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  • Originally posted by Occasional Hope View Post
    4557 in the end for Holly Mills - looks like a pb by almost 300 points.
    Holly Mills is going to be (another!) monster in the Heptathlon from these shores. Going off Ian Hodge's Twitter feed, it appears as though Holly has made some considerable progess in the last year, and particularly encouraging is seeing her improvement in the Shot, with that 14.06m pb today. The strength events were what cost her a medal at the Euro U-20s in 2019, and the fact that a year or so later she's already going over 14 meters (in an event that has sometimes been an Achilles Heel for our hepathletes in the past), points to someone who could also substantially improve in the javelin too.

    Couple that with her already classy hurdling, world class (at junior level) long jumping, improving high jumping and solid 800m form, and you have your self a very competitive, 6000+ point multi eventer who will turn 21 this April. If she can add a touch more basic speed for the 200m, then she becomes a really serious medal threat in future major championships.

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    • With the 3x European Trial micro-meets on the weekend just gone I think that's it for the UK "indoor season". A shame really - especially that countries on the continent (also hard hit by Covid) seemed to manage meets on all levels - from grass-roots to elite... As somebody put it on Twitter - you can stare at the same tin of beans in Lidl with 20 strangers but you cannot run around a huge outdoor 400m track - even on your own...

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      • Sophie McKinna’s performances have gone slightly under the radar this year, she’s a better athlete than she was in 2019, I can see her throwing 19m at some stage in 2021. She’s 5th ranked in Europe and only 12cm behind Roos in 3rd, she’s in with a chance of a medal in Toruń
        Last edited by treadwater1; 22-02-21, 21:42.

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        • Early start in Madrid, most Brits are no shows for the usual reasons. Andrew Pozzi (Il Italiano) won his heat, goes against Holloway in the final - 7.32 in the Heat. Colin Jackson experiencing his last hours as a WR holder?

          Holloway 7.29 WR!
          Last edited by Grassmarket; 24-02-21, 17:39.

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          • Strange pacing for that Women's 3000 WR attempt - the first 4 laps in 2:08 (that's 8:00 pace !), just as what was apparently requested by Tsegay.

            I suppose it was an echo of the very fast first 400 in her 1500 WR and that worked for her then, but using a similar strategy for double the distance at altitude was folly.

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            • Morgan Lake with 1.96 in Serbia. So an Olympic qualifier and a great chance for an invite to the European indoors.

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              • Holloway looks really strong this season. Could the outdoors WR be on the cards this summer?

                That's encouraging from Lake.

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                • Renaud Lavillenie 6.06m today at All Star Perche meeting in Clermont-Ferrand with quite a bit of clearance. Don't really know why he was attacking 6.20m three times. IMHO should've ended the comp on a high note and start preparing for Toruń.

                  6.06m is his third best ever & best since his world record breaking result in Donetsk on 15 February 2014.
                  Last edited by Chaykin; 27-02-21, 19:38.

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                  • Originally posted by Chaykin View Post
                    Renaud Lavillenie 6.06m today at All Star Perche meeting in Clermont-Ferrand with quite a bit of clearance. Don't really know why he was attacking 6.20m three times. IMHO should've ended the comp on a high note and start preparing for Toruń.

                    6.06m is his third best ever & best since his world record breaking result in Donetsk on 15 February 2014.
                    Well, when he broke the WR in Donetsk it was on a similar extravagant gesture, so obviously he hoped lightning would strike twice! Plus I think Clermont is pretty much his home patch, isn’t it?

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                    • That gal, Athing Mu, is a fine prospect after easily winning the 800m at the SEC conference in 1 .58.40 running on her own for most of the way; Ran earlier this season a sub 51 400m; only 19 years of age. She will be tough to get near in two weeks time at the NCAA final. Her time was third fastest in the world this year.

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                      • Originally posted by philipo View Post
                        That gal, Athing Mu, is a fine prospect after easily winning the 800m at the SEC conference in 1 .58.40 running on her own for most of the way; Ran earlier this season a sub 51 400m; only 19 years of age. She will be tough to get near in two weeks time at the NCAA final. Her time was third fastest in the world this year.
                        did anyone actually see the race in question; whats sad is that if any Brit girl had done such a race indoors mass enthusiasm would be registered on this forum; not what i expected on a fans forum with all these "internationalists" on board.

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                        • Possibly those two factors might be related? IE most of us won't have seen the race so can't really comment.

                          We did note her equally fine 400 recently. As I mentioned then, with 800 as her main event, there could be a great rivalry developing between her and Keely Hodgkinson, whose junior WIR she's now broken.

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                          • Originally posted by philipo View Post

                            did anyone actually see the race in question; whats sad is that if any Brit girl had done such a race indoors mass enthusiasm would be registered on this forum; not what i expected on a fans forum with all these "internationalists" on board.
                            Athing Mu is a phenomenal athlete. She is 18, not 19, AND her 400m time run two weeks ago was 50.52s. She front ran both races, with no one close enough to give her competition. In 2019 Mu aged just 16 set the USA indoor record over 600m running 1:23.57 and beating Raevyn Rogers en route.
                            For those who haven't seen her 800m race from Saturday - It is everywhere - Here's a Twitter link: https://twitter.com/WorldAthletics/s...133294080?s=20

                            Keely is a great runner, but Athing is on a different level with world-class speed and stamina from sprints to middle distance, and who knows what beyond! Totally agree philipo Athing should be celebrated on this forum, as she will no doubt be around for a long time, continuing to destroy records.
                            Last edited by LoveSprints1; 01-03-21, 16:51.

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                            • She’s amazing. Statman John calculated she is already #2 on the all-time combined 400/800 times indoors. The Flotrack YouTube channel has a nice video on her.

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                              • Originally posted by LoveSprints1 View Post

                                Athing Mu is a phenomenal athlete. She is 18, not 19, AND her 400m time run two weeks ago was 50.52s. She front ran both races, with no one close enough to give her competition. In 2019 Mu aged just 16 set the USA indoor record over 600m running 1:23.57 and beating Raevyn Rogers en route.
                                For those who haven't seen her 800m race from Saturday - It is everywhere - Here's a Twitter link: https://twitter.com/WorldAthletics/s...133294080?s=20

                                Keely is a great runner, but Athing is on a different level with world-class speed and stamina from sprints to middle distance, and who knows what beyond! Totally agree philipo Athing should be celebrated on this forum, as she will no doubt be around for a long time, continuing to destroy records.
                                i agree entirely, Lovesprints, when you see her 400m record and her physical build, in all fairness to Keely they really are at this time much different; i wonder if Athing Mu will be tempted to go pro very early, or give herself a chance at the OG trials. The only downside for her is that by the end of her Indoor season and then NCAA outdoors she may well be knackered at sub 20 years of age; an interesting dilemma for her.

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