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RE: Steve Magness exploded against Almaz Ayana on twitter

rojo wrote:

[quote]George Hirsch wrote:

He is not in a position to know this. He is seriously detracting from the overall effort against cheating by making claims he has zero ability to back up. He dos not work for the IAAF.

I think Magness is hurting the antidoping fight by saying that and I say that as an admirer of his. You can't just say something is laughable because it's fast.

To me, a coach should know the idea that a 14:05 athlete (and come on she's run 14:12 with horrible pacing) running 29:17for 10k isn't that shocking. So unless you were already calling her a doper before tonight, you shouldn't be doing it now.

At cornell, we had a couple guys run faster than 29:17 and none of them were sub 14:00 in the 5000.

We're about to update our 10k recap with this sentiment.

Here is what we wrote:



If you simply look at the women's 5K and/or marathon record, Ayana's 10K record perhaps does not look that spectacular. However, it is absolutely spectacular to see a women run so fast in a non-paced race with 37 athletes, constantly going from lane 1 and 2 to get around lapped athletes and make it look easy. There is a reason why the previous record had been around for so long. For a decade, the record was considered untouchable and when great athletes like Radcliff, Defar, Cheruiyot and Tirunesh made legit attempts, they missed it by nearly half a minute and Ayana smashes the record. Certainly the math makes the record plausible, but it is difficult to maintain focus for 25 laps and having the balls to go after a long distance WR in a global championship.

I admit that a lot of my suspicion is because of Ayana questionable OOC testing. After rewatching the race I didn't see the fatigue on Ayana I saw on the other athlete's faces. She seemed like Superman. Btw, Ayana could have run sub-29 with fewer lapped runners and if she pushed harder the last 800m.

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