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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 9:40 am    Post subject: WEBB VERSUS RITZ OVER 2-MILES! Reply with quote

How much fun is this race going to be to watch

http://www.preclassic.com/m2mile.html

WEBB VERSUS RITZ OVER 2-MILES!
It's the matchup American track fans have been waiting for: two of America’s brightest young stars clashing at a distance that finds them meeting in-between their specialities. The burning question: can Alan Webb and his miling speed run away from the endurance of Dathan Ritzenhein? Webb and Ritz will return to Hayward Field on June 4th to race in an event specially crafted to feature these two 22-year-old talents. It’s the Prefontaine Classic 2-Mile.

The last time a 2-Mile was contested in the Pre Classic was 1995, when two other American standouts, Bob Kennedy and Todd Williams, dueled back-and-forth for 8 laps. Kennedy emerged with a then-American Record of 8:14.53, a time which he later improved in Europe to a still-standing 8:11.59 AR.

For Webb and Ritz, Hayward Field has been the site of recent successes. In last year's Bowerman Mile, Alan ran his fastest-ever time of 3:50.83 to win the race. That was the best time by an American in seven years. Just 10 days ago, Ritzenhein set his lifetime best at 5,000 meters of 13:22.23 in the Oregon Twilight Meet, running the last three laps by himself.

To win the 2005 Prefontaine Classic 2-Mile, it will likely take an American Record—or at least the fastest ever run on U.S. soil, Kennedy’s 8:14.53—to even be in the hunt. Defending Pre Classic champion Joseph Koskei of Kenya returns, as well as 3-time meet champion Luke Kipkosgei, also of Kenya. Then add in U.S. Olympic Trials steeple winner Daniel Lincoln, and Olympic Trials 5k runner up Jonathan Riley. Are you ready for the first-ever sub-8:10 race on American soil? That’s better than two sub-4:05 miles back-to-back!

2-MILE (MEN)
Alan Webb
Mark Carroll (Ireland)
Boaz Cheboiywo (Kenya)
Dathan Ritzenhein
Luke Kipkosgei (Kenya)
Daniel Lincoln
Belota Asmerom
Markos Geneti (Ethiopia)
Jonathan Riley
Joseph Koskei (Kenya)
Martin Keino (Kenya)
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An adventure 3 years in the making...

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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh My from the preclassic website

EL GUERROUJ TO WEBB AND RITZ: “I WANT IN”
WEBB VERSUS RITZ OVER 2-MILES!
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of heated rivalries, Goucher and Slattery are scheduled to compete tonight in the 1500m at the Willamette Last Chance meet. Wink I'll hopefully be able to swing by after practice...

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My money is on Webb. With his background in cross country I don't think this race is long enough for Ritz to take the kick out of Webb no matter how fast the pace is.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's sort of what people thought when they matched up back in Footlocker, and Ritz ran away with it early...

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I would give the edge to Webb here I just think with the times and effort he has put forward in the early season he looks to be better equipped for this distance especially if it comes down to a kick... That being said this race looks to be run fast and flat out so we shall see

This race just keeps getting better and better - Eliud Kipchoge has been added to the field - lots of Rumours that they have been trying to get Shaheen as well

Who is next? Bekele? Lagat?

Of course NBC will only be showing 1 hours worth of coverage so the 2 mile will get a minute or two while the short sprints will get 20 minutes of coverage and analysis.. grrr
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another exitting information coppied from the
www.european-athletics.org

"Borzakovskiy set for US debut
Yuriy Borzakovskiy, the Olympic 800metres champion, will make his first-ever appearance on American soil at the Prefontaine Classic Grand Prix in Eugene on June 4. "

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more - Paula is running the 1500...

Now they have to get Shaheen's visa issues sorted out...
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad ElG out o fthe race now - citing health reasons... booo

Current Start Lists

WOMEN

400 METERS
Ana Guevara (Mexico)
Tonique Williams-Darling (Bahamas)
Dee Dee Trotter
Sanya Richards
Monique Hennagan
Christine Amertil (Bahamas)
Aliann Pompey (Guyana)
Lashinda Demus

800 METERS
Maria Mutola (Mozambique)
Hazel Clark
Emily McMahon — pace
Alice Schmidt
Agnes Samaria (Namibia)
Marian Burnett (Guyana)
Kenia Sinclair (Jamaica)
Kemeisha Bennett
Frances Santin

