My thoughts on the fifth day of the World Championships…
Versus managed to show us a decent amount of a semifinal in the women’s 5000 meters and ended their telecast early, but couldn’t find time to show us the women’s discus final. Naughty, naughty!
Men’s 400m semis: USA looks to sweep.
Men’s 200m semis: According to form. Bolt and Spearmon are battling…for second.
Men’s 1500 meters: The message board must have every English-speaking knucklehead on earth chiming in. In short, Webb doesn’t have any race-strategy subtlety or ability to think on his feet plus he’s a little short in sprint speed. The exact opposite is true of Lagat and always has been. Webb is going to beat himself up over this (with plenty of help from the press and the peanut gallery) but really, he just has to figure out how to use his abilities to his benefit. It took El Guerrouj a while to make it work, too.
P.S. This is probably the biggest single news item for US distance running in 20 or 25 years.
P.P.S. The whole Ramzi thing is just wierd. He doesn’t race all year long and then comes up silver at the Worlds. What the heck is that?