Wheating or Mr. Kick himself, Robby Andrews? By definition one of them has to be left at home and we haven't even mentioned #2 seed Russell Brown and fellow 'A' qualifiers Jeff See and David Torrence.
And the women's 1,500 might even be more unforgiving. One of the following women won't make it to London as well - 2011 world #1 Morgan Uceny, 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson, 2009 bronze medallist Shannon Rowbury and 2009 world #2 at 800 and 3:59 performer Anna Pierce.
The 1500s will provide great drama but guess what - we aren't previewing it for you now out of protest.
We can think of ZERO arguments as to why it's in the fans' best interest or athletes' to run a first round of the 1,500 where the # of competitors is reduced from 30 to 24. Yet that is exactly what is happening on Thursday and it's a TOTAL INSULT to all fans and athletes alike.
The fans and athletes deserve better. USATF should make the heats mean something. Increase the field size to at least 36 (if not 48) and eliminate at least 12 people. By having more people - both the fans and athletes benefit. Six more people (if not 18 more) get to realize their dream of competing in the Olympic Trials and the fans get to see a race where something actually happens.
Right now the only point of this race is to mimic the Olympic schedule where there are 3 rounds as well.
Shame on you USATF.
We'll preview the semis when they roll around.
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