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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby fromage » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:28 am

Are these torrents of SBs we may expect in Geneva or good old Chaux de Fonds ?
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby norunner » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:19 am

fromage wrote:Are these torrents of SBs we may expect in Geneva or good old Chaux de Fonds ?
I don't know about Geneva, they still haven't posted results, but there were some good british results in Regensburg. Onuora with SBs over 100m and 200 (11.31 and 22.93), Bolarinwa, like Gemili also just 18 years old, with a PB of 20.69 over 200m. And Christian Malcolm ran 20.46s .
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby norunner » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:15 am

Just found the results from Geneva, UK is going to have a very good 4x400 in London: Conrad 45.08, Lennon-Ford 45.23, Tobin 45.47, Buck 45.61, Persent 45.77 . Lawrence Clarke 13.33 over 110m h.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby bushop » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:21 pm

Who should be added or deleted from the list... what are the UK's prospects in London?

bushop wrote:"Charles Van Commenee believes... in order to win eight medals we probably need to have 17 or 18 medal contenders because some will get injured or just won't perform on the day."

Who are these "eighteen medal contenders"?

• your picks:
01.) A Baddeley (1500m)
02.) M Bernard (hj)
03.) N Brooks (1500m)
04.) T Danvers (400m hurdles)
05.) N Douglas (tj)
06.) L Hazel (hept)
07.) K Johnson-Thompson (lj)
08.) T Lancashire (3k steeple)
09.) C Ohuruogu (400m)
10.) M Okoro (800m)
11.) I Pooley (hj)
12.) P Radcliffe (mara)
13.) M Rooney (400m)
14.) N Sanders (800m)
15.) S Twell (1500m)
16.) L Weightman (1500m)
17.) J Williams (sprints)
18.) M Yamauchi (mara)

by event:
100m
J Williams
200m
J Williams
400m
C Ohuruogu
N Sanders
M Rooney
800m
J Meadows
M Okoro
1500m
L Dobriskey
H England
S Twell
L Weightman
N Brooks
A Baddeley
5k
M Farah
10k
M Farah
marathon
P Radcliffe
M Yamauchi
sprint hurdles
T Porter
A Turner
400m hurdles
T Danvers
• P Shakes-Drayton
D Greene
3k steeple
T Lancashire
4x100m relay
women
men
4x400m relay
women
men
high jump
I Pooley
M Bernard
pole vault
Holly Bleasedale
long jump
K Johnson-Thompson
G Rutherford
C Tomlinson
triple jump
N Douglas
P Idowu
shot put
discus
hammer
javelin
G Sayers
multis
L Hazel
J Ennis
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby norunner » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:09 am

bushop wrote:Who should be added or deleted from the list... what are the UK's prospects in London?
I'm surprised Grabarz isn't on that list.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby fromage » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:37 am

The list of medal contenders, 18 in number, contains names which cannot be regarded by any stretch of the imagination, even for the super optimists UK forum as medal contenders:
Many will not necessarily be on the team and/or have not achieved the standards required.

For me no one on the upper list of 18 athletes is a medal contender based on objective evidence such as performance this year.

The lower list contains genuine contenders such as Farah, Idowu, D. Greene, Porter, Ennis, Rutherford,. I would add Grabarz and Okoye as a surprise. Aldama is a long shot for the list.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:28 pm

TBO
a female middle distance runner
mo x2
Tiffany Porter
Dai Green
Greg Rutherford
Shara Proctor
Yamile Aldmama
Phillips Idowu
Holly Bleasdale
Robi Grabbatz
Lawrence Okeye
Goldie Sayers
Jess Ennis
there is a chance (of differing levels) in all 4 relays
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby nevetsllim » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:32 am

Abigail Irozuru just tweeted she jumped 6.80m today. :o
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby fromage » Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:24 pm

Her best this year was so much less than 6.80 I regard her jump as fascinating, but not convincing
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:24 pm

fromage wrote:Her best this year was so much less than 6.80 I regard her jump as fascinating, but not convincing


This ^

the fact this it happened in Bulgaria doesn't help it's credibility
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby bushop » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:40 pm

Forget the doomsayers. GB athletes can win 16 medals at Games, says stats man
"Things are starting to look so good that I am really beginning to get scared – that I have severely underestimated our possible medal haul: 10 medals and a possible five to six more,"

