I don’t understand how you think multi-event training is not going to affect his sprint and hurdles in a detrimental fashion. He would have to put on weight to improve throws, he would have to dedicate valuable sprint recovery or training time to multi’s.
Do you think he was getting excellent sprint training in high school?? Give me a break dude. Guy was extremely raw coming out of high school. He wasn’t training full time, getting great therapy, or having great technical training on anything. He showed up and could beat most decas in the HJ and LJ without any training for them–in high school.
It would have taken him 3-4 years to get to 8000 point mark and that would not have been a certainty. Sure in 2005 he could score 5000 points in 4 events, but in the 6 other events he’d look like a high schooler. With multi-event training and added weight he’d likely have been around 4300-4400 in those 4 events (100/110H/400/LJ) meaning he would need a 12m shot with a heavier shot, 37m heavier discus, 4m pole vault, and 51m jav and a little better than 4:50 1500m to break 8000.[quote]
You have no idea what you’re talking about.
BTW, throwing the javelin is harder than you think and those mildly athletic kids may be more athletic than you think. Just go pick up and 800g jav and see how far you toss it over the course of this summer and how erratic your release and it’s flight is even after working 3-4 days a week for 3 months.
Have you ever thrown a javelin? I am serious. What is your athletic ability? You couldn’t even compete in non-home meets at my high school if you didn’t at least throw 150. If you couldn’t throw more than that, you were left at home.
Clay makes “crap” money, because he neither holds a world record or an olympic gold. If he was European he would make far more money and wouldn’t have to travel to Europe for more multi-event competitions. he’s relegated to competing against collegians in the spring time with little prospect for appearance money here and going to Europe to compete for appearance money in smaller one-day meets where he does 3 or 4 events while preparing for one of their bigger multi event competitions.
You obviously don’t know what the hell he did this season or what kind of money the vast majority of the decas make, so don’t bother. If you think anybody except for MAYBE the top 5 decas are making good money, you’re out of your mind. Yeah, some get government support and the like, but I’m talking money outside of that, which isn’t possible for Americans. A guy or two might have a good agent or hit the iron when they were hot, but very few. Why do you think Kilmartin spent so much time in college, trying to extend out his career?