Hurdler No More wrote:
Do you know any other success stories of athletes who do several events in college and improve in all of them including their best?
Pretty much every American Olympian of the recent past.
OK, I didn't realize pretty much every American Olympian of the recent past dropped their primary event so they could get better at it. Thanks for the heads up. I think we'll start having our distance kids work on the shot put next season instead. Only the most talented distance runners, of course.
Clayton Murphy ran 800 & 1500 in College
Emma Coburn, steeple, 1500, XC
Florida jumpers all do LJ & Triple
Jenny Simpson mainly focused on Steeple in College now only 1500
I could go on all day...
Her coach knows what he is doing, remember he does coach the world record holder in the 100 Hurdles. I predict that by 2020 Olympics she will be much improved over 400 hurdles in part because of this decision and also will have a solid 2nd event, if not a 3rd. They are probably looking at being able to medal in 3-4 events 400 Hurdles, 100H, LJ, 4x400. My guess is 2-3 is what they will get out of it. But she is 18 years old, if ever a time to be patient and work on other stuff while developing to be a better runner/hurdler now is the time in a non-world champs year.