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Re: Rome DL

If and when the High Jump world record is broken I can guarantee that the BBC will be talking over it, as it happens in the background. They will ignore it until they have cobbled a replay together. Probably in the wrong order. Blaming the host broadcaster. Then show the high jump but only after a f...
by Laps
Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Rome DL
Replies: 37
Views: 2791

Re: England CWG Team

Having patiently read through all these reasoned arguments, it seems logical to me to accept that the present method, despite its flaws, is the best method. Selectors must have a certain amount of discretion to enable them to pick the best team. We , as supporters, have to accept that there will in...
by Laps
Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:48 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: England CWG Team
Replies: 83
Views: 5879

Re: Gotzis

I've watched the highlights video, and one thing clearly stands out......Thieson-Eaton's suicide mission in the 800. What was that all about? Through the bell in 59 point....!!!!! If she had run using her brain she might well have kept close enough to K J-T to win. Surely she should have run on Kat...
by Laps
Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Gotzis
Replies: 208
Views: 10042

Re: England CWG Team

The approach that Laps and Big Gut are pushing reminds me of the traditional scouts from this scene in 'Moneyball'; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF3GZwo0vGc Now I'm not saying GB athletics equates to the position the Oakland A's found themselves in or that trackstyles or myself are Brad Pitt (:)...
by Laps
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: England CWG Team
Replies: 83
Views: 5879

Re: England CWG Team

In most sports the objective is to get the best possible result at the competition, and to pick the team with the best chance of achieving that. Many criteria apply. Some require selectors judgement. In Athletics there seems to be a preoccupation with - (1) Using 'best' performances, no matter what ...
by Laps
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:03 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: England CWG Team
Replies: 83
Views: 5879

Re: England CWG Team

Laps - in most sports the aim is to select a team which becomes greater than the sum of its parts because of the way team members will interact and complement each other. That's not so much the case in athletics. Selections are also often necessarily based on far more subjective measures in other s...
by Laps
Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:04 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: England CWG Team
Replies: 83
Views: 5879

Re: England CWG Team

There is a reserve list and there will be a full team. Those aren't the issues with the selection policy. The issue is that the policy is vague and ambiguous to the extreme. As it's written, there is NOTHING you can do as an athlete to 100% guarantee your selection. Either through intent or incompe...
by Laps
Sat May 31, 2014 7:43 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: England CWG Team
Replies: 83
Views: 5879

Re: Outdoor season 2014

Seems Holly Bleasdale's 'chimp' is taking complete control. Worrying mental fragility.
by Laps
Wed May 28, 2014 11:30 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 453
Views: 40109

Re: New York Half Marathon

It seems to me that some people are treating Mo's flirtation with the marathon much too seriously. Within a few months he will be back doing what he does best. It was a plan which seemed to make sense to him at the time.
by Laps
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:54 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New York Half Marathon
Replies: 27
Views: 1719

Re: World Indoors Day 3

I'm not sure whether HB's problem is so much succumbing to the pressure of the big occasion as the fact that being such a relatively late starter to the event she perhaps struggles to resolve technical issues that occur during a competition. I think that's pretty much one and the same thing. She's ...
by Laps
Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:32 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: World Indoors Day 3
Replies: 131
Views: 5858

Re: 2014 Commonwealth Games

Kingdom Sports are selling the last of their Commonwealth Games Athletics tickets over the next couple of days.
Tickets to most sessions seem to be available. This is probably the last chance to get them from any official seller.
Other sports available apart from Track Cycling, Swimming and Diving.
by Laps
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:32 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: 2014 Commonwealth Games
Replies: 144
Views: 17311

Re: BBC coverage plumbs new depths of awfulness?

BBC coverage was as dreadful as ever. Criticising the always hopeless Dickenson misses the point. The whole program is a crime against live sports broadcasting. It's surprising that anyone watches it when Eurosport is doing an adequate job of televising live athletics at the same time as the BBC are...
by Laps
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:09 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BBC coverage plumbs new depths of awfulness?
Replies: 48
Views: 3005

Re: World Indoors Day 2

Well done Richard kilty! For years it has been said people need championship experience and a chance! This proves that! He could have been in London 2012 and the worlds 2013! Luke Cutts a medal contender is someone I feel needed that championship experience today and like Kilty has been missed of t...
by Laps
Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:05 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: World Indoors Day 2
Replies: 133
Views: 5817

Re: Pistorius trial

Paddy Power were forced to drop their Oscar money back advert by the ASA. A record number of complaints about an advert apparently.

They now seem to have dropped the bet as well.

As bad taste goes they were both right up there, but frankly the publicity they got will only encourage them.
by Laps
Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:38 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pistorius trial
Replies: 83
Views: 4597

Re: Pistorius trial

I watched a documentary which examined several of those prosecution witness's statements. Questions were raised over their validity, hence my use of the term flawed. Whilst the evidence doesn't have to be specific if it is flawed it becomes easier for the defence team to discredit it. In the uk the...
by Laps
Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pistorius trial
Replies: 83
Views: 4597

Re: Pistorius trial

There are several flaws in the prosecutions case, which could cause an acquittal. Only time will tell. That must be a marvellous crystal ball you have there. The trial has only been going for two days. It has heard from three witnesses saying that there was a loud argument, cries for help and four ...
by Laps
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pistorius trial
Replies: 83
Views: 4597

