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  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 2 days, 18 hours ago

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    Actually, what you saw were a bunch of very average 5000m runners (few, if any good enough to reach a global final) run very close to their fastest pace.

    Now tell me when you’ve seen brave, hard-paced European 5000m finals? Bren in 74, Buckner in 86 and, er, now I’m struggling to think of others.

    As with so many of your posts, my…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 3 days, 18 hours ago

    Peter Snell would disagree about them being the wrong body type!

    I would certainly agree that they are getting the best out of the talent they have and 1:44 and 1:58 are pretty much their respective limits.

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 3 days, 18 hours ago

    Plenty of athletes over the years have employed these tactics successfully. Stupid if you are one of the 3 or 4 best athletes in the field but a smart approach if there are 5 or more better athletes in the race. You run the shortest distance and frequently the leader in lane 1 drifts out, leaving a gap.

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 3 days, 18 hours ago

    I kind of watched today’s action in Mexico via Eurovision and a feed that buffered every 20 seconds. BBC and Eurosport have sussed out VPN services like Tunnel Bear so I can’t watch on either catch-up service. This is the last time I miss a major champs – feeling bereft.

    Anyway – enough of my problems!

    I think you’re all unfair on SOC and S…[Read more]

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

    I have issue with rankings per se but the weighting given to DL events is a problem that will have unintended consequences. A lane in a DL race has as much to do with who your agent is, which kit sponsor you have and what you achieved in previous seasons as current form.

    Personally I’d love to see some of the regional meetings turned into…[Read more]

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

    Sadly, PSD has a serious injury and is out for the season.

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

    I don’t doubt Sky could do a far better job than the BBC but that doesn’t address the need to keep athletics in the public eye with lots of kids watching it in TV. That’s what Ed Warner understood and I fear this signals a change in policy that will further marginalise the sport.

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

    How many saw this news? It seems to have crept in under the radar but is potentially of huge significance. In Ed Warner’s recent (excellent) book, he talks about how he was in favour of terrestrial coverage of the sport and saw huge risks of chasing short term cash at the expense of long term exposure by signing up with Sky.
    Personally, I’m…[Read more]

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

    I’d like to see Tracey selected over Bell. She was really brave in effectively leading all the way (Muir was in a different race) and I think that should earn her the place.

    I’d also like to see Grice in over Gourley. The latter ran for third, the former, to win. Put them ion a race head to head and Grice will win 8 times out of 10.

    Hugely…[Read more]

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

    Let’s reflect on what I’ve argued and how you’ve characterised me.
    1) I’ve argued that we won because Pettigrew ran badly, not because Akabusi ran particularly well. You and Steve believe it was because Akabusi ran particularly well – arguing variously that he employed better tactics or had more strength.
    2) I’ve argued that Regis was a better…[Read more]

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

    Let’s reflect on what I’ve argued and how you’ve characterised me.
    1) I’ve argued that we won because Pettigrew ran badly, not because Akabusi ran particularly well. You and Steve believe it was because Akabusi ran particularly well – arguing variously that he employed better tactics or had more strength.
    2) I’ve argued that Reis was a better…[Read more]

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

    Perfectly plausible. In fact, I acknowledged earlier that Akabusi could have run a faster split. None of that changes my point that no mater how the leg was run, Pettigrew should have been able to beat Akabusi – starting too slow or starting too fast – and the reason he didn’t was that he was having an off day, not because Akabusi was running…[Read more]

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

    Of course it will!

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

    Argumentative? Moi?? How woudl you characterise the positions of yourself and Philipo? ;-)

    My assessment of Akabusi as the weakest runner on the team was not based on just that race. Did I not refer to best ever split times and the fact that on the 4 occasions they ran together , Redmond and Regis ran faster splits that Akabusi?…[Read more]

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

    So you have no doubt that Ferner and Rono beat GB athletes because those GB athletes did not run to their potential, or to use your term, was ‘half-cooked’. However, when a GB 400mHer beats a US flat 400m World champion, you do not accept that the latter was, in all probability, also ‘half-cooked.

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

    If a Martyn Rooney lost on a last leg to a 400m Hurdler with a much slower 400 PB than him, despite taking the baton in the lead, you, Philipo, would slaughter him. You apply different standards to different eras and athletes.

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

    I described him as the weakest runner. To clarify: whoever was the slowest on the day would be described by me as the weakest runner. If you think the term is derogatory I’ll replace it by ‘slowest’. KA ran the slowest leg that day and, what’s more, consistently over the years, the other three, whenever they were on a team with him, ran faster…[Read more]

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

    You know when someone has an off day because they run slower than expected and/or get beaten by someone they would be expected to beat. Or do you live in a parallel universe where Kriss Akabusi was a better 400m runner then Antonio Pettigrew?

    If Pettigrew had run the 44.0 seconds split one would have expected, do you believe Akabusi, starting…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    Just out of interest, how do you all rate the performances of Hans-Peter Ferner and Peter Rono when they beat Coe in ’82 and Cram/Elliott in ’88. Were their victories due to Coe having an off day (ill) and Cram and Elliott being hampered by injuries? Or do you view it like Akabusi v Pettigrew and put it down to Ferner and Rono actually being…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic sovietvest in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    Actually – I did acknowledge that the way Pettigrew ran (i.e. slowly) affected KA’s split. I wrote that KA could have run 44.2 if needed. But that still should not have been good enough to beat the world champion.

    Where do I criticise KA or say he got something wrong???? How does an observation that Pettigrew ran badly imply criticism of…[Read more]

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