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RE: New 2020 Olympic Standards Posted - They Are WAY Tougher - Will US Olympic Trials take a hit?
If you think this is hard on American athletes, it's worse for most countries in the world. There are still MANY countries in the world where the national record for the marathon has barely reached Boston qualifying standards.
There was something nice for athletes to be able to compete by just getting in for the B standard.
On the plus side, it does mean a lot of people will have to up their game- by a lot. And I think some people can push themselves to make it.
One the other hand it does make it harder for those athletes who have an amazing talent but no sponsorship, so their don't quit their dayjobs, think of the ones like Sarah Sellers, who worked full time as a nurse and still hit the a-standard. In the states that doesn't get her in the olympics, but in other countries, it's the only way to get in. Finland was represented in a olympics by a lady, leena poutaniemi who was a full time swedish teacher, but still qualified for the olympics Finland is a country that's lucky to get 3 women in the games, and they are more advanced than many countries. Not everyone has funding to make it to iaaf races to boost their ranking, but they can qualify in a gold standard race.
I have to read more on the ranking system (not thrilled that it isn't open access, must given my data to get a copy).
Anyone wonder whether it'll increase the chances of doping just to make it? I mean it's quite obvious some countries are doing it which is why the standards are pushed so much to a new level.
Not sure if I'll like the olympics as much. I'm always in awe of the capacity of athletes, but I am even more touched by those who can make it with grit, patience and discipline while still having a day-job.
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