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RE: Is the 800m "dash" the weakest event in track?
No, it's the strongest. The 2024 Olympic 800m gold medalist could come from any continent and any ethnicity. I'd bet my house that the 2024 100m champion will have West African ancestry and 90% likely to represent the USA or Jamaica. I'd similarly bet my house that the 2024 10,000m champion will come from East Africa, although better testing might change that at least to some extent.
In other words, the 800m champion is the best of 3 billion males on the planet, the 100m is the best of maybe 25 million (the rest aren't 'even competing) and the 10,000 the best of 50 million (East Africans)
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