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Re: The REALLY interesting London Marathon Debut

My expectations for The Babyfaced destroyer are even lower than for Mo. 1. She was absolutely destroyed by Jeptoo in the GNR. 2. F Kiplagat's recent HM record. 3. A field also including world and Olympic Champions. 4. I never thought her style would suit a marathon. I see little room for optimism Lo...
by sovietvest
Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:42 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: The REALLY interesting London Marathon Debut
Replies: 69
Views: 1311

Re: Outdoor season 2014

Unlike a lot of other posters on here , I do NOT see Rooney as an 800 runner at all. He doesn't strike me as having the strength/endurance for two laps. I'm probably totally wrong, and its just my gut feeling. It will be interesting to see how he does. I'm one of those who thinks he might be suited...
by sovietvest
Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:33 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 97
Views: 7522

Re: GB Mens 400

There seems to be a dearth of talent coming through. The all-time list for U-20s included just two marks set in 2012/3: Alex Boyce and Ben Snaith at 51st and 59th. Neither have broken 47. Who is the guy training with Clyde Hart (i'm sure AW ran a piece on him a few months back)? I think our best bet...
by sovietvest
Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: GB Mens 400
Replies: 55
Views: 2436

Re: World (indoor) Champs 7-9 march '14

I agree with Steve that three races in three days is too much and turns it into more of an endurance test. I suspect it would result in less competitive finals with 2 or 3 competitors unable to rise to the challenge of a third race in three days. Like Jeremy, I'm not a fan of 800 heats with only the...
by sovietvest
Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: World (indoor) Champs 7-9 march '14
Replies: 40
Views: 2596

Re: World (indoor) Champs 7-9 march '14

alex800 wrote:Shame Lagat isn't entered. This might have been his last realistic shot at a major medal.

He's in the 3000, Alex.
by sovietvest
Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: World (indoor) Champs 7-9 march '14
Replies: 40
Views: 2596

Re: BRITISH WOMEN 800MTS

I can't choose between her and Jess Judd.

We watched Muir's race in Birmingham just a few feet away from Jenny Meadows. The best description would be "studied indifference" followed by little or no acknowledgement. She clearly recognises a threat when she sees one!!
by sovietvest
Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BRITISH WOMEN 800MTS
Replies: 17
Views: 1580

Re: Indoor season 2013/14

While I may not agree with Jeremy's way of expression I largely agree with his sentiments. In my eyes someone who immerses themselves in British life over time can earn the right to wear the vest and get my full support. But I do object to the Union flag being blatantly used as a flag of convenienc...
by sovietvest
Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor season 2013/14
Replies: 183
Views: 18712

Re: Public Warning for Veronica Campbell-Brown

Have I got this right? Her original defence was that the substance entered her body inadvertently. In other words she didn't dispute it was there. Now though, she's saying there were problems in the handling of the sample. But surely that's only a defence if you are arguing the substance had never b...
by sovietvest
Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Public Warning for Veronica Campbell-Brown
Replies: 61
Views: 3941

Re: Sopot Team

Point taken, Hurdles. Trouble is if I restrict posts to areas of expertise, then I and 90% of posters won't be left with anything to say. Also, to be fair I was asking a question of Kermit who actually does have expertise in this area.
by sovietvest
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sopot Team
Replies: 121
Views: 8375

Re: Rutherford and sledging ;-)

SteveK26 wrote:This is a dreary thread.


I've been sat in dreary airport hotels all week with only CNN for company. This dreary thread is all I've got to entertain me. Can't you keep the thread going for my sake?
by sovietvest
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:46 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Rutherford and sledging ;-)
Replies: 49
Views: 3056

Re: Sopot Team

Thanks for those insights, Kermit. I've also noticed that while his left foot points almost straight ahead, his right foot is at 2 o'clock. A physio pointed out the same issue with me and said it was due to weak glutes / hamstrings and I was able to sort it out in a matter of months with strengtheni...
by sovietvest
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sopot Team
Replies: 121
Views: 8375

Re: Sopot Team

Steph got the qualifying time: 9:00.88. How come she wasn't selected? Assuming she didn't decline selection herself, she must be getting pretty paranoid about the selectors' attitude to her.
by sovietvest
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sopot Team
Replies: 121
Views: 8375

Re: Rutherford and sledging ;-)

Greg is registered with an agency called JLA. They quote his fee for after dinner speaking as in the range 5 - 10k - same as Cram and Black. Personally I'd have thought that Cram and Black would generate more interest and command a higher fee but good luck to him!
by sovietvest
Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:57 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Rutherford and sledging ;-)
Replies: 49
Views: 3056

Re: KJT 1.96 NR. Wow!!!

foxyjarvis wrote:No British heptathlete has ever had more physical gifts than KJT.


Not sure I agree. Yesterday, Morgan Lake broke Carolina Kluft's world youth indoor pentathlon best with 4284.
60H: 8.97
HJ: 1.85m
SP: 13.38m
LJ: 5.87m
800: 2:24.48

Looks like she's still got issues with her LJ!
by sovietvest
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: KJT 1.96 NR. Wow!!!
Replies: 54
Views: 3055

Re: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014

Ashton wrote:Well that's me bullied off the forum by the villag idiot.
Are there no moderators?
I used to love AW as well.

