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2019 European U23 Championships (Gävle, SWE) - Thu 11 to Sun 14 July

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  • #16
    In the women's heptathlon, Sarah Lagger, who so famously battled with Niamh Emerson at last year's World Junior Championships, has thrown huge PB of 15.23m in the shot put, moving her up the overall rankings substantially.

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    • #17
      In the qualifying for the men's pole vault, all three British entrants, Charlie Myers, Adam Hague and Joel Leon Benitez, qualified safely for the final, along with the other main favourites. With 12 athletes managing to clear 5.20m, it was decided that the athletes didn't need to go over the qualifying height of 5.35m and will go through.

      A bit of random trivia: Among the qualifiers was Robin Nool from Estonia.... As you can probably guess, he is indeed the son of former Olympic decathlon champion, Erki Nool.
      Last edited by RunUnlimited; 11-07-19, 17:11.

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      • #18
        Oliver Bromby and Dom Ashwell qualify for the final of the 100m, joining Henrik Larsson and Marvin Schulte as the possible favourites to get the medals.

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        • #19
          Earlier, Aimee Pratt easily qualified for the final of the women's 3000m steeplechase, winning her heat by some distance in 10:05.79.

          The athlete ahead of her in the Euro U-23 rankings this year and the clear favourite for gold, Anne Emilie Moller, also won her heat at a canter, clocking 10:01.00

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          • #20
            I'm loving the Eurovision sports tv website. I actually forgot what day it was. Doh! But catching up now I see you can dip in and out of the programme today, as each discipline is under separate video headings. Great innovation.

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            • #21
              Naomi Ogbeta made easy work of qualifying for the triple jump final tomorrow evening, an opening round leap of 13.57m more than enough to get over the automatic qualifying distance required (13.40m).

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              • #22
                The first medals of the championships were decided in the final track action of the day in the men's 10,000m final, with Jimmy Gressier (FRA) winning the gold in 28:44.17 from Tadesse Getahon (ISR) who took silver in 28:46.97, while the bronze medal went to Great Britain's Emile Cairess who clocked 28:50.21.

                The other Brits in the final, Jake Smith (29:01.08 PB) and Mahamed Mahamed (29:10.46), finished in 8th and 14th respectively.

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                • #23
                  Gressier seems to be a bit of a showboater.

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                  • #24
                    Horrid weather at Gavle this morning, drizzling and cool, so don't expect any exceptional performances today.

                    Jake Norris managed a best of 69.47m for 4th place in the first qualifying group in the men's hammer, and though short of the 70.50m qualifying distance needed to go through automatically, with the rain starting to fall now, it's likely that it'll be enough for him to go through to the final.

                    [Unless conditions improve later in the day, athletes who might have been hoping for some qualifying standards for the World Championships will be probably not get them today.]

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                    • #25
                      As the rain continues to fall in Gavle, Alex Knibbs wins the 4th and final heat in the men's 400m hurdles in 51.24, automatically qualifying for the semi-finals tomorrow.

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                      • #26
                        Spencer Thomas in the opening heat of the men's 800m comes third to auto qualify, though probably won't be happy with the way he ran in the latter stages of the race, giving up the lead and getting overtaken as a result.

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                        • #27
                          And in the 2nd heat a huge shock.... European U-23 leader in the 800m and home favourite Andreas Kramer, is OUT after going backwards horribly in the last 60m and finishing down in 6th place. His finishing time of 1:50 is a full 5 SECONDS slower than his season's best and he'll be devastated. It is especially embarrassing after he gave an interview in the lead up to these championships saying that he was focusing on titles rather than fast times... Well he's going to have to go away an lick his wounds after this very bad day at the office.

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                          • #28
                            Divine Oladipo manages to qualify for the women's shot put with her opening throw, recording 16.15m, just over the automatic qualifying distance of 16 meters. Well done to her.
                            Last edited by RunUnlimited; 12-07-19, 12:15.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post
                              In the qualifying for the men's pole vault, all three British entrants, Charlie Myers, Adam Hague and Joel Leon Benitez, qualified safely for the final, along with the other main favourites. With 12 athletes managing to clear 5.20m, it was decided that the athletes didn't need to go over the qualifying height of 5.35m and will go through.

                              A bit of random trivia: Among the qualifiers was Robin Nool from Estonia.... As you can probably guess, he is indeed the son of former Olympic decathlon champion, Erki Nool.
                              On the "offspring of famous decathletes" theme ... I've been dipping in and out so far and so I haven't heard all the commentary - there's a Katerina Dvorakova in the heptathlon. Is she the daughter of Tomas Dvorak? Or is it Barbora Dvorakova who competed in these championships (also in the hep) 2 years ago. Or, are they both his daughters?! I'm pretty sure I read a year or two ago that he has a daughter who competes in the heptathlon.

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                              • Ladyloz
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                                They're both his daughters.

                              • trickstat
                                trickstat commented
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                                If I recall correctly his wife was a decent long jumper (about 6.20m).

                              • LuckySpikes
                                LuckySpikes commented
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                                Ok, thanks!

                            • #30
                              Originally posted by Occasional Hope View Post
                              Gressier seems to be a bit of a showboater.
                              Yeah, but I was disappointed there was no knee-slide & faceplant this time.

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