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    After a slightly sub par year last year the lineups look to be back to full strength with the obvious exceptions of Mayer and Thiam. Duckworth makes his first appearance. A strange decision by Thiam not to compete this year, she had a few injury problems over the winter but was back last week and ran a PB over 200

    https://meeting-goetzis.at/meeting

    All of the medalist from last year world juniors will contest the heptathlon along with Ruckstuhl, but no Shukh for whatever reason

    Bougard scored 6725 last year so it should be a good battle


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    Originally posted by treadwater1 View Post
    After a slightly sub par year last year the lineups look to be back to full strength with the obvious exceptions of Mayer and Thiam. Duckworth makes his first appearance. A strange decision by Thiam not to compete this year, she had a few injury problems over the winter but was back last week and ran a PB over 200

    https://meeting-goetzis.at/meeting

    All of the medalist from last year world juniors will contest the heptathlon along with Ruckstuhl, but no Shukh for whatever reason

    Bougard scored 6725 last year so it should be a good battle
    It should be a great competition overall, though having looked at the weather reports for Gotzis this weekend, it could be a case that the actual points performances might be not that impressive, specially on Saturday when its predicted to rain from lunch time to the evening.

    I guess Emerson and Lagger won't mind too much though, seeing how they battled out during a torrential rain storm in Tampere last year.

    One athlete to keep an eye on is the current World and European U-18 Heptathlon (and triple jump) champion Maria Vicente of Spain. She's looking like a special talent and this will be her first appearance in a senior heptathlon competition. Actually this year's Gotzis is full of young, up-and-coming prospects, with Vicente, Emerson, Lagger, Ruckstuhl, Maudens, Mucci and Adriana Rodriquez all either 22 years old or younger. The future in the heptathlon is looking pretty healthy and a few of these youthful athletes will become stars in the senior ranks in the next five years or so.

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    • #3
      worth a read

      an article on Ms. Emerson

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/48348481

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      • #4
        Does anyone feel Emerson can improve her speed enough to compete with the top girls in future? Certainly 6500 is well within her reach to push for a medal as the BBC article mentioned.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by speedyg View Post
          Does anyone feel Emerson can improve her speed enough to compete with the top girls in future? Certainly 6500 is well within her reach to push for a medal as the BBC article mentioned.
          Considering that current Olympic, World and European champion Nafi Thiam has never broken 24 seconds in the 200m, yet still had managed over 7000 points in a hepathlon, then I don't think Emerson's lack of express pace will be a problem for her. In fact, Emerson is already a better javelin thrower at her age than Jess Ennis-Hill or KJT were, and judging by her improvement in the shot in recent months, then I think she'll be fine in the long run.

          (However, I'm of the opinion that Emerson's 100m Hurdles pb is going to be something like 13.3 in a few years time, and she'll be closer to getting sub 24 seconds at 200m than Thiam will ever be.)
          Last edited by RunUnlimited; 24-05-19, 15:11.

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          • #6
            is there a stream for this or is it on tv?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by drobbie View Post
              is there a stream for this or is it on tv?
              Yes, there will be live streaming. Check out my Live Streaming Links thread later on tonight for details.

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              • #8
                Alongside the youngsters some familiar faces return to action. Nadine Broesen of the Netherlands hasn’t started a heptathlon since 2017 and Laura Ickenice (not sure that’s correct spelling) is back from a hamstring opp that saw her withdraw after the hurdles at the 2017 Worlds and a subsequent prolonged recovering. As a 6800 performer at her best it will be interesting to see how she performs. Apparently her HJ is progressing nicely having has to swap take off leg just before Rio 2016.

                Other interesting bits to watch: how will Schafer’s New shot putt technique hold up on competition? Will her change in training regime have helped her to regain her sharp speed?
                as another 6800 performer she should be in the mix and has no major weaknesses. Her slightly sub-par scores last year (by her own high standards) were put down to over training I believe and she got back into winter training much later this year (presumably to factor in Doha as well as avoid the same mistake). She recorded her longest LJ opener last weekend (6.18) which bodes well and 48m+ javelin in 8 degrees and pouring rain.

                Thiam is due to open her heptathlon season at Talence. She was not high jumping or sprinting for some critical weeks in the spring which I think is the delay in her hept start. With the mental advantage over her rivals at the moment I’m sure she wouldn’t want to under perform at Gotzis and have people think there were any chinks in her armour! Her improved 200m PB makes me think she’s worked hard on her weaker events over winter in the same way that KJT appears to have worked on her shot. Be interesting to see who has made the greater improvement when it all comes out in competition!

                cant wait to see how Emerson will respond to the unique Gotzis atmosphere. She seems to respond well to competitive environments and her improved shot alone should see a bit of a PB jump.

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                • #9
                  A more than soild start in the 100m Hurdles for KJT, winning her heat in a respectable 13.29, equalling her personal best in the event!

                  However in the following heat, American Kendall Williams, a strong hurdler, blasts through the field to win in 12.84, just 0.02 off her personal best time. That will put her into an early lead on the points after one event.

                  In the same heat, despite smashing the first couple of hurdles, fellow American Erica Bougard managed to recover well and finished in seond place with a 13.00 season's best. In third place, Commonwealth Game's fourth placer Celeste Mucci of Australia set a new PB of 13.02, while Carolin Schafer's season's best of 13.34 shows she's in good shape.

                  As for Niahm Emerson, she runs 13.85, not far off her 100m Hurdles PB, and collects 1000 points, a good start for the 20 year old.
                  Last edited by RunUnlimited; 25-05-19, 10:56.

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                  • #10
                    In the Decathlon 100m just now, Damien Warner flew down the track and set a new deacthlon best of 10.12 as he powered away from the rest of the field, Tim Duckworth included. What a run.

                    Duckworth ran a 10.61 season's best in 3rd place.

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                    • #11
                      Pinch hitter Emerson goes xxo at 1.80.

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                      • #12
                        Duckworth *needs* to put some meat on his bones.... 12.80m in the shot put is not going to cut it at the highest levels in the Decathlon, especially since he was second behind Warner after the Long Jump when Tim recorded the longest distance of the day... his shot was the *worst* out of all the competitors.

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                        • #13
                          Unfortunately Emerson is a DNS in the shot.

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                          • #14
                            I read in the Guardian piece that Kat has changed back to her old basic technique, it doesn’t appear to be working as she just produced 2 12m throws. But she looked very good in the hurdles and HJ. A shame for Niamh that she had to withdraw

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                            • #15
                              More bad news for the Brits at Gotzis.... KJT's shot put "yips" seems to have returned... 12.00m and 11.75m in the first couple of rounds is *not* promising at all.

                              As for Niahm Emerson, she pulled out after clearing 1.83m in the High Jump, seemingly with an injury.

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