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]
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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]
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.
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]
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.
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.
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]
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