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Postby lsabre » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:06 pm

Chris Tomlinson still holds the qualifying standard from last year, having still chances ahead of him before the deadline, so could still make the plane to Beijing.
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Postby Sotomayor » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:09 pm

CHAMBERS 9.58 +15.3 m/s
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Postby Maza1987 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:15 pm

no suprises
pickering, devs, dwain and edgar so far.
fifton set a pb, good enough for final probably
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Postby Kermit » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:17 pm

If I was a selector Tomlinson wouldn't go based on the fact that he didn't make the finals of the worlds and he didn't make the top 3 here - bottom line is his mindset is not right.

10.17 Williamson, easing down
Ryan Scott eliminated
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Postby Maza1987 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:21 pm

yes.
williamson olympic a standard and into a headwind.
real contender
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Postby Sotomayor » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:23 pm

malcolm the "dark horse" out :(
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Postby lsabre » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:24 pm

Tomlinson still won a silver at the World Indoor Champs and set a UK record last season, plus 8.18i this term...
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Postby lsabre » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:24 pm

Malcolm looks very good for the 200m though, I think his start into the race suffered a little...
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Postby Sotomayor » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:26 pm

Shakes Drayton takes the 400h !!!!!!!!!!!! beating danvers in a pb of 56.0x
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Postby Maza1987 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:27 pm

Sotomayor wrote:Shakes Drayton takes the 400h !!!!!!!!!!!! beating danvers in a pb of 56.0x


ooooh.
nice stuff :D :shock:
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Postby Maza1987 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:30 pm

100m final

1 Rikki FIFTON
2 Mark FINDLAY
3 Craig PICKERING
4 Marlon DEVONISH
5 Dwain CHAMBERS BELGRAVE
6 Simeon WILLIAMSON
7 Harry AIKINES AYREETEY
8 Tyrone EDGAR
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Postby Kermit » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:31 pm

Yes soto the dark horse is out, now you know why i don't enter competitions like those posted on this board. Poor start and the rest was history. Nice suprise from Williamson
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Postby Sotomayor » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:51 pm

i have to say williamson's technique was faultless and AA ddnt look good
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Postby Kermit » Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:03 pm

Having now seen the BBC coverage of the sprint semis two major (imo) things struck me. First the lack of speed/power from Pickering and second, an awesome display by Williamson.

I do not think that Pickering will be sprinting in Bejing unless it's the rounds of the relay.
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Postby nevetssllim » Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:11 pm

Great to see a packed crowd.

Tomlinson a poor 5th in the long jump. Rutherford wins with 8.20m (A standard).
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Postby Andy » Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:32 pm

Does anyone have any news from the Hexham meet? The meet's website is rubbish.
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Postby nevetssllim » Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:37 pm

The results are gradually being put on the homepage here.
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Postby Sotomayor » Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:56 pm

D-wain
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Postby Kermit » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:11 pm

First of all, I have to say congratulations to Craig Pickering. For the first time I witnessed a relaxed CP at the start of a race. He is carrying less bulk than he did last year, but the conversion of power to speed has not come about just yet. Still not sure about his mindset though, but once again he has lost to Williamson.

Williamson was just awesome and has once again shown his ability to put 3 or 4 rounds in 2 days together. BOTH deserve to be on the plane on merit.
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Postby lsabre » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:24 pm

Superb race in the men's 100m, and as I said Dwain Chambers is in the form of his life! Clocking 10.00 in fairly low temperature conditions is sublime, there definitely more to come on the way. I feel he could even challenge something in the low 9.9s given the proper race.
I have to say that I am not that surprised by Simeon Williamson who comes to prove once again what a superb big time performer he is. He came into the champs with 10.36 SB, ran an easy 10.17 semi, and almost helf off Chambers to record a world class 10.03 secs. A huge well done to him! He looks as though he could become the next Briton to duck inside 10 secs.
Job well done by Craig Pickering, who is improving race by race and is fresher now that he has come later into the season. I reckon his third place in a qualifying time of 10.19 has virtually sealed him a place on the plane to China.
Tyrone Edgar is going to endure an agonising few weeks before he learns whether he takes an individual spot or makes only the relay in Beijing. Good run by Ricky Fifton, but Marlon Devonish was swallowed up in the field and his hopes lie entirely in the 200m now...
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Postby Sotomayor » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:24 pm

