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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby nevetsllim » Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:06 am

Paula didn't mention she was affected by any sort of injuries during the race so I guess that's a positive. She just said her legs felt heavy which was due to the bronchitis. I think I'd be more concerned if she was in the same situation as this time last year when she ran even worse over 10km in London and was complaining about her back.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Gabriella » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:39 am

Flumpy wrote:And yet the last Olympic Marathon was won by 38 year old Constantina Dita :?


39 yr old Irinia Mikitenko ran 31:42 over 10k on the road last week. She's not in her 2009 form but it's a good performance especially at her age and considering she's also had some injuries lately.

Both Dita and Mikitenko have shown that you can still run brilliantly well near 40. Paula's problem has been she has just pushed herself to the max so much, can she train smart and not go over the top leading up the London? I fear she'll just punish herself.

Still, if she completes the race and is smiling I'll be happy.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:48 am

Flumpy wrote:And yet the last Olympic Marathon was won by 38 year old Constantina Dita :?

I'm not suggesting that Paula's going to do the same just that times often don't mean anything in championship marathons.


Everyone keeps going on about Constantina but but it was an aberration and everyone underestimated her, nobody is going to let Paula run off by herself.

Yes anything can happen in the Marathon but this is going to be the strongest OG field of all time and unfortunately i don't think Paula has the weapons to compete like she once did. Despite winning NY a couple of times she hasn't actually run an impressive marathon since 2005. There is no one i want to get a medal in London than Paula but at this stage i don't see it happening, i hope i'm wrong
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:24 am

I love Paula but she can be frustrating at times. In her BBC interview yesterday she said of the Vienna run: ""I am at a loss to explain why it was quite so bad" and "The thing that worries me is that I did not feel myself out there while running. The danger is that it affects my confidence [for the London Olympics]." Then in the same breath: ""I know that racing on antibiotics isn't the best idea." This coming from the runner who lost a gold medal in 2004 because of the way her body reacted to antibiotics.

Clearly, she felt she had recovered well enough from the pleurisy and bronchitis to compete but surely a runner with her experience can recognise that she was wrong and put the performance down to the illness and loss of training. Of course the sensible thing would have been to drop out and avoid the risk of making herself ill but she felt she had to carry on: "The format of the race meant that I could not stop, even though I felt really bad, so I tried to just keep going".

This in turn begs the question why did an athlete with her record of injuries and illness sign up to an event that was totally dependent upon her participation?

I realise that without this single-minded approach and occasional disregard for her own health and well-being is just the flip-side to other personaility traits that resulted in "2:15". I just wish that at 38 she had a little more self-insight and perspective.

Let's hope she recovers quickly and yesterday's effort hasn't made her ill. I'm no doctor but I've had chest conditions, including pleurisy that I've made considerably worse by running and found very hard to shake off as a consequence.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby nevetsllim » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:47 am

I don't think Paula should be too worried just yet because she has been known to turn around her form quickly. She ran even worse in the London 10km last year and had to miss quite a large chunk of training with a back injury but she still got herself into good shape for the Berlin Marathon. She was awful at the European Cup in 2005 but still came away with a world title and a 2:20 performance a few weeks later.

Like others have said, I don't think she'll take a medal in London because the event is moving on, as is Paula age-wise, but there's still enough time to get herself in shape to be competitive.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:47 am

i don't think paula has started or finished a race in the last 5 years without some kind of problem, i don't understand why she starts these races when not fully fit, it does her no favours in the long run John G is spot on
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby bushop » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:33 pm

Now the Games are so close things are getting scary for our athletes
Dean Macey guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 17 April 2012 18.01 EDT
"Now if you take our four best medal hopes – Dai, Jess Ennis, Mo, and Phillips Idowu, if I were in any of their positions I would love someone to say to me: "It is going to be tough for you, isn't it?" Because everything I am reading and hearing is making out like all four of them are going to win gold, as though it is a dead cert. They won't be thinking that way."
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby 72 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:25 pm

So Lawrence Okoye throws 66.67 to win the Discus at Mt Sac meet. His worst recorded was a 48 metre effort and he also had a 64m plus. He has the talent possibly to go into the final in London or even get a freaky one out; or not even qualify. Consistency is tough.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby 72 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:56 pm

and a WL as well. :)
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:43 am

Most of us had written Rooney off but when a former OG finalist runs sub-45 in April, you have to consider him a potential medallist. With a normal rate of progression post -08 he should have been running close to the Euro record by now. 44.3 might just sneak a bronze.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby 72 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:30 pm

