The 5 A.M. Blog- Day One

When it comes to watching sports on television, it has always been my belief that the Pacific time zone is vastly superior to all others in the United States.  Primetime NFL and NBA games start and end at a reasonable hour, and in the fall, college football spans from 9 a.m. all the way to almost midnight.  For someone who doesn’t have much of a problem getting up early, but also wants to get to sleep at a sensible time, PST always made the most sense.  That is, until the World Championship schedule was announced.  The 16 hour time difference meant that the evening events in Daegu would occur in the morning in the United States, and vice versa.

What does that mean for my west coast compatriots and me?  We are left with the undesirable choice of very late nights, or very early mornings as most of the finals take place between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.  PST.  Suddenly, the Eastern time zone doesn’t seem so bad.

I toyed with the idea of putting myself on Korean time for the duration of the meet, but after further thought, that seemed about as rational as eating kimchi for the next 9 days.  Instead, I opted to wake up early and record my hazy and incoherent thoughts each morning of the World Championships.  I will post them here, usually before the sun rises in Los Angeles.

 

Day One

 

Big Winner: Kenya

Not only did Kenya sweep the medals in women’s marathon and women’s 10,000, but they also safely advanced all of their athletes in the men’s 800m and women’s 3,000m steeplechase.  The women’s 10,000, however, was their greatest show of dominance as they took the top 4 spots and completely dismissed their Ethiopian rivals in the process.  Gold medalist Vivian Cheruiyot and bronze medalist Linet Masai will also race in the 5,000 later in the meet and should be able to add to their medal haul.

 

Big (Not)Winner: Christine Ohuruogu

Someone had to be the first victim of the new “one and done” false start rule and it turned out to be the 2008 gold medalist from the Beijing Olympics.  Ohuruogu hasn’t showed much this season to indicate she would have made the finals, but nonetheless that is a long trip to make to not even make it around the first bend.

 

America Update:

M100- Advanced: Kimmons, Dix, Gatlin

W400- Advanced: Felix, Richards-Ross, Beard, McCorory

M800- Advanced: Robinson, Symmonds Eliminated: Jock

W3000SC- Advanced: Coburn Eliminated: Garcia, Franek

MDec (after 5 events)- Eaton 1st, Hardee 2nd, Harlan 24th

WMarathon- Moody 17th, Newberry 30th, McKaig 32nd, De Reuck 38th, Gomez 40th

W10,000- Flanagan 7th, Rhines 9th, Goucher 13th

 

Video of the Day:

Edna Kiplagat and Sharon Cherop collide in the women’s marathon 

The best type of drama in the marathon is water station drama.  It ordinarily would be a rudimentary task- grabbing a bottle of water off a stationary table- but after more than 20 miles of running, the easiest chore can be impaired by fatigue.   Also, I love slow motion replays of already (relatively) slow moving athletes.

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