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Post by islandhopper » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:30 pm

Because the world championships are on and I bloody love them for some reason. Though I must admit I've started to record them and watch them a bit after so you can maybe skip through bits of the distance racing and early shot put rounds.

But why am I talking about that when Usain Bolt has just run 9.58?! Bloody hell! I never thought I was going to see that in my life-time. I know the records have been coming quick and fast in recent years, but I had always expected it to pretty much level out somewhere near the 9.6/9.7 mark. Gay ran 9.71 and was nowhere near him!

Jessica Ennis was great before that as well. Went out to win that 800m even though she really didn't need to. Genuinely chuffed at her win as well and genuinely deserving of it. My - I think I have a fancy for all British hepathletes.

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Re: Athletics

Post by mkgleeds » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:30 am

islandhopper wrote:
But why am I talking about that when Usain Bolt has just run 9.58?! Bloody hell! I never thought I was going to see that in my life-time. I know the records have been coming quick and fast in recent years, but I had always expected it to pretty much level out somewhere near the 9.6/9.7 mark. Gay ran 9.71 and was nowhere near him!
Just astonishing and i'm still not sure he was going as fast as he could.

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Re: Athletics

Post by islandhopper » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:42 am

mkgleeds wrote: Just astonishing and i'm still not sure he was going as fast as he could.
No, I don't think so either. Apparently he's said he thinks he could do 9.40.

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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:33 am

I think I have a fancy for all heptathletes. Did you see them at the end? Phwoar.

Bolt is amazing, isn't he? You can put up with all the posturing and bullshit when he can do something like that.

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Post by Mr Bear » Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:46 am

Yeah, what is it about heptathletes? Jessica Ennis (who looks a bit like Joanna Newsom), Denise Lewis, Kelly Sotherton. Yum.

Bolt is unbelievable - I couldn't believe how relaxed he was before the race; he was just fucking about, having a laugh. It's one of those things, a bit like watching Tiger Woods, Federer, Michael Johnson or Schumacher at their peaks, where it's an absolute privilege to be watching the best there's ever been.

Gotta feel sorry for Tyson Gay though. Like the commentator said, that's possibly the fastest he'll ever run and he still lost by 2 metres.

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Re: Athletics

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:49 am

Did anyone watch the women's 100m heats earlier on? There was one lass in there (can't remember where she was from) that must've taken the wrong turning when looking for the shot put final.

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Re: Athletics

Post by islandhopper » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:47 am

a layer of chips wrote:I think I have a fancy for all heptathletes. Did you see them at the end? Phwoar.
Yeah, they seem to have a very strict door policy. That new British girl Hazel (? - not Irvine!) is lovely as well.
a layer of chips wrote:Did anyone watch the women's 100m heats earlier on? There was one lass in there (can't remember where she was from) that must've taken the wrong turning when looking for the shot put final.
I did indeed. She was from American Samoa and managed to finish in 14.25! I always wonder in those cases whether those folk are just really chuffed to get to compete in a massive arena like that or are just incredibly embarrassed

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Re: Athletics

Post by mkgleeds » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:59 am

islandhopper wrote:
a layer of chips wrote:Did anyone watch the women's 100m heats earlier on? There was one lass in there (can't remember where she was from) that must've taken the wrong turning when looking for the shot put final.
I did indeed. She was from American Samoa and managed to finish in 14.25! I always wonder in those cases whether those folk are just really chuffed to get to compete in a massive arena like that or are just incredibly embarrassed
I think the rule is that every country is allowed one athlete, irrespective of qualifying standards, so all are represented. So there is a certain inevitability that they end up in the 100m, as the 'simplest' event.

I do remember though a few years back, one of the pacific islands sent a male shot putter. However, he missed his event and so ended up in the 100 metres and thus you got this huge fat bloke standing there (he'd never needed to use blocks before) whilst everyone crouched around him. Commentators were nearly wetting themselves.

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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:02 am

I remember that, yeah!

Still, none of them looked more weird than Marita Koch.

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Re: Athletics

Post by mkgleeds » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:05 am

mkgleeds wrote:
islandhopper wrote: I did indeed. She was from American Samoa and managed to finish in 14.25! I always wonder in those cases whether those folk are just really chuffed to get to compete in a massive arena like that or are just incredibly embarrassed
I think the rule is that every country is allowed one athlete, irrespective of qualifying standards, so all are represented. So there is a certain inevitability that they end up in the 100m, as the 'simplest' event.

I do remember though a few years back, one of the pacific islands sent a male shot putter. However, he missed his event and so ended up in the 100 metres and thus you got this huge fat bloke standing there (he'd never needed to use blocks before) whilst everyone crouched around him. Commentators were nearly wetting themselves.
Found him

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpjigCffIX8

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Post by Mr Bear » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:08 am

a layer of chips wrote:I remember that, yeah!

Still, none of them looked more weird than Marita Koch.

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Re: Athletics

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:04 pm

From the BBC website.
1751: NEWSFLASH: In case you didn't know Dwain Chambers has pulled out of the 200m with a calf injury while Tyson Gay is consulting a doctor on his injury.
Yeah, rrrrrriiggght.

This was just an excuse to post a photo of Kelly Sotherton, really.

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Re: Athletics

Post by Concrete » Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:42 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Bolt is amazing, isn't he? You can put up with all the posturing and bullshit when he can do something like that.
Yes. If he kept finishing 2nd or 3rd he'd really get on my tits; Mor-reece Greene used to. I only let Bolt off the hook because he's in a different class from everyone else in history.

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Re: Athletics

Post by islandhopper » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:58 pm

Athletics is the only thing I've watched on tv for the past 3 days. It's great! I've got hours to go through when I get home from work every day.

This gender test business is a bit unfortunate though. They've dealt with it really shittily no matter what the conclusion turns out to be.

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Post by a layer of chips » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:26 pm

Haven't they? It's like something from the Middle Ages, or something. BURN HER!

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Re: Athletics

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:43 pm

Bolt is tremendous. As is that mascot.

Also, I think the women's high jump final out-lovelied even the heptathletes tonight.

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Post by tompony » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:21 pm

islandhopper wrote:This gender test business is a bit unfortunate though. They've dealt with it really shittily no matter what the conclusion turns out to be.
It's really horrible! Especially stuff like this. Is that really journalism!?

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Re: Athletics

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:22 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Bolt is tremendous. As is that mascot.

Also, I think the women's high jump final out-lovelied even the heptathletes tonight.
Agreed on all counts.

I loved it when the mascot gave the 400m hurdles winner a piggy back and then fell over backwards.

The german high-jumper looked just like the dancers from the latest Pet Shop boys tour (well a little taller maybe.)

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Re: Athletics

Post by mkgleeds » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:21 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Bolt is tremendous. As is that mascot.

Also, I think the women's high jump final out-lovelied even the heptathletes tonight.
I did wonder whether by mascot you meant the British 100m hurdler - he's quite entertaining as well

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Re: Athletics

Post by Tom Mascot » Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:50 pm

Bolt should put the effort in for the entire race some time! If he didn't relax with half the race left, he could set a mark that would stand for a hell of a long time!

I can think of at least 7 events I'd like to 'compete' in with Kelly Sotherton.

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