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

    You can ignore the evaluation that AllAthletics does, by all means. But if we were tumbling down that table the naysayers would point to it as evidence of the dire state of UK athletics.

    It’s one measure. Is it good we are high up? Yes. Are there flaws in the methodology? Of course. Is athletics in the UK thriving? Not as we’d all like.…[Read more]

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

    I know. But for the sheer capability of handling the pressure to pick up one gold, and the tenaciousness with which he as a multiple gold medal winner gave everything for his silver, he captures the “athlete of the year” concept best for me. Entirely subjective, and as he’s my “favourite” athlete anyway I am completely biased! (Just like the…[Read more]

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

    Farah and Lasiskene for me from those lists.

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

    No Kipchoge!

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

    Accepting that ML is younger than both, and that JEH was demonstrably world class, it seems simple to me.

    ML doesn’t have the speed – her 200m and 800m times are way behind KJT and JEH, this translates straight across into a slower hurdling ability and also knocks onto her LJ ability. If she doesn’t find this speed soon, she won’t be a top class…[Read more]

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

    Last 4 Olympics have been won in 2:10, 2:06, 2:08 and 2:08. I’d back Farah to be able to contend in a 2:08 Olympic or World Champs marathon, through a calm head, tactical awareness etc.

    They are tactical, but with limited depth of runners per nation, no pacemakers and often a denuded field as the lure of the $$$ in big city races pulls away…[Read more]

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

    I don’t quite buy that he can’t / won’t win big city events. With sub 60 clockings in recent years to his name, he’s still right up there with the best in the world in terms of HM efforts. I know that is a poor relation to the marathon in terms of quality and depth, but in broad terms you’d have to say that if 60flat is a HM effort (4m35 pace),…[Read more]

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

    We know what he can do when he is a) a couple of years younger than he is now and b) when he still has track success at the back of his mind.

    How much marathon potential has he really still got? His HM yesterday (downhill course etc etc) was still about the 15th fastest in the world this year, off the back of very little specific road running…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Part of me likes the LJ / TJ options, though perhaps there is a loss of the potential for the explosive “perfect” jump – e.g. consistent “Rutherford-esque” jumps 8:16, 8:24, 8:20, rival jumps 7:80, 7:90 and 8:45 and loses.

    Agree with the HJ / PV options though – I’ve often thought perhaps we lose WR leaps because we force athletes who have…[Read more]

  • started the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Just an ideas thread for things from other sports which might work well in athletics, pie in the sky stuff that may or may not require large or small amounts of change to the sport.

    The one that got me thinking was this:-
    – World champs / national champ vests – in cycling, if you’re the WC (or have previously been world champ) you get to wear the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    It is largely a pointless exercise, I don’t disagree. Though it does at the very least give the opportunity to the sports in the limelight to raise their profile, even if it is a very “in the moment” opportunity.

    And with athletes having won 17 of the 62 annual awards, getting recognition of individual achievement through that award has been a…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Absolutely SV – I tried to put that into words but failed. His triumph has been the consisency in winning over an extended period of time when he has only *just* been the best on the track that day (and sometimes no doubt when he perhaps wasn’t the best on the track too). That’s a remarkable achievement, and one of the reasons why I particularly…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Yep. I was delighted to see Farah and Barshim last night paying their respects in their customary way after Mo’s race, and whilst no end of US sprinters make a Christian sign before and sometimes after races, I’m sure their gesture last night rankled with more as a consequence of the faith background it comes from.
    You’re right to flag the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I’ve said it before – Mo won’t win and it will be because of a subtext of racism / anti-immigration. It’s wrong, but that’s just the way it is.

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I don’t know whether to feel delighted or not that Mo has had battles on his hands in the last two (meaningful) races which seem to have won him admiration from some quarters that wasn’t previously there.
    For some reason it seems that the previous history of his performances was deemed “too good” to be appreciated, but when his performances have…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    I went off to Po10 looking for some data, but came back surprised. I was expecting to see a dearth of young throwers with “respectable” distances, but this is instead what I found.

    Using the Po10s “UK 100” expectations, for U15 boys there are 92 boys who have the target for 800m and 89 for 1500m. For javelin there are 74, discus 76, shot 76 and…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    I’d be inclined to suggest towards the cultural thing. And not overplay the lure of other sports drawing them away (whilst a few top throwers have left to pursue riches elsewhere, most powerful young athletes probably never start with the throws in the first place, they just naturally gravitate towards sports like rubgy anyway).

    Whilst we have…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    A put a few minutes aside to compare the squad with the podium / relay / potential funding on this spreadsheet.

    Not sure what it really tells us – it includes all those funded (and whether they were selected or not) and all those selected who weren’t funded. Where their natural event for selection is a grey area I’ve included the most likely (I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 2 months ago

    Is there any science to back up the statement that no athlete can achieve two true peaks in a year? What’s so special about a 12 month window that a 6 month window can’t replicate? Agreed its challenging, physically (and particularly mentally, to maintain the intensity of training), but that’s not the same as saying it can’t be done (and for the…[Read more]

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