A world record attempt by Gudaf Tsegay and some high-quality clashes between major medallists are set to highlight the ORLEN Copernicus Cup
We changed the title of this thread. It was initially entitled. "NO MU, NO PROBLEM. Keely Hodgkinson, Mary Moraa and Diribe Welteji in 800 scrap Wed (Feb 8)". You can watch the meet for free on the WA youtube page if you are in Ireland and many other countries. We have a VPN suggestion here.
Some nice fields there. Mens 1500 is a little weak but good quality elsewhere. I'd love to see Tsegay run the mile just a little more conservatively than usual and she'd get the record no problem
If there's pacemaker, Keely could go below 1min 57secs.
i mean, sorry, rupp,
I know what you mean about Tsegay. Her insistent surging in races baffles me at times. Good luck to her, but I'd have preferred to see her at Bathurst rather than chasing indoor records.
W 800 is too close to call. The winner should get a serious confidence boost ahead of Budapest.
That would be cool to see, but winning will take precedent and could make 1:56 less likely. Deribe Welteji (1:57.02 PR) is in great shape, having just run a 8:33 3k after miscounting laps and taking a seat on the track at 2800. Mary Moraa actually had a 3-1 record vs. Hodgkinson last year. This is definitely the most interesting race of the meet.
Women’s 3k looks good too: Taye, L. Hailu, F. Hailu, Getachew, Nanyondo.
keely needs to prove she is equal to or better than athing.
very very tough ask.
Yes, I'm sure Hodgkinson wants the win more than a fast time. That CWG loss to Moraa really stung her. I like Hodgkinson's character, she seems really prickly about coming second
Two other Ethiopians I didn't recognize in the 3000:
Tikien Amare, Gebru Tsegay.
An embarrassment of riches if they both go sub-8:40.
Getachew's 8:37 PB/SB reminds me that Wayment should run comfortably under 8:45 this weekend before fans start whispering medal year.
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I'm just here to complain about the thread title- why specify the timezone for 17:35 but not for 12:35?
If Seb Coe has his way, Getachew won't be allowed to race anymore in women's races.
She could but fighting solo, not in duel for the line.
I would like Keely to win but I'm afraid Moraa will win if in-form, she has simply faster kick and taking CWG into account endurance.
I also think that Mu will have problems with Moraa in the future, maybe already in Budapest.
That said Moraa is still en enigma. She was weak in 2021 in Tokyo (sf) (and she is older that Mu and Hodgkinson) so her long-term form that is a big question mark.
I meant talking at this ;)
Moraa wasn’t really an enigma last year. Tactically she’s a bit erratic, but she is consistent in her performance. She profiles more like Mu in terms of a really fast 400m runner. Keely I’ve long argued would be better served in a patient race plan where she kicks hard past Mu/Moraa than aggressively trying to get ahead of them early or grabbing the lead with a hard move at 250 or earlier.
The men’s 1500 wasn’t bad, but I thought Mills would have a stronger finish.
Where’s the free stream
See above but requires an irish vpn.
Tell me about it. Her race at Commonwealths was the strangest race I've seen since Kiprop was playing games with the field at Elmsley-Carr 2015. Hopefully she isn't on a similar "program"
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Drew Bosley ran the 5k and 3k at NCAAs, then a week later he ran another 5000, why?