2012 predictions: How did we fare?

This time last year a number of athletics experts made their predictions for the year ahead, but how did they fare?…

Christine Ohuruogu (Mark Shearman)

This time last year we gazed into our crystal ball and published the tips and predictions of a number of athletics experts.

As well as including a preview to some highlights of the summer season and 12 pages of events to help plan your season, the May 2 summer preview special issue of AW features the ‘potential world beaters’ – our pick of the top 10 athletes destined for greatness this summer and beyond. Want to read our 2013 predictions? You can buy our summer preview issue here or download the digital version here, and join us as we get set for the summer.

While we wait to see whether this year’s predictions will come true, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane to see how we fared in terms of last years predictions. 12 months on, you can judge who had the best crystal ball at the start of the Olympic summer…

Mel Watman, former AW editor, said Christine Ohuruogu (pictured above) was his No.1 tip and “with her celebrated pace judgement and competitive ability she would be tough to dislodge as Olympic champion”.

BBC athletics statistician Mark Butler also predicted Ohuruogu to win the Olympic title but without breaking the UK record.

Peter Matthews, the statistician and TV commentator, tried to look beyond the obvious big names and went for Genzebe Dibaba and Andy Pozzi.

Katharine Merry, the 2000 Olympic 400m medallist, tipped Goldie Sayers for a medal in London.

Jason Henderson, AW’s editor, predicted Martyn Rooney would have a successful 2012 season, while Steve Smythe, AW’s results editor, backed Andy Baddeley to succeed in an open men’s 1500m event, although he added: “He’s a long shot!”

Paul Halford, AW’s deputy editor, went for 400m hurdler Jack Green and Jon Mulkeen, AW’s then web editor, went for sprint hurdler Tiffany Porter.

Ian Hodge, the UKA statistician, had high hopes for the GB women’s 4x100m team, as did the omnipresent athletics fan duo of Jody and Bayo Furlong.

Steve Cram, the BBC commentator, simply predicted that Jamaica would enjoy huge domination at the London Games in both the sprints and the 4x100m relay.

» Grab a copy of the May 2 issue of AW for a full summer preview, including some highlights of the summer, 12 pages of events to help plan your season and a feature on the ‘potential world beaters’ – our pick of the top 10 athletes destined for greatness this summer and beyond

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