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What constitutes class?

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1 What constitutes class? on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:22 pm

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According to the Oxford dictionary, 'class' as an adjective is used to describe something or someone as showing stylish excellence. We all have our views and interpretations of what quality of athlete shows stylish excellence. It certainly isn't restricted to just the speed of the athlete. There's a number of factors that could make up "stylish excellence".

Oxford Dictionary:
adjective
[attributive] informal
showing stylish excellence:
he’s a class player

Phrases
class act
informal a person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence:
the writing and the look of the magazine make it a real class act

a class apart
much better than others of a similar kind:
his songs were definitely a class apart

in a class of its (or one's) own
unequalled, especially in excellence or performance:
British advertising is in a class of its own for inventiveness

So it depends on your view of a particular athletic performance. Ben Crawford's win the 1600m at the Bay Sheffield definitely was a class apart - "much better than others of a similar kind".

Was he showing stylish excellence? I guess it's up to the individual. There's no right or wrong answer.



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2 Re: What constitutes class? on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:12 pm

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Youngy thanks for the definitions I think we all get caught up a bit in throwing the "class" tag out there.

I would like to highlight that it is all relative. For example on the national stage Benny is not a class act "think athlete is the better word here" but within the SAAL distance ranks currently is in a "class of his own".

I tend to think this is what makes the sport of ours so great. Also, other classy runs in that race were a 16 year old runner who pushed the athlete who is in a "class of his own" all the way down the straight to run a gallant 2nd or the athlete who hasnt won a sash in 11 years (was out of the sport for 8 of them) but has been placed in the last 4 mile races he has raced in to come 3rd.

Think we all just need to acknowledge that each race there is an athlete with a story/multiple stories that make what we do worthwhile.

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