On my bike ride this morning I thought up a hilarious post regarding Alan Webb’s recent admission into the 5k at the Olympic Trials. The original idea for the post was going to be about a bunch of past time all-time greats signing up and getting admitted.
I was going to have funny quips like “Bruce Jenner’s appeal granted, Jenner to compete in Decathlon” and “Billy Mills lacing up for the 10k, is he a darkhorse?”
But then shortly after I got home I heard about this Fam bullshit.
Now let’s get this out of the way first: If they denied Fam but also Webb to send the message that rules are rules and standards are standards and you must have them, ok. I could live with that, Fam had ample opportunities to run sub 8:30.
When you let Webb into the 5k, however, you are opening a flood gate, and you must be ready to deal with this in a manner that is fair and treats all the other athletes equally.
Now I wonder why this happened… Why Webb got in and Fam didn’t…
Oh I know:
Today, USATF showed that pleasing Nike is more important than pleasing the fans and the athletes.
Today, track and field in the USA took another step backward.
This is just a short post, I will be posting throughout the trials with hopefully more pleasant and funny topics.