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  • #76
    Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post
    Sophie McKinna's 18.23m shot put earlier today makes her the first women's GB shot putter since Judy Oakes won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, to throw over 18 metres! That's a world championship qualifying distance!
    Well done her, its been coming.

    Hopefully she’ll get some confidence, but otherwise I’m reading little into it. She did it in the Norfolk Champs (well done her for supporting them), but it wasn’t exactly in the heat of battle. Second place was 6.92 (sic).

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    • #77
      Originally posted by Ursus View Post

      Well done her, its been coming.

      Hopefully she’ll get some confidence, but otherwise I’m reading little into it. She did it in the Norfolk Champs (well done her for supporting them), but it wasn’t exactly in the heat of battle. Second place was 6.92 (sic).
      *Heh* I think she'll throwing into the 18m range again this season in far higher pressure environments than the Norfolk Championships can offer, don't worry about that!

      After doing so well in the winter, then failing to qualify for the Euro Indoors final, she was disgusted with herself at her failure and she looked determined to never under-perform like that again. Now that she's finally gone past 18m, hopefully the pressure will be off and she'll have the freedom to shot put more confidently.

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      • #78
        Extremely rare to see a 400m runner doing a standing start at the top level in the NCAA but Aaliyah Birmingham did at the Big 12 Champs. Not only that, she then won in 51.51. Also noticeable that she was probably last after 100m, the girl inside her having made up the stagger after about 60m. But, Birmingham ended up winning by 6 metres.

        I presume you wouldn't be allowed to do a standing start in the sprints at the top professional level because you'd need to be in blocks for the reaction time to be measured?
        Last edited by LuckySpikes; 14-05-19, 00:54.

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        • #79
          Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post
          Sophie McKinna's 18.23m shot put earlier today makes her the first women's GB shot putter since Judy Oakes won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, to throw over 18 metres! That's a world championship qualifying distance!
          Not necessarily....

          https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/48297894

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          • #80
            Michael Bednarek 20 year old USA sprinter has just done a same day double of 19.82 into a headwind and 44.73 in the 400m at the njcaa meet stateside. Only second gyuy to dothat they say.

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            • #81
              Originally posted by LongStrider
              Zharnel Hughes ran 10.03 to win convincingly in Guadeloupe this evening, into -0.9. Looked very easy. Jodie Williams took victory in the 200m in 22.92 (don't know the reading)
              Jodie's wind reading was +0.3. So those performances together with Prescod and Pozzi in Shanghai are all WC qualifying times.

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              • #82
                Originally posted by Ursus View Post
                Well, looks like McKinna has taking things into her own hands as just a few moments ago at the Loughborough International meeting, she tossed the shot to 18.04m, and this time I'm sure that the judges there *are* properly accredited officials and that this distance will count this time!

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                • #83
                  Further from the Loughborough meet... 17 year old Amy Hunt has just completed a spectacular double. A couple of hours ago she ran another pb in the 100m, crossing the line in a legal 11.31 (0.3m.s) and shaving another 0.07 off her previous best set a couple of weeks ago at Birmingham University. And then just a few minutes ago in the 200m, she absolutely took apart her lifetime best at the distance. Prior to 2019, her fastest 200m time had been 24.33 set a couple of years ago. Today, she ran 23.17, putting her 8th all time in the GB U-20s list, just ahead for Katherine Merry.... The time all the more impressive because it was run into a -1.0m/s head wind! She is a precocious talent and will be one of the leading contenders at the 100 and 200 meters at the European U-20s in July.

                  Another junior running well today was Jeremiah Azu who had already impressed during the indoor season. In the 100m "match" race, he smashed his lifetime best down to 10.27, easily qualifying for the Euro U-20s and extending his lead at the top of the European 100m timings this season so far.

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                  • #84
                    More from Loughborough...

                    Harry Hughes, who has thrown really well in the javelin this season since missing all of 2018 recovering from surgery, has just thrown the spear over 80 meters for the first time in his life: 80.32m to be exact! Not a WC qualifying standard (82.50m) just yet, but it is the longest javelin throw by a UK man since Mervin Luckwell threw 82.15m in the same venue to get the qualifying distance for London 2012.

                    Hughes, still just 22 years old, has easily gained the quali standard for the European U-23s though, and he must be thrilled at how it is going currently after his difficulties last year. Well done to him.

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post
                      More from Loughborough...

                      Harry Hughes, who has thrown really well in the javelin this season since missing all of 2018 recovering from surgery, has just thrown the spear over 80 meters for the first time in his life: 80.32m to be exact! Not a WC qualifying standard (82.50m) just yet, but it is the longest javelin throw by a UK man since Mervin Luckwell threw 82.15m in the same venue to get the qualifying distance for London 2012.

                      Hughes, still just 22 years old, has easily gained the quali standard for the European U-23s though, and he must be thrilled at how it is going currently after his difficulties last year. Well done to him.
                      Well done Harry. That’s a massive psychological barrier.

                      Great achievement following injury, but let’s hope that’s just the start of things to come. 80 is great, but just entry level for international competition (last year 52 men threw 80+). Looks like Mark Roberson has done a great job with him.

                      Depressing that no-one else has even been over 70 yet though

                      And well done to Sophie McKinna for another 18m effort.

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post
                        More from Loughborough...

                        Harry Hughes, who has thrown really well in the javelin this season since missing all of 2018 recovering from surgery, has just thrown the spear over 80 meters for the first time in his life: 80.32m to be exact! Not a WC qualifying standard (82.50m) just yet, but it is the longest javelin throw by a UK man since Mervin Luckwell threw 82.15m in the same venue to get the qualifying distance for London 2012.

                        Hughes, still just 22 years old, has easily gained the quali standard for the European U-23s though, and he must be thrilled at how it is going currently after his difficulties last year. Well done to him.
                        well done young Hughes; lets hope he continues on the upward path.

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                        • #87
                          If anybody wants to watch any of the action from Loughborough, he's the Vinco Sports link to the full 7 or so hours of action. https://www.runjumpthrow.com/live/31027/

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                          • #88
                            Whilst some of the performances this weekend haven’t been earth-shattering/world class, the positives are that those athletes might do enough to get to Doha and get some major champs experience under their belt, before another winter and prepare for Tokyo. We tend to be talking about young athletes, who would be well-served getting out and seeing the best in the world, rather than staying in the bubble of success at low level - eg Sophie will learn much more losing to a Val Adams then winning by 4m at a county champs

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                            • trickstat
                              trickstat commented
                              Editing a comment
                              In Norfolk she is likely to win by further than 4m.

                          • #89
                            Unreal, she's a special talent and seems to be emerging at the right time. Huge question marks over a few of our best female sprinters, excluding DAS of course.

                            I do hope Azu grows a few more inches, I can imagine he was probably miles ahead at 40/50 and chased.

                            The actual race with Azu was pretty close throughout and he had to dip on the line to take the win.

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                            • #90
                              Comically loaded Women's 3000 at the Pre Classic this year - https://eugene.diamondleague.com/new...a-and-semenya/

                              And look who's running ... ... Caster Semenya!

                              It's more interesting I think though for the return of Almaz Ayana, in her first race in 20 months. I don't expect Semenya to be anywhere near the leaders in the latter stages if it's 8:30 pace or faster.

                              I see Laura Muir is in the 1500 in Stockholm on 30th May. It's a non-DL event this year (but still in the TV window) so it's something of a B-grade field but will serve as a good warm-up for Rome a week later.

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