Hmmmm. Michael Johnson's usually right. But the British media spotlight has just turned on to Britain's athletes in all sports, who are featuring heavily in sponsor's ad campaigns right now. It's going to take some serious PR management on behalf of the BOA and the various sports' governing bodies to give athletes the chance to relax.
Cram - One gold needed November 18, 2011 "So I think it is going to be a really good Games for athletics and I hope at least one of the guys can convert it into a gold medal. We do want to win at least one gold medal but with a bit of luck and a fair wind it could be two or three, if not more." What Brits have shot at gold? • Jess Ennis • Mo Farah • Dai Greene
real rational, objective stuff from the British experts I suppose that there are a few great athletes from elsewhere who may get in the way of the 5/6 Gold Medals mentioned??
Surprise package .. what pray does that mean.... that they medal or make final or what?
The special trick of the AW flaggies is to state that all Brits may do better than we have a right to expect from a cool examination of their current levels of performance, on the basis that they can crow/brag if one comes through. Known as the art of "Isabring".
I could just as well state that every athlete in the British team next year will do a PB and amaze us all on the basis that one at least will do so and then I can ignore all the underperformances and brag about how knowledgeable I am, like at least one well known fan
Greene questions desire of some GB athletes November 23, 2011 "The 25-year-old [Dai Greene] believes some athletes have underachieved in their disciplines, either because they just don't set their sights high enough or because they crumble in the face of pressure and expectation."
bushop wrote:Greene questions desire of some GB athletes November 23, 2011 "The 25-year-old [Dai Greene] believes some athletes have underachieved in their disciplines, either because they just don't set their sights high enough or because they crumble in the face of pressure and expectation."
Interesting thoughts from him also on the affect of getting too much funding too soon and the unfairness of relay squad members receiving full funding.
It may be coincidence but the three athletes who have surprised me most since the last Olympics have been Jenny Meadows, Helen Clitheroe and Andy Turner. All, at various points, came off funding and yet seemed to become hungrier than ever.
Cram Says Funding System Will Bring Brits Glory 24 November 2011 "The talented athletes have always been there. The funding helps to keep them in the sport, to get them into the right events, to identify the talent. We have the best high-performance system in the world, on a pro-rata basis."
Talking of London contenders, first selections on the team are due next Monday with the marathon panel meeting for the first of two times. Paula Radcliffe appears set to be named, as I gather Scott Overall should on the men's side.
Andrew Lemoncello runs in Yokohama and he could snatch a spot himself just on the eve of the meeting, putting in an encouraging late run in Portsmouth
From there on, there is a number of options for CVC to take. Here are some throughts of what could happen on the women's side which is more competitive for places at the moment.
26mi235 wrote:What about those plastic Swedes, those hurdlers; they are no more Swedish than Ofili is British...
I hope you're speaking of Ludmila Enqvist, coz if you mean the Kallurs, then what you wrote makes no sense at all.
A bit of sarcasm. However, the difference might not really be all that big, even if the cases feel rather different. From what I remember (and the memory is vague), they may have been born in the US and spent a lot of time here. You likely remember/know a lot more of the particulars.
The Kallur women are dual nationality cos daddy was playing ice hockey in the USA at the time they were born.They went to school and college in the States but they are not similar cases to certain "British" athletes like our short hurdler who competed for USA at Junior level, I believe, and our new Triple Jumper, who represented Cuba, Sudan and now UK.
72 wrote:The Kallur women are dual nationality cos daddy was playing ice hockey in the USA at the time they were born.They went to school and college in the States
I believe they only lived in the US for the first few years of their lives, until their father retired from the NHL. They started their running careers in Sweden, and have been training there pretty much ever since, except for a brief stint in the NCAA (AFAIR they only spent one year in college in the US). Questioning their Swedishness is utter nonsense.
I've just read Gerard Hartman's excellent autobiography. As most of you will know he has been the physio to Radcliffe, Holmes, O'Sullivan, Kiptanui .. .. .. . the list goes on and on. It's an inspiring book which leaves you feeling that with perseverance and belief in yourself anything is possible. Really uplifting. He writes a lot about his relationship with Paula (he worked with her 25-30 hours a week during her training camp prior to London 2003). In the context of so much positivity however, his comment on her chances for next year seemed really bleak: " She will need belief beyond belief to succeed and plenty of luck." Perfectly realistic of course, but as a Paula fan I was hoping for more cause for optimism!
