The first published schedule for the Toronto World Championships came out today and in my opinion, it's a disaster for anyone who wants to double in the 200/400. It strongly favors 100/200 and 400/800 doublers, but the big snafu is that they are running all 3 round of 3 sprint events in 6 days.... and not one sprint event in any of the first four days. It's crazy ... and completely different from all of the world meets I've attended in Lyon, Perth, Daegu, and Malaga. All those meets have run all three rounds of the 200, then all three rounds of the 400. In Toronto, the 200 and 400 overlap and all 3 rounds are run in 4 days. WHY? WHY? WHY?
Here it is:
Monday July 27th - 400m prelim
Tuesday July 28th - 200m prelims AND semis
Wednesday July 29th - off
Thursday July 30th - 200m final AND 400m semi
Friday July 31 - 400m final
Here's the difference:
- If you're a 400/800 guy, (like a lot of the elite in my age group), you have TWO FULL DAYS REST between the 400m prelims and semis.People on the Facebook post are really expressing a lot of consternation already. It's an 11 day meet, there is ZERO reason this schedule should stand as it is. Let's hope this guy Shaggy is reasonable and doesn't dig his heels in on this. All he has to do is simply use previous WMAC meets as a template for Toronto '20.
- If your a 200/400 guy, you have ALL THREE ROUNDS of the 200m between the 400m prelims and semis, including the 200m final before the 400m semi.
This is the way it should be for the mens sprints/ 800m:
Mon 20 - 800m prelimsThere would be far less people doubling in the 200/800 than 200/400 and 400/800.
Tues 21 - 100m prelims and semis, 800m semis
Wed 22 - 100m final
Thurs 23 - 200m prelim, 800 finals
Fri 24 - off
Sat 25 - 200m final
Sun 26 - off
Mon 27 - 400m prelims
Tues 28 - 400m semis
Wed 29 - off
Thurs 30 - 400m final