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  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 days, 19 hours ago

    Correction.

    You’re right on the heavy throws, but not in the spear.

    Sanderson, Whitbread, Sayers, Ottley, Hill, Backley. Global medallists all, some multiple times, some on the top step of the podium, some WRs. Backley would be a legend of the sport were it not for one of the greatest athletes in any discipline ever.

    All the medals there…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 2 days, 21 hours ago

    That’s a lazy, and only very partly valid, argument. It’s much more cultural than rugby specific. Throwing just isn’t in our national DNA.

    But it could be if we got serious about talent ID (we do have some good raw talent that we fail to develop) and, particularly, coaching and infrastructure. And even if we exclude our rugby players we still…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 days, 22 hours ago

    Fair play to him. Good career.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 6 days, 14 hours ago

    Oprea and Markov (or at least his hair) seemed to be around for ever.

    Evora’s another sandpit methuselah – 17.04 this year, 12 years after he first cracked 17. OG medals stretching over 8 years and WC medals extending over 10.

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 6 days, 22 hours ago

    Not often the Hampshire Champs get a mention on here. The JT was won by Tom Hewson with 63.75. So far, so unremarkable. But Tom’s date of birth ends 00 which depresses the heck out of me. He won’t be 18 until Sept, but perhaps more relevantly he’s 2nd only to Whiteaker in the all time JTY lists so may be one to watch over the coming years.

    As…[Read more]

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

    I can think of one with the potential. 6ft tall, long legs, light upper body. Natural jumper – already good at the other sandpit event and not bad at the vertical. Has done the TJ once in a club match years ago and, presumably off the back of no event specific training, knocked out 13.35w and 12.83 legal. Some may think that she should be…[Read more]

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

    Clearly missing a nuance here. Why “though it was in Clermont”?

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 1 week, 5 days ago

    Doha will put on a good show, in a sterile under attended kind of way.

    If late night is the best time for competitors in walks / marathon I’m all for it.

    Very interested in the 2 evening session model. If the timetabling works for athletes I could see that catching on. Obvious issue with the multis, but guess they have a plan as hep and dec w…[Read more]

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

    Some serious performances, but 3 Germans over 90 in the spear tops the lot. Got to be unprecedented. And to think they’ll all be trying to peak for a battle on home turf in Berlin.

    Ernsthaft darüber nachzudenken, meine Nationalität zu ändern!

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

    Loaded spear in Doha. It was here a year ago that Rohler threw his 93.90 and Vetter’s already 92+ this year.

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

    OK, so….

    He knew protocol wasn’t being followed by advance notice being given.

    He was asked for money. An unspecified amount for an unspecified purpose, which he sent seemingly unquestioningly. He did so from another room, while leaving his unsealed sample with the two officials. Two officials who he’d dealt with before and on this occasion…[Read more]

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

    I think you’re spot on!

    It would be quite fun to have that kind of thing occasionally at DL meets just as a diversion.

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

    Think it’s our sport but a variation that you wont see in the OG!

    EDIT. Just seen Lucky’s confirmation that it is athletics. Is the record 4.33.6?

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

    Think it’s our sport but a variation that you wont see in the OG!

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

    Gemili may not have done much as a youngster, but he’s not very young in years or experience. He’ll be 25 later this year and a double Olympian who’s been consistently appearing at DL and champs for 6 years. We should absolutely be expecting him to be hitting his peak now.

    I look at some athletes and think that they’ve got much more in them. I…[Read more]

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

    Just thought I’d throw in that 7th place in hammer rankings is 71.62. Before the end of April! Surely unprecedented?

  • replied to the topic ursus in the forum Current events 3 weeks ago

    Just want one of Mortimore, Hughes, Whiteaker, Pearson or anyone to go 80+ in the spear. It’s not much to ask and I live in hope.

    Also want to see a couple have real breakout seasons to establish themselves as real factors at world level. Miller’s already done it. Who else? Feels like something spectacular is overdue from one of our male sprinters.

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

    This is so difficult. It should be kept simple, but inevitably the lawyers will be involved so it won’t be.

    But in no way should this have only been introduced for certain events. That’s transparently cynical targeting.

    Facebook apparently has 71 gender choices. People should be free to identify as whatever they like, but the day elite…[Read more]

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

    Back to pacemakers, I like them as much as rugby front row forwards who bust a gut for 50 minutes in the pre-planned knowledge that they’ll be replaced with half an hour to go. That is to say not at all.

    I was going to launch against pacemakers in Steve’s “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” thread but remembered Bannister and didn’t. What I sho…[Read more]

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

    Ursus
    The pacemakers weren’t there as ‘windbreaks’. That would be utterly absurd[/quote

    From the bits I saw the (much larger) blokes were running side by side directly in front of the women. That has to be protecting them from the elements to a degree and at the top level tiny margins count. A low key version of cycling drafting – read about…[Read more]

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