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RE: Olympic Standards Posted
This just sounds really stupid.
2:11:30 was 6th place at the Rio Olympics and would get you into the top ten every other year. I don't care how many hundred people ran faster than that if they're all from Kenya (and I love Kenya but they can only send three(?) people).
The whole IAAF ranking scheme is dumb and tying it to the Olympics is unfair to upcoming athletes, as we've already discussed on these boards (and as Paul Chelimo points out in his tweet).
I get that the goal is to get athletes to compete more so they can have a high ranking, but if you're exempted by a qualifying time, these rankings are only going to apply to the slower athletes. The guys with the qualifying times are at the top of the sport, they're the ones I want to see racing more!
Maybe it would make sense for one spot to go to a top-ranked athlete in each event. That way the rankings matter for the athletes we really care about and we're guaranteed to see some known faces, but it would still let nations pick athletes without following this stupid system.
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