Stan's 10 from 13

1 Mo Farah 5,000m

2 Mo Farah 10,000m

3 Dai Greene 400m hurdles

4 Jack Green 400m hurdles

5 Phillips Idowu triple jump

6 Lawrence Okoye discus

7 Men's 4x400m relay

8 Christine Ohuruogu 400m

9 Tiffany Porter 100m hurdles

10 Holly Bleasdale pole vault

11 Yamile Aldama triple jump

12 Jessica Ennis heptathlon

13 Women's 4 x 400m relay
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby jlt » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:58 pm

I'm sorry but anyone who has Jack Green as one of his contenders for Olympic medals loses any and all credibility. On what basis (other than being British) can he be considered a medal chance? He's only once in his life run under 48 seconds. I'm not so convinced that Dai Greene will make the final in a three-semi format; that's tougher than a lot of you seem to think. Remember Jenny Meadows last year anyone?
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby fromage » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:36 pm

I would say that the esteemed Stan Greenberg has had a touch of the sun, but we havent seen any for rather a long time in England.
His article and list is rubbish, in my opinion and has no stat validity to justify it ; just pplain boasting.

Stan has forgotten there are other world class athletes everywhere with more experience and the idea that our athletes will benefit mightily from \ home games I consider overrated Truly, OG hype is here.

Jack Green is a crazy choice, as is Bleasdale, struggling to do 4.50 all season. Our 4x400m womens relay have one athlete currently at sub 51, a lousy relay runner, CO and PSD in low 51s nowhere near enough; trouble is you need 4 runners of quality which the USA,Jamaica and Russia will likely have.

Okoye is an unkniown in a way but is still inexperienced and I expect a final place and no better.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:35 am

These are medal 'chances' not expected medals. Apart from Jack Greene all of the above have a 'chance' of a medal.

To dismiss someone who has jumped 4.87 because she is taking some time to get used to her new poles is plain stupid
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby norunner » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:23 am

fromage wrote:Our 4x400m womens relay have one athlete currently at sub 51, a lousy relay runner, CO and PSD in low 51s nowhere near enough; trouble is you need 4 runners of quality which the USA,Jamaica and Russia will likely have.
You really don't, look at the mens 4x4 in Daegu last year. South Africa won silver without a single 44 runner, one of them never even broke 46. Belgium never had 4 runners of quality but thanks to the Borlees won medals and championships in the last few years.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby fromage » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:25 am

I quite like a bit of semantics, but perhaps I can learn the signicant difference between a medal "chance" and a medal not "expected"

On what grounds should anybody give very promising 20 y.o.Jack Green, with a best of low 49 this year, so far, and very early in his career, even the thought of remotely medalling; he only has experienced guys like Dai G, Culson, a couple of top Americans, Sanchez, Van Zyl etc. to compete with.
We have no chance , in my opinion , of a 4x400m womens Relay medal, despite last years stats about SA.
Last year our women were a distant fourth in 3.23.63 with 3 sub 51 performances from Sanders, McConnell etc; we were 4 seconds behind the Russians who had 2 sub 50 runners; the details from last year make it very, very unlikely that some 4 seconds improvement will come about but our women need, at this stage a massive improvement.

The British record of 2007, 3.20.04 , when we had two performers in outstanding form, Sanders and CO, plus McConnell who this year seems not to have done much, was still not fast enough to equal the time of the third placed Russians last year in 3.19 and bits.

Chance acc to my dictionary suggests "chance" in this context as an opportunity, possibility, not a reasonable expectation.
I reckon if Green stays fit he is a serious guy to watch for 2015 WC or Rio 2016.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Athleticsimaging » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:31 am

Given the multitude of variables in this sport, a more likely outcome in my mind is included between the [brackets]
bushop wrote:Forget the doomsayers. GB athletes can win 16 medals at Games, says stats man
"Things are starting to look so good that I am really beginning to get scared – that I have severely underestimated our possible medal haul: 10 medals and a possible five to six more,"

