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#21 West Country Eagle

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:43 PM

Edwards' triple jump record was freaky, he glided across the phases whereas if you watch most jumpers they tend to have one "hard" phase which seems to slow momentum.


Edwards performance in that particular Worlds was staggering - two world records in the final, if I remember correctly. As you say, he seemed to glide through the phases - I've not seen anything as technically perfect from a jumping point of view before or since. An example of when everything goes right… text book (and then some).

As others have pointed out, some of the other records are dubious to say the least, and may never be bettered.

Great to see Christine beating Kathy Cook's ancient British record in winning the 400m by a nose (almost literally). She's a special athlete - her ability to come back from the dead in races is staggering. Presumably she has superb sprint endurance and loads her speed towards the end of races (E.G start relatively easy and relaxed, crank it up at the race goes on to reel in those in front of her). There was a stat in one of the newspaper reports yesterday that said that the combined winning margin for her three championship golds (Worlds 2007, Olympics 2008 and Worlds 2013) is 0.11 seconds. That's crazy.
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#22 bedlam breakout

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:50 PM

Denise Lewis is still quite lovely... just needed saying...

shes married to tom o conners son you know? that's the old Liverpool comedian

 

where are the crowds in Moscow? looks pretty empty most of the time


Edited by bedlam breakout, 13 August 2013 - 04:51 PM.

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#23 Larry the Leit

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:40 PM

Just watched the lasses steeplechase. It's a killer of an event with even the medal winners really struggling for rhythm due to fatigue.

Great to see Eilish McColgan running so strongly on the world stage. I used to love her Mum's attitude and bloody minded commitment.

#24 Futtocks

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:16 AM

where are the crowds in Moscow? looks pretty empty most of the time

The Luzhniki is a huge stadium. Most of those empty-looking evening sessions have had about 30-40,000 there. This time of year, apparently, most people who can afford it get the hell out of Moscow and go on holiday to escape the heat and humidity.

 

Last night of course, with Isinbaeva competing, it really filled up properly. When BARLA played Russia there, they had a very decent attendance for RL in Russia, but it looked pretty deserted.


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#25 Futtocks

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:07 PM

Yelena Isinbayeva condemns homosexuality.

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#26 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:21 PM

 

I used to like her... a special athlete.  But it's easy to go off someone.  I'm sure she will be gutted mind you.


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

#27 longboard

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 05:20 PM

A well deserved gold medal for Rob Heffernan.

 

http://www.telegraph...-walk-gold.html

 

He's a Cark boy!



#28 Larry the Leit

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 06:31 PM

A well deserved gold medal for Rob Heffernan.

http://www.telegraph...-walk-gold.html

He's a Cark boy!


Yes I saw that, lovely moment. Great interview.

Hannah England's performance was good too, but the first three were a class apart.

#29 Futtocks

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:31 AM

I used to like her... a special athlete.  But it's easy to go off someone.  I'm sure she will be gutted mind you.

If she actually believes what she said, then she has a future in Russian politics - Sara Palinski!

 

If she's just toeing the Putin line in order to have a quiet life, she'd have been better off saying nothing.

 

Or maybe she's only clever at jumping over some sticks with another stick and is, in fact, a thick bimbo.


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#30 Futtocks

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 09:22 AM

In an interview about the Isinbayeva comments, American middle distance runner Nick Simmonds said "I wanted to compete with a rainbow sticker but was told I would go to prison if I did that. It was suggested that if I pushed this too far it was a real possibility." :O 


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#31 Futtocks

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:15 PM

Someone on Twitter pointed out thet Yelena Isinbayeva's name is an anagram of "Aye, I envy a lesbian". :D 


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#32 Futtocks

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:24 PM

Everyone is on holiday and generally moscovites dont like sport 

 

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They'll turn out in droves for a homophobic pole vaulter, but that's pretty much it...


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#33 WearyRhino

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:04 PM

Sir Mohammed Farah! Outstanding!

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 07:58 PM

What I've never understood is how the times can sometimes be rounded down. It's not just in the world athletics, it's the running app on my phone as well.

I would expect that the time goes up in order so for instance if they record the time in thousands of a second but shows hundreds on TV it goes 9.493, 9.494, 9.495. 9.496 etc. I can imagine that the clock would stop at 9.49 on TV for all three and then it potentially be rounded up to 9.50. This way there is no instance where it could be rounded down as it would always have gone past that figure.

Just the way my mind works, seriously.

#35 clwydianrange

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 09:16 PM

Good run by Gemili to get under 20 seconds in the 200m. Lets hope he can repeat it in the final. Outside chance of a bronze,



#36 Wolford6

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:29 AM

Has the BBC ditched Roger Black and Sally Gunnell?


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#37 Futtocks

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:32 AM

Has the BBC ditched Roger Black and Sally Gunnell?

Quite a long time ago, yes.


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:36 AM

Good tournament overall, I thought.  Credit to the Women's 4x100 team for getting into the medals, albeit on a DQ - and, for the men, FOR GOODNESS SAKE YOU MUPPETS.

 

Great to see someone jump over 18m in the triple jump.  Very much enjoyed listening to Jonathan Edwards on the radio as it happened.

 

The BBC have a good team now and it works so much better without Inverdale.


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#39 Futtocks

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:37 AM

Bonus Bronze for the Ladies sprint relay team, following a DQ for France. :) 


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#40 Futtocks

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:40 AM

Good tournament overall, I thought.  Credit to the Women's 4x100 team for getting into the medals, albeit on a DQ - and, for the men, FOR GOODNESS SAKE YOU MUPPETS.

 

Great to see someone jump over 18m in the triple jump.  Very much enjoyed listening to Jonathan Edwards on the radio as it happened.

 

The BBC have a good team now and it works so much better without Inverdale.

Teddy Tamgho is erratic, but on a good day, he can threaten Jonathan's outstanding world record.

 

Adam Gemili is a very recent convert to Athletics (from Football) and I think there's a lot more to come from him. If he and Dasaolu can stay fit, they should drive each other on to faster and faster times.


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