If a week is a long time in politics , 3 months is a hell of a long time in track. Lets hope Rooney keeps fit and does not over compete.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby shivfan » Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:19 am

bushop wrote:Charles van Commenee: Plastic Brits is offensive . . . there’s no such thing
Mihir Bose 27 March 2012
"First of all, that is not a word I would use. I find it offensive,” van Commenee says. “In my eyes, there is no such thing as a ‘plastic Brit’. They don’t exist. “You’re British or you’re not. Sport in general and the Olympics in particular is about bringing people together. That’s how I look at it, so I’m astonished more than anything else.”

London 2012 Olympics: Turks and Caicos sprint sensation Delano Williams becomes latest Team GB recruit
Simon Hart 03 Apr 2012

"Williams’ situation is identical to that of Shara Proctor, the world indoor long jump bronze medallist, who switched allegiance to Britain from Anguilla – another dependent territory that is not permitted to send its own team to the Olympics."

I find the behaviour of the Sun and the Daily Mail in particular very offensive in this regard. I'm disgusted, but not surprised, at these two newspapers....

How can they be labelling Shara Proctor and Delano Williams in particular as plastic Brits? THey come from Anguilla and Turks and Caicos, which are British colonies. As far as I'm concerned, once you are a member of a British colony, you are automatically a British citizen. Apparently, the Sun and the Daily Mail like the idea of having colonies of black people in the Caribbean, but don't like the idea of them calling themselves 'British'.

I'm sure they wouldn't have taken the same approach if Shara Proctor or Delano Williams came out of the Falklands....
:?
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:51 am

I know she's not a medal contender but i thought it timely to remind a certain prolific poster on this thread that he was adamant the Sophie Hitchon wouldn't throw over 70m !!

Just saying :P
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby dunedine » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:38 pm

Personally, I reckon that Sophie is well capable of reaching 72m, maybe 73m, this season and making the final in London. Have watched throws of hers and she's much faster in the ring and a great deal improved in the release phase.

A new medal hope that seems to emerge is Martyn Rooney in the 400m, not only because he beat Warriner in a sub 45 secs so early but also of the way he won it coming from behind - you don't beat Wariner so easily there - and the way he executed his race throughout. I have never seen him so focussed and timing his effort so superbly. He's now won two out of two races which falls in sharp contrast with previous seasons.

Further, if they can pull their act together, the men's 4x100 could definitely come in with a medal shout, especially now that Chambers is going to be available and Richard Kilty looks set for a big breakthrough.

Simeon Williamson is back solid, Christian Malcolm is in his best early season shape I've seen in many years, Delano Williams could come in handy and there are also HAA, MLF, Marlon Devonish to draw on too.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:55 am

What encouraged me most about Rooney's run was that he looked really smooth. You coaches out there will know the correct jargon but to me he seemed to have lost much of the upper body sideways motion that IIRC was visible with him in the past.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Speedster » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:40 am

I thought the same thing, I assumed that an injury free spell had allowed him to get the running in to hold form when he's fatigued in the home straight. Its one of his top 10 times ever and for so early in the season its a great sign for him and the 4x400m relay.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby dunedine » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:05 pm

I had hardly said it earlier than Sophie Hitchon set a new UK record and Olympic A standard of 71.61m at Chula Vista!
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Flumpy » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:50 pm

WAHOO!!!

Can we have the Olympics every year please :mrgreen:
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby nevetsllim » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:26 pm

Okoye went out to 66.25m yesterday although I think La Jolla is one of those discus-friendly events.

Rutherford 8.20m in San Diego too. :!:
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:04 am

Did everyone read this ?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympi ... coach.html

it does make it harder to beat people when they don't even qualify for champs :?
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby dunedine » Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:07 am

...and Goldie Sayers hit 63.04m in the javelin at Chula Vista, also a current Olympic A.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Daisy » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:52 am

mump boy wrote:it does make it harder to beat people when they don't even qualify for champs :?

To read that article makes it sound like Hart only recognises the Olympics as a worthwhile title.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby trevorp » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:14 am

mump boy wrote:Did everyone read this ?