Stan's 10 from 13

1 Mo Farah 5,000m [likely medallist]

2 Mo Farah 10,000m [finalist, or vice versa with the 5k]

3 Dai Greene 400m hurdles [possible finalist]

4 Jack Green 400m hurdles [aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh...NO]

5 Phillips Idowu triple jump [definite medallist]

6 Lawrence Okoye discus [possible top 8]

7 Men's 4x400m relay [NO]

8 Christine Ohuruogu 400m [likely finalist]

9 Tiffany Porter 100m hurdles [possible finalist]

10 Holly Bleasdale pole vault [possible top 8]

11 Yamile Aldama triple jump [definite top 8]

12 Jessica Ennis heptathlon [definite medallist]

13 Women's 4 x 400m relay [ahahahahahahah]
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Gabriella » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:42 am

Of course home support helps and in team events like the relay it can make a big difference:

2009 Berlin
German women won 4x100 gold.

2008 Beijing
Chinese mens 4x100 made the final; women's 4x100 4th in SF narrowly missed final

2007 Osaka
Japanese mens 4x100 came 5th in the F with a NR (after a NR in the SF too)

2005 Helsinki
Finnish men 4x100 set a NR in the SF

2004 Athens
Greek women made the 4x400 final (knocking out Germany)

2003 Paris
French men won the 4x400 and women won the 4x100

etc etc etc.

As the GBR 4x400 team have medalled before or been thereabouts, there's every reason to believe that on the day, the home crowd support will lift them to get that extra bit out of their performance.
As for the 4x100 teams, this relies more on practice, but again it's not unreasonable to see them as outside chances

As an aside, Tiffany Porter and Jess Ennis have both been pencilled in as 'possibles' in the 4x1.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby norunner » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:01 am

Gabriella wrote:Of course home support helps and in team events like the relay it can make a big difference:

2009 Berlin
German women won 4x100 gold.
They did? I think even the Germans don't know about that one, someone ought to tell them ;-)
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:51 am

A rare degree of consensus for this Board seems to have been achieved: Jack Green has no chance of a medal. Except he has always been top of my list of potential surprises. 400mH is an event where big improvements can be made in a short space of time - when a stride pattern 'clicks' or when an athlete sorts out issues with the pacing of his races. Green looked ready to go low 48s last season and with more flat speed I'm expecting him to be sub 48 this year. I also think that he'll be British #1 next year, if not this.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:38 pm

fromage wrote:I
Last year our women were a distant fourth .


I think it is safe to say that anyone who is ranked 4th has a medal chance :roll:
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:47 pm

fromage wrote:I quite like a bit of semantics, but perhaps I can learn the signicant difference between a medal "chance" and a medal not "expected"


i think you need to re read my post

there is an obvious difference between a medal chance and those that are 'expected' !! :?

I think we have maybe 5 expected medals

Jess
Mo x 2
Phillips
Dai

and medal chances (some of them good)

Tiffany
Relays
TBO
Yamile
Holly
Lawrence
Robi
Shara
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:54 pm

Athleticsimaging wrote:Given the multitude of variables in this sport, a more likely outcome in my mind is included between the [brackets]
bushop wrote:Forget the doomsayers. GB athletes can win 16 medals at Games, says stats man
"Things are starting to look so good that I am really beginning to get scared – that I have severely underestimated our possible medal haul: 10 medals and a possible five to six more,"

Stan's 10 from 13

1 Mo Farah 5,000m [likely medallist]

2 Mo Farah 10,000m [finalist, or vice versa with the 5k]

3 Dai Greene 400m hurdles [possible finalist]

4 Jack Green 400m hurdles [aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh...NO]

5 Phillips Idowu triple jump [definite medallist]

6 Lawrence Okoye discus [possible top 8]

7 Men's 4x400m relay [NO]

8 Christine Ohuruogu 400m [likely finalist]

9 Tiffany Porter 100m hurdles [possible finalist]

10 Holly Bleasdale pole vault [possible top 8]

11 Yamile Aldama triple jump [definite top 8]

12 Jessica Ennis heptathlon [definite medallist]

13 Women's 4 x 400m relay [ahahahahahahah]


that's just stupid

Mo is a medal favourite in both events

400H the world champions is a 'possible finalist' !!

USA is the only country with as many 400m athletes ranked as us

Tiffany is WI silver medallist, World 4th placer and ranked 6th in the world and you say 'possible' finalist !!

w4x4 isn't a medal favourite but has to be in with a chance
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Athleticsimaging » Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:08 am

mump boy wrote:
that's just stupid

Mo is a medal favourite in both events [The chance of repeating medals is historically very low in a single event, let alone two. If Farrah medals in one event that will be an astounding effort.]