Disappointed that she didn't have a bash at the Euro XC but the 10k win at the weekend was encouraging.
Charles van Commenee: Van the man guiding home nation's hopes "Since Beijing, Farah, Greene, Ennis and Idowu have [won] titles at the last two Worlds. Van Commenee's concern is that not enough fringe contenders have graduated to medal-winning status... Van Commenee is too pragmatic a soul to rely on the Wilkins Micawber principle of something turning up. From his own experience as a one-to-one coach, however, he knows that Olympic medals can emerge from the most unlikely sources.
Rob Grabarz has got off to a sound start this season as he cleared a world indoor qualifier of 2.29m, doubling as a total PB, in the high jump from the off at the High Jump Gala at the HiPAC in Birmingham today. He also had a narrow miss at what would have been an Olympic A qualifier at 2.31m (you can see it in a short video on the link below).
Holly Bleasdale won on countback from Vanessa Boslak at 4.52m (4.33o, 4.52xo, 4.62xxx) and U20 Katie Byres was third at 4.33 (xxo) in Clermont Ferrand, France, today with Andrew Sutcliffe bettering a SB of 5.33m in the men - world U20 bronze in Moncton.
Sally Peakke also cleared a Welsh indoor record of 4.33 in Manchester, so things look promising for the event in the early days of 2012.
Jessica Ennis also threw 13.95m in the shot in her first, low-key, appearance up in Sheffield while Andrew Robertson and Laura Turner set UK-leading 6.68 and 7.41 secs in the 60m in Birmingham.
Paula is in The Guardian today (see home page link) saying she thinks she can get into 2:18 or even 2:17 shape for the Olympics. I wish I hadn't read that. Speaking as a long time fan of English football and British athletics I can tell you that it isn't the disappointment that kills you .. .. .. ..it's the hope.
Charles van Commennee still focused on eight Olympic track medals "They won seven medals in Daegu, but were a long way short of having the 15 or so contenders that Van Commenee thinks they need to win those eight. But the team have not missed their target at any major championships, indoor or outdoor, in the last three years."
Van Commennee always likes to put up the estimated 'floor' of Britain's medal potential when he sets targets over a major champs publicly. He knows that his team can do better than eight and has got already two more medal shots in his hands - Holly Bleasdale and Robbie Grabarz.
Well, how about Joe Thomas emerging as at least a potential finalist for London this summer, he totally destroyed the field and Boaz Lalang yesterday in Glasgow and looks good for a sub 1:45 on the way. His turn of pace was awesome, left everyone for dead.
Mo Farah beat Augustine Choge in his own game in a tactical winding up race in the 1500m and I speculate he's got something in the 3:30 outdoors in the making. He's going to be really tough to beat in London.
Stunning comeback for 'forgotten' girl Asha Philip who beat Jodie Williams twice today in big PBs of 7.30 and 7.24 secs, easily inside the Istanbul qualifier!
Jodie ran 7.31 and 7.33 secs respectively so the battle for the two places on the British team is hotting up.
Also, Andy Pozzi, not 20 yet, got his senior career off to big PBs of 7.66 and 7.67 secs over the hurdles at the Lee Valley yesterday.
Everyone involved in athletics in the UK, at the administrative level, should be banished to a far away island (well, that's the UK more or less... uhm, ok another far away island) for how few athletes have been developed in the 7 years since the country snookered the games from Paris (can you imagine the pressure Lemaitre would have right now ). Yes, a few mid-distance types, a few jumps but NOTHING that really says: "Hey! We're about to be the center of the sporting universe...look at what we've done!" The crime, though, is that they have not found a single short sprinter who could be chosen to make a final off of 2007 form. Unforgivable!
The population of the UK is roughly 62 million, but how many events have more than 3 A-qualifiers? Yet, Van Comenee says he will have to find money if a non-lottery athlete makes promise? Hell, he should be combing secondary schools, bars, cast-offs from other sports, etc trying to find those athletes now instead of waiting for them to "show promise".