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  • #31
    Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post

    Well here's her Power Of Ten profile... https://www.thepowerof10.info/athlet...thleteid=20127

    She competed as an U-17 in the English Schools Championships way back in 2005, coming 5th in the 200m final. The following year she only has three performances which are logged on the site.... and that was it for Miller as an athlete for nearly a decade.

    It wouldn't be until 2015 that she re-emerged on the athletics scene, running at the club level and being an also-ran in the British Athletics Championships... But last year she started getting coached by Linford Christie and she set her outdoor PB of 11.23sec at Lee Valley last August.

    Why she seemingly left athletics for 9 years and her reasoning for doing so is anyones guess (as is what prompted her to come back), but its good to see her as a more mature person and athlete, performing so well and pushing an established indoor sprinter like Philips so hard in the final today.
    Talking of women sprinters with what might be called unorthodox career progressions, interesting to see Hayley Mills win the 200m today some eleven and a half years after winning the European Junior title. Looking at Power Of Ten she hasn't actually ever really spent a long time away from the sport but until recently she had been competing at a fairly low-key level for a number of year.

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    • #32
      Big 28s last 200 kick by Reekie to beat McDonald again, for a 2nd consecutive time in British Champs. However, this time, McDonald will be on the team.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by trickstat View Post

        ... interesting to see Hayley Mills win the 200m today ....
        Nothing earth-shattering, but I was pleased to see this comeback. Hayley (Jones back then) was a faithful servant when British women's sprinting was less successful. IIRC she had some injuries and loss of form, and seems to have semi-retired.

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        • trickstat
          trickstat commented
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          I caught some of her interview on the BBC. Apparently she was planning to concentrate on the PV where she has a PB of 3.62 (33rd in the UK last year) but her sprinting has improved.

      • #34
        id describe that as a bit of a changing of the guard, doyle, kilty and sharp struggling and the likes of reekie, ogbeta, anning and chalmers steppping up, long jump and mens 60 were fairly poor along with all of the mens field events, mckinna good pb in the shot putt. muir and soc did well and a selection conundrum in the womens 400 between doyle and nielsen

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        • #35
          Looking at the result of the men's 60m final, you would have probably got shorter odds for the field finishing in completely the reverse order to what actually happened.

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          • #36
            Probably not the result BA will have wanted in the women's 400. They will have to leave behind either the bronze medalist from last years world indoors or the biggest talent in the country at the moment (in that event ). Should be a good race next week in what will be a race off.

            Well done to McKinna, 3 cms off the qualifying mark for Doha.

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            • #37
              Thought Jemma Reekie was most impressive.

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              • #38
                Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post
                The 23rd Feb would have been another viable option for the Muller Grand Prix. From what I read, UKA really wanted the 16th & 17th for the British Champs but BUCS beat them to it (obviously not having received any UKA request to pick this weekend instead) and when UKA did request it, it was too late for BUCS to cancel because they'd publicised the dates to their athletes.
                Personally cannot see the IAAF going along with three World Indoor Tour events in four days (if Muller Grand Prix 9th Feb) or anyone thinking much of the idea of the 23rd, only six days before the European Championships starts. It might have been a mistake which turned out for the best.

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                • #39
                  Originally posted by treadwater1 View Post
                  Probably not the result BA will have wanted in the women's 400. They will have to leave behind either the bronze medalist from last years world indoors or the biggest talent in the country at the moment (in that event ). Should be a good race next week in what will be a race off.
                  True, but there again tactical nous in the 400m Indoors is often more important than ability.

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                  • trickstat
                    trickstat commented
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                    Tactical nous yes but quite often luck plays quite a big part as well. I haven't seen yesterdays's race so I don't know if it did in anyway.

                • #40
                  It does seem quite common for a 400m at the indoor trials to throw up a race that leaves a messy selection situation that can only be resolved by having an effective race-off at the Grand Prix. I remember it happening a few times on the men's side and a domestic 400m being added largely to resolve the issue.

                  I think one of the issues is that athletes often come into the trials with few races so they may be a little undercooked or have little other form to get selected on.
                  Last edited by trickstat; 11-02-19, 12:55.

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                  • #41
                    Originally posted by Laps View Post

                    Personally cannot see the IAAF going along with three World Indoor Tour events in four days (if Muller Grand Prix 9th Feb) or anyone thinking much of the idea of the 23rd, only six days before the European Championships starts. It might have been a mistake which turned out for the best.
                    Last year there were only 4 days between the Muller GP and World Indoor Champs. Or, they could have held it tonight or tomorrow night. People do go out on weekday evenings!

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                    • #42
                      Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post

                      Last year there were only 4 days between the Muller GP and World Indoor Champs. Or, they could have held it tonight or tomorrow night. People do go out on weekday evenings!
                      Obviously there are lots of issues which decide the dates of sporting events, not least availability of venue and clashes. Unless you are on the inside who knows?

                      Cramming 4 hours plus of athletics,15 finals, 6 heats 4 jumping events into an evening sounds like a problem. The evening Grand Prix (Dusseldorf, Torun, Madrid) have a maximum of 12 events and even then the shot is probably held before the crowd turns up. With this marketed as the top indoor Grand Prix would they want to cut it back? Then there's TV and the sponsors. Would BBC televise the Muller Indoor Grand Prix for three hours on a weekday evening? No. Lots to think about.

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                      • #43
                        Well, it's 3 hours of 'pro' events not 4 hours. Plenty of other countries run midweek 3 hour indoor meetings with heats etc. And other big meetings also have sponsors for their events!!
                        So, it's time, I say, to stop making excuses and for British Athletics to get their s*** together and stop failing athletics fans.

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                        • #44
                          Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post
                          Well, it's 3 hours of 'pro' events not 4 hours. Plenty of other countries run midweek 3 hour indoor meetings with heats etc. And other big meetings also have sponsors for their events!!
                          So, it's time, I say, to stop making excuses and for British Athletics to get their s*** together and stop failing athletics fans.
                          Well if you could make any sort of justification for your "major cock-up" accusation? But you couldn't. Just a silly rant.

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                          • #45
                            Eh? I've already justified it as a major cock-up. Most European athletes are being denied the opportunity to compete at the Muller GP because it clashes with another important meeting they want to compete in, namely their respective national championships. The quality of the Muller GP also suffers as a result.
                            Last edited by LuckySpikes; 14-02-19, 10:16.

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