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Gold for Max Whitlock, defending his Rio title, in the Gymnastics pommel horse final.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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3 hours ago, glossop saint said:

I get the argument with some of these but climbing is the perfect Olympic sport. Faster, higher, stronger. It covers all of those. And easy enough to understand for people watching. There's 3 disciplines and each one (with the exception of maybe bouldering) is very very easy tell who is doing well. And no judging required. 

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The new sports are the way forward for the Olympics. Less barrier to entry and the Games would be their pinnacle.

Get rid: Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Rugby

I appreciate it has a long history in the Olympics but Equestrian could go for me.

 

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"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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Athletics, and just after Rojas breaks the women's world triple jump record, the two remaing men's high jump competitors agree to share gold. Absolute scenes.

 

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"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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Just as Tamberi calms down, his countryman wins the 100m and he's off again, the loon.

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Rumours abounding that a Belarus athlete has criticised her country's government, and been spirited away to the airport by "team officials". Sinister if true.

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"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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6 hours ago, 17 stone giant said:

That will undoubtedly be one of my moments of the Games. I watched it without having a clue about her or the event, and I was blown away by what I saw. To put in that performance having fallen in the first round, and with a score of 96 something to beat, was simply incredible.

Absolutely jaw-dropping display of skill by Charlotte Worthington. Loved the way the fall didn't affect her confidence one little bit. The U.S. thought they had the gold in the bag after the first round.

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Old Faithful we never lose at Wembley

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4 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Rumours abounding that a Belarus athlete has criticised her country's government, and been spirited away to the airport by "team officials". Sinister if true.

More here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58046183 

With the eyes of the world upon the Olympics, surely this can't happen?

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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5 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Rumours abounding that a Belarus athlete has criticised her country's government, and been spirited away to the airport by "team officials". Sinister if true.

She didn't even criticise the government, she complained about being entered in the 400m relay, which isn't her event.  That was enough apparently.  

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!

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11 hours ago, Futtocks said:

More here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58046183 

With the eyes of the world upon the Olympics, surely this can't happen?

There are a lot of properly dramatic threads from journalists on Twitter about this but it does now seem that she is safe and under police protection in Japan.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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3 minutes ago, Bleep1673 said:

Mmm. That helped. But even when she was competing. 

She had her fourth child not that long ago I believe. She's in her late forties - obviously still very athletic.

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47 minutes ago, JonM said:

She had her fourth child not that long ago I believe. She's in her late forties - obviously still very athletic.

Most of the women with 4 kids around here, are still in the teens, weight wise stones as well.

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19 hours ago, Futtocks said:

More here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58046183 

With the eyes of the world upon the Olympics, surely this can't happen?

A sprinter from Belarus who refused her team's order to fly home early from the Olympics has been granted a humanitarian visa by Poland.

Krystina Timanovskaya, 24, is at the Polish embassy in Tokyo after spending the night secured in a hotel under protection from Japanese police.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58052144

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3 hours ago, Damien said:

A sprinter from Belarus who refused her team's order to fly home early from the Olympics has been granted a humanitarian visa by Poland.

Krystina Timanovskaya, 24, is at the Polish embassy in Tokyo after spending the night secured in a hotel under protection from Japanese police.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58052144

I think they were saying on the radio that her husband has got himself out of the country (and to Ukraine, I think) as there was a fear the government would use him to try to get her back.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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28 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

I think they were saying on the radio that her husband has got himself out of the country (and to Ukraine, I think) as there was a fear the government would use him to try to get her back.

Yes it says that in the BBC report too. I'm sure she will be fearing about her wider family too though.

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A mixture of chaotic performances and record-breaking at the velodrome this morning. Entertaining, but not always for the right reasons.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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1 hour ago, DavidM said:

Be even faster if they didn’t put all those barriers in the way he had to jump over . Be dancing in the streets of Oslo today 

Someone’s worked out it the equivalent of 43.20 on the flat.

only 3 people gone under 47 seconds and he’s one of them, now he’s gone under 46.

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24 minutes ago, Live after death said:

Someone’s worked out it the equivalent of 43.20 on the flat.

only 3 people gone under 47 seconds and he’s one of them, now he’s gone under 46.

I remember thinking that, when Ed Moses retired, his record was going to stand for a long time. Then I watched Kevin Young break it pretty soon afterwards, despite his rudimentary* hurdling technique. Now Warholm's broken the WR twice in a year.

*I'm being polite

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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6 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

I remember thinking that, when Ed Moses retired, his record was going to stand for a long time. Then I watched Kevin Young break it pretty soon afterwards, despite his rudimentary* hurdling technique. Now Warholm's broken the WR twice in a year.

*I'm being polite

Saw Kevin Young ran at the south Leeds stadium 96 ish. Got sat near him in the stands after his race, nice guy, very stick thin in real life.

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