Re: Pistorius trial

Thanks for posting that Steve. Paddy Power enjoy challenging taste with their speciality bets. 7/4 (premeditated murder) looks a value bet judged on the earlier trial by media. Of course this will be the real thing with actual evidence, and the tricky bit is the premeditated. In the old days at Tybu...
by Laps
Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pistorius trial
Replies: 83
Views: 4597

Re: 2014 Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games Tickets I have posted about obtaining Athletics tickets before but in case it has passed people by, Kingdom Sports are able to supply residents of the UK. They tweeted this today - Tickets for @Glasgow2014 available for all sessions of Athletics and Gymnastics visit @KingdomSG for...
by Laps
Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: 2014 Commonwealth Games
Replies: 144
Views: 17311

Re: 2014 Commonwealth Games

Yes indeed. But I'm guessing Ladyloz may sell the gymnastics (?)... which is not so much our thing, and keep the athletics. I wonder what algorithm they use so that some applicants get 0/4 sessions and some get 6/7. More to the point is what you apply for. For the Commonwealth Games a successful ap...
by Laps
Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:01 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: 2014 Commonwealth Games
Replies: 144
Views: 17311

Re: 2014 Commonwealth Games

Have tickets for five Athletics sessions and some other sports. Experience seems to be that on average people got around 20% of the tickets they applied for on the more popular sports, with huge variations of course. The Olympics appetite for ticket hunting lives on.
by Laps
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:14 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: 2014 Commonwealth Games
Replies: 144
Views: 17311

Re: top 10 athletes all time

For what it is worth, my list. Paavo Nurmi Emil Zatopek Al Oerter Ed Moses Seb Coe Carl Lewis Sergey Bubka Michael Johnson Haile Gebrselassie Usain Bolt citius altius fortius over a sustained period, whether there was strong competition or world records to beat. It helps to show versatility also. De...
by Laps
Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:26 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: top 10 athletes all time
Replies: 101
Views: 10107

Re: Brussels Diamond League

She stretched every sinew and used every ounce of will power/adrenalin to regain the WC title. Additionally to this she also retained technically strong form and rarely runs fast times out of champs. All this considered and the fact she's now got the coveted NR, I doubt we'll see her go faster. I'd...
by Laps
Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:34 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Brussels Diamond League
Replies: 31
Views: 3442

Re: Can Perri Win 400m Hurdles Gold?

Perri needs to give up hurdling and switch to the flat. End of. So does Jack Green. I hope thats what happens next year. I don't care that her times over the hurdles are world class. She has shown time and time again that she breaks down when put under pressure. She would likely be making finals ov...
by Laps
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Can Perri Win 400m Hurdles Gold?
Replies: 98
Views: 7895

Re: Can Perri Win 400m Hurdles Gold?

Geoff wrote:Something was definitely wrong and appears to be her knee. She said she felt it before she hit hurdle 4.


Just my opinion but I thought she had already messed up by hurdle 4, by throwing in a number of short strides at the first three hurdles.
by Laps
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:06 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Can Perri Win 400m Hurdles Gold?
Replies: 98
Views: 7895

Re: Can Perri Win 400m Hurdles Gold?

She lost the race over the first few hurdles. The last 150 metres were irrelevant.
If she went into the race with a knee injury or it happened in the first 20 metres then you have a point.
by Laps
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:58 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Can Perri Win 400m Hurdles Gold?
Replies: 98
Views: 7895

Re: Can Perri Win 400m Hurdles Gold?

For me Perri stuttered into the first hurdle and kept doing so at each hurdle until the energy and will gave out as the front three went away.

Choke followed by a phantom injury. Steve Peters over to you?
by Laps
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Can Perri Win 400m Hurdles Gold?
Replies: 98
Views: 7895

Re: BBC Athletics Presenters

On a personal level I could do without Colin Jackson. However he is popular among the general public which make up the larger numbers of the viewers of these programmes, not the 50-100 regular athletics chat board users so I would imagine that he will be around to stay. They do a lot of research in...
by Laps
Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:11 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BBC Athletics Presenters
Replies: 289
Views: 24170

Re: All star cast at London Anniversary Games

PEOPLE I SAID LANE 1 WAS GOOD FOR 400m!!! And yes I have run a 200m from lane 1, I didn't feel it particularly tight, but then what do I know :P It depends how fast you are going. Such research as I've seen shows Lane 1 is not a problem at 400m pace but at 20.5 200m pace centrifugal force in Lane 1...
by Laps
Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:34 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: All star cast at London Anniversary Games
Replies: 256
Views: 16337

Re: All star cast at London Anniversary Games

1) He only ran 200m, a very different race 2) That was lane 1 (IMO a good lane) not lane 9 (clearly the worst lane) Stunned that anyone should think lane 1 is good in a 200m. I have it down as at least a 0.2 sec disadvantage compared with 3,4,5,6. Clearly not as disadvantageous outdoors as indoors ...
by Laps
Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: All star cast at London Anniversary Games
Replies: 256
Views: 16337

Re: Men's Sprints in Moscow

Obviously Dasaolu, Chambers and Gemili are the best 100m athletes we have and so should be picked for the 100m in Moscow. Some might get carried away with the times in Birmingham but consistency, ability over the last couple of years, head to head records, results in Championships, potential all hav...
by Laps
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:28 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Men's Sprints in Moscow
Replies: 72
Views: 3752
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