Williamson n Dwain were fantastic, Craig showed he can handle the pressure and after all his injurys this year there are building blocks

10.41
10.86
10.59
10.36
10.32
10.27
10.31
10.17
10.03


that is what you call progression, everyone counted williamson out because of his earlier times but mymy did he produce, and fair enuf it was a nice wind but temperatures of 15 degrees arnt ideal for sprinting, he can get so much better
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Postby Maza1987 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:29 pm

dwain was great.
really happy for simeon.
hes taken that next step up in class with that time..
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Postby Kermit » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:45 pm

Soto, Lsabre and I have had this huge (you know I'm laughing Lsabre) battle in the past (and no doubt we will continue in the future) relating to previous history v current form when it comes to selection. In particular the past couple of years it's been about Pickering's selection ahead of Williamson. My argument has always been that current form should be placed ahead of the past.

My stance on selection has always been clear as well, that being if we have four or more people in an event with the "A" standard then the first three past the post should go. Today we had a final with 6 "A" standard athletes in it and devoid of athletes like MLF and Alex Nelson. It produced in my opinion the best and fastest all British 100m EVER. It wouldn't suprise me if this time next year we are talking about 8 athletes with the "A" standard and asking the question "why isn't it first 3 home goes?". I hope that both Williamson and Pickering get selected on Monday and let the courts do what they have to do on Wednesday
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Postby lsabre » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:51 pm

By the way, superb performance by Lisa Dobriskey who turned on a storming last 100m to claim the women's 1500m convincingly. She certainly has got more in her and could range in the low 4mins later in the season.
Mike Rimmer looks as though he has riden the storm and now really comes into fine form, his turn of pace into a 52 secs second lap very striking. Andy Baddeley played clearly in Rimmer's hands by sitting behind in the pack in such a slow opening lap (56.42 secs) and could find no way back having allowed the Liverpoolian such a gap into the straight. Yet, he still came second suggesting he blends plenty of qualities to challenge in China.
Emma Carpenter sprang the surprise of the day on Philippa Roles in the discus, adding half a metre on her PB - there could hardly be a better occasion to perform such a feat!
Perri Shakes-Drayton looks in great form and if she can find a fast race in warmer, less windy conditions, she could snatch a late place on Team GB. A real shame that Danvers-Smith missed a crucial spell from early May through to mid June through injury as she was looking up for big things this season. Hopefully, given she holds the A standard from last year, she can make up the lost ground by Beijing.
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Postby lsabre » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:19 pm

Becky Lyne, by the way, has made the women's 800m final as a fastest loser, running 2.06.96 for second in heat two.
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Postby Sotomayor » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:34 pm

no Devonish in 200m :(
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Postby Andy » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:36 pm

Am I the only one who is gutted by the standard of athletics we're seeing this weekend. What was going on in the men's 800m - don't these guys want to go the Olympics? Besides the great result from Greg Rutherford, I can't think of any new A standards having been achieved. Add to that the fact that our supposed medal hopes are just plain embarassing - Chris Tomlinson 7.76 - that wont get him into a final never mind get a medal around his neck.
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Postby lsabre » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:50 pm

On the contrary, there is a very good standard given fairly low temperatures and windy conditions throughout the first two days of action as well as absentees like Nicola Sanders.
The 800m has been hit by all sort of problems to most of the top runners this summer. Sam Ellis was injured last week during a relay, and I don't know whether he has time enough to mount a late challenge on the Olympic A standard, and James Brewer is still struggling after a promising indoor season. Richard Hill looks also sort of stuck at the moment. Despite the low time, I think 52 secs over the second lap is very promising in many ways from Mike Rimmer...
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Postby lsabre » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:52 pm

From what I last heard, Dean Macey is well on course for the Olympic A standard in Hexham, setting 2.07m in the high jump among others.
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Postby Geoff » Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:02 pm

Great news about Macey if that's the case. He was level with what he did last time in Hexham but a 2.07 is a lot better that his 1.93 last time. Perhaps he can produce a miracle!
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