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  • #31
    Originally posted by Chafford1 View Post

    The Olympic Stadium track was a state of the art Mondo track when it was installed for 2012, so not the same. The Birmingham track is the cheapest spec. Beynon performance track.
    To highlight this point, I took the opportunity to checkout Beynon's own company website, which has a page displaying the differences between the grades of track surfaces they have on offer.

    https://beynonsports.com/en/products/detail/outdoor/

    The key ones here are the BSS 1000 (the track surface used for the new Alexander Stadium) and the BSS 2000 RE (the track surfaces used at Hayward Field). It even shows you which other facilities have used the particular track product too.

    I'll leave folks here to make their own interpretation of what they see.

    Also, let's hold off judgement of the tracks' capabilities until we see what happens this Saturday in the Diamond League meeting, shall we? If the likes of Dalilah Muhammad, Omar McLeod, Dina Asher-Smith, Keely Hodgkinson and others can't get a tune out of it, then we can give the organizing committee a well deserved roasting.
    Last edited by RunUnlimited; 17-05-22, 15:27.

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    • Stew-Coach
      Stew-Coach commented
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      Its interesting that they rate the oregon track also 4.5 same as the 1000 series, as the results from their last year were.... fast!!!

      Personally from what ive seen of Beyvon, its performance is better than Mondo (main differences now being the strategic air pockets being used by Mondo to enhance performance)

  • #32
    As far as I can see from the link, the BSS 2000 track at Eugene has a 5 star rating.

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    • Stew-Coach
      Stew-Coach commented
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      Eugene is the 2000 RE apparently, click on "Installed Installations"

  • #33
    An article worth a read if you havent already

    https://athleticsweekly.com/blog/the...at-1039956828/

    I thought the stadium looked great on TV ... any fast times may well have been inhibited by the cold conditions, we will have to hope for good weather at the CGs.

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    • RunUnlimited
      RunUnlimited commented
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      I agree on both points - the stadium looked fab, while the times were unfortunately inhibited by the typically unhelpful British weather. Mihambo managed a WL, 7.09m meeting record jump there, so that suggests that the track is not "slow" by any means.

      As a preview/test event for how the Commonwealth's will go, it passed with flying colours.

  • #34
    i know I am stretching the thread/forum remit a bit ... but I am sure some of you might be interested to know that the 'Construction on the Sandwell Aquatics Centre is complete with the facility set to host aquatic action at the 2022 Commonwealth Games later this summer.'

    Plus, this link is to a site that you might not know and does great coverage of swimming.

    https://swimswam.com/new-venue-for-2...ing-completet/

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    • #35
      The rail strikes announced today coincide with the UK Athletics Championships in Manchester.

      Let's hope the Commonwealth Games organisers have contingency plans in case the RMT Union hold rail strikes during the Games.
      Last edited by Chafford1; 07-06-22, 18:47.

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      • #36
        Birmingham announced today as one of two candidate cities for the 2026 European Athletics Championships, the other city being Budapest.

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        • #37
          And it’s been confirmed that athletics is leaving the multi sport European championships

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          • Chafford1
            Chafford1 commented
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            Looks as if coordination of sports in the combined championships is the main issue. Interestingly, European Athletics are happy to be part of the European Games in 2023 as the European Team Championships will be part of those Games.
            Last edited by Chafford1; 20-06-22, 19:28.

          • marra
            marra commented
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            It's a shame those champs never really took off but swimming leaving was a big loss and now with athletics joining them, can't see a 3rd edition happening. Those two sports are their biggest draws, surely?

            The European Games has the advantage of being organised by the various Olympic committees, so is used as a qualifying event for that for a bunch of sports if i remember correctly.

            A strong European multi event games is a good thing in my opinion, so hopefully in the long run one of them works out.

        • #38
          Originally posted by carterhatch View Post
          i know I am stretching the thread/forum remit a bit ... but I am sure some of you might be interested to know that the 'Construction on the Sandwell Aquatics Centre is complete with the facility set to host aquatic action at the 2022 Commonwealth Games later this summer.'

          Plus, this link is to a site that you might not know and does great coverage of swimming.

          https://swimswam.com/new-venue-for-2...ing-completet/
          Swimswam is the best around for results and general issues in the swimming. For those interested Tom Dean got bronze today in the 200m

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          • carterhatch
            carterhatch commented
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            oh... and if you are a follower of swimming ... try the twitters of pullbuoy and propulsion swimming. plus if a tennis fan, particularly of a GB-centric nature, this forum is a great resource...

            https://britishtennis.activeboard.com/

        • #39
          Paris were initially given the 2026 games after Gateshead failed to secure government funding, so I don’t think they’ll be too impressed. Perhaps Paris didn’t want it, what with it being only two years after the Olympics.

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