It does rather reek of sour grapes, and thinking too much about just one rival could be counter-productive.
I can't recall Christine or her coach (Lloyd Cowan) ever disparaging any other athlete. As a spectator, I know which approach I prefer.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:51 am

I don't think Hart is being particularly disparaging - he's just making the honest statement that he and Sanja never saw TBO as a threat or rival.

Whether their assessment of TBO is correct is another thing altogether. Actually, I think it suggests they went into Beijing over confident. Personally, I think they should have been at least a little wary of TBO: just the previous year she had won a World Champs and run a decent time after a less than perfect preparation. They should have seen her as an improving athlete with the proven ability to set pb's at major champs. Had I been them I would have been expecting her to drop a low 49 and be a very real threat to Sanja in 08. Maybe part of the reason Sanja tightened up so badly in the home straight was because she hadn't prepared herself for the possibility that TBO would have been with her at the business end of the race.

They underestimated her then and it sounds like they are underestimating her again. Don't get me wrong - TBO is no way near the class of SRR and will never get remotely close to SRR's pb and 9 times out of 10 SRR will beat her. But maybe that 1 in 10 occasion is due again soon!
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby norunner » Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:50 am

nevetsllim wrote:Okoye went out to 66.25m yesterday although I think La Jolla is one of those discus-friendly events.
It is. If Okoye starts throwing 66-67 meters in a stadium he may have a chance, cause that's what Harting and the other top athletes do in their sleep.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby 72 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:03 am

Okoye is a heck of a lot younger than most of his competitors, but he has the opportunity to be consistent this year and we await his throws here.

How many American discus throwers are there currently in the 66/68 metre range outside the Chula Vista paradise. ?
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:04 am

Lawrence is 20 years old he doesn't need to be throwing what Harting is throwing no matter what the circumstances. I'm just glad that he is throwing consistently and the fact that we are even talking about a UK discus thrower in the same sentence as the World Champ :D
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby norunner » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:19 am

mump boy wrote:Lawrence is 20 years old he doesn't need to be throwing what Harting is throwing no matter what the circumstances. I'm just glad that he is throwing consistently and the fact that we are even talking about a UK discus thrower in the same sentence as the World Champ :D
Well, the topic is medal contenders, and if Okoye is to be considered as one you have to compare him to Harting, Malachowski, Kanter etc..
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby nevetsllim » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:31 am

norunner wrote:
nevetsllim wrote:Okoye went out to 66.25m yesterday although I think La Jolla is one of those discus-friendly events.
It is. If Okoye starts throwing 66-67 meters in a stadium he may have a chance, cause that's what Harting and the other top athletes do in their sleep.


What about the Mt. SAC Relays? He threw his season's best of 66.67m there and isn't that more of a legitimate event?
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby dunedine » Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:52 pm

Actually, Okoye looks to establish himself steadily as an outside medal contender and is also building the consistency he was missing last season into his performances. So far he has thrown 62.48, 62.27, 66.67 and 66.25 in his four outings and all one has got to do is check out his last year card, marked by stark contrast. I'm very confident he could hit 68-69m when the season picks up and if he can pull that in London he will have as good a shout as anyone for a medal.

Incidentally, I saw that Sophie Hitchon reached 71.61 in both her last couple of attempts in the results. I don't know whether that's some mistake but if it is so that'd be very impressive.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby norunner » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:44 pm

dunedine wrote:Actually, Okoye looks to establish himself steadily as an outside medal contender and is also building the consistency he was missing last season into his performances. So far he has thrown 62.48, 62.27, 66.67 and 66.25 in his four outings and all one has got to do is check out his last year card, marked by stark contrast. I'm very confident he could hit 68-69m when the season picks up and if he can pull that in London he will have as good a shout as anyone for a medal.

Last year, Okoye didn't throw in the US early in the season, so there really is no comparison. I think you underestimate the favourable conditions in La Jolla, Chula Vista, Salinas etc..
Look at the best results of Eric Cadee for example: 8 out of his 10 best results he achieved in either Chula Vista or La Jolla, and Cadee never even threw over 62 meters at major championships.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby dunedine » Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:47 am

norunner wrote:
dunedine wrote:Actually, Okoye looks to establish himself steadily as an outside medal contender and is also building the consistency he was missing last season into his performances. So far he has thrown 62.48, 62.27, 66.67 and 66.25 in his four outings and all one has got to do is check out his last year card, marked by stark contrast. I'm very confident he could hit 68-69m when the season picks up and if he can pull that in London he will have as good a shout as anyone for a medal.

