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  • Originally posted by Occasional Hope View Post
    U23 Tara Simpson-Sullivan has made some strong improvements in the hammer - setting lots of pbs this year, best of 68.91 the other day which is 4th on the British all time list, up from a best of 59.71 in 2019.
    We may bemoan the current lack of talent in some of the heavy throw disiplines in Great Britain (especially javelin which has been frankly a joke in this country since Backley and Sayers retired), yet in events like the Hammer both men and women's side of it seem to be really competitive and pushing each other to respectable distances, and with good strength in depth through the age catergories too.

    Well done to Tara Simpson-Sullivan on her recent improvements! Could she breach the 70 meter barrier before the year is out?

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    • An u20 world best at Dagenham from Joel Pascall-Menzie in 15.45s to follow a windy 10.22 opener.

      Great to see James Ellington race again winning his race in a windy 10.40

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      • When i note the numerous sprint and other performances in April in America in the last few weeks, with some amazing sudden improvements, together with those Texan and Floridan winds just on the right side of legal, especially those nice liittle 2.0 winds following winds, and bearing in mind the alleged lack of dope control in the pandemic age, i have to express my scepticism about some of the results. If its down to the extra training year, i wonder what we are going to see in Europe this year.

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          There is some suggestion that the latest shoes could also have a significant impact on sprints as well as distance.

      • Well done toTara SS. Very encouraging and she’s still very young so plenty of power to add. If she doesn’t hit 70 this year then I doubt we’ll have long to wait.

        Any whispers on Hitchon’s plans?

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        • Hitchon hasn't been beaten by a British athlete since her junior days, which is well over a decade now. The only British woman to throw over 70 meters, its good to see talent coming through to challenge her

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          • Charlie Dobson ran a PB of 45.51 this weekend.
            That time is equal UK fastest (with Hudson-Smith) this year.

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            • Taylor Campbell cracking the 75 barrier in the hammer with 75.82.

              Good series too. One foul, 3 more over 74 and a worst of 73.83. Good stuff.

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              • Originally posted by Ursus View Post
                Taylor Campbell cracking the 75 barrier in the hammer with 75.82.

                Good series too. One foul, 3 more over 74 and a worst of 73.83. Good stuff.
                Excellent; a good start to the outdoor season

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                • Jake Smith ran an Olympic qualifier of 2.11 in his (unplanned - he was supposed to be the pacemaker) marathon debut.

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                  • Originally posted by jjimbojames View Post
                    Believe that was windy - 6.60+ legal, though in the same comp
                    very windy; over 3.5 metres following; her legal best was 6.62 m. I will be quite surprised if we have any decent LJers this year , sadly.

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                    • Originally posted by philipo View Post

                      very windy; over 3.5 metres following; her legal best was 6.62 m. I will be quite surprised if we have any decent LJers this year , sadly.
                      its a decent start from her, hopefully one of them will be able to do something decent

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                      • Originally posted by drobbie View Post
                        its a decent start from her, hopefully one of them will be able to do something decent
                        cross your fingers and legs and owt else drobbie

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                        • Originally posted by philipo View Post

                          cross your fingers and legs and owt else drobbie
                          im predicting an olympic bronze for ugen, its probably her year to do something decent, after not being very good for the last few

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                          • A new contender on the Men's 800m world scene?? And he's Mexican!

                            At the Kansas City Qualifier, in pretty windy conditions, Jesús Tonatiu López improved his own NR from 1:45.03 to 1:44.40. It looked like there was more in the tank too.

                            You can watch that race at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3D8dkhGlJM&t=1h15m43s - he's easy to spot, the tall guy in the Nike kit wearing specs. (The commentators read out the start list but Learmonth was a DNS).

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                            • Highly likely to make Japan's 5000m team, 20yo Ririka Hironaka also has a place on the 10,000m team if she wants it. After running 31:30 on her 10,000 debut three weeks ago, she won today's Japanese Championships in 31:11.75 (15:28 / 15:43) from Yuka Ando, 31:18.18 PB. Ando will join Hironaka & the pre-selected Hitomi Niiya on the team for Tokyo.

                              In the Men's race, Tatsuhiko Ito, already with the standard, booked his place on the Tokyo startline by being the first Japanese man home in 27:33.38. He'll join the pre-selected NR-holder, Akira Aizawa, on the team.

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