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  • Originally posted by philipo View Post

    They predicted a final tenth place for GB at the end and we will do better; Marra you are so modest!
    So its good that we did better in the swimming than expected by me or others. perhaps . Except you . How many medals did you forsee in individual swimming events. I would like to know. We won two individuals, great. You are not" just saying", you are boasting and when you get it wrong will you say so?
    Dont spoil your usual excellent and informative . posts
    Yes, of course I'm bragging.

    I said after day 1 of the swimming - when you were continuing to say that we would be lucky to get more than 3/4 medals in the pool, that your position was more 'realistic' than others (your choice of words) because 'professional predictors' agreed with you - that we would improve as the meet went on and our medal haul would be good. And that's exactly what has happened. It's also happened in other sports as well, compared to the people who you were championing.

    But it is annoying when you say things like "better than expected" as if your opinion somehow carries more weight than any of ours. Rather than saying "hey, I got it wrong, you guys were right", you act like nobody else saw it coming/could reasonably have seen it coming. So, yeah, I'm being a bit boastful. Sue me.

    As for swimming medals, like my predictions in general, I was probably too optimistic in part, and not optimistic enough in others.

    I had Peaty, Scott (200FR), Greenbank and the men's 4x200 all getting exactly the medals they ended up with. Have Proud getting a bronze, the mixed medley getting gold and the men's medley getting silver still up in the air.

    Didn't pick Dean or Scott (in the 200IM) to medal - thought they would both finish 4th.

    Thought Wood and Dawson would both get silver and that Renshaw and Wilby (in the 100br) would get bronze each.

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    • In less contentious stuff, the mixed triathlon is going relatively swimmingly (and cyclingly and runningly as well). If Alex Yee has a lead going into the run as it looks likely at the moment, can't see him being caught.

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      • Great stuff in the mixed triathlon. Really enjoyed that!

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        • Great gold by the triathlon relay team. Alex Yee brilliantly took on the bold attacks of Vincent Luis for France on the bike and then put the hammer down from the start of the run.

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          • Really well worked race, an example to all our sports.

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            • Jonny Brownlee wins the leg of the race for me. The gap he pulled out allowed Taylor-Brown and Yee to gauge their efforts and force the others to overstretch themselves chasing.

              The French have dominated that event at the WCs, so they'll be annoyed at coming 3rd. Which is pleasing.

              It occurs that all 7 of our golds thus far have involved either a bike, water or a combination of both.
              Last edited by marra; 31-07-21, 02:09.

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              • trickstat
                trickstat commented
                Editing a comment
                I think the 4 nations Brits probably most like to beat in sport are France, USA, Germany and Australia and they were all beaten there.

            • Nice start to the day 😊

              With silver medallists from both individual events plus high finishers to back them up I thought they'd likely win this. (Also Norway and Bermuda didn't have three to back up their gold winners) Great to see Jonny Brownlee get an Olympic Gold And thoughtful of them to finish in time for the track action too... Well done 👍

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              • That was awesome

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                • I just love the mixed medley. Just plain exciting to watch. And that team was phenomenal, smashing the old WR. If Dawson hadn't slipped at the start, probably could have been half a second quicker.

                  Got to feel for Jacoby though. Swimming 100m, against Adam Peaty, with her goggles in her mouth. That's Jessie Knight level unfortunate.
                  Last edited by marra; 31-07-21, 05:04.

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                  • Need more of these mixed events...

                    That was exhilarating . Peaty made up so much after starting a mile behind all those who had male swimmers first - and Guy put in a terrific fly leg to give Hopkin a decent lead . She had some big names out after her but really never looked in doubt...withdrawing from the 50 free paid off for her 👍 And a WR to put the icing on the cake...

                    If Guy can repeat that magic leg tomorrow the men will fancy their chances !

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                    • I see I am "unapproved "again so will now try to duplicate my thoughts...

                      We need more mixed events !

                      Exhilarating stuff. Peaty made up a mile on the teams who started with male swimmers - and Guy put in an amazing fly leg. Hopkin had a good lead but some big names chasing her ; but never in doubt - withdrawal from the 50free paid off. And a WR to add icing to the cake ...

                      If Guy can repeat that magic tomorrow the men will fancy their chances !

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                      • Originally posted by alfie View Post
                        I see I am "unapproved "again so will now try to duplicate my thoughts...

                        We need more mixed events !

                        Exhilarating stuff. Peaty made up a mile on the teams who started with male swimmers - and Guy put in an amazing fly leg. Hopkin had a good lead but some big names chasing her ; but never in doubt - withdrawal from the 50free paid off. And a WR to add icing to the cake ...

                        If Guy can repeat that magic tomorrow the men will fancy their chances !
                        Unapproved again ??? Can I quote myself , I wonder ?

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                        • Hmm. Three attempts to post in praise of the mixed medley WR win all stopped by the robots for some reason. ? Will just say "well done" and see if that makes it

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                          • Lauren Price secures another medal in the boxing ring. Outclassed her Panamanian opponent.

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                            • Smart moves by the team to withdraw Guy and Hopkin from individual swims to prioritize the relay...paid off in spades. Hopkin had to hold off some big names - did so in style, never really in doubt.

                              If Guy can repeat that sort of magic in the fly leg tomorrow the men will fancy their chances !

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