rose colored boy wrote:
I, for one, like race tactics. What Hassan did was smart and it happens all the time. Tactics are part of the fun: Centro won gold in Rio b/c he was a smart racer. Was he the fastest guy in the field if it was a rabbited race? Maybe not ...
Centrowitz got to the front, fairly, and then ran really fast on the rail all the way to the finish.
That's not [i]exactly[/u] equivalent to a rigging athlete in second deliberately veering out to block the athlete in third that's about to overtake them.
But sure, yeah, it's all [i]tactics[/u]...
That's right: Centro's tactic was to defend his position, react to any attempt to pass, thus making them run wide. He didn't really run fast in the first few laps, he just surged to hold on to his position when needed but then slowed it back down. This is similar in spirit to Hassan who was also defending her position forcing Muir wide.
Eating healthy foods is not similar in spirit to using PEDs. Positioning yourself well in a race is not equivalent to cutting in and tripping people.
I like Hassan, I have no reason to say she's a bad sport per se. But in the heat of competition, she deliberately veered out and blocked Muir: she cheated.