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  • The day, in Gabi's words will 'restore some faith and joy' ... we have 5 medals... with some opportunities left.
    Last edited by carterhatch; 06-08-21, 16:14.

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    • jjimbojames
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      W4x400m, M1500m, Callum H, Eilish and Morgan left, I think - possibly two more, but would love 3...!

    • Occasional Hope
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      Two reasonable chances.

  • Kilty was excellent - shifting his focus to the 200m wasn't about making an individual podium but to own a leg on a bend, IMO. If all men are available, fit and drilled, he'd still make a good claim to be on there (although I'd also like to see him on lead off, if his start is still as good as it used to be, although CJ and Adam have both run well from there, too)

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    • carterhatch
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      I agree, that emphasis on the 200 was all about the bend.

    • Grassmarket
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      I think he gets credit for being team leader as well, exactly what the Americans & Jamaicans lack. Don’t think there’s any messing about ar practice the way there used to be in the past.

    • LuckySpikes
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      Yeah, I've been impressed with Kilty's maturity of attitude the last few times I've heard him speak. Maybe that's Mrs Kilty's doing?

  • Both stretched first change overs nearly gave me a heart attack!! (Im too young for that surely!)

    Damn I love relays haha so much drama

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    • Stew-Coach
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      oooh tough question

      I think even Tired, you cant not include Jodie, I would Include Jessie if she is OK, then it honestly gets tough...
      Ama, has had a really good run of races with solid times.
      Emily has been solid and showed good speed/split in the Mixed as did Zoey (and so could argue for both)
      Lavia and Nicole tbh haven't showed that they are on fire (Nicole likely due to long season, even though was DQ'd was still around 3rd in 52 dead in the individual)
      Hannah is fresh and showed some form at champs but then did drop off and so is a risk.

      So... In my stupidity I would chose
      Emily / Nicole
      Ama
      Jessie
      Jodie

    • Occasional Hope
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      I thought Nicole ran OK in the heat, so I might keep her in.

    • Stew-Coach
      Stew-Coach commented
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      Its a tough call either way, purely on splits from the relay heat and mixed you have 4 ladies very close, with Jessie and Hannah unknown at this stage

      and of course Jodie (at this stage even fatigued perhaps has a better split to her than then rest)

  • So, so chuffed for Our Laura!! I was shouting at my telly for the whole of the last 250m!

    That was brilliant and it's made the Games for me. Even better that it was a silver (not bronze) and that she beat Hassan!

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    • LuckySpikes
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      Sidenote: Nice that the GB record is quicker than USA's again!

  • Hassan looked rather chastened after her final. Less than 24 hours to go until the 10000, what will running 3.55 here and the disappointment of only getting a bronze (and being well beaten by Laura) have taken out of her for that race? Will she get a silver and a full set of medals?

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    • ...I still think Muir could have won that 1500. She had to run around the outside of Hassan on the final bend (normally the definition of an impossible task), just while FK was building up her winning cushion.

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      • LuckySpikes
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        Hmm, I dunno. 1.4 seconds was a lot to make up.

        But, I do think Laura could run 3:52-high/3:53-low in a DL race if she hits 800 at 2:06.

    • 4*400 Women. Stew -coach. Hannah W. might rise to the occasion running with her sister, but very safe hands with Zoey and Emily.. Both running low 50's. Yeargin and Jodie.

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      • Stew-Coach
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        Agree about Hannah, she is a good athlete and defo has the potential. Maybe with that extra tie the passion could drive

        perhaps a risk worth taking?

        We will be fighting between 3rd to 5th so.....????

    • With a solid Winter on the back of Jodie's performance here, i suspect she'll be low 49's when necessary. Wonder if a few chats with Kath Merry would help.....

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      • Really looking forward to the Women's Marathon at 10pm tonight.

        I'm hoping that the half dozen or so Prediction contestants are correct and Mao Ichiyama does get on the podium. If the pace isn't super-hot (relative to the conditions) for the first half she should, at least, be in contention for a good while. Despite not being Top 2 at their MGC trials and instead qualifying via the "run-offs", she is Japan's best marathon runner.

        For the Race Walks it's been hotter in Sapporo than the organisers expected but starting at 6am local time I hope it's not too bad for the marathon.

