OFSAA Track Preds Nov 16, 2009 23:08:58 GMT -5
Post by bystander on Nov 16, 2009 23:08:58 GMT -5
What is significant about the 8.00 isn't the time really, although Andersen did have Matthias on his butt to 2200m in 5.59 (8.10 pace - record at the time), it was the 2.01 800m at the end that was truly amazing for a HSer, since they were already going at record pace. Matthias ran 8.13 for 2nd (which no one in the past 22 years has matched either). It also assumes that Woodfine would have some competition pushing him as well. Mo talked about the 8.00 for a while indoors, but he wasn't even close, and he had shown that he too could run fast alone. Weather might also be a factor as a noon race in June could be hot and the London track can be a wind-tunnel in the middle of the day, all of which mitigate against it. But it would be great so see him give it a go.
I would be more interested in seeing Woodfine go after the National Junior 5000m record - 13.43.xx (now closing in on 50 years old) - in the next few years, if Mo Ahmed doesn't give it a shot next year. Since the 3000m isn't even the Junior record anymore (Woods 7.58), that makes the 5000m all that more alluring, and possibly more attainable for Woodfine in the right race under good conditions - and he has 3 seasons to prepare for it.
BTW, Andersen never ran that time again, so maybe it's not a harbinger of better things to come - on the Senior level anyway. (Triathlete or not).