This was one of the biggest fields I’ve ever seen for a 1500 – 26 starters! They had to line up in 2 rows.
Laura still not looking quite herself. She won by over a second from Efraimson but made quite hard work of it. She hit the front with about 600 to go. Last lap in about 65. I think she looked a bit disappointed at the end that she didn’t have a bigger kick.
Wonder if anyone knows the answer to this? … How do the Swiss team communicate with each other? Are they all trilingual? I saw interviews with Buchel & Kambundji in German, Ajla del Ponte in Italian and Lea Sprunger in French (I was expecting German given her surname.)
Luckyspikes – I was in school and uni in Switzerland, and for many, at the very least French and German are interchangeable. At my Uni, in a French speaking Canton, there were students from all over the country.
Luckyspikes – I was in school and uni in <span class=”vm-hook-outer vm-hook-default”><span class=”vm-hook” style=”color: rgb(0, 153, 0); border-color: transparent transparent rgb(0, 153, 0);”>Switzerland</span><span class=”vm-hook-icon” style=”display: inline-block;”></span></span>, and for many, at the very least French and German are interchangeable. At my Uni, in a French speaking Canton, there were students from all over the country.
I spent some time teaching in Switzerland and whilst the German speakers could converse a bit in French their English was fantastic and these kids were about 13. I’d personally assume they use English as the most convenient language… especially if there’s an Italian Swiss in the mix.
So our only two decent throwers are in a 6 person novelty “mixed hammer challenge” while the kids are running relays. Meanwhile Jade Lally and Scott Lincoln get to compete in top class fields while the event is in full swing. At least there’s some hammer for once, but I really do despair. (afterthought, will the hammer be in the main stadium….)
Steve will be pleased to see Gale competing.
Bit of an after the Lord Mayor’s show with lots of tired and, largely, disinterested athletes. After the packed stands in London, the attendance will be v interesting.
And a final, final, final, chance for the BBC to say goodbye to Mo.
Unless you’re predicting the stands being empty when the hammer event starts, I’d have thought being the first senior event in the field whilst there are kids races going on would actually increase the engagement with the hammer, rather than the other way around? I found on Saturday night that it was very easy to get lost in following the javelin comps with the 5000m and HJ also going on at the same time, so it’d be more Lally and Lincoln that would end up lost in the midst of the rest of the programme?
Yes, I wondered that too. Given there’s only two entries on the start list, presumably they’ve got something like can Tom Bosworth walk a mile in the same time some other guy can cover 2000m or something along those lines.
On the “watch on TV”, even Eurosport couldn’t have coped with what I was seeing in the stadium – a gripping 5000m race, a world HJ final and a world javelin final simultaneously. At least in the stadium I had a fighting chance as the scoreboards on the infield could be glanced at – short of a “picture in picture” set up, even the best TV coverage is unlikely to keep me on top of that!
Re TV, I agree with Larkim.
Both the wHJ qualifying and final were super-exciting in the stadium. Coupled with the other events
going on simultaneously it was almost (but not quite) too much excitement. Amazing.
Then to go home and watch the hateful, sport-hating BBC coverage was in comparison a truly dreadful
experience. Sitting on the BBC sofa they regularly have some of my favourite athletes of all time.
But we have to listen to them doing what they think journalists should do,
nattering archly, for hour after hour,
while modern-day giants of sport like Sandra Perkovic, going at it live for all they are worth,
are simply ignored. Colour me angry.
(…As usual when it comes to the BBC. But I really think they excelled themselves in awfulness this time.)