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  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 3 days, 2 hours ago

    I don’t think anyone is suggesting that male field events are anything other than pitiful currently. And that there is a big opportunity there with the right infrastructure etc. But there’s no harm in having it noted that in broad terms it is same as it ever was.

    Have our women field / multi-eventers been more consistently highly ranked over…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 4 days, 1 hour ago

    Grabarz retires. Nice statement from him, and whilst it is disappointing it was clear over this winter that he wasn’t enjoying it.

    GRABARZ CALLS TIME ON AN ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 6 days, 21 hours ago

    Part of me had assumed the “tip off” bit was simply that East African culture means the concept of being in a specific place at a specific time was a little alien, so locally they had “bent” (with a crowbar!) the application of the system to fit the locale. The concept of “Kenyan time” is quite well documented (*not* an excuse in my book, but I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 week, 2 days ago

    My take on Kiprop’s statement:-
    – Payments like that aren’t that unusual in Kenya (and no, that’s not just a racist prejudging of East African practices, it is backed up by accounts I have heard first hand from people I know who have lived there)
    – If I was Kiprop, in that culture, I might naturally think that the payment was for being tipped off.…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 week, 6 days ago

    Mixed relays get the thumbs up for me. Relays are just a bit of fun, mixed gender sems emminently sensible though I’d like to see it extended to 4x100m and include a medley relay too.

    Timings are pragmatic for a variety of reasons.

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    No mentions of Kiprop along the way here?

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I know you’re not into flag waving, but there’s more to watching athletics than watching the first three across the line, isn’t there Philipo?

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    The main benefit of pacemakers is the drafting effect, as highlighted by the sub2 programme (various half reputable scientists showed that the drafting effect of the large van in front of the runners there was dwarfed by the drafting effect of the pacers, particularly in the formation they adopted).

    I was watching Radcliffe’s WR on youtube…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 4 weeks ago

    Huh? There were pacemakers with the lead men beyond half way, so it was paced.

    Those who “know” realise what a good performance Mo had, though if he doesn’t live up to that performance in future races he wouldn’t be the first runner to have one good marathon in him. Fingers crossed though that someone used to working as hard as he does will be…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    With a crystal ball, Hawkins would have been much better off racing in Boston (unlikely) or London given what happened at the CWG. But hindsight is perfect.

    Those prize pots of course don’t include the appearance monies paid to some of the athletes too.

    I like the London approach – a close race with two or three in the 2:04s is quite…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    Update – Boston doesn’t award time bonuses, so the elites should just have stuck it out!!

    Boston prize pots:-
    PLACE MEN WOMEN
    1 $150,000$150,000
    2 $75,000 $75,000
    3 $40,000 $40,000
    4 $25,000 $25,000
    5 $15,000 $15,000
    6 $12,000 $12,000
    7 $9,000 $9,000
    8 $7,400 $7,400
    9 $5,700 $5,700
    10 $4,200 $4,200
    11 $2,600 $2,600…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    Just looking at the press pack that VLM produce, on a good weather day even if you are racing for “just” a place there are some decent time bonuses available. If the weather in London were to be as it was in Boston, you’d be on the start line knowing a) that it would be a hard day at the office and b) that you probably weren’t going to bring home…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    A bit like Formula 1 where a wet race improves the spectacle, the same applied to Boston. So rarely are two minutes leads opened up and then clawed back like that in both gender races, and rarer too for two of the lesser players to rise to the top. Was great to watch, especially Kawauchi – it was a day of conditions etc made for someone like…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    No disagreement that the combined GB athletes have underperformed here. Quite a few who were highly ranked in CW terms have simply not delivered what should have been nailed on medals, and others haven’t made finals when they should have.

    It does seem that it is the English athletes who have underperformed most.

    Last time out Scotland earned 3…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    Yes, but at the time they were running soliday 28min pace. He was off the pace when they went through in 13:53. I know there’s only so much to expect from him, but I expect so little anyway. For some reason, I just don’t like the guy (irrational, sorry!)

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    I see Andy Vernon’s right up there in the mix as usual…. ;-)

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    LOL!

    Don’t know about the implements, but I presume the IAAF lists don’t included U20 implements when listing Heptathlon scores. I could be wrong.

    Ahead of her in the rankings last year was Shukh, Ruckstuhl, Lagger and Schultz (who she finished behind today). She was already ranked 5th U20 last year. Most of the best performances last year…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    Pointed out elsewhere, if you watch KJT at about 310m into the first lap, she does a peculiar hop which looks like a pain reaction. Presumably she felt something tear or go, well done to her for carrying it through?

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    Oops, didn’t filter for “best by athlete”. 6043 would have been 4th best individual last year.

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    Let’s not get too carried away with Emerson – a good result for a junior, but 6043pts would put her 10th U20 in the world last year. Good, but not great.

    Potential there though, and she competed well which is all a spectator can ask.

    JE-H saying achilles issue for KJT.

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