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Re: Rome DL

perhaps i'm being a little bit hard on lemaitre but remember, he only made the olympic final as a fastest loser! before races he always looks as though he's about to endure something excruciating. he doesn't look like he enjoys it. That's a fair point, lia, he always looks like a rabbit in the head...
by sovietvest
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:53 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Rome DL
Replies: 37
Views: 3029

Re: Rome DL

I also think the men's sprints ( 100/200) suffers because the big names seem to avoid one another. The whole point of THE DL was to see these head to heads. I think it just comes down to economics. The 100 boys charge a lot in appearance fees and the meeting promoters do not have big budgets. Do th...
by sovietvest
Thu Jun 05, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Rome DL
Replies: 37
Views: 3029

Re: Rome DL

What do you make of the M200m lineup? It's the most unexciting one in a while. Although Alonso Edward of Panama (silver medalist of 2009) could be one to watch. He's been running well this year and he's yet to really make his mark on the world stage/the circuit since way back then when he was what,...
by sovietvest
Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Rome DL
Replies: 37
Views: 3029

Re: Tyson Gay banned for one year

So WADA say they are satisfied Gay provided 'substantial assistance'. When I wonder will we see the result of that assistance.
by sovietvest
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:51 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Tyson Gay banned for one year
Replies: 56
Views: 4010

Re: Rome DL

I must admit to a slight puzzlement that there are included in the Rome 100m for women a stack of athletes , many American, who are invited to compete, despite no decent performances this year, but I see no single British woman entered, at least 3/4 of whom are as fast and faster than some the invi...
by sovietvest
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:47 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Rome DL
Replies: 37
Views: 3029

Re: Eugene Diamond League

I'm really interested in the 5000, with Ndiku running. He still hasn't run sub 13 but I think he'll be the next 12:4x athlete and the man most likely to displace Mo as world #1. He looked like the real deal. I loved the way he glided from 4th to 1st with a lap to go. I'm not sure Mo can get into sh...
by sovietvest
Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: Eugene Diamond League

Just watched the video of Jess's 800 on the USATF.TV site. Jess looked great, just a little short on racing. Tim Hutchings said she's grown 3 inches this winter and is now 5 11. Wasn't she already that height last year? Just picked up on Jeremy's comment that the new Cuban is also a junior. That WJ ...
by sovietvest
Sat May 31, 2014 1:33 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: Eugene Diamond League

A piece on AW's site says this about Judd and the A race: Britain’s Jess Judd finished runner up behind France’s Justine Fedronic in the ‘section 1′ USATF HP 800m race, the world junior silver medallist clocking 2:02.28. The 19-year-old later revealed how she had been due to run the ‘A’ 800m race a...
by sovietvest
Sat May 31, 2014 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: Eugene Diamond League

I don't see why we should expect Jess Judd to be in the A race really, it's not like she's a world/ Olympic medallist, who should expected an invite to every diamond league meeting. Well, she won a DL race last year which I don't think any of the athletes in the main race other than Vessey in 2009 ...
by sovietvest
Fri May 30, 2014 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: England CWG Team

tutankhamun wrote:The team has to be selected this early to enable visas and travel arrangements

To be organised. Oh, hold on a minute.......

:lol:
by sovietvest
Fri May 30, 2014 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: England CWG Team
Replies: 83
Views: 6373

Re: GB Big Guns AWOL 2014

A bit off topic and I'm sure this has probably been discussed before...but the above post reminds me of a quandary coming into the Euro Champs this year. Who counts as a defending champion? Those that won 'Euro light' in 2012 or those who won in 2010? Winning any European title is a fine achievemen...
by sovietvest
Fri May 30, 2014 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: GB Big Guns AWOL 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2640

Re: Eugene Diamond League

So you don't think Jemma Simpson is getting the run in the A race because she is a memeber of the Oreogon Track Club Elite set up, based at the track where the meeting is happening and run by the promoters of the meeting? As my dear departed Wiltshire Grandfather would say: "That'll be one of ...
by sovietvest
Fri May 30, 2014 10:47 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: Eugene Diamond League

Kermit wrote:Could it be that Simpson's agent is better than UKA at getting their client a better race? wouldn't be the first time it's happened


That'll be it!
by sovietvest
Fri May 30, 2014 8:00 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: GB Big Guns AWOL 2014

Jeremy, Just to clarify - are you suggesting that the current crop of UK athletes are worse than in the past, in which case, can you suggest a period or individual year when we were better? Or is your contention that we underperform on a global and European level and always have? (Genuine question)...
by sovietvest
Fri May 30, 2014 7:46 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: GB Big Guns AWOL 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2640

Re: GB Big Guns AWOL 2014

Jeremy,
Just to clarify - are you suggesting that the current crop of UK athletes are worse than in the past, in which case, can you suggest a period or individual year when we were better? Or is your contention that we underperform on a global and European level and always have?
(Genuine question)
by sovietvest
Thu May 29, 2014 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: GB Big Guns AWOL 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2640

