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My forever Olympic crush (and eleven time gold medalist)  Allyson Felix announced that she will be retiring after the season today.

Best wishes for your future Allyson.

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After a disappointing meet at the Olympics in Tokyo, the US Track Team has come back hard on home soil at the World Championships in Eugene, OR. Sweeping the Men's 100 and 200m, and then there's this young woman:

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What is it with the US men's 4x100 teams and baton hand offs? This event was by no means their worst exchange, but it feels like they have regularly struggled going back to the Seoul Olympics in the eighties. 

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3 minutes ago, xaxat said:

What is it with the US men's 4x100 teams and baton hand offs? This event was by no means their worst exchange, but it feels like they have regularly struggled going back to the Seoul Olympics in the eighties. 

At least they didn't drop it? 

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The women's 4x400 is my favorite event no matter the competition:  Olympics, Worlds, NCAA championship (the 2018  NCAA women's 4x400 is a thing of beauty!).   Once again this race did not disappoint.  Fantastic race!

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As a Brit, it's so frustrating that we've finally produced an elite, genuinely top class athlete in Keely Hodgkinson, only to see the USA produce Athing Mu, who just seems to be that little bit better.

British track and field is still in pretty poor shape, when we can't even field competitors in a significant number of events. We still rely on two or three high profile competitors and, if they don't perform, there's nothing behind them.

Anyway, Sydney McLaughlin is, as the kids say, a whole vibe. As talented a runner as anyone I've even seen, absolutely gorgeous and also quiet and introverted. I really hope she converts to the 400m flat, because she could be an all-time great. 

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On 7/26/2022 at 6:03 PM, Lady Whistleup said:

Michael Johnson thinks the WR's are sus.

Does he think the timings are suspect or that the athletes themselves are suspect?

I know there was talk of this track being fast, and I think combinations of the more advanced tracks plus the more advanced shoes mean that some WRs are going to go.

In Tobi Amusan's case, those two races were technically perfect. She hit every hurdle in stride and went over them smoothly, she just didn't lose any time at any stage of the race.

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3 minutes ago, Salacious Kitty said:

Is he also implicating Sydney? 

He did not mention her by name. What he said:

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“I don’t believe 100h times are correct,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “World record broken by .08! 12 PBs set. 5 National records set. And Cindy Sember quote after her PB/NR ‘I throughly I was running slow!’ All athletes looked shocked.

“Heat 2 we were first shown winning time of 12.53. Few seconds later it shows 12.43. Rounding down by .01 is normal. .10 is not.”

Unfortunately, I think track has such a record of PED's that no WR doesn't deserve the side-eye. Sad but true.

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Johnson's question about the times are more about the quickness of the track and the instrumentation (time/wind speed) for the women's 100 meter hurdles than an insinuation that PEDS played a role.

He was reacting to the fact that

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What raised eyebrows, though, was not the result but the margin by which Amusan broke the record, and the sheer number of personal and national records set by competitors in the event.

The fourth-, fifth-, sixth- and eighth-placed runners in Amusan’s heat, a semifinal, also ran their best times ever. The other three runners ran their best times of the year.

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“As a commentator my job is to comment. In questioning the times of 28 athletes (not 1 athlete) by wondering if the timing system malfunctioned, I was attacked, accused of racism, and of questioning the talent of an athlete I respect and predicted to win. Unacceptable. I move on.”

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14 hours ago, NUguy514 said:

Yeah, I thought Johnson was pretty clearly referring to the conditions and the clocks and not insinuating anything about the athletes themselves.

Fair enough. The article was paywalled, so I couldn't get a read on Johnson's remarks.

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The Pan-Continental Curling Championships just finished. This is the first event of its kind, and is both a qualifier for world championships, and a way for teams from less curling-experienced countries (like Guyana, Brazil, etc.) to gain experience and move up.

The only reason I mention this is because Team Fujisawa of Japan, my Olympic crushes, won the women's tournament! Hooray!

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More exciting curling news! (exciting to me anyway lol)

Team Fujisawa has just won their first ever Grand Slam of Curling event, the Co-Op Canadian Open! They were undefeated the whole event, and are the first team from Asia to win a Grand Slam title. Woohoo! It's a long way to Milan-Cortina 2026, but I hope these wins are a good omen!

https://thegrandslamofcurling.com/fujisawa-wins-co-op-canadian-open-to-become-first-gsoc-champion-from-asia/

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https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/35524812/ioc-seeks-pathway-let-russians-compete-paris-olympics

Article talks about how IOC wants Russian athletes to compete in Paris, but must do so under a neutral flag.  Then states that Russians have not competed under the Russian name since 2016.

What?!  If they are truly going to be "neutral athletes" then they should be required to march in with other neutral athletes like the refugee athletes.  There shouldn't be any kind of unified team uniform, they shouldn't be included in any medal count by country.  The whole "ROC" or "OAR" designation is an utter joke.  They're Russians... just under a different name.

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Team Fujisawa wins again! This time the Zen-Noh Japanese Curling Championship. Not sure if this is THE Japanese Championship, but who cares they wonnnn! (Edited to add that apparently this is the official Japanese Curling Championship...Wiki didn't add this edition to its page until it was over, so I wasn't sure. So double woo!)

And Yoshida Chinami won tournament MVP!

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1 hour ago, AimingforYoko said:

Paris next year.

It really is only about 16 months until the next Olympics, isn’t it?  It seems like the last Summer Olympics was just a year ago.  

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There's more and more talk about terrorist countries russia and belarus being potentially allowed in Olympics next year. Fuck every single person that isn't disgusted by this and is willing to watch if that happens. We need to make sure that everyone understands there's going to be massive boycotts and not repeat the fucking embarrassment that was the World Cup in Qatar last year.

 

 

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