Symmonds ran great, considering he was dealing with jetlag, and this race was just a shake out.
sleeper wrote:platypus prime wrote:I know that's how Symmonds works best, but in this field it wasn't really possible. The Brazilian was the only elite competition and if Symmonds hung back from him, he would have been right in the thick of the crowd, could have gotten himself boxed in or been forced to run wide the whole race. He did what he needed to do during this race except for the last 70m or so.
Symmonds looks more economical coming from the back of the pack. I know people on here complain about that tactic all of the time, but that seems to be how he runs best (unless, of course, he is clearly the class of the field). He has a hard time making the "penultimate kick" that demoralizes his competitors at 500m when he goes out too quickly.
For those of you who have never done the European circuit, it takes a good two weeks to get truly adjusted to the time change, so if you haven't ever done it... It is not easy for Americans.
Africans, I think are tougher, so when they come here, it is easier for them to tough out the time change.
I remember when I went to do my first European circuit. I was based out of Sweden. Went to bed the first night at 11pm after a 3 flights to get to my host club/training center etc.
Woke up at 2AM feeling fully refreshed and thinking it was 7AM.
Jetlag my friends can truly fukk with you. Some more than others, it is VERY individual. For me it is a monster. Every time, both ways.
I really doubt Nick as fully through "the lag" when he ran this race. He just used this to hit the ground running in Europe and start getting his body ready for WC's.
More story to be told here.
The more pressing question, is when he is going to go sub 1:44.