400H the world champions is a 'possible finalist' !! [see comments above on cut throat nature of getting to the final plus repeatability from year to year and the overall shittiness of this event last year.]

USA is the only country with as many 400m athletes ranked as us [doesn't matter. USA, Bahamas, Cuba. GB 4th, then DQd :evil: ]

Tiffany is WI silver medallist, World 4th placer and ranked 6th in the world and you say 'possible' finalist !! [Only dominant performers are guaranteed finals in this event and at the moment there is only Peason in this category. Porter is only as good as any of the rest and this makes her and the rest possibles only.]

w4x4 isn't a medal favourite but has to be in with a chance[OK, I'll give you that as a freebie :D ]
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:51 am

Athleticsimaging wrote:
mump boy wrote:
that's just stupid

Mo is a medal favourite in both events [The chance of repeating medals is historically very low in a single event, let alone two. If Farrah medals in one event that will be an astounding effort.]

400H the world champions is a 'possible finalist' !! [see comments above on cut throat nature of getting to the final plus repeatability from year to year and the overall shittiness of this event last year.]

USA is the only country with as many 400m athletes ranked as us [doesn't matter. USA, Bahamas, Cuba. GB 4th, then DQd :evil: ]

Tiffany is WI silver medallist, World 4th placer and ranked 6th in the world and you say 'possible' finalist !! [Only dominant performers are guaranteed finals in this event and at the moment there is only Peason in this category. Porter is only as good as any of the rest and this makes her and the rest possibles only.]

w4x4 isn't a medal favourite but has to be in with a chance[OK, I'll give you that as a freebie :D ]


Wow talk about glass half empty, at your rate nobody at all is going to get a medal !!
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:36 am

Can't understand people writing off the 4x400.

Have you looked at the current world rankings Athleticsimaging? The aggregate times of our 4 best is 3:00.34. The aggregate time for Bahamas is 3:00.83.

Allowing for rolling starts on 3 legs (worth approx 0.7 secs) we should be able to put out a team running low 2:58s NOW. Give them 6 more weeks to peak and add in Green and / or Greene, then add the crowd factor and we should realistically hope to run in the 3:57s. It'll be close of course with Bahamas but we are, viewed objectively, joint second favourites.

You think Cuba will challenge that? Their national record is 2:59.13.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:43 am

mump boy wrote:
fromage wrote:I quite like a bit of semantics, but perhaps I can learn the signicant difference between a medal "chance" and a medal not "expected"


i think you need to re read my post

there is an obvious difference between a medal chance and those that are 'expected' !! :?

I think we have maybe 5 expected medals

Jess
Mo x 2
Phillips
Dai

and medal chances (some of them good)

Tiffany
Relays
TBO
Yamile
Holly
Lawrence
Robi
Shara


I agree with this list - it's what anyone outside the Uk woudl view objectively as realistic. I think we can add Hannah England as a Daegu medalist (although I personally don't think lightening will strike twice) and Greg Rutherford as someone in the current world top 3.

On purely subjective grounds, as mentioned before, I also have a sneaking feeling for Jack Greene. I also think one day Chris Tomlinson will get a rush of blood to the head and jump 8.50. He won't know how he's done it and will never do it again but if it happens on 'the day' then who knows .. .. .. .. My other 'gut feel' is Perry S-D. She's the sort who will go from running high 54s to low 53s overnight. I also suspect she'll also be the most hyped up athlete on the planet in August (East End girl running in Hackney).
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:43 am

John G wrote:
mump boy wrote:
fromage wrote:I quite like a bit of semantics, but perhaps I can learn the signicant difference between a medal "chance" and a medal not "expected"


i think you need to re read my post

there is an obvious difference between a medal chance and those that are 'expected' !! :?

I think we have maybe 5 expected medals

Jess
Mo x 2
Phillips
Dai

and medal chances (some of them good)

Tiffany
Relays
TBO
Yamile
Holly
Lawrence
Robi
Shara


I agree with this list - it's what anyone outside the Uk woudl view objectively as realistic. I think we can add Hannah England as a Daegu medalist (although I personally don't think lightening will strike twice) and Greg Rutherford as someone in the current world top 3.

