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  • #16
    Think Laura should focus on just trying to get in that third spot because Kipyegon & Hassan are too quick for her

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    • #17
      Originally posted by philipo View Post

      LM must surely have learned from her Rio experience. Even then the fastest 100m or even less will bronze.lots of athletes in the picture
      I still am very keen to see how LM can do the 5K.
      Uncharacteristic optimism from you, Philipo! Laura didn’t learn from Rio in London or Diga, when she again went with the big moves and blew up. I’d love to think she won’t do it for a 4th time but she’s such a competitor, I’m not sure she can help herself.
      I’ll be keeping everything crossed. Agree that in this track a 3:53 is possible for her if she runs an even pace.

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      • #18
        She has improved since Rio, but also she thinks she's better than she was in Rio. I can't really see her holding back tbh. Hope she doesn't end up in the same place as her training partner Jemma Reekie.

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        • trickstat
          trickstat commented
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          It is sad but true that sometimes an athlete who tries to win sometimes ends up being run out of a lesser medal but someone who didn't really attempt to win. A classic example being Domingos Castro in the 1988 5000m who was the only runner to really chase the breakaway winner, John Ngugi, and got passed in the home straight by 2 athletes to finish 4th.

      • #19
        I’m torn as to what the best race scenario would be for Laura - her closing speed will be better than most and the big sprinters are not here, for whatever reasons - but there’s more people in the mix. That said, she’s the third quickest, so a true run race might benefit her more than it impacts others…hopefully she has her ‘Holly moment’ - but she seems to always find a way to let someone else get a medal, so it’s going to be tense!

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        • trickstat
          trickstat commented
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          It's an interesting one. I think Kipyegon and Hassan between them could threaten the world record but that there isn't a front runner in the race who will take it out at a pace fast enough for that. However, I do think it could end up with a 3:52 or so and that Laura can get closer to that than any of the other 10 athletes in the race. However, things may not be that straightforward.

        • Occasional Hope
          Occasional Hope commented
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          There's also a chance that running for third might still mean someone else overtakes her. So maybe she ought to go for it...

      • #20
        Antonella Palmisano wins another gold for Italy in the Women's 20K walk. Sandra Lorena Arenas wins Colombia'a second silver in as many days. Bronze for Liu Hong of China.

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        • #21
          This.....is.....my.....favourite.....day!!!!!!!!!

          Honestly I already have nerves lol
          women's 4 final, the men 4x400, the women's 4x100 and of course the 1500 I genuinely cant wait for each of them.


          I stand by I think Jodie can and will get the British record today!

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          • carterhatch
            carterhatch commented
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            I think she will need to if our Jodie is to medal.... but in any event, she has done herself proud by making the final.

          • jjimbojames
            jjimbojames commented
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            She has the best position to go out, follow Felix round and kick hard in the straight. She clearly had more in the tank in her 49.9 run and is still learning how best to run the event - I can't imagine she's run more than 20 400s ever

          • trickstat
            trickstat commented
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            According to Power of 10, the semi-final was her 20th 400. Including indoors but excluding relays.

        • #22
          Forza Antonella!

          Antonella Palmisano wins Gold for Italy in the Women's 20km RW, and it's her 30th birthday today too!

          And a fabulous day for women's South American race walking with Sandra Lorena Arenas (COL) winning the continent's first ever World Ch/Olympic medal in women's RW. Arenas was 5th in the last 2 World Championships. What a fabulous story the rise of South Amecian women has been in RW in the last 10 years.
          Heartbreak for Erica de Sena (BRA) though - she was on course for a medal before being pulled for a 2 minute penalty in the final lap.

          Shocked that the Chinese challenge fell away, Liu Hong taking only bronze.

          What a terrific walk too for Alegna Gonzalez (MEX) in 5th, the 2018 World U20 Champion at 10,000m.

          Shock winner in the Men's 50km RW earlier with Dawid Tomala (POL) taking Gold, Jonathan Hilbert (GER) silver & Evan Dunfee (CAN) winning a 2nd consecutive global bronze.

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          • #23
            Mens relay squad for the 4x400


            CHALMERS Cameron

            BRIER Joseph

            THOMPSON Lee

            OHIOZE Michael


            Still too early for the short relays declarations

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            • trickstat
              trickstat commented
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              Looks like a 3:03 but not quite last.

            • Occasional Hope
              Occasional Hope commented
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              3.03.29 so you had the time right but 6th place.

            • trickstat
              trickstat commented
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              Hot heat with the Italians and Dutch joining the sub 3 club but waiting on the 2nd heat's times.

              African record by Botswana.

              If you can't run a fast lap on this track................

          • #24
            Outclassed. But tbh we expected that. At least they got round.

            The Americans learned a lesson from their 4x1 colleaugues.

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            • #25
              Very fast heat

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              • Occasional Hope
                Occasional Hope commented
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                Yes, African record for Botswana and NRs for Italy and the Netherlands.

              • RunUnlimited
                RunUnlimited commented
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                Great run from Botswana! That African record had stood to Nigeria since the Sydney Olympics. Impressive running.

              • fchd
                fchd commented
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                Fastest ever time for 5th place

            • #26
              Beyond dismal, in line with expectations.

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              • #27
                This is definitely GB's men's 400 m running at it's lowest since at *least* the early 2000's.... A complete contrast to where GB was 30 years ago in the same venue in the 4 x 400....

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                • trickstat
                  trickstat commented
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                  In defence of the early 2000s, in 2002 we won the Euros and England and Wales went 1-2 in the Manchester Commomwealths. Maybe more mid 2000s?

                • RunUnlimited
                  RunUnlimited commented
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                  Ok trickstat , you make a good point. But it was clear things were going downhill for men's 400 m running when the 90's ended and Iwan Thomas' body just wouldn't allow him to compete at 100%. Same with Baluch and Richardson had removed himself though his own idiocy. By the mid-2000's, it was in a dire state for sure.

                • Stew-Coach
                  Stew-Coach commented
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                  carterhatch lol that would be my absolute dream job! Sub 3 and Sub 3:20

                  I am chatting to a few males who are looking for a new coach actually but location logistics could and may be an issue

              • #28
                We beat Germany but it's a long time since they had a decent men's squad.

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                • #29
                  When 3:03 is a "season's best" for your 4 x 400 team, you KNOW you're in a bad place.

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                  • #30
                    That has to be the worst GB 4 x 400 relay team ever We may get a few medals before the end of the Games but with all the money -athletics does not seem to have benefitted from the lottery. People have said that the standards are higher now - Im not sure that is true but Look back at Christie's day - there was Black, Thomas, Akabus, Backley, Edwards, Whitbread Sanderson, Smallwood, Coe, Ovett Cram, Elliot, Denise Lewis, Gunnel, and others before the lottery and would come in as serious medal favourites and we do not seem to have many since with all the funding, facilities and full-time athletes and coaches. I would have thought we should have had 12-16 medals per championship on a good day - not the 4-7 we seem to achieve. What is the answer?. I am watching the Aussie javelin girls - why has a country with 25 million consistently had 60m plus throwers and we dont? When we had 2 70m throwers. There just seems to be something wrong as this is one of our major sports. My bad - Australia have 3 jav throwers in the final
                    Last edited by sportsfan; 06-08-21, 14:04.

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                    • trickstat
                      trickstat commented
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                      As I think I've mentioned before, 1979 was probably worse, but it was a year without any senior championships.

                    • trevorp
                      trevorp commented
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                      Fer gawd's sake, don't go throwing down the gauntlet like that - there's no telling who might pick it up!
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