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It’s Monday morning, it’s cold and raining, and I’m a bit grumpy
After watching some of the indoor competitions this past weekend, 99% of athletes executed well within their means.
There are, of course, a few who didn’t follow my rules:
- No showboating, no waving to the crown, and no celebrations before you cross the finish line. Afterwards, you can do whatever you want.
- Always run through the line, no slowing down.
- Always lean for the line or tape, especially in timed sections!
Pretty simple instructions, no?
I don’t mind the clowning around in the blocks, and I don’t mind the post-race dances and flag waving. I just cringe when I watch the 2008 Beijing Olympic final on TV. (Mind you, he did run through the line in the 200m to a new WR)
There are hundreds of examples out there, but one race that sticks in my mind was Steve Ovett losing a rare 5000m at Crystal Palace, London in 1980 (post Moscow Olympics). Kudos go out to John Treacy for never, ever giving up.