Jay P. Mercado wrote: »
That's correct. Keon wanted De Vega to run in the 400m, an event that Keon felt Lydia's chances of faring well internationally are better. Tatang didn't want this though, as, and indicated by Crocopie, he felt that the 400m event was more injury-prone for the athlete. Note that De Vega's record in the 400m run was done way back in 1981 in the Manila SEAG when she was barely 17 years old. That time was so good back then that with further training, De Vega would have been a world-beater by the time she reached her peak years.
Lydia De Vega was truly a rare specimen. Her long limbs served her well. She wasn't really very pretty but she was an eye candy while running because of her form - she ran with so much grace of a female athlete, unlike her opponents who ran like men. Her God-given talents would have been enhanced further had she been given the right training by world-class coaches, but then again, it would also have produced a counter effect knowing how Diay preferred her father to coach her.
oca1 wrote: »
In 1984 at the L.A. Olympics, Valerie Brisco-Hooks clocked 48.83 in winning the gold in the 400. She was 24 at that time.
In the 1988 Olympics, gold medalist Olga Vladykina-Bryzgina clocked 48.65, she was 25. Second and third finishers clocked at 49.95 and 49.90 respectively. Silver medalist Petra Muller, and bronze medalist Olga Nazarova were both 23 yrs old in 1988.
If in 1981 at age 17, Lydia had already registered 54.75 over the same distance, manghihinayang ka talaga dun sa pagkakataon na maging Olympic or World medalist siya at her mid-20s.
Lydia would have been at her peak by the 1988 Olympics.
No, Keon knew his numbers.
keyser_soze wrote: »
Lydia de Vega looked every bit like a beauty queen in her very short athletic shorts (ang haba, at ganda ng porma ng mga legs!) compared to the lean, but muscular, P.T. Usha.. no disrespect at all, not being racist ha. basta yun yung recollection ko tuwing naglalaban silang dalawa dati