1500 METERS
Tatyana Tomashova (Russia)
Jolanda Ceplak (Slovenia)
Carrie Tollefson
Kate Vermuelen (Canada)
Suzy Walsham (Australia)
Malindi Elmore (Canada)
Shayne Culpepper
Mestawat Tadesse (Ethiopia)
Jenelle Deatherage
Meskerem Legesse (Ethiopia)
Shalane Flanagan
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain)
Jen Toomey
Treniere Clement
Eunice Chepkirui Kirwa (Kenya)—pace
Christin Wurth
Kara Goucher

100 HURDLES
Perdita Felicien (Canada)
Jenny Adams
Melissa Morrison
Lacena Golding-Clarke (Jamaica)
Yun Feng (China)
Joanna Hayes
Danielle Carruthers
Brigitte Foster (Jamaica)

LONG JUMP
Tatyana Kotova (Russia)
Grace Upshaw
Anju Bobby George (India)
Rose Richmond
Jackie Edwards (Bahamas)
Liemi Xie (China)
Elva Goulbourne (Jamaica)
Akiba McKinney

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MEN

400 METERS
Derrick Brew
Michael Blackwood (Jamaica)
LaShawn Merritt
Brandon Simpson (Jamaica)
Alleyne Francique (Grenada)
Andrew Rock
Tyree Washington

800 METERS
Yuri Borzakovskiy (Russia)
Khadevis Robinson
Gary Reed (Canada)
David Krummenacker
Ashraf Tadili (Canada)
Berhanu Alemu (Ethiopia)
Derrick Peterson
Ahmed Ishmail (Sudan)
Richard Smith
Ross Krempley — pace

2-MILE
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya)
Alan Webb
Mulugeta Wendimu (Ethiopia)
Boaz Cheboiywo (Kenya)
Dathan Ritzenhein
Luke Kipkosgei (Kenya)
Daniel Lincoln
Markos Geneti (Ethiopia)
Jonathan Riley
Joseph Koskei (Kenya)
Martin Keino (Kenya) — pace
Julius Achon — pace
Shadrack Kosgei (Kenya)
Luke Watson

110 HURDLES (MEN)
Allen Johnson
Liu Xiang (China)
Terrence Trammell
Ron Bramlett
Arend Watkins
Anwar Moore
Dominque Arnold
Joel Brown

400 HURDLES
Felix Sanchez (Dominican Rep)
James Carter
Joey Woody
Bershawn Jackson
Danny McFarlane (Jamaica)
Bayano Kamani (Panama)
Sherman Armstrong

POLE VAULT
Tim Mack
Toby Stevenson
Derek Miles
Piotr Buciarski (Denmark)
Dmitri Markov (Australia)
Brad Walker
Tommy Skipper
Nick Hysong
Jacob Pauli
Feiliang Liu

TRIPLE JUMP
Walter Davis
Melvin Lister
Tim Rusan
Leevan Sands (Bahamas)
Kenta Bell
Liu Yangxi (China)
Christopher Hercules
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The duel with Ritz never really shaped up, but great racing by Webb right from the get go. I don't want to give anything away before tomorrow's telecast, but there were some very good dramatic (competitively speaking) moments to the meet that hopefully will make it on.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprise, surprise, the coverage left me with an extremely empty feeling... At least they didn't waste time with lots of fluff, but talk about losing the drama of the moment with over-editing.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My local NBC affiliate showed Darcy's Wild Side and Discovery for Kids instead of the Pre. Mad

But looking at the results shows a great race for Webb.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll never understand why Nike doesn't step up and do whatever's necessary to ensure NBC gives the meet the same treatment afforded to every other sporting event. They only show it in half the country, they cram the broadcast into an hour slot with about 55 minutes of commercials and add insult to injury by rotating a total of about 5 commercials, and any race longer than a lap gets about as much treatment as you'd expect of Sports Center lowlights. The women's 800m and 1500m had some major pileups, but the coverage was such a quick cut-to and away that you got no sense of what happened, where it was in the race, and how it affected the outcome.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First off, the coverage was extremely poor ... Not sure any other sport would allow such mediocre coverage of their sport ... But here we sit begging for more !!!

As for the race itself, I was very proud of Webb ... And I had the feeling that if he had maintained contact earlier he could have gone faster ... Second place in a race of that caliber is AWESOME ... But I honestly think he can go faster ...

Having said that I wish he had run the mile because I think 3:49 was there for him to run !!!
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