yoder-begley fan wrote:
If you watch the interview of Shannon on Flotrack, you'll hear her say/imply that the usa 1500 final was a crapshoot, and in slow races like that, the cards fall where they may. Mcgee, despite being talented, got lucky on that day. I've been interested in seeing Shannon move up to the 5k at a world level for awhile now, b/c she clearly lacks the closing speed to medal in the 15. Watch the 1500 at Monaco and you'll see how Simpson can hold her own, and still close that last 200-150 meters. I've never seen Shannon close w/ that sort of authority unless it was a us championship. Let's hope that the longer distance will help her in terms of medaling.
First, Rowbury already has a 1500 medal so... she clearly lacks closing speed for a medal? What she clearly lacked was fitness in the early season; glad she's coming around in time for worlds. Too bad it is in an event where the Americans are hopelessly outclassed.
I don't think McGee got lucky at all. She was probably the athlete in the field with the worst record in tactical races, but she put herself at the front at the bell and made it work. She did the same thing at NCAAs. This is the same thing Centro does that has everyone labeling him a tactical genius; I really wonder why more runners don't make an effort to run this way.