Re: Eugene Diamond League

Jess Judd is running the 800 but sadly in the B race ('Section 1'). Especially disappointing since Cain is in the main race. Slightly puzzling since Jemma Simpson has been given a lane in the latter race. Could it be that Jess is still short of fitness and they don't want her to get badly beaten in...
by sovietvest
Thu May 29, 2014 6:19 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: GB Big Guns AWOL 2014

It were ever thus. In fact, I think there are fewer MIA than usual. Personally, I wouldn't include Radcliffe or Aldama on that list since neither are medal prospects any more. Also Idowu has competed more than anyone thus far and I see no reason for him not to get back to a decent level (17.20 -17.4...
by sovietvest
Thu May 29, 2014 11:15 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: GB Big Guns AWOL 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2640

Re: Eugene Diamond League

Also it will be fascinating to see how Rupp copes in a race full of top class Africans when he is actually the fastest on paper and a marginal favourite. 26:3x?
by sovietvest
Thu May 29, 2014 7:59 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: Eugene Diamond League

I'm really interested in the 5000, with Ndiku running. He still hasn't run sub 13 but I think he'll be the next 12:4x athlete and the man most likely to displace Mo as world #1. Jess Judd is running the 800 but sadly in the B race ('Section 1'). Especially disappointing since Cain is in the main rac...
by sovietvest
Thu May 29, 2014 7:57 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eugene Diamond League
Replies: 38
Views: 3258

Re: IAAF World Relays

Even if it's like for like we shouldn't be swapping people between rounds. The only reason for doing so is injury or if we're replacing with a superior athlete who has been rated. We shouldn't be swapping people to placate coaches or big name athletes at the expense of what is best for the team Per...
by sovietvest
Wed May 28, 2014 7:46 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF World Relays
Replies: 323
Views: 23308

Re: New British long jump record ?

by sovietvest
Tue May 27, 2014 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New British long jump record ?
Replies: 159
Views: 10539

Re: New British long jump record ?

But you know what cowards run the system , otherwise the all the WRs would have been started again from ,say, 2000 and thus get rid of a load of dross. I know this has been suggested before but the idea never got much traction. After all, who would get the job of telling the Sainted Jonathan or Unt...
by sovietvest
Tue May 27, 2014 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New British long jump record ?
Replies: 159
Views: 10539

Re: IAAF World Relays

Even if it's like for like we shouldn't be swapping people between rounds. The only reason for doing so is injury or if we're replacing with a superior athlete who has been rated. We shouldn't be swapping people to placate coaches or big name athletes at the expense of what is best for the team Per...
by sovietvest
Tue May 27, 2014 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF World Relays
Replies: 323
Views: 23308

Re: IAAF World Relays

[quote="Dwain's days are numbered. If he places in the top-6 at nationals, it'll honestly be a travesty. He really just needs to pee off and stop taking up spots that rightfully belong to younger, more deserving guys.[/quote] So, with the benefit of hindsight, it looks as though Danny was in be...
by sovietvest
Tue May 27, 2014 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF World Relays
Replies: 323
Views: 23308

Re: Outdoor season 2014

I have absolutely no idea who Andrew Robertson is or what he's doing on the relay team He ran 10.14 last year. That's pretty quick. He's run 10.49 this year which isn't We're talking about an athlete who ran a PB in coming third at last year's national champs at the age of 22. He didn't run after t...
by sovietvest
Sun May 25, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 453
Views: 41519

Re: Outdoor season 2014

Deebear, I don't think the reaction to Kilty's tweets has anything to do with the colour of his skin. I thought Ashton was very restrained when she just questioned his IQ. As far as I'm concerned he revealed himself to be a thoroughly vile human being. The chances of it being swept under the carpet ...
by sovietvest
Sun May 25, 2014 8:53 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 453
Views: 41519

Re: Outdoor season 2014

[quote="jjimbojames"]With Kilty's 10.12 and HAA's 10.14, we have four guys under 10.2, with Dasaolu yet to open and Gemili just running at BUCS without serious competition still to factor. Might we see two sub-10s guys this season? Has that ever happened?/quote] Chambers and Gardener ran 9...
by sovietvest
Sun May 11, 2014 7:31 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 453
Views: 41519

Re: Diamond League Doha

I'm still buzzing - has there ever been a better season opener? For strength in depth I think those were the fastest 1500 and W3000 ever. And Barshim's 2.37 was the best ever 4 th placer - has there ever been a better HJ? As for Jenny Meadows, the fact she put herself into contention up to the home ...
by sovietvest
Sat May 10, 2014 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Diamond League Doha
Replies: 59
Views: 3684

Re: Diamond League Doha

Geoff wrote:"Damn that plasticine - should have gone to Chula Vista!"

Chris Tomlinson 3 no jumps and out :)


Is there photographic evidence of these no jumps that Greg Rutherford can tweet?
by sovietvest
Fri May 09, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Diamond League Doha
Replies: 59
Views: 3684

Re: Morgan Lake

I was about to raise Daley in 76 as a good example of a junior benefitting from going to a senior champs but see that Steve beat me to it. The Great Man in 74 or Steve Cram in 78 are others. We're talking about truly exceptional athletes here - the exception to the rule. The extra time multi-eventer...
by sovietvest
Tue May 06, 2014 1:02 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Morgan Lake
Replies: 231
Views: 15202
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