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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.


August 08, 2006

A few observations from Gothenburg

After watching the morning's action from day 2 of the Europeans one of the best performances came from British women's 400m and 800m runners (those who passed their drugs tests) all qualified for the semis.

The best performance from Marilyn Okoro (400m) who helpfully the BBC pointed out is a singer with a jazz band "Felonius Monks" knocked half a second off her personal best and this was only her third 400m since she is normally an 800m runner. What made it more impressive was that she thought she was in the 3rd heat and had to rush to the start line for the first race that she was supposed to be in.

I don't see why the TV show athletes in slow motion when the most impressive thing about this sport is their speed. Also look out for the BBC's new toy – the stro–motion picture which superimposes an athlete in various parts of their event. Very nice!


August 06, 2006

European Athletics

The European Championships start tomorrow in Gothenberg (Sweden) and Great Britian, who won 7 golds 4 years, don't look too optimistic for bring home medals – in fact none of our athletes are favourite to win a gold and the 10 medal target (the aim of performance chief Dave Collins) may still a realistic target but I doubt we will get more than 1 gold at the most.

Here's my top tips for British medals:

Kelly Sotherton – Heptathlon
Olympic bronze medalist, suffering from a back injury that has stopped her from training this week but she is a fighter and should put in some strong performances. Her biggest problem is world and Olympic champion, Carolina Kluft – with home backing.

Dean Macey – Decathlon
Injured and virtually held together by gaffa tape but he doesn't seem to allow pain to affect him. He still thinks he can give Czech, Roman Sebrle a run for his money.

Tim Benjamin – 400m
Still almost a second slower than Iwan Thomas' British record but not too much in way of opposition in his event.

Christine Ohuruogu – 400m
Won the Commonwealth in fine style but suffered injury in preperation.

Philip's Idowu – Triple Jump
Should get second behind Sweden's Christian Olsson.

Jo Pavey – 5,000m (Women) and Mo Farah – 5,000m (Men)
both have good times in their events and without the African's (seeing as this is the Europeans) the races should be relatively slow and enable them to dictate the pace a bit more.


May 13, 2006

Gatlin: I Feel Like I'm The Best Of The Best

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/4760201.stm

Wow – Justin Gatlin – who is only World and Olympic champion because Asafa Powell has been injured or indisciplined during the last 2 major championships, broke the 100m world record last night in Doha, Qatar.

9.76 seconds is 0.01s quicker than Powell's record he set in Athens last year. He later said "the race was not one of my best and I know I can go faster."

The worlds two fastest men are due to race each other next in Gateshead on June 11th (although dont expect anything too fast as Gateshead doesn't quite have the desert conditions that suits fast sprinting). This should be very interesting to see who will come out on top – Powell recently won the Commonwealth games title.


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