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August 13, 2006

Athletics Review

A week of top class competition finishes with Britain 10th in the medals table, but thanks to some really good performances from a very young team they exceeded the target of 10 medals.

Here's my verdict on the British medalists:
GOLD:
Men's 4×100m team: Got the baton round safely which is not always a given for the team but this team were much stronger in depth than any of the other countries. Darren Campbell throws a massive strop and refuses to celebrate but doesn't explain why – may have something to do with Team mate Dwaine Chambers return after a drugs ban.

SILVER:
Greg Rutherford (Long Jump) out of GB's 3 finalists, 19 year old Rutherford was the only one to be in contention and a superb last round jump of 8.13m took him from bronze to silver and one of our best performances of the week.

Mo Fareh (5000m) A gutsy run from 1000m out and very unlucky to be beaten by the spaniard Jesús España on a sprint finish. Theres a lot more to come from this guy.

Nathan Douglas (Triple Jump) Lying 12th with his 3rd jump and needed to get into the top 8 to have 3 more attempts and recorded 17.12 then 17.21 to move him into silver a long long way behind Christian Olsson who "literally burried the opposition".

Women's 4×100m: Helped in part by the German's dropping the baton but also by a rejuvinated Joice Maduaka, who finished 4th in the 100m and then cried about not being given any money or being coached over the phone. She deserved this medal along with Brummie Anyika Onuora.

Men's 4×400m: A strong run from all 4 athletes but not quite strong enough to beat the French. Tim Benjamin ran 44.5s to beat the Poles on the line.

BRONZE:
Rebbecca Lyne (800m) Was pushed off stride with 100 to go by the eventual winner Olga Kotlyarova and had to fight for third past the Ukrainian Petlyuk – who pushed her over in the Europa cup earlier in the season. Fantastic run and expect more from her in the next few years.

Rhys Williams (400m Hurdles) In last place coming into the home straight but came through so fast he just scraped a bronze on the line. Put himself into a relay team place aswell.

Marlon Devonish (200m) Caused Colin Jackson and Michael Johnson to have an arguement over whether he could keep his speed going for 200m but he couldn't and faded into bronze when silver looked possible. Was never going to beat Fransis Obikwelu who won the 100m too.

Andy Turner (110m Hurdles) Had a chance at gold in a relatively poor quality field but hit a few too many hurdles slowing him down. With a bit more work, he is another bright prospect.

Sam Ellis (800m) Made it through the rounds as a fastest loser each time but then in the final charged his way into third. It could well have been first but his progress was stopped by the barrier of the first and second placed athletes. Lucky not to be disqualified.


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