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Re: Sopot Team

After your vitriolic attacks upon a certain coach last year it is completely hypocritical for you to be posting that. Incidentally that is not what I was saying, rather the opposite. It is patently obvious that Steve Fudge has done a superb job with James Dasaolu, as he has with Chris Clarke, both i...
by djhdjh
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:38 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sopot Team
Replies: 121
Views: 9835

Re: Sopot Team

The easiest way to get injured is to have been injured before. Probably the largest part of the problem for Dasaolu is that he has now had so many injury problems, most of them before he got into the spotlight (something like 15 hamstring tears I think?), that those old injuries make him much more s...
by djhdjh
Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:56 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sopot Team
Replies: 121
Views: 9835

Re: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014

23.24 now from S Hylton as a first year U20. Nearly beat the veteran Dina Asher Smith who also PB'd in 23.20. British sprinting's got a great future if people stay fit. Men's 200, Edmond Amaning's marked himself out as a new name on the scene today I think. DQ'd from 2nd in what looked like sub 21 a...
by djhdjh
Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:09 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 9250

Re: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014

Shannon Hylton 23.68. The production line of talented British teenage female sprinters keeps on running. Great credit to John Blackie. Looking forward to quite how fast Dina's going to go in the final.
by djhdjh
Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 9250

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 djhdjh
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:07 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 9250

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. Great stuff from Kilty. With him and Talbot showing quickly over the 60 along with Gemili, Chris Clarke and a host of quick juniors from the Europeans last yea...
by djhdjh
Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor Trials 8-9 February 2014
Replies: 151
Views: 9250

Re: "De Vos should be removed"

I'm sure it's (as both success and failure always is) down to the athletes, coaches and officials of the clubs in question but it seems to me that of the London clubs (admittedly not Olympic Park area) both Barnet and Blackheath are churning out talented young athletes at an exceptional rate. What a...
by djhdjh
Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:01 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: "De Vos should be removed"
Replies: 25
Views: 1683

Re: Indoor season 2013/14

Intresting news regarding Daniel Awde switching events to 400m flat, thats a decent 800mts beating steele and strachan. Im a little surprised he hasnt chosen the 400m hurdles, i flagged this guy up as a possible 400 hurdles talent on here before , but was told by a few that he was a big powerfull d...
by djhdjh
Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:01 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Indoor season 2013/14
Replies: 183
Views: 20150

Re: Euros vs Commonwealths

No reason for anyone not to do both as plenty of athletes have done in the past but certain people (mainly the multi-eventers and distance runners, though other than Mo how many have multiple event chances?) might have to make decisions about which events to do and possibly what their priority is t...
by djhdjh
Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Euros vs Commonwealths
Replies: 55
Views: 4768

Re: Euros vs Commonwealths

No reason for anyone not to do both as plenty of athletes have done in the past but certain people (mainly the multi-eventers and distance runners, though other than Mo how many have multiple event chances?) might have to make decisions about which events to do and possibly what their priority is th...
by djhdjh
Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:23 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Euros vs Commonwealths
Replies: 55
Views: 4768

Re: IAAF World Championships 2013 (Day 9)

I've (I assume we all have) seen teams change well off limited practice and make mistakes off excellent practice. Foot speed is the only guarantee. Dasaolu should be in for the final. Gemili should be given a running start as well though I think they're concerned about his inexperience changing and ...
by djhdjh
Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF World Championships 2013 (Day 9)
Replies: 107
Views: 6425

Re: IAAF World Championships (Day 8)

Ashmeade looked like he could have beaten Gemili in the heat had he chosen to. I still think it will be a Jamaican sweep but after the semis it's Weir rather than Ashmeade with the question mark on him. I expect Weir will come good when it counts though.
by djhdjh
Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF World Championships (Day 8)
Replies: 66
Views: 4058

Re: Adam Gemili

I desperately don't want to put a downer on this, but watching Gemili this morning felt like deja vu and took me back to Edmonton in 2001 and watching Christian Malcolm run 20.08 easing down. At the time I'd have put a lot of money on Malcolm becoming a consistent sub-20 man and thought that he was...
by djhdjh
Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Adam Gemili
Replies: 63
Views: 4843

Re: Adam Gemili

Gemili is WAY better , thus far, than all the female pretenders put together. He is not just a maybe , he is here now. He made it at senior level last year, and he is building on that right now. If he doesn't make the 200 final I'll be gob-smacked. Can't say that about any of our other juniors, mal...
by djhdjh
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Adam Gemili
Replies: 63
Views: 4843

Re: Adam Gemili

British sprinting has lots of potential for the future. World Junior Champions over both 100 and 200 for the men. Two British juniors running 20.6 over 200 this year. And the Women's side is arguably even better led by Dina Asher-Smith and also Jodie Williams and Desiree Henry. Obviously potential i...
by djhdjh
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:59 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Adam Gemili
Replies: 63
Views: 4843

Re: BBC Athletics Presenters

Michael Johnson just referred to Britain as 'we'! He corrected himself very quickly.
by djhdjh
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:53 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BBC Athletics Presenters
Replies: 289
Views: 23587

Re: IAAF World Champs (Day 6)

