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Postby Kermit » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:37 am

World Champion Phillips Idowu (that does sound nice to say) will headline the home coming and will be joined by Carmelita Jeter and 3 other finalists from the womens 100m.
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Postby shivfan » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am

When is Gateshead?
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Postby Maza1987 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:40 pm

yeh, when is it, and are there any other big name brits down to compete? 8)
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Postby Kermit » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:40 pm

Bank Holiday Monday (31 August).

There is no more news coming from official sources to date, but I do believe that our 800m girls will be in attendance.

As you can imaging there are quiet a few euro race meet organisers hovering around the track hoping to sign up the finalaists for their meets.
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Postby 100m » Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:11 pm

Would love to see Asafa run a 9.57 :P
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Postby jjimbojames » Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:13 pm

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Postby Kermit » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:48 pm

World Champions Jess Ennis (100h), Ryan Braithwaite and Melaine Walker have been added to the list
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Postby slowspeed1 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:03 pm

Tyson is coming as well.
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Postby fatmanrunning » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:00 pm

Went to gateshead GP 2-3 years ago when Asafa equalled WR (and yes, I'd told anyone who'd listen that he wouldn't be quick as gateshead wasn't known as a fast track - just like Berlin).

Thought it was well worth the 5 hour drive. Gateshead's getting a little dated, but it's good enough for the likes of me and the programme overall had plenty of depth. Can't make it this year as watching some slightly below GP standard athletes at an open meeting (I'm sure they'll be household names one day) :)
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Postby 100m » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:38 pm

Gateshead is possibly the quickest track in Britain along with Sheffield
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Postby fatmanrunning » Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:46 pm

Always found Birmingham, Loughborough and Bedford to be quicker than those two, and, oddly enough (although it's possibly the prevailing wind more than the track) Corby.

Gateshead and Sheffield have a lot of the quicker junior times recently, but that could be due to having ESAA champs (although it could also be that you're right - and it may be that L'boro, Birmingham and Bedford seem quick to me because of the level of competition there in the same way).

They should invent a little running robot to test tracks for their speed and give some sort of "track speed coefficient" so that we all know for sure 8)
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Postby Sportsman29 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:26 pm

Ennis confirms that Gateshead will be her last competition, and won't compete in talence.

It does mean that she will miss out on a big paycheck from the Combined Events series, as she needed one more heptathlon to be considered, which she would have won easily barring a disaster in Talence.
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Postby SteveK26 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:32 pm

Sensible decision though.......... doubt she will need the dough,I would think she will be fighting off potential sponsors.Cannot be a more marketable British sports person!!
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Postby lsabre » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:42 pm

Nice to see Andy Baddeley lining up in the men's 1500m, while the presence of Nick Symmonds could spur on a massive shake-up in the British 800m lists this season with James Brewer, Mike Rimmer, Joe Thomas, Andy Osagie and Tom Lancashire in the race.
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Postby shivfan » Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:38 am

Nice to see the two winners of the high hurdles, Dwight Thomas and Brigitte Foster, will also be lining up....
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Postby george » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:50 am

I still think that it's a shame that Zagreb and Gateshead clash. Zagreb has 8 world chamions competing! I notice some athletes like Melaine Walker and Ryan Brathwaite are on the startlists for both events. Is it possible that some athletes can compete at both events!?
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Postby lsabre » Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:39 am

Interestingly enough, Nicola Sanders is not competing at Gateshead...

Rhys Williams is in the 400mh in Zagreb the other way round...
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Postby sidelined » Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:17 pm

There's no 400m hurdles in Gateshead...which mght explain why Rhys Williams won't be there!
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Postby shivfan » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:57 am

george wrote:I still think that it's a shame that Zagreb and Gateshead clash. Zagreb has 8 world chamions competing! I notice some athletes like Melaine Walker and Ryan Brathwaite are on the startlists for both events. Is it possible that some athletes can compete at both events!?


Are you sure Melaine Walker's taking part? I saw her name in the BBC story, but I didn't see it in the startlist....
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Postby Kermit » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:24 pm

Is it me or is the homecoming not attracted as many spectators?
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Postby speedyg2012 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:54 pm

Also the weather isn't great. :(

Thought Sharman looked good in the hurdles, Thomas looked strong in the 800m as well as Devonish in the 200m, but not too many to shout about for a british prespective, and not too many jamaicans either.
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Postby Kermit » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:24 pm

Should of been held in sunny 24 degrees Essex!

Have just seen the Craig Pickering rant, and it was a rant! I'm amazed that the Beeb highlighted a B race and then speak to someone who didn't run in Berlin and not bother to speak to someone who did.
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Postby shivfan » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:03 pm

It was good to see Brigitte Foster winning another 100 hurdles race....

I missed the men's event. What happened to Dwight Thomas?
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Postby sprintfan » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:05 pm

OK do tell about the Pickering rant? Downtown Dubai isnt exactly tuned to a cool and windy Gateshead!

Is he with the same affliction that Linford supposedly had - chip on both shoulders?

Must admit to going off this guy.........
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Postby 100m » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:09 pm

sprintfan wrote:OK do tell about the Pickering rant? Downtown Dubai isnt exactly tuned to a cool and windy Gateshead!

Is he with the same affliction that Linford supposedly had - chip on both shoulders?

Must admit to going off this guy.........


Just saying he was disappointed to bein the B race when there was people he had beaten in the A race. Also knew he wasnt going to be in the relay at Berlin because he didnt run in any of the 'A' team relays on the circuit

He said he didnt know why he wasnt involved ... er Beijing relay mishap perhaps
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Postby jambob » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:09 pm

shivfan wrote:It was good to see Brigitte Foster winning another 100 hurdles race....

I missed the men's event. What happened to Dwight Thomas?


DQ. False start.
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Postby sprintfan » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:22 pm

100m

Thanks! - as somebody said short memory.......but seems he has an attitude. Does he get on with the other relay guys?
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Postby Kermit » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:27 pm

Now before people start jumping on me and saying I am anti-Pickering. Here is a general summary of the summer so far.

In every race involving another member of the relay squad I have never seen him shake the hands or congratulate them. The same is said of the opposite.

The pictures I saw from the camp in Portugal also showed him to be an outsider as far as the sprint squad was concerned. These two points just highlight to me that there is indeed some form of a problem between Craig and the rest of the squad.

Now back for the Beeb's need to interview him. How many others on the track represented this country well in Berlin didn't get close to Phil Jones? And why didn't they find the time while Christine was doing her lap of honnor to interview Donna Fraser who they clearly heard retire?
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Postby sprintfan » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:27 pm

Why can't we move the UK to the same latitude as Jamaica? Or Brussels or Berlin......or Monaco or Zurich?

The UK's weather does put a dampener on what happens in these events.......or maybe I'm just spoilt by the after affects of a great World Champs? :-(


Unhappy also with the BBC's website live update - seemed to be a person who just read the names and made comments........little or no backgrouind knowledge.

OK Grumpy old man signing off!
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Postby speedyg2012 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:31 pm

sprintfan wrote:100m

Thanks! - as somebody said short memory.......but seems he has an attitude. Does he get on with the other relay guys?


Considering he thinks he's the top dog, probably not.

I guess he could always live off finishing second behind Bolt in ONE RACE this season!

:lol:
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