Porter's 100m best is only 11.7 and Ennis is quicker but there are developing athletes and others that should go to Euros in the relay team.
Regarding the funding....UKA tend to put all eggs in one basket, the high jumpers have no funding either!
What does that tell you? A couple of hypothesis include that funding makes no difference to performance. Or more likely that basically athletics is in many ways a lottery as injuries and doping issues change the landscape of the sport at an international level dramatically from year to year. If you are lucky to be in shape and not injured when your main competition is injured you do well. After so many years watching this sport I've basically come to the conclusions that if you want to win an international medal be good (but not necessarily the best) and then don't get injured - eventually one year the chips will fall in your favour (Andy Turner, Jenny M, Dai Green, Leon B, Lisa D, Hannah England etc etc...)Kermit wrote:It is very disappointing to see that the sprints ((including 400m) where the most funding has gone) has the least depth in terms of fitness and A standards in the qualification period compared to the throws (which have had the least funding).
jeremy1 wrote:It does not help anyone that as soon as some promising talent hoves into view the media here, ably assisted by the OTT fans, start talking as if the athlete in question is a world class athlete.
It has happened for years with , for example, Williams and now Gemili fill sthe sports columns, interviews including those that should know better with the most ridiculous expectations. We had the same nonsense with MLF and HAA after their Junior triumphs and it did no one any good, least of all the athletes, that i can see.
Kermit wrote:You just don't get it DJ do you?
Jodie wanted an education first, this is why we have seen so little of her this year. She didn't want UKA funding with UKA telling her she needs to do this or she needs to do that. She didn't want to be told you are going to be trained by so & so, not your current coach. She didn't want to be told sod your education you have signed a contract to get £x and our sponsors want a pound of your flesh - she wants an education, she wants to go grow up around her family, not go to some far flung place in the world for up to a month without seeing her family.
Home sickness became an issue during the world junior championships. That kind of thing can lead to depression and worse, just ask Marcus Trescothick. Come to think of it the WC started at the time she was due to start her final year of A levels and she didn't want to fall behind
usedtoit33 wrote:What injuries has she had? I knew about the A levels obviously, her last exam was on Weds. The heat yesterday was only her second race of the season. She should be fine for good form by the Olympics. If she's healthy now and is up for it, I'd actually select her for the individual in Helsinki to allow her to get some races in, as she's there for the relay.
Geoff wrote:With less than a couple of weeks to the trials most of our sprinters are really struggling for form. There are a couple of obvious exceptions in Adam Gemili and Abi Oyepitan but what about the rest? Concentrating on the 100m we've only got two men and one woman with the UKA current 'A' standard with many others running really badly.
We all know there will be injuries. Some have exams. Some may be leaving their tapering very late. Bad weather and headwinds. Lots of possible excuses but I would have expected quicker times by more athletes at this stage.
Will our sprinters come good at the trials? Will the likes of Chambers, HAA, MLF etc get down towards 10 flat and will our young female sprinters get back to their best over the next few weeks?
What do others think about our sprinters? Will they come good?
fangio wrote:OK, so times 10 days prior to the trials then in 2008
So even with the trials earlier this year I still think the stats stack up in favour fo the 2012 group.
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