If you’d like to see what male v female competition in sports REALLY looks like, catch this (video, 12:58). It’s the mixed 4x400m relay final from the World Athletics Championships, Doha, 2019, and the last leg (a Polish woman with a strong lead, competing against seven men) starts at 7:57. Enjoy.
In an alternative universe, where we are expected to believe women can compete with men in sports, a piece in The Guardian about Team GB winning gold medals in the swimming 4x100m mixed medley in Tokyo, and British swimmer Anna Hopkin’s claim to have “beaten” the American male swimmer Caeleb Dressel. Extracts:
It was the first time this mixed relay has featured on the Olympic programme, and the novelty made for an array of different approaches as each of the teams tried to figure out the best strategy. The USA, who looked the strongest team, were the only ones who put a man, Caeleb Dressel, on the final freestyle leg. It was asking a lot of him, given that he’d already won the 100m butterfly final in a world record time, as well as a 50m freestyle semi, earlier in the session. “GB,” he said afterwards, “that was insane.”…
The British had an advantage because their swimmers were all relatively fresh. It wasn’t an accident. Guy was due to compete in the 100m butterfly alongside Dressel, but pulled out so he could concentrate on the relay. The decision paid off, because he turned in a split of 50sec dead, which put the team in first place, but it came at the cost of a shot at winning his first individual medal. If he had been able to replicate that kind of time from a standing start in the individual final, he would have won bronze.
“It did hurt pulling out from the butterfly,” Guy said, “but I made the compromise and I got a gold medal and a world record, so I’ll take that.”…
It meant that by the time (Anna) Hopkin hit the water, she had a half-second lead over China. Hopkin, who trains with Peaty under coach Mel Marshall, swam brilliantly, and finished in 52sec flat. “These guys got me such a great lead, I knew I could stay ahead of the girls,” she said. That still left Dressel, the greatest sprint swimmer in the world, who was starting from eighth place, six seconds back. “Obviously I knew he was coming at me,” Hopkin said, “but there’s just so much going on there’s no point looking at anyone else, I just knew I was not going to lose that lead.” And now, she added, “it’s pretty cool to say I beat Caeleb Dressel”.
It surely goes without saying that other than through the lens of female narcissism, Anna Hopkin did NOT “beat Caeleb Dressel”. It also goes without saying that Dressel swam the final leg faster than her, as you can clearly see here (Dressel is between Hopkin and the Australian swimmer). Her other team members – notably the two men, in particular the self-sacrificing James Guy – gave her such a lengthy start over Dressel that it didn’t matter than she swam more slowly than Dressel.
Is there no limit to female narcissism? No. Women take personal credit for the successes of the teams they lead or of which they’re members, whilst distancing themselves from the failures of the teams they lead or of which they’re members – in sport, as in everything else.
Women want the upsides of everything and the downsides of nothing, and because of gynocentrism they generally get exactly that.
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