On purely subjective grounds, as mentioned before, I also have a sneaking feeling for Jack Greene. I also think one day Chris Tomlinson will get a rush of blood to the head and jump 8.50. He won't know how he's done it and will never do it again but if it happens on 'the day' then who knows .. .. .. .. My other 'gut feel' is Perry S-D. She's the sort who will go from running high 54s to low 53s overnight. I also suspect she'll also be the most hyped up athlete on the planet in August (East End girl running in Hackney).


Greg is certainly a medall possibility forgot him.

I agree about Perri but that is a purely personal opinion with no evidence at all :D
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby peach77 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:48 pm

Perri is just one of those athletes you can FEEL the breakthrough coming. Believe me, sometimes that's happened with other athletes and it's never ever come, but here's hoping...
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Gabriella » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:07 am

PSD's problem appears to be not having a set stride pattern. She's as fast as any of the top 400m hurdlers on the flat, it's all down to her technique and stride pattern. You need a clean run and I dont think she's had that yet. I really hope she can get it in London as the womens 400h is not on fire this year and there a number of women that can medal if they raise their game.

Look at Tasha Danvers who, while obviously fast in 2008, was not as fast as PSD is, yet she got her PB down to 53.54 in the final for bronze. That was down to taking every hurdle as good as she could.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby fromage » Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:26 am

Nothing like the usual OTT about our athletes chances, before a WC/OG. :)

On what convincing grounds this year so far can one state that CO is a medal chance. Where is the justifaction..... 50.69??? who knows what the next weeks will bring, but to tell us that CO is a medal chance... is far fetched, in my opinion, based on this years rankings . But the CO groupies keep telling us that her times are similar to previous years when she won by the narrowest of margins her Goldies. Does not follow that this year will be the same as 4 and 5 years ago.

A Jamaican, SRR , Montsho and Krivoshapka to mention 4 athletes or even at a pinch McCorory, have as much or more right to be called "medal chances" than Ohuruogu.

Holly Bleasdale will need to improve to 4.70m consistency to be a medal chance, in my opinion, and I see her at her best as a Finalist or top 8.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby Gabriella » Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:43 am

Of the big races this year in terms of 400m fields, we've had 5 strong meets: Shanghai, Kingston, Eugene, Ostrava and NY. The results have been:

Shanghai
Williams-Mills, Montsho

Kingston
Williams-Mills, SRR, Ohuruogo, Whyte

Eugene
SRR, Montsho, Williams-Mills, McCrory

Ostrava
SRR, Ohuruogu,

NY
McCrory, Williams-Mills, Whyte, Ohuruogu

Only Williams-Mills, SRR and Montsho have shown consistent form over Christine. This is early season for Europeans, but not foe the US and caribbean athletes so you would expect CO to be behind. But she's still beeen very competitive, run faster at this stage in the season then any other year, and is defending champion on home soil. She has to be considered.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:55 am

Of course she has to be considered, she is faster at this stage of the year than ever before and is the only athlete mentioned who can be guaranteed to raise her game at the champs.

She has set a seasons best in every champs she has ever taken part in


2009 50.21 Berlin 18/08/2009
2008 49.62 Beijing (National Stadium) 19/08/2008
2007 49.61 Osaka 29/08/2007
2006 50.28 Melbourne 21/03/200
2005 50.73 Erfurt 16/07/2005 (when coming 2nd at Eu23's)
2004 50.50 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 21/08/2004

More than i can say for Krivoshapka who i would suggest is highly unlikely to match her recent 49.40 in London
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby bushop » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:30 pm

"There could be a major casualty:" Andy Turner predicts big name could miss out at Olympic trials
"Dwain Chambers, Mark Lewis-Francis, Nicola Sanders, Jenny Meadows and Lisa Dobriskey are among the big names in real danger of missing out. Andy Turner is far from safe himself. "Selection is not a given this year," admitted the European and Commonwealth gold medalist. "We're going to have to really fight for our spots. There could be a major casualty."
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby IanS_Liv » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:33 pm

mump boy wrote:More than i can say for Krivoshapka who i would suggest is highly unlikely to match her recent 49.40 in London

I know it's unlikely but I would love AK49 to win (if TBO doesn't that is). Purely to buck the trend.

Oh, and that article is right I think, Bushop. I have a feeling this is going to be a fairly new team. MLF and Devonish are unlikely to make the relay squad.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby mