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  • trickstat
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    That's a good question. About 30 years ago, I remember being in the company of the then head coach of the British under 20s and, if I recall correctly, they did have the occasional get together away from an actual competition. I know his main frustration when first meeting prospective relay runners was, when he asked them which leg they ran for their club, the answer was always "last".

    My guess is that meeting up for practice away from competitions has happened very little this year.

  • keneastlancs
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    Desiree and Bianca have proved themselves this season on more than one occasion - I could understand it if it was their first race back and they got a faster time but they have done it a few times and the extra few weeks before the olympics would give them more time to get fitter.

  • MysteryBrick
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    I reckon the latter must be a factor? I agree I'd have put in Henry over her, but I guess if they're bringing the extra person as 'insurance' you don't want the athlete still coming back from a long term injury.

  • Occasional Hope
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    I think Kristal was out because she did the u23s.

    Maybe Ashleigh does better in relay practices? She was also part of our very successful team in Doha.

  • keneastlancs
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    Now that the relay squads have been announced I am interested to know why Ashleigh Nelson gets into the women's 4 x 1 team when each of Desiree Henry, Bianca Williams and Kristal Awuaha have faster times this season. Bianca also gives us an extra option for the 'bend runner' if anything hapens to Beth Dobbin.... What was the thinking in chosing Ashleigh Nelson?

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  • carterhatch
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    Well, thank goodness the women's relay squad going to Tokyo has nine, 9, yes nine!! members to cover every eventuality (no need to respond, its my running gag...)
    Last edited by carterhatch; 12-07-21, 12:46.

  • Occasional Hope
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    Yes, the women’s 4x4 did respectably considering, and the men were not at fault. It was the 4x1s that were shocking.

    And the answer really is Practice Practice Practice.

  • Ladyloz
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    I do wonder how much the age group teams practice? I suspect they don't practice that much and the nature of the age groups with personnel constantly changing from year to year can make things more difficult.

    Compared to our senior teams who are used to running together, so even with the COVID enforced break they are returning to familiar territory as it were.

    Hopefully something close to full strength teams for the relays at Gateshead tomorrow. We know Dina is out for the women but otherwise it should be a strong team.

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  • SprintRelayFan
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    In a way it''s hard to blame either of the 4x4 as the men got sent flying and the women had to cobble together a team - a fit Anning and Liverpool and the quartet would have medalled. The sprints is shocking though.

  • carterhatch
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    What's that you say? Not one medal from the four relays at the under -23s? There must be some mistake, are you sure? Oh, I tell you what it needs, some specific funding and a specialist coach. Oh, you do that already ...

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  • Occasional Hope
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    Based on the published selection criteria, if she wants to do both 200 and 400 surely they have to let her. They might advise her against it, or drop her from the relay

  • SprintRelayFan
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    Yes, I suppose in a way I just don't want Jodie messing around with the 100 - want to keep her focused on the 4! although I suppose AF dipped in and out of both relays. I'd forgotten the 2 and 4 weren't compatible, I think because at one stage they said they were going to be to allow SMU to double...
    Have changed my mind btw, would never dare to say NMB was merely "non-awful"

  • MysteryBrick
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    Aw shucks...

    3 is the problem leg for the women. We don't have a natural bend runner beyond Dina, and you do want her on 2. If, as I suspect, Jodie doesn't do the individual 200m (given the timetable, 200m and 400m isn't really practical - 400m heats 1st Aug, 400m semi 2nd Aug, 200m heats and semi 3rd Aug, 200m final 4th Aug, 400m final 5th Aug. What a (*&£&ed timetable...), then I have no issue with her running 400m heats and semis and then coming into the 4x100m. If she makes the 400m final, then it is the day before the 4x100 final so that would be a tough recovery.

  • MysteryBrick
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    I wouldn't let her double, and I don't think she wants to - I suspect this 200m was a relay audition.

  • carterhatch
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    Jodie Williams is an interesting choice - although I wouldn't, will the selectors let her double up 200/400, in which case her workload surely would be too much. If, as I hope, she focuses on the 400, then maybe, yes, you might have a good idea.
    Last edited by carterhatch; 28-06-21, 12:19.
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