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Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

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Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby Kermit » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:41 am

The provisional entry list has been published and there are some cracking show downs - possibly the biggest being the Mens 400m where it really is put up or shut up time http://bit.ly/qeUgbC

It's a pity that Dia Greene's big race (an opportunity to break the British record) will probably be upstaged by the Lightening v French Concorde finale (http://bit.ly/ruSjs5) as there are more worthy events to rival the show stopper, like the mens 800m http://bit.ly/ppaJeA

It's nice to see that the Britpack is being well represented at this meet by Goldie Sayers http://bit.ly/pli3EZ , Phillips Iduwo v Teddy Tamgho (again) http://bit.ly/rf4374 , Mo Farrah runs the 5k http://bit.ly/pDnh7I , Ofili-Porter finds herself in the heat of the frying pan alongside the big 3 this season (Pearson, Wells & Carruthers) http://bit.ly/nnzPSK and the ever smiling Lisa Dobrisky finds herself in another battlefield http://bit.ly/pXIKcr

If nobody pulls out or gets injured come race day then this particular meet will answer a big question for many of us all - athletes are not backing out of races before Degau!

Provisional timetable and entry lists http://bit.ly/p1fbBb
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby shivfan » Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:13 am

Bolt vs Lemaitre vs the other Jamaicans will always take top billing because it's the men's 100 metres, and that is the race that always has been the blue ribbon event. It was that way back in the days of Carl Lewis, Linford Christie, Donovan Bailey, Mo Greene, etc. The 100m is what appeals to the part-time athletics fans, so this race is no different....

But true athletics fans watch nearly all events in the meet.
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby trevorp » Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:36 pm

shivfan wrote:...men's 100 metres, and that is the race that always has been the blue ribbon event. It was that way back in the days of Carl Lewis, Linford Christie, Donovan Bailey, Mo Greene, etc..

It might seem that way, but in actual fact the blue riband event was traditionally the mile/1500; this certainly continued to be the case through the era of Lewis and Christie. The pre-eminent position given to the 100 is more recent than we remember: did it really begin much before Bolt appeared on the scene? Perhaps the attention-span of the modern casual viewer plays a part.
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby Kermit » Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:45 pm

I beg to differ on the fact that it's always been the blue ribband event - it depends on where you grew up! Back in the era you talk about there was Ovett v Coe v Cram, Cram v Aquita and the records were tumbling, which is why in that era track meets finished with the 1500m. Granted this year more men have been under 10 seconds than any other season but the mens sprints in terms of head to heads has not been as strong as it could have been compared to the mens 400h.

Part time athletics fans are only interested in the events that happen quickly!
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby sidelined » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:20 pm

Sheryf El-Sheryf has been drafted in to replace Tamgho - so we'll see him against Phillips...
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby paul » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:52 pm

I think the 1500 has always been the blue riband event, historically. What that actually means (other than that the winner
is as classy as the fastest ocean liner) I don't know.

But that leaves plenty of room for the 100 to be the blue ribbon event.
As the shortest of all senior outdoor events, the 100 seems like a bit of an oddity.
Its brevity does seem to make it popular with the TV people these days. But if it is that marketable, why don't
they throw in some 60s and 30s too? Why have all other races much longer than the `most marketable' one?
:D
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby pafcc » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:44 pm

Another win for FARAH i suppose ! :)
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby d pickup » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:58 am

Start lists, results & timetable - starting 1900h W DT

see
www.diamondleague-monaco.com/en/Program/Overview/
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby flemaldinhio » Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:54 am

This has just popped up in the programme guide on my Freeview box, I thought it wasn't going to be on Freeview?? The BBC website looks to of been changed as well.

Obviously not complaining just wish they'd advertise changes a bit more

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_ ... 345480.stm
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby mump boy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:56 pm

thanks for this

i can't find it on the website anywhere

the sooner the BBC don't cover any athletics the better they are doing my head in

(untill channel 4 come along and f*&k it up as well :( )
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby usedtoit33 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:58 pm

Well, it hasn't started yet, but it's showing up on my Freeview channel 301 as coming up next. :D I'm glad 'cos my bandwidth is already stretched to its limit watching the Euro U23 and Euro U20's! And will probably stretch a bit more for Barcelona too.