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        • Occasional Hope
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          Hotter than they actually expected, or hotter than they said they expected?

        • LuckySpikes
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          Hmm, not sure!

      • Caught up this morning with all the overnight action and was prepared for some serious heartache! But that went about as well as it could have done.

        Laura - outstanding. You can't ask any more than a NR and a silver - Kipyegon has been a cut about all season. That was an all time impressive run by Laura - would have won gold at all bar 1 previous Olympics I think (Seoul).

        W4x100m - hand overs were dicey - like others the first one had me in kittens. There will have been some what ifs but given Dina's injury 3rd is a perfectly reasonable result. At least 3 of those 4 will be back in Paris.

        M4x100m - on the one hand they will be disappointed to lose by that margin. But that was an inspired Italian team. Again, like the women, I'm not sure what more they could have done given form/injuries.

        Jodie gets a more than honourable mention with equalling her PB. She'll hopefully only grow more and more into the event.

        Butchart did a season's best as well. Can't criticise him for that. M4x400m - yes it was disappointing in terms of where the event is but no criticism of those guys - they did what they are capable of doing right now. Heart was there; quality was not.



        We can discuss the wider implications of GB and where we are at in terms of world performance over the next few months. Clearly we're not where we would all hope to be. But it is worth noting that we're still going to come away with 5 medals at least and, considering that our 2 best individual hopes weren't truly fit, it certainly isn't the disaster it was looking like it could have been earlier in the week.

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        • RunUnlimited
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          Muir's time would have won *every* Olympic and World Championship final, apart from Doha 2019, Seoul 1988 and of course, the time run by Kipyegon today. It was a truly special performance from Laura.

          The women's 4 x 100 m were one hair raising baton change from a silver medal, in my opinion. Even with a not fully race fit Dina, a better exchange between Lansiquot and Philip, would have put them a lot closer to the USA. Oh well, still a great performance from all of them.

          Italy will never have a major champs like this again on the track methinks. NMB should not beat himself up too much for being pipped on the line by an inspired Tortu. Come the Worlds next year, GB will be not be in that situation again.

        • Occasional Hope
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          OTOH the Americans might take it more seriously...

      • Pretty sure Jodie is only the third British woman to run more than one sub-50 in a season (behind Sanders and Ohuruogu) - just needs that big time now, which will surely come soon enough….

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        • RunUnlimited
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          You would be correct... and like TBO and Sanders, Jodie achieved this feat in a major championship, and in consecutive rounds too (TBO at the 2013 World Championships - semi final (49.75), final (49.41 NR) and Sanders at the 2007 World Championships - semi finals (49.77), final (49.65) )

          If (and it's a big *if* considering the history that British women have had over 400 m with injuries - Merry, Sanders being prime examples) Jodie can stay fit and healthy this winter and into next year, there is a chance that Ohuruogu's national record *could* be under threat. And if we're being completely honest, that 49.41 time is really a "soft" record... It's about time that we had a British woman pushing into the 49.2s and potentially lower.

      • Originally posted by jjimbojames View Post
        Pretty sure Jodie is only the third British woman to run more than one sub-50 in a season (behind Sanders and Ohuruogu) - just needs that big time now, which will surely come soon enough….
        If only she had taken it up earlier. I remember watching her in a relay and thinking she was a natural I understand it is a tough event, kathy cook was a reluctant convert, but clearly her chances are greatervin this event.

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        • Originally posted by LoveSprints1 View Post
          Wow Laura......Am in tears.... Amazing result......
          So pleased to come on here and discover I wasn't the only person in tears watching Laura. Very embarrassing in front of my teenage daughter ("How come you never cry when I win, Dad?").

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          • Just caught up with this.

            A drama free, modest standard women’s spear.

            Very good stuff from Williams. Brilliant from Muir and well done to the 4x100 girls even with a far from perfect run.

            Wasn’t expecting the men’s 4x100 to do as well as they did. But an inescapable feeling it was a gold that got away.

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            • Through 5km in the Marathon in 18:02. It seems that 3 or 4 of the transponders aren't working, including Ichiyama and Suzuki's who are both fairly near the front.

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