The main presser at DL events is a litmus test for the media. There are the prepared statements of sponsors and federations, and some relaxed comments by the top athletes, emcee and of course IAAF Prez Seb Coe.
Seb Coe stayed on message, keeping the comments on Doha DL, and gently, but firmly discounting questions on the CAS decision, Doha World Champs.
Dina Asher-Smith is opening early for the Briton. After her double wins at 100m/200m in the 2018 European Outdoor Champs, Dina is quite the item in British media, including commercial sponsorships and fashion media. Since I met her 2014, Dina has always been quite relaxed with the media and willingly answers questions.
Sam Kendricks spoke about his friend, Mondo Duplantis, who just jumped 5.94m, and Sam’s 5.90m. Sam is one of the most quoteable athletes and he loves competitions.
Tianna Bartoletta spoke about elongating the season, with a U.S. Trials 3 months from Doha DL (May 3-end of July), and build a better strength base. Tianna is eminently quotable and a real joy to interview.
more notes on Presser
A very nice comment by Seb Coe on the CAS ruling. I did find the BBC question comparing differences to having longer arms similar to sexual differences as quite disengenuous. The survival of women’s sports is on the line. I admire Caster Semenya, but her advantage is much more complicated than having longer arms or legs.
Sharika Nelvis noted how tough the 100m hurdles is to make the US team. It may be the toughest event to make on the US women’s team!
Enjoy the entire presser, managed well by Mr. Cram. If you watch closely, Stuart Weir, who writes much for @runblogrun, asked a fine question of Tianna Bartoletta. Our dear friend, Franco Fava, asked a good question on Doha 2019, and it was avoided. It would be nice if Doha 2019 LOC would address rumors of budget issues, little marketing of event and none in US, among other issues.
Thanks to Matt Quine and his team on the fine quality of the streaming today!