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  • #76
    Soooo....anyone predict 45.94? 🤣

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    • #77
      That race has left me speechless...

      Expected something great from Warholm ... but that was just incredible.

      Be impossible for anyone to match that as the defining moment of Tokyo 2020

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      • #78
        WOW this guy is a superman,how our Athletics team could badly do with putting a medal on the board. The confidence must be down after Dina, Adam & 3 DQ's

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        • Sprintfan
          Sprintfan commented
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          Not Superman. Norway's THOR?

      • #79
        Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post
        45.94 is perhaps the greatest world record there is out there right now. The only performance I can think of in the same measure was Johnathan Edwards' marginally over the limit 18.43 at the European Cup in 1995, or Bob Beamon obliterating the previous long jump record in the 1968 Olympics. Maybe Bolt's 19.19 in the 200 m?
        I just wrote the same thing Beamonesque and Bolt - maybe better. Maybe the greatest race we have ever seen for quality!!! A European winning the 100m as well - European sprinters taking on the Americans and Jamaicans.
        Last edited by sportsfan; 03-08-21, 04:37.

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        • Christy93
          Christy93 commented
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          Jumpers not doing too badly either - Tentoglou, Mihambo, Tamberi... Great weak for the reputation of European athletics.

        • Sprintfan
          Sprintfan commented
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          But Brit sprinters struggling.........

      • #80
        I hope the general public understand what just happened. Bolt-esque. For me, even more shocking than Bolt. This is what you get when world class sprinters perfect stride patterns and hurdling technique - Those men have changed the event forever. Sub 45 flat speed will now be seen as an essential if you want to begin to challenge for a medal over hurdles.

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        • #81
          When I saw 45.94 flash up on the screen, I honestly thought there had been a screw up by the timing equipment and I was expecting it to re-adjust to something like 46.3/46.4.... But it never reset... He HAD just run 45.94.

          That time from Warholm would rank him SEVENTH in Britain over the 400 m flat... over the hurdles!!!!

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          • #82
            That interview with Benjamin was exceptional. Class act. So glad I set my alarm for 04.19.

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            • Runny
              Runny commented
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              I thought Benjamin’s interview was quite disrespectful. He was disappointed and said he messed up the race. He didn’t mess up, he did an amazing performance but just isn’t as good as Warholm. He’s still the 2nd best hurdler in history. It would have been nice to have seen him be a bit more humble and pay tribute to Warholm for a truly historic performance. Unfortunately he came across as a typical arrogant American.

          • #83
            Originally posted by marra View Post
            I'm beginning to think that someone on the GB athletics team broke a mirror whilst running over a black cat as they were walking underneath a ladder.
            Perfect!!the consolation at the worlds next year it absolutely cannot be so dreadful.
            . Maybe talk about our male athletes next year will turn down the hype.

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            • #84
              Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post
              Fabrice Zango, the world #2 this year in triple jump and holder of the world indoor record, is in serious danger of not making it through the qualifying competition this morning. He's had all three jumps and his best jump is only a 16.83 effort in round two. He's 10th overall and with several jumpers left to go, one of the favourites for gold along with Picardo, could go out.

              Britain's Ben Williams *is* out though, only managing a best of 16.30, his only valid effort.
              Did you hope for better. An absolute waste of money sending him.

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              • #85
                A world record was always on the cards. I had 46.5 in my head. I presume Michael Johnson got up to watch this in his hotel room. For a race of such potential significance, he should have been there in the studio to witness and comment.

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                • #86
                  Originally posted by trickstat View Post
                  3:36.29 should be OK to go through but if both the other heats have a decent early pace Kerr may be in trouble. Seems to have been a mix of a little mental and physical sluggishness in the last 40m or so there.
                  Kerr is being talked up after his solo 3.31.55 in the States. If he runs in the semis like he just did nobody will expect too much from him
                  Let's hope he runs smart. It's not the Diamond League. !!

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                  • SprintRelayFan
                    SprintRelayFan commented
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                    As with the Americans you do sometimes see the impact of long seasons. Miss yeargin out already and didn’t run brilliantly in the xr

                • #87
                  Properly done in by the 200.

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                  • #88
                    not known for my predictions - as the contest will attest - and it gives me no pleasure what-so-ever but I did say Gemili was one hamstring away from disappointment (I didn't watch race live, haven't seen race recorded, I am relying almost entirely on this forum for athletic's updates, and don't know what the injury was, but the principle holds) and I said in the build-up it was embarrasing that Warholm could almost run faster over hurdles than our flat 400 guys, ufff, scary to be almost true.

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                  • #89
                    They might as well finish the athletics program now - nothing can live up to that 400h. Shades of the 800 in London for depth.

                    Jaw dropping and one of those moments when athletics raises the soul.

                    How much faster might that have been in the evening with a full crowd roaring them on?

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                    • #90
                      I wonder whether that 6 in the xr will end up being out best performance

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