After losing to Evelyn Ashford today, East German sprinter Marlies Gohr was asked her feelings about her conqueror.
"I will have to wait until I see the films," Gohr said through an interpreter in the best George Allen tradition.
One can be certain the East Germans will be studying Ashford closely before the 1980 Olympics in Moscoe. In effect, her cover has been blown and Ashford knows it.
"I'm more scared than ever," she said afterward, in a rare face-to-face session with the media. "I liked being the underdog, when nobody knew who I was. Now there will be so much pressure on me."
It is hard to believe, however, that she can face any greater pressure at Moscow than she did here, first blasting Marita Koch in the 200 and then outrunning Gohr in the 100.
"From the times I'd run I thought I'd do better here than I'd ever done before in a big international race," Ashford said. "I didn't really expect to win, though.
"I expect to run faster times next year. This year was a heavy training year for me. Next year. ILl do more quality, run fewer races and concentrate on the Olympic Trials."
The training schedule set for Ashford this year by Coach Pat Connally has included workouts in the Pacific surf to lengthen her stride, 330-yard drills to make the 200 easier to run, considerable weightlifting and even progress toward a goal of breaking six minutes in the mile.
"I have the speed but I need a lot more strength," Ashford said. "That's what I've been working on. And all that hard training has paid off."
Ashford dropped out of UCLA to work in a sporting-goods store while training this year, but she will return for her senior year in September. In the tradition of her hometown, Hollywood, the 5-foot-5, 115-pounder has more on her mind than just Olympic gold. She thinks maybe she can beat the men, too.
"It may take five or six years, but I don't see why women can't run as fast," Ashford said. "We've just never trained that hard before."
Few men could handle Ashford's schedule.