Looking forward to this one.
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby mump boy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:04 pm

It's on :D

how can you only have 5 people in the SP ?
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby usedtoit33 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:12 pm

Not too bad from Dai Greene, especially if he's been ill. That was pretty much a dress rehearsal for the World final wasn't it? Only Javier Culson missing.
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby usedtoit33 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:25 pm

Handbags in the 1500m! :lol:
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby Guto Nyth Bran » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:28 pm

usedtoit33 wrote:Handbags in the 1500m! :lol:


Mekhissi is now rated no.1 challenger to Vitali Klitschko...
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby speedyg2012 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:33 pm

Guto Nyth Bran wrote:
usedtoit33 wrote:Handbags in the 1500m! :lol:


Mekhissi is now rated no.1 challenger to Vitali Klitschko...


Baala is a thug tbh, what was he thinking headbutting him?! :shock:
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby usedtoit33 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:34 pm

Yay for Montsho! 3 women sub 50 at last this season! (Unless AK49 ran sub 50 as well.)

Baala may be a thug, but Mekhissi was definitely about to give him a serious beating there. :D
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby jjimbojames » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:35 pm

usedtoit33 wrote:Yay for Montsho! 3 women sub 50 at last this season! (Unless AK49 ran sub 50 as well.)

Baala may be a thug, but Mekhissi was definitely about to give him a serious beating there. :D

Kapachinskaya ran 49.32 at the Russian Champs today...
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby speedyg2012 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:37 pm

jjimbojames wrote:
usedtoit33 wrote:Yay for Montsho! 3 women sub 50 at last this season! (Unless AK49 ran sub 50 as well.)

Baala may be a thug, but Mekhissi was definitely about to give him a serious beating there. :D

Kapachinskaya ran 49.32 at the Russian Champs today...


Has anyone ever recreated that sort of performance from the Russian championship into a major championship?

Well why he heatbutted him then run away like a scared little boy is just cowardly.

Round 2 outside the stadium? :P
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby Geoff » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:38 pm

usedtoit33 wrote:Handbags in the 1500m! :lol:


Perhaps a little more than that and must certainly mean some sort of punishment. I assume he will be fined and warned but if he were a footballer he'd receive a 6 match ban!
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby Guto Nyth Bran » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:45 pm

Geoff wrote:
usedtoit33 wrote:Handbags in the 1500m! :lol:


Perhaps a little more than that and must certainly mean some sort of punishment. I assume he will be fined and warned but if he were a footballer he'd receive a 6 match ban!


Remember the famous clip where Moses Tanui punched Gebresalassie during a sprint finish (World Juniors?)?
Did he get a ban for that?
Baala was much worse and since it's a high profile IAAF meeting I think he may miss Daegu for this.
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby mump boy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:46 pm

but the other one started it and was all up in Baala's grill

personally i would have walked away but a head butt was an equally valid option :D
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby Guto Nyth Bran » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:48 pm

mump boy wrote:but the other one started it and was all up in Baala's grill

personally i would have walked away but a head butt was an equally valid option :D


It's a rare example of a Frenchman using his head...
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby mump boy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:48 pm

Guto Nyth Bran wrote:
Geoff wrote:
usedtoit33 wrote:Handbags in the 1500m! :lol:


Perhaps a little more than that and must certainly mean some sort of punishment. I assume he will be fined and warned but if he were a footballer he'd receive a 6 match ban!


Remember the famous clip where Moses Tanui punched Gebresalassie during a sprint finish (World Juniors?)?
Did he get a ban for that?
Baala was much worse and since it's a high profile IAAF meeting I think he may miss Daegu for this.


it wasb't Moses Tanui it was Josephat Machuka (good god the crap i know :shock: )

Geb trod on the back of Tanui's heel at the 93 worlds Moses kicked it off, clasped his head in his hands shook his fist at Geb and raced off only to be beaten int the sprint
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby usedtoit33 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:05 pm

When did Romy get married? :D
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby mump boy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:07 pm

usedtoit33 wrote:When did Romy get married? :D


it was a spring wedding he didn't want me to tell anyone :wink:
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby usedtoit33 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:11 pm

Go Mo! Outkicking Lagat! :shock:
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby nevetssllim » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:11 pm

Mo. :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby jjimbojames » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:19 pm

12.60 for Tiff O-P :shock:
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Re: Monaco Diamond League July 22 2011

Postby usedtoit33 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:19 pm

12.60 for Tiff! Wahoooooooooooooo! :D
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