At age 20, she won the Aussie champs earlier this year. Then she hit the standard. Then she was left off the Worlds team even though everyone though Aussie champ + standard eaualled auto spot (but it came out if you read it closely you had to have the standard ahead of time).
Guess who got the medal today?
Non Linden Hall. Not Jessica Hull. Abbey Caldwell.
Aussies, did a committee make the decision? Nic Bideau? Who?
I heard her family was in the stands with "Team Caldwell" tshirts. I'd like to buy one. Anyone know what they look like?
To be fair? She was told by multiple AA staff (one of whom is the coach/manager of the athlete who was selected ahead of her and offered her a sponsorship deal under his agency which she declined) that she was an automatic qualifier if she ran the standard. So rather than chase a faster time like the girls she beat at nationals (and the CWGs) she decided to focus on training as opposed to racing. So wait what's fair again?
All of these stupid issues merely highlight again, the unfairness of the whole system. Anyone with a Q time should get to run. Nobody cares what country they live in. No 3:30 Kenyans or 44.xx Americans should sit home so some 45 donkey can run.
Hindsight, lap times, etc, etc have nothing to do with it. 50 years of involvement in Australian athletics tells me that if you won nationals and met the qualifying time within a certain time frame leading up to whatever the championships were then you were in.
Won't regurgitate what's already been said about some believing/told that was still the case, the rule had been changed and poorly communicated, yada, yada, yada,...
So regardless of hindsight, lap times, etc, etc, her and "Team Caldwell" have been vindicated, i.e. she should have gone to the more prestigious WC.
I went ballistic the first time I heard about it. Go listen to the podcast. She won the damn trials. She then hit the standard. Everyone knew that meant you should be on the team. I'm glad an Aussie says 40 years of precedent back me up.
They tried and did screw her on a technicality.
When USATF did similar shit with Pan Ams, we sued them and won. The difference was USATF wasn't right technically in our case.
THIS STANDARD SHIT IS KILLING THE SPORT. We need more meets that matter.
She won the Trials. She was 20. She's clearliy a world class athlete and belonged at the Games. Put her on the team.
Why in the hell wouldn't seh be on the team?
It's really not that hard.
Ok. I get it. Australia actually has 3 other realy good 1500 runners - all of whom made the world or Olympic final last year or this.
That's a good problem to have. However you want to determine the final 2 spots is up to you, but whatever you do, don't let the agent / coach of one the girls be involved in the process. Isn't that what happened?
1) Was Caldwell offered a Puma contract by Nic Bideau that she declined? 2) Did Georgia Griffith signed a Puma contract offered to her by Nic Bideau? 3) Was Nic Bideau involved in selecting the 1500 team?
Three simple questions.
While your at, can you tell me who picked the team and did they ever provide an explanation?
I can TOTALLY understand why they thought 3 women would do better than Caldwell at Worlds. I dont really care. The preceived conflict of interest - whether real or not - really bad and want national champs to matter.