Her tactics were all she could do in that race. Sit off and pick the bones down the home straight. Got her as much as she could get. She's not capable of matching the leading athletes in a kick across the whole last lap. 4th in a loaded final, that's a good result. I don't know if we will ever see i...
by djhdjh
Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF World Champs (Day 6)
Replies: 123
Views: 6242

Re: IAAF WORLD CHAMPS 2013 (Day 4)

Men's 400 Hurdles Final going to be an amazing race, anyone in the race could conceivably medal and 4 or 5 could win it. Jehue Gordon the favourite but Tinsley's been the most consistent this year, Sanchez and Clement can never be written off and Cisneros has got the momentum from his semi like Sanc...
by djhdjh
Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF WORLD CHAMPS 2013 (Day 4)
Replies: 137
Views: 6982

Re: IAAF WORLD CHAMPS 2013 (Day 4)

She's right in the hunt. 15 points a second. On PB can definitely jump Ida and Schippers. Rath is actually in the best position, 6 points behind KJT and has run 2:08 this year - she was a second and a half behind before her last throw which might have been more manageable. If she can just track Rath...
by djhdjh
Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:00 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF WORLD CHAMPS 2013 (Day 4)
Replies: 137
Views: 6982

Re: IAAF WORLD CHAMPS 2013 (Day 4)

Men's High Jump could be even more of a cracker than it looked coming into the Championships. Barshim, Ukhov and Grabarz (in that order) all look back to some sort of form if not perhaps their best form. If Kynard and Drouin just had a blip in the qualifiers it could be a very good bun fight for the...
by djhdjh
Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:23 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF WORLD CHAMPS 2013 (Day 4)
Replies: 137
Views: 6982

Re: IAAF World Champs 2013 (day 3)

She's already a top level thrower for a Heptathlete, it's the track events which are her weakness as it stands. Speed strikes me as something that will get better with age as long as injuries are kept at bay. Obviously strength will help throws but the correlation isn't quite so clear. Not that John...
by djhdjh
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:55 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF World Champs 2013 (day 3)
Replies: 122
Views: 7151

Re: IAAF World Champs 2013 (day 3)

Absolute pleasure to watch Thiam. Very reminiscent of Johnson-Thompson's performance in this event in London last year, albeit 1 height higher, a top junior on the big stage for the first time and being inspired by it. Suspect we'll be seeing a great deal more of her in the coming years - she had th...
by djhdjh
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:45 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: IAAF World Champs 2013 (day 3)
Replies: 122
Views: 7151

Re: Neil Black: Guardian article on Moscow

I'm going to put it out there that Mo Farah has the power in his relationship with UKA and therefore isn't exactly going to be someone who can be pushed around. Maybe he likes and rates Neil Black? A lot of people who likes somebody will rate them. NB I'm sure says all the right things etc and gets...
by djhdjh
Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:00 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Neil Black: Guardian article on Moscow
Replies: 87
Views: 5839

Re: Neil Black: Guardian article on Moscow

I'm going to put it out there that Mo Farah has the power in his relationship with UKA and therefore isn't exactly going to be someone who can be pushed around. Maybe he likes and rates Neil Black? On the general point I think the overall team is weaker than last year, we don't have anything like th...
by djhdjh
Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Neil Black: Guardian article on Moscow
Replies: 87
Views: 5839

Re: new qualification system for Worlds

Sounds like a better system than at the moment. Also agree on the number of entrants per country being relaxed, although maybe not too much - maybe something like 5 or 6 so that none of the really big contenders have to stay at home but there is still a world presence in events. I'm not sure it woul...
by djhdjh
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:52 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: new qualification system for Worlds
Replies: 21
Views: 1592

Re: WORLD CHAMPS HURDLES

So it's not a vendetta but he should give up, even though he's helped develop an athlete from a junior to being currently ranked 3rd in the world, because the pace judgement isn't quite right? It's also worth pointing out that she still came a comfortable 2nd against a stacked London field which rat...
by djhdjh
Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: WORLD CHAMPS HURDLES
Replies: 69
Views: 5414

Re: Women's 400m - TBO's timing

Interesting article. It must take real faith in your own ability and the ideas of your coach to not require as much in the way of affirmation through races. But then again if training is largely what brings improvements, why wouldn't more training (of the appropriate sort for the time of year) be su...
by djhdjh
Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Women's 400m - TBO's timing
Replies: 116
Views: 8401

Re: Greg In Tomlinson Out

Or, of course, they could have picked them both, seeing as they both meet the IAAF's selection criteria, having attained the super-tough A standard last year (within the qualification window). Britain must be the only country in the world that have plenty of athletes who meet the IAAF criteria but ...
by djhdjh
Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:27 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Greg In Tomlinson Out
Replies: 60
Views: 4530

Re: All star cast at London Anniversary Games

Kirani James is running much more upright than previously. His technique has been improving slowly since he burst on the scene but it was really noticeable tonight. He made that look very easy indeed.
by djhdjh
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:29 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: All star cast at London Anniversary Games
Replies: 256
Views: 15937

Re: BRITISH ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

Fair enough, I did think the rules only allowed for 6 but assumed if we were selecting 9 they must know better. Very odd.
by djhdjh
Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:12 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BRITISH ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
Replies: 159
Views: 11204
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