In case you wannabees don't know it, track is an individual sport. You're not only competing against those from other countries, you're competing against your compatriots at nationals.
You compete, you earn a spot, you take your shot. That's how it works.
You do it because you WANT to, because you NEED to. You don't GIVE AWAY something you've worked so hard to earn.
YOU LINE UP. You NEVER know what is going to happen.
I can't stand this, I hope I never ever hear about this guy again.
It's not an invitational, or a circuit meet, it's the damn World Championships, second only to the Olympics.
If you can, YOU GO. YOU START. YOU SHOW WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF. YOU SHOW EVERYBODY, INCLUDING OTHER COMPETITORS, THAT YOU WILL NOT BACK DOWN, YOU WILL NOT DEFEAT YOURSELF, THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO BEAT YOU TO WIN BECAUSE YOU ARE THERE TO COMPETE.
WHAT, THE GUY WHO GOT TO GO BECAUSE HE CAME IN SECOND IN A WEAK COUNTRY DOESN'T GO, BECAUSE HE DOESN'T THINK HE CAN WIN??
THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.
YOU EARN A SPOT, YOU DAMN WELL SHOW UP AT THE START LINE.