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RE: Ryan Hill wants to eat his cake and have it too (Article about his World Indoor tactics)
Nothing he said was contradicting.

Not tinman wrote:

But then when I looked up and I see the time, how close I was to gold,” Hill said. “I know I probably made a few mistakes down the last K so there will probably be that little bit of disappointment that I could have won gold.”

Here, Hill he speaking in actual terms. He lost by what ended up being a slim margin. So he's saying that, when he reflects on how the race actually transpired, he knows he could have shaved off a few tenths down the stretch.

Not tinman wrote:

“I knew I could be in the top five, but anything more than that would take an incredible last lap, maybe a few other guys going for the win and dying back a little bit, which is pretty much what happened,” added Hill.

“Maybe I would have tried to go with one of those moves with 800 to go, so that I was at least third with a lap to go. But we’ll never know if that kind of move would have cost me everything.

“Had I gone for it, maybe I would have blown up and come in seventh or something.”

Here he is saying - he knew coming in that he could run smartly and get a top 5 finish. Anything better than top-5, would've taken him finishing strongly and others finishing less-than-stellarly. Then he affirms that his pre-race hypothesis is basically what happened.

Then, he uses the word 'maybe' as his mind imagines different outcomes.

The questioning logic is pretty simple at this point.

1. Maybe if I had abandoned my pre-race and better-positioned myself for the win, I would have won.

2. Maybe if I had abandoned my pre-race and better-positioned myself for the win, I would have expended too much energy and fared worse.

Final Verdict: We'll Never Know.

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