Last year, Okoye didn't throw in the US early in the season, so there really is no comparison. I think you underestimate the favourable conditions in La Jolla, Chula Vista, Salinas etc..
Look at the best results of Eric Cadee for example: 8 out of his 10 best results he achieved in either Chula Vista or La Jolla, and Cadee never even threw over 62 meters at major championships.


I don't underestimate anything and, further, Okoye's best mark of 66.67m was set at the MtSAC and none of the venues you mentioned above.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby bushop » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:44 am

London 2012 - Jegede: I'm buzzing for a medal
Fri, 27 Apr 15:29:00 2012
"Jegede believes the atmosphere would have helped him finish on the podium, although he insists reaching it at London 2012 will more than make up for this disappointment."
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby dunedine » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:30 pm

Flurry of Olympic qualifiers for London by the Brits at Stanford:

As
Men
1500m Andy Baddeley 3:35.19 (WL)
5000m Chris Thompson 13:15.21, Tom Farrell 13:15.31 (PB)
Women
5000m Barbara Parker 15:14.26 (PB), Steph Twell 15:15.24
10000m Julia Bleasdale 31:29.57 (debut)

Bs
Men
1500m David Bishop 3:37.51 (PB), Chris O'Hare 3:37.95 (PB)
Women
10000m Charlotte Purdue 32:03.55 (PB)

Also, U23 Chris Clarke, the 400m man, tied the Olympic B in the 200m (20.65) at the Steve Scott Invitational.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:01 am

dunedine wrote:Flurry of Olympic qualifiers for London by the Brits at Stanford:

As
Men
1500m Andy Baddeley 3:35.19 (WL)
5000m Chris Thompson 13:15.21, Tom Farrell 13:15.31 (PB)
Women
5000m Barbara Parker 15:14.26 (PB), Steph Twell 15:15.24
10000m Julia Bleasdale 31:29.57 (debut)

Bs
Men
1500m David Bishop 3:37.51 (PB), Chris O'Hare 3:37.95 (PB)
Women
10000m Charlotte Purdue 32:03.55 (PB)

Also, U23 Chris Clarke, the 400m man, tied the Olympic B in the 200m (20.65) at the Steve Scott Invitational.



Who's Tom Farrell ?? :? and that's one hell of a debut from Julie Bleasdale. There is going to be some real comptetish to get on the 10k team with Jo Pavey, Charlotte Purdue, Gemma Steele, Freya Murry :D
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:04 am

i just looked Tom Farrell up, he's only 21 this is very impressive :D
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:39 am

mump boy wrote:i just looked Tom Farrell up, he's only 21 this is very impressive :D

Farrell was only 21 in March! UK U23 record and #10 on our all-time list.

Bleasdale is #5 on the all-time 10k list for us! Where has that come from? She was a good club runner for years but did she ever show this kind of promise? I see Nick Bideau is coaching her. Hope he can do the same for Andy Vernon (sub-28 this weekend).
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby nevetsllim » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:01 am

Bleasdale ran 34:20.77 for 10,000m in 2005 so it wasn't her debut. Even so, it's a superb breakthrough! I vaguely remember her having some decent performances on the roads in 2005 before disappearing for a few years.

I thought Purdue would run a bit faster seeing as she ran 32:10 for 10km a few weeks ago. I think she can get the A standard though.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby dunedine » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:54 am

Actually, Julia Bleasdale ran a solo 15:25.62 over the 5K the previous weekend so I was confident she would get the A but not by such a margin, particularly impressed by her aggressive race as she even attempted to take it on around the 8th km.

Add to the above marks Andy Vernon's 27:53.65 over 10K, an Olympic B while Rob Mullett just missed out on the B in the 'chase with a breakthrough 8:32.80.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby 72 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:32 am

Unfortunately Farrell is at Oklahoma College, and any athlete who is part of the American College TF system will be beaten up by the needs of the College and will be made to compete not for his good, for sure.
Last year the very promising Farrell did 13.26 for 5K by May and was f****d by the end of the season and his best for 1500 metres was also very early in the track year by our standards ; by the time the College/ NCAA season is over in June, Farrell will return to the UK and find at 21 he may not be at his best at the British Trials. :(
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