There is nothing to be ashamed about being top 6 in the world. Especially in the 800.
Excellent race by everyone in the field. Everyone deserve some praise.
I think it is disappointing on the whole to see American athletes develop over years, and we take a personal interest and third-person stake in the process, as solid American track fans, and then come Worlds or Olympics, 18 year old Sudanese, Kenyans, or Bahranians via Kenya step up and win medals, as if it's a state high school meet, no big deal.
Can you imagine if we had athlete after athlete, year after year, major international competition after major international competition, who could just show up, sight unseen by the general viewing audience, and win medals?
Congrats to Nick Symmonds for a personal best, but anyone else see the essential futility of this general effort? How do we change this, or can we?
How to change this?
Abolish school buses, pesticides, Xboxes, Gameboys, myspace, facebook, McDonalds, laptops, and the NFL & the NBA.
Personally, I think most American high school coaches, and, taken one step further, college coaches, look to the short sighted local idiotic events, dual meets against your "rivals," as some type of stepping stone to American distance running manhood, when really they have been setting the athletes back, and in the way of development, for many years. ...
So it's really ex-runners with a warped localized competitive ego creating more American nobodies, year after year, decade after decade, as they collect that extra 3-5 grand on top of their teaching salaries. Every once in a while, as in soccer, somebody suceeds despite the high school coaching.
What do you get when this happens? A slow phasing-out of non-africans (and ultimately a decline in popularity of the sport) and all-african medal stands.
Ironically, a lot of these East Africans runners are sponsored/funded by American companies. This is the proverbial "globaziation" of running. This is not the same Caucasian sport your grandpa grew up watching.
Americans dominate 100,200,400 and 400 hurdles and never lose the 4x400 relay and the USA women do rather well in atleast 4 events. So whats the big deal.
No shit sherlock. We are talking about middle distance/distance running. The East Africans dominate, end of story. Look how the Great White Dope, Mottram, did in his last 2 WC's (2007 outdoors and 2008 indoors): he got smoked. And in the sprints, runners whose ancestors are from West Africa dominate. Get it? West Africa + East African =
wibbles wrote: The globals are 47 events and I have not seen too many African field eventers.