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  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 1 day, 4 hours ago

    Its not just the prospect of spectacular performances that fills the stadia though, is it.
    Any record, world or national, is a bonus.

    The reason most people go (IMO) is to cheer on their favourites, whether because they know them or because they are ‘flag wavers’ (like me).

    I didn’t go to all the Championships abroad I visited just to see great…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 2 days, 7 hours ago

    Some interesting points, and I’m nearly swayed by the ‘authenticated sample’ argument.

    But I still don’t buy into the reasoning that by re-setting some world records the interest levels in athletics will be boosted. I just fail to see that it would make any difference.
    Therefore we could penalise some genuine record holders for no good reason.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 2 days, 8 hours ago

    For some reason cycling seems to be riddled with asthmatics!

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 2 days, 11 hours ago

    The sport doesn’t need to re-write the record books. That will have little or no effect on who turns up to watch, in my opinion.

    Domestically we need one or two more athletes to get the adrenaline going. We are relying on too few big names to put bums on seats. Laura Muir and Dasher generate plenty of interest, but we desperately need a middle…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 3 days, 5 hours ago

    An extraordinary fact on the BBC website.

    Ronnie O’Sullivan has NEVER been amongst the SPOTY nominees !!

    I had no idea. Higgins, Davis, Hendry all multiple nominees, but never the greatest player of all-time.

    Thats completely bonkers.

    I won’t watch the show now, its completely out of touch with reality.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 3 days, 5 hours ago

    Worth a visit to the BBC Sports website where Bobby gives an interview.

    It brings home the sadness of this story, but warms you to this young lady’s courage.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 3 days, 9 hours ago

    I agree with your penultimate post, Matt, but not this one.

    There used to be tremendous interest in European Athletics, and the four-yearly Champs were well attended. As were the Europa Cup and the World Cup, subsequently now ruined.
    In fact the old International matches used to be televised and quite popular as well.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 5 days, 9 hours ago

    I enjoyed the early morning entertainment, but agree that it wasn’t cross country!
    Stupid little speed bumps and a frozen puddle they called a water jump! Why bother with them?

    The only thing this had in common with the cross country I used to run was that it looked cold.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 6 days, 7 hours ago

    Never saw it as anything other than a lunatic proposal, punishing clean athletes were it to be adopted.

    And there is no guarantee that I’ve seen that can reassure us all (without doubt) that all recent world records are clean.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 1 week, 2 days ago

    Thanks for posting the article, Occasional Hope.

    I agree with Carterhatch that OJ makes some valid observations, and certainly has his head screwed on.

    The one thing that stood out to me was the need to be insular. Great athletes like Coe , Ovett, Cram, Thompson, etc etc very much did things their own way. They had their own micro team around…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I suspect you may be right, Trickstat.
    But why these young female athletes want to train harder than their bodies can sustain is a bit of a mystery. Whats the hurry?
    Lynsey McDonald springs to mind. She reached a phenomenal level at a ridiculously young age, but what good did it do? Her career was over before it could start properly.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Indeed, Sidelined.
    Natural progression should be the way forward for young athletes.
    Increase the load when the body can cope with it.

    There is a good example in swimming.
    Duncan Scott.
    He looks as weak as a kitten with no musculature at all, especially when he stands alongside more mature and muscular sprinters.
    And yet he has made it to the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I found that article quite upsetting.
    I remember watching the tiny Bobby Clay win the Euro juniors in 2015.

    She speaks so highly of all those around her, but I can’t help thinking this disaster could have been avoided.

    Whatever else, her bravery and honesty in telling this story might help others from making the same mistakes.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Lewis Hamilton (and F!) is hardly a good comparison.
    Probably only half a dozen have any chance at all from the start of the season. I certainly don’t want him to win, but really SPOTY has become a bit of a joke anyway.

    Justin Rose would be a worthy winner if he wins the ‘Race to Dubai’ today. Three tournaments in a row and European Order of…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    You seem to be making contradictory points, Matt.

    And I don’t agree at all with your contention that David Weir has faced similar (in depth) competition as able bodied athletes. No way. You would be hard pressed to back that argument up.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to have a separate award for para-athletes?

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    I’m just happy that his career has taken a different path rather than ended.

    It will be fascinating to see how he squares up to the Africans in the marathon. It could well be that with a very strong focus now on the Kenyans (especially) the playing field is being levelled a bit.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    …..and I’d much rather see Laura funded than just about everyone on the para list.

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    Fair points Laps.
    But none of the three you single out are any more likely to make a Tokyo final than Laura Weightman. And if you make a final you are ‘podium potential’ surely? Bearing in mind the inequality in her event and the fact that she still finished 6th in London, its a shame she has been jettisoned from funding in favour of all on my…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic stevek26 in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    I struggle with the selections of Grice,Wightman,Hague,Snowden,Sawyers,McDonald, Bosworth,and Rosie Clarke on Podium Potential.

    I’d put Laura Weightman ahead of all of those on athletic ability. 6th in London last year.

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