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Re: Track - General news thread
« Reply #180 on: November 09, 2019, 10:43 »
Watching Glasgow World Cup last night - really poorly attended by nations - lots of trade teams to bolster numbers; plus para sport needs to consider the bigger picture - watched a para event with three participants being given medals and then a single participant getting a gold in a medal ceremony!!! This demeans the value of para medals, I know it has gone on for years, any analysis of ms grey thomson's medals show a gap in competitors and competition depth going way back; but giving a World Cup gold to the only person to turn up is pointless, and damaging.
I see your point.
But: You can only beat those who turn up. I was at the (road) Worlds in September, and in some classes there were only a handful of competitors. In one class, there was only one starter who logically won /gm & #rainbow.

I don't know what the solution should be: Running classes together if they're not large enough on their own? That would mean that (random example) the C1s would have a very hard time against the C2s; there's a reason they're classified as they are. Only awarding medals if you have more than X starters? It's hardly the fault of those athletes that do line up when they have little competition.
I agree that it doesn't look great, and is a problem. But I don't have a ready answer for it.
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