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World Champs withdrawals

Postby pegleg » Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:31 am

Quite a few already:

Jana Pittman, Ionela Tirlea, Jolanda Cpelak, Jan Zelezny, Asafa Powell, Phillips Idowu, Paul Burgess, Svetlana Feofanova, Wilson Kipketer, Hicham El Guerrouj, Alice Timbilil, Nathan Deakes (20kmW).

Anyone else...?
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Postby The Ginger Vet » Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:44 am

Shame about the withdrawals, but I'm looking forward to a very interesting championships - hopefully we can come away with some medals and silence some of the critics.
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Postby Beatrix Kiddo » Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:50 am

Kelly Holmes.
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Postby Beatrix Kiddo » Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:50 am

Kelly Holmes.
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Postby Beatrix Kiddo » Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:02 am

Paula's main marathon rival... Mizuki Noguchi.
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Postby The Ginger Vet » Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:48 am

Chris Rawlinson - a shame as I was looking to see the Rotherham Rocket actually make it round
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Postby Beatrix Kiddo » Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:03 pm

did anyone see the article by john rawling in the Guardian on Monday, saying no one had any interest in the championships because of all the withdrawals? It was a bit OTT. Everyone will be glued to it on telly this weekend, I'm sure...
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Postby The Ginger Vet » Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:41 pm

agree the withdrawals haven't helped the profile in the media - you can be sure there would be more column inches written if Kelly Holmes was there - but Paula is still a big attraction - especially after her Athens experience.
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Postby pegleg » Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:03 pm

True, and with most of the British withdrawals, I'm just left thinking "is it that big a loss....?" (not naming names of course :wink:)
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withdrawals

Postby Laura of Barnet » Tue Aug 02, 2005 2:16 pm

Brits historically perform well with their backs to the wall. What price five British medals from Paula Radcliffe, men's 4x100, men's 4x400m, Sotherton and Douglas watch out too for Benjamin.
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Postby pegleg » Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:00 am

Bekele has withdrawn from the 5000m
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Postby Bryn R » Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:05 pm

I reckon Benjamin has got a great chance this year, be interesting to see if he can make the final. At the very least he stands a decent chance of getting a new PB and proving himself against the world's best. Needs to maintain the form that let him gain a win over Wariner
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Postby Timmins » Fri Aug 05, 2005 10:24 am

i dont tune in to watch just cos paula is running or kelly, i just love watching athletics and our withdrawls does not affect me watching it
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Re: withdrawals

Postby slowcoach » Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:44 pm

Laura of Barnet wrote:Brits historically perform well with their backs to the wall. What price five British medals from Paula Radcliffe, men's 4x100, men's 4x400m, Sotherton and Douglas watch out too for Benjamin.


A million to one?

Benjamin has at least 3 tough races, a bit different from the one-off GP races. At this stage, I have no faith in PR. Maybe she'll prove me wrong. The relays are unpredictable and competitive, but I expect Sotherton to medal, and maybe Douglas, too. See if he can handle the pressure.
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World Champs withdrawals

Postby Greysubfour » Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:51 am

You can only compete against what is there. I attended the 1960 Olympics as a kid. We won one gold medal in the 50K walk. It was a terrific week. If you love athletics, you love the sport not JUST British gold.
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Re: World Champs withdrawals

Postby pegleg » Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:59 am

Greysubfour wrote:You can only compete against what is there. I attended the 1960 Olympics as a kid. We won one gold medal in the 50K walk. It was a terrific week. If you love athletics, you love the sport not JUST British gold.


Well said.
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