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  • Notable big PBs further down the Women's 1500 results ... European indoor champ Elise Vanderelst with a 3s PB, 4:02.63 and a Belgian NR. Also Gaia Sabbatini (ITA), 4:04.23, taking 4s off her PB but agonsingly 0.03s off the Olympic standard. However, she's 34th on the Road To Tokyo out of a quota of 45 and sure to rise a few more places after tonight.

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    • Originally posted by Grassmarket View Post

      Spoiler: No. 🤗
      i see a medal but not the gold; McClaughlan is my fave for Gold;

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      • Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post
        Notable big PBs further down the Women's 1500 results ... European indoor champ Elise Vanderelst with a 3s PB, 4:02.63 and a Belgian NR. Also Gaia Sabbatini (ITA), 4:04.23, taking 4s off her PB but agonsingly 0.03s off the Olympic standard. However, she's 34th on the Road To Tokyo out of a quota of 45 and sure to rise a few more places after tonight.
        Laura gave her all tonight, but the top few are all good for 3.55s; excellent run from her but, sadly, i cannot see a medal for her in Tokyo. Hassan will not be running the 1500m in OG. and I make Kipyegon fully capable of repeating her Rio triumph.The mystery person is perhaps Houlihan witha good finish but hasn't done owt yet; probably injured ??

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        • A great meet this evening ; nothing like a warm evening and very small winds; Glad to see McLeod coming into top form; give Holloway something to think about.DAS looked on the way to top form;Cheptegei was a surprise; wonder whats gone wrong.? J I ran with great courage and wonder if he will stick with just the 1500m.

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          • Originally posted by philipo View Post
            ... Cheptegei was a surprise; wonder whats gone wrong.? ...
            Not in top shape (see also his 3000m WR attempt in Ostrava 3 weeks ago) ? Or, maybe he just can't run that well anymore without the Wavelights ???!!!

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            • Don’t normally get too excited by the joggers, but very impressed by Jakob driving a bus through 13 mins and in a proper race too. Give me that over a time trial any day of the week.

              Dasher looking in very fine fettle. Tokyo may be tougher than Doha for her, but I suspect she’ll be right in the mix.

              Can’t overstate how much I detest the last round / top 3 nonsense in the field. Adds the square root of sod all, and if that ever comes into championships then I’m off to watch tiddlywinks.

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              • Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post

                Welcome, Aussiestatman ! Another distance fan here. I've seen a load of your road race "preview" threads on the LetsRun forum!
                Thanks, sir. And I always follow your live stream and start list info.

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                • The meeting at Niece this weekend has some interesting fields withe athletes obviously going for WA equals.
                  The 800 shows Giles and Mills running but their are a number of Brits trying for quals not yet achieved: Courtney - Bryant, Boffey are in the meet

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                  • MysteryBrick
                    MysteryBrick commented
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                    Plus Walcott-Nolan, who has already improved to 4:08 this year and may yet get quicker.

                  • Loop-guru
                    Loop-guru commented
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                    Really impressed with Walcott-Nolan's performace in the european cup 3000m getting maximum points for GB in not her first choice event. If she gets the standard I would think she has a good chance of getting on the plane perhaps as the third discretionary pick. Could that performance in the european cup hold some sway with the selectors when the time comes.

                • Originally posted by Ursus View Post
                  Don’t normally get too excited by the joggers, but very impressed by Jakob driving a bus through 13 mins and in a proper race too. Give me that over a time trial any day of the week.

                  Dasher looking in very fine fettle. Tokyo may be tougher than Doha for her, but I suspect she’ll be right in the mix.

                  Can’t overstate how much I detest the last round / top 3 nonsense in the field. Adds the square root of sod all, and if that ever comes into championships then I’m off to watch tiddlywinks.
                  seems a universal contempt so an experiment that will not be repeated hopefully next year.

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                  • MysteryBrick
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                    I really want to see an example where someone gets a huge jump/throw in rounds 1-5 (miles better than the competition), then has to pull out and thus comes third. To properly emphasise the absurdity.

                  • Jogger
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                    For me, the most ludicrous thing is that someone could potentially set a world record and still come third, could anyone seriously claim that as a good sporting outcome?

                  • Occasional Hope
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                    Exactly, it's a total nonsense.

                • Caught up with Day 1 of the NCAAs. Think I have watched more 10,000m in the last 7 days than in any single Olympic cycle since the 1980s, when they used to be a staple on British TV.

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                  • Totally agreed Jogger. Although that is also hypothetically possible due to wind limits in horizontal jumps.

                    Odd sport we follow.


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                    • MysteryBrick
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                      A windy result still wins the comp - just not valid as a record.

                  • 17yo Swiss lass Audrey Werro ran a 2:02.32 PB in Geneva, behind winner Uruguay's Deborah Rodriguez, 2:00.20 PB.

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                    • A brilliant 5000 for 21yo Nadia Battocletti in Nice, 14:58.73, taking 18s off her recent PB and getting the big Q for Tokyo.

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                      • Germany's Lea Meyer with the Olympic standard in the Steeple in Nice, 9:29.26, an 8 second PB.

                        And another PB for 19yo Claire Palou (FRA), just a 3s PB this time with 9:31.46.

                        I think that makes her the 3rd fastest teenager ever not to be born in Africa, a little bit faster now than Europe's current two best, Gesa Krause and Anna Emilie Moller, were at the same age.

                        For further context she's currently faster than all but 1 of the 21-23 year olds in the NCAA.

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                        • Lots of impressive marks at NCAA's as you would expect, 43.85 from Randolph Ross having run several 44.6s earlier in the season, followed up with a 43.6 relay leg 90 minutes later taking his team from 6th to first. Lets see what Mu can do overnight

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