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

    In terms of overall quality, the NCAA XC is on a par with the Euro U23s and not far of the Senior Euros. I think Taylor is a good selection and I’m sure jetlag and the hard races she had on 10/11 (Regionals) and 17/11 (Nationals) had a big affect on her performance in Liverpool. She’s quite likely to beat Neale – she only lost by two seconds to…[Read more]

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

    I think it’s the flipside to the personality traits that make them good in the first place: commitment and dedication. In addition, what Bobby says in her article is that at first, taking on the additional workload in training was not a problem for her.
    Dedicated young athletes will always need to be held back by experienced coaches – they…[Read more]

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

    How do Sarah McDonald and Katie Snowdon get funded ahead of the faster, younger, Jess Judd? Something to do with her coaching set up???

    I wonder if PSD turned down a place so she could do DOI. Not sure what criteria would see Seren Bundy-Davis selected ahead of her.

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

    I love the comments by HAA, who you’d rather hope had realised how lucky he was to have been in receipt of relay funding all these years. He’s appealing and refers to his never having missed practice and his willingness to run any leg. If those are the criteria I wonder why I’ve never been approached. I’m up for warm weather training and am…[Read more]

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

    Bizarre that someone who’s suffered so much with injuries would take such a huge risk. Particularly, after showing such amazing commitment to come back and seemed on the verge of reaching a good level again. The recent AW article described the rehab she went through and it was brutal.

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

    Will this affect her eligibility for funding? Presumably, she was due to get relay funding. I recall the Paralympian (Cox?), lost eligibility when she signed up for The Jump. I guess the appearance fee is a larger amount.

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

    No offence taken, Fangio! Yours was a good post and I felt pretty foolish when you rightly pointed out I was including people under the age of 25!

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

    Excellent points, Fangio. I stand corrected!

    (If anyone needs me, I’ll be the one sat in the corner wearing the hat with a ‘D’ on it and eating humble pie).

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

    I think I’ve provided facts rather than statistics open to interpretation (but maybe you subscribe to the view we live in a post-truth world where alternative facts exist).

    Of course it depends upon training age , injury history etc. If an athlete comes through the junior ranks and has 4 senior years without injury, they are highly unlikely to…[Read more]

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

    I disagree. There are 4 men in the world top 20 all-time who set their pbs over the age of 25. There are 5 men in the UK all-time list who did likewise (Cowan and Williams are outside the top 20 but you can add in Wariso.

    Take a closer look at those 9 men and very few of them were setting pbs after 4 or more consecutive years at the top. In…[Read more]

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

    MJ is one of only a handful of top 400 guys who’ve set PBs past the age of 25. Merritt, Makwala (late developer), the Saudi guy who ran sub-44 on that bizarre day in Beijing when everyone ran PBs, Angelo Taylor (only year he specialised on the flat). I can’t think of others off the top of my head. 400 is a young man’s event.

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

    That’s a pretty safe bet. Even without an injury, WvN was unlikely to set a pb at 26. Even staying World #1 for a fourth straight year would be, from a historical perspective, quite unusual.

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

    When Rooney or any other mid 45 second 400m man runs a 1500m in the same time as Coe (3:29), I think we can predict with some confidence a 800m WR. ;-))

    Meanwhile, I gather PSD is running Parkruns. I’ve always assumed the transition from 1 lap to 2 was easier for a 400mH’er. She looked great in the 500m up in Newcastle. I wonder .. .. .. . .

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

    Mo always made it clear that he would move back to the UK and I’d heard from quite a few people around here that Tania was very keen to move back to the Teddington area and be close to family and friends.

    As for AlSal, I suspect the main reason for parting related not to the difficulties of a long distance coaching relationship and more to the…[Read more]

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

    The guy Larkin refers to used to post on here and TFN as Eldrick. He had some really interesting views and I actually think his calculator had a lot of validity but sadly he had a tendency to ridicule and abuse fellow posters and kept getting banned from TFN. He was Darkside with a brain (I believe he’s a Kenyan Medic). I suspect he was breaking t…[Read more]

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

    The guy Larkin refers to used to post on here and TFN as Eldrick. He had some really interesting views and I actually think his calculator had a lot of validity but sadly he had a tendency to ridicule and abuse fellow posters and kept getting banned from TFN. He was Darkside with a brain (I believe he’s a Kenyan Medic). I suspect he was breaking t…[Read more]

  • started the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months, 1 week 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 3 months, 1 week 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.

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