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"And I do?" asked Decker.
"Yes, I always have."
And that vision these days is locked on Los Angeles. She remembers what Yekaterina Podko-payeva, who was third in the 1,500 in Helsinki, said then: "We will change our tactics and find something new. We will change."
About the only thing left untried is the lure of a suicidal rabbit. This is what Slaney feels Decker must expect, a Soviet runner sent out to suck her along, to use her own eagerness against her, to exhaust her before the last lap. "They'll sacrifice somebody good, you know," he says.
"I know. I'll just have to not go chasing after a crazy pace," says Decker. "But in Helsinki I felt I could handle any pace they could, and still kick. And in Los Angeles, I know I'll be stronger and faster at the end. And they are older than I am." She wriggles against Slaney, impatient, already hearing the starting guns of August.
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