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  • started the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 1 week ago

    I watched the last 20 mins of the race on YouTube. Seriously impressive and he had plenty left at the end. Well worth a watch.

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 1 week ago

    I enjoy athletics at every level from Olympics to YDL U13s but even I wouldn’t pay to watch that

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

    Manyonga has been the field athlete I’ve been most excited by. I was in Shanghai and blown away by seeing my first ever 8.6x jump. However, in terms of impact on the all-time list, I rank him below Vetter.

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 1 week, 3 days ago

    IIRC, he was a decent teenage X Country runner. I felt he should have tried this after his progress first stalled at 400 – 2010/2011.

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    My distrust and dislike of Coe actually goes beyond Steve’s for many reasons stretching back to Swiss Clinics in the 80s and his lack of personal integrity in his private life. That said, I also agree with Laps that he’s by far the best option available to the sport. Which is a pretty good indication of the parlous state athletics is in.

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    And that Zurich race was the best race I can remember watching outside a major champs in years.

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

    Yes – the public vote ensures it is entirely subjective. If Bolt were on the list he would win again.

    The rankings on All-Athletics are interesting. They offer an objective way of measuring individuals in different events against each other. Van Niekerk and Lasitskene are currently top.

    I see that in the countries ranking our men are now…[Read more]

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

    Perkovic was done for methylhexanamine and banned for 6 months. In 2015 the IAAF excluded people who had served bans for ‘serious doping offences’.

    There were a spate of methylhexanamine positives around that time (2010 – 2011). WADA recognized the possibility of positive cases as a result of inadvertent use, and classifiedit in the…[Read more]

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

    CGs were awarded in Nov 2011 – 2 years before the IAAF awarded Brum the indoors.

    Agree it’s a weird one. At the risk of seeing politics where it doesn’t exist – could it be that UKA were being less than supportive of England Athletics?

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

    Rubbish – van Niekerk is clearly the greatest currently. Some people post without thinking.

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

    I’d go for Lasiskene. I know Wlodarcyk threw the second furthest ever but I think you have to factor in how much more developed HJing is. Lasiskene’s equal 5th best ever jump is more impressive.

    For the men, much as I enjoyed Manyonga’s performances, I have to rate Vetter higher. 2nd best throw ever in a very competitive era for JTing.

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

    Much as I tried to ignore the sub-2 circus (actually there was nothing wrong with it in principle – I just dislike Nike as a corporation), the time trial in Monza was, for me, the athletic performance of the year. Fully understand that it can’t be considered in this context since it was not a performance eligible for inclusion on any ranking…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Chris Thompson – the Darren Anderton of athletics.

    I see him around our way coaching Emilia Gorecka – it would be great if his experience of dealing with injury could help her avoid a similar fate.

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    You’re right, Ursus – this is all a bit academic – if her heart’s not in it, she’ll never make it as a multi-eventer.

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

    Good points! Clearly the SP pb is an outlier performance. The same is true of the LJ, when she has gone backwards. However, whilst I think this would be relevant if we were talking about a 27 year old (“her PBs are outliers she’s unlikely to replicate in future comps”), we are talking about a developing athlete. Those pbs achieved by a 17…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    I hope Lake and her team don’t give up on the Heptathlon. Her PBs at age 20 – even though some were set three years ago – are still better than Jess’ at the same age in 4 of the 7 events: SP, JT, LJ and HJ.

    The best comparator for her though is not Jess or Kat, it is Thiam because they have very similar abilities. Here’s how their PBs aged 20…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    I hope Lake and her team don’t give up on the Heptathlon. Her PBs at age 20 – even though some were set three years ago – are still better than Jess’ at the same age in 4 of the 7 events: SP, JT, LJ and HJ.

    The best comparator for her though is not Jess or Kat, it is Thiam because they have very similar abilities. Here’s how their PBs aged 20…[Read more]

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

    And by the way – I’m old and the athletes Ursus mentioned were and continue to be my heroes. I try however to be balanced and view the different ages objectively.

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

    Ursus identified the golden age as 77 (Ovett’s first year as world #1) to 2002 (Edward’s last year). 25 years. Interesting to note however that in the 15 years since then we have seen British NRs in the majority of events.

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

    I nominate the above from Biggut as Post Of The Year.

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