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  • #31
    Anyone read the BBC article on Lally’s unexpected pregnancy? Interesting read and while her champs record is no great shakes, she’s still the best we have by a distance.

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    • #32
      I don't know if mentioned on another thread but Zharnel Hughes' opener last week. Ran 10.20 into a -1.2 headwind, and pretty much fell out the blocks. I know we shouldn't look too much into form this early in the season, but considering he hit his 9.91 early on last year and didn't look back. I think we can expect another great battle w/ Prescod this year.

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      • #33
        Saw on INstagram Jodie Williams running a 51.4 split in a relay with ALTIS - looked pretty strong throughout, the most impressive she's looked in years I'm sure?

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        • #34
          Gemili and Hughes have both ran cracking legs of 4x4s already (Hughes especially, Gemili strong 350m) - I hope British Athletics looks outside the box more on the men’s side, as competition for medals will be tough. Beth Dobbin should also put herself in the frame sooner rather than later for the women. If Jodie is running 51.4 now, she’s already better than all the Brit girls at the 2018 Euros 😳

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          • #35
            I watched the clip of Jodie Williams running that leg of a 400 and she looked very comfortable with what looked like a good turn of speed into the first bend... looking at power of 10 results it appears she also has run a 100 @ Sun Angel Classic (11.57 into a -0.3 ) ... i wonder what her plans are for the season?

            ps... does no one get perturbed by the amount of 'trash' emails that get posted on this forum!

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            • RunUnlimited
              RunUnlimited commented
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              Hmm.... Could this perhaps be a sign that Williams is switching up from being a 100m/200m specialist to being more of a 200m/400m runner? With all the injuries she's had in the last 4-5 years or so, it'll be a tough new direction to take, but much like Katherine Merry before her, it's possible that Jodie's future could be as a 400m runner.

          • #36
            Yes, the spam is unbelievably annoying.

            Interesting to see Gemili's tried 400 even if only in a 4x4.

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            • LongStrider
              LongStrider commented
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              Desperate to see a split of this. Because I tried timing it from the video and it was like 39 seconds which makes no sense. Although the video itself isn't even 45 seconds long.. really odd.

          • #37
            Samba 44.60 over 400 in his season opener, Warholms flat speed looks much better aswell going on his indoor runs

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            • #38
              Saw Christian Coleman ran a 44.8 relay leg, which surprised me. Sprints are going to be hot in Doha. From what I saw indoors, I'll be gobsmacked if Prescod doesn't break the European and British 100m records this year and medal at the Worlds. Three years since he's run a 200, stretching his legs somewhere warm in May/June, could be tasty.

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              • LongStrider
                LongStrider commented
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                Prescod has come out and said he wants to break 20 at least this year - him doubling up would be very tasty indeed. Top end speed is the best in the world I have no doubt at all.

              • RunUnlimited
                RunUnlimited commented
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                My super early Prescod predictions for times (not making any for what medals, if any, he might win in Doha)

                100m: I think something in the 9.8x's is certainly on, if not getting into the 9.7x's regions.... The fact that Prescod ran 6.53 indoors, for a guy as tall as he isand with his reputation of indifferent starts, might be putting the frighteners up some of his opponents this summer. An "ok" start from Prescod in the 100m would put him in contention against almost any sprinter in the world giving his top end and closing speed. A *good* start from him? Well, that would be something!

                200m: This is harder to call. As you point out CAML, Prescod hasn't run a serious, competitive 200m since his 20.38 run at the Lausanne Diamond League meet in 2016. If he's taking the event seriously again, then his stated aim of running sub 20 seconds this year is certainly a possiblity.
                19.9x at least.

              • LongStrider
                LongStrider commented
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                It's such a shame in a way that the 150m isn't a competitive event, he almost seems to run out of track in the 100m! As much as i'd love to see him attack the 200, I do worry about injuries potentially creeping back, as his junior years here riddled with them. He always says he's non stop training, although didn't do an indoor season I don't think he really had a break over the winter. Hopefully him and Jonas have figured out the right strategy to have him peaking for British Champs and Doha respectively.

                RunUnlimited, completely agree - you just have to look at his performances in Shanghai and Birmingham DL last year to see that even with a ok/poor start he's a sub 10 runner (shanghai 10.03 but in awful conditions) - he did a few indoor races that season and couldn't break 6.6 I believe.. I've gotten overly excited about MLF, Gemili and Ujah before him - but absolutely no doubt Prescod is going for major titles and is ready. British record goes this year, potentially in both events.

                Would love to see Hughes in the 200m again, he looked so good in the Gold Coast last year.

                Prediction:

                Prescod - 9.84 / 19.92
                Hughes - 9.90 / 20 dead

            • #39
              speaking of 400m relay legs... I wonder what the lad Thomas Staines, might do over a 400, maybe the first leg, with his pedigree and a strong 600 indoors this season. see the article
              https://www.athleticsweekly.com/news...lf-1039921936/ Certainly one to watch ...

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                • #41
                  Good to see George Evans starting to put it together over in America.

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                  • #42
                    Some results from the Grenada Invitational:

                    Gemili 10.11 (+1.1) 1st

                    Francis 20.16 (+1.0) 1st in A Race narrowly beating De Grasse
                    D Williams 20.49 (+1.9) 2nd in B Race

                    Cowan 46.29 3rd

                    Segrave 2:03.24 - 2nd

                    I guess the main interest this early in a long season is if Francis will challenge for a spot in the team this season - will be a big fight if they all stay fit and either Precod or Hughes (or both) opt to double up.

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                    • #43
                      Originally posted by CAML View Post
                      Good to see George Evans starting to put it together over in America.
                      Yep and George Armstrong has crashed through 60 in the disc with 61.21.

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                      • #44
                        I’m not sure Prescod will look to double at the World’s - he’s been quite clear at managing a long term process. I think he wants to win the 100m title this year and then build. I hope Gemili focuses on the 200m at the WC but does the 100m at meets to keep speed - that relay leg showed the strength is there. I think Hughes will look to double, so it’s then one spot for NMB/Francis over 200m and a pretty open 100m third spot.

                        Relay places will be hard to come by, if everyone’s fit, but a squad involving four from Hughes, Gemili, Prescod, NMB, Ujah and Edoburun will be very tough to beat. I would like to see a few more long relay legs by Hughes, Gemili and Francis, as including one or two of them will likely add strength to any final foursome we have

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                        • LongStrider
                          LongStrider commented
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                          Not to mention Danny Talbot, I’m sure he’ll be back this year, best bend runner we have I think.

                      • #45
                        According to Twitter, DAS ran lead off for Blackheath’s 4x400 at the weekend - apparently ran 51.x! Wish she’d been anchoring and chasing the others down...she was typically modest in her replies

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