Life isn’t fair in Lane 8.
During a break from writing yesterday, I Googled the last (2007) Master’s Track & Field World Championships results.
In the 400, there were nine qualifying heats in the 50-54 age group. The top two finishers automatically qualified for the semi-finals. The next six fastest finishers, regardless of their finishing place, also qualified.
This means a third, or even fourth place finisher, in the fast heats, were faster than the top two automatic qualifiers in slower heats. It’s the luck of the draw, as they say.
What this means is that some of the top two in one heat would not have qualified in a faster heat.
It’s all part of the competition. All part of life, as the saying goes.
I’m still trying to figure out a way to not be so nervous that I make myself sick before the first race.
Wish me luck.
Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