Posted: 21/02/2011 at 23:20
Feel like poppping in to give my take on HH's rant on oly qualifying standards.
If you're going to raise the bar hight, then raise it properly high, not something half-arsed like 2.12
Belgium had quali time of 2.09.37 for Bejing I believe (give or take a few seconds), kiwis had something similar I bet. Not bothered to check the London requirements, but doubt they eased them.
And you must remember all those olympic marathon medals those nations scooped up by leaving those pesky merely 2.10 running underachieving wannabee olympians at home.
On a more serious note, if the international qualifying standards is met, and the maximum team member spots aren't filled, you should be allowed to go. If money is the issue, then just announce the standard to be met to have your olympic ticket financed by the federation, but don't deny people the chance to compete in the olympics altogether.
(or possibly think about leaving a few officials and/or politicians home and take a few more athletes instead, but that's just crazytalk, I'm sorry).
Good luck all, seems training is rolling along nicely for most of you. Chins up for those with more challenges in their path...