Hope you all stay well.

Tara all.


Please hang around, Ashton. Don't let Jeremy's insults fool you - he needs our attention and love.
by sovietvest
Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 7723

Re: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014

Chris Clarke was another wonder Junior who ran his best 400m some while back and has given the 400m a rest so we are told. Injuries???? Natch, the perfect excuse, as always. The 200m indoors is largely ignored and irrelevant these days and you know it, but that is ignored by the Flag Wavers. Clarke...
by sovietvest
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:45 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 7723

Re: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014

Apart from the excellent short sprints, I must say what a delight to hear Temple giving us the info without the incessant chatter from the Egos. Guy deserves applause for a informative commentary for 2hrs and 20 mins already, and he actually told us what had happened in the field events even when w...
by sovietvest
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 7723

Re: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014

As pointed out, Dasaolu had a little nap in the blocks and still won. I think he's safe to write off Dwain, especially once we get outdoors. Desaolu needs to be more consistent before he writes anyone off. The point is that the big time performers don't sleep in the blocks as he did this week, or l...
by sovietvest
Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 7723

Re: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014

Dwain was just 3/100ths off Darvis Patton's Age 35 WR. Love him or loathe him, he showed again that he can do it when it matters. Desaolu should think twice before writing anyone off - bet he didn't expect Dwain to be just 3/100ths behind him.
by sovietvest
Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 7723

Re: new world record

Yes i was also interested to note that g dibaba shares the same coach as makhloufi. Depressing. Personally, I can't ignore the Aden connection. Across all message boards there's been a queue of people speculating that she is now the 'true' WR holder. Frankly, if she were North African the posts wou...
by sovietvest
Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: new world record
Replies: 29
Views: 1546

Re: new world record

Only the Chinese in in the nineties have ever bettered this time and, since I don't believe for a minute that the 8.06 was achieved by a clean athlete, is therefore an all time record. She is now coached by James Aden. She is no more or less likely to be clean than his other athletes, who include M...
by sovietvest
Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:34 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: new world record
Replies: 29
Views: 1546

Re: medals rather than times

In an earlier post I referred to Greg's OG as soft. Thinking about it, you could make a very similar argument for Farah - you can't argue against his medal count, but in the Geb / Bekele era he'd have been lucky to pick up the odd bronze. I think he needs to markedly improve his all time rankings o...
by sovietvest
Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: medals rather than times
Replies: 35
Views: 1662

Re: medals rather than times

I agree, Jeremy. I bet Alberto Cova retired with a greater sense of satisfaction than Fernando Mamede! That said, I really hope that Rupp and Farah explore fully their potential at 5 and 10 and end their careers with PBs that place them high up the all-time lists. I think Mo was right to focus on th...
by sovietvest
Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:35 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: medals rather than times
Replies: 35
Views: 1662

Re: British Female Middle Distance Runners

This leads me to my final point/question. I have always wondered why our middle distance women don't spend a few hours watching Kelly's races (even the heats and semi's) from Athens 2004 and try to emulate her even paced running? I'm guessing only Jenny Meadows has taken the time to do this (and I ...
by sovietvest
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:47 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: British Female Middle Distance Runners
Replies: 40
Views: 3038

Re: Jeanette Kwakye

I agree it is pointless to speculate what an athlete could have achieved without injury. Fact is, one of the main reasons the great athletes are great athletes, is because they can handle the necessary training without their body breaking down. Sadly Jeanette's body clearly couldn't.
by sovietvest
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Jeanette Kwakye
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Re: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK t

"So if he's not going to pay tax in this country why should he continue to receive the benefit of British taxpayers and lottery monies? Let Nike pay or as he's now so rich let him pay himself (as most professional sports people have to) and maybe the public money saved can go for the benefit o...
by sovietvest
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK taxes
Replies: 66
Views: 4691

Re: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK t

Of course he's fully entitled to do whatever is legally best for him but the point of difference is that Mo's been directly funded to pursue his sport by the British taxpayer and lottery monies (meant for British good causes) to enable him to achieve what he has. That is indeed a key point. But one...
by sovietvest
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK taxes
Replies: 66
Views: 4691

Re: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK t

I know there are those in the athletics community who doubted the efficacy of his 0.5 x London Marathon (I personally take what was said about it - practice, scheduling, race pace running, etc etc - at face value, and don't begrudge him a penny of whatever the organisers wanted to pay him) for athl...
by sovietvest
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK taxes
Replies: 66
Views: 4691

Re: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK t

"Given what he has already given back to this country in sporting success" :lol: All paid for by US, his sporting success is only important to him, his coaches, nutritionalists, those who need him to keep their jobs, and a small number of gullible over excitable public. Compare hin to SEb...
by sovietvest
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK taxes
Replies: 66
Views: 4691

Re: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK t

Eldaniefire, As a US resident Mo will be liable for Federal Income tax. Assuming her earns more than $500k, that will be over 39% of his earnings. If the IR in the UK considered him UK resident (I think he'd need to spend 90 days or so here a year), he would also have to pay 45% tax on his worldwide...
by sovietvest
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: "Mo Farah to join the 'Plastic Brits' avoids paying UK taxes
Replies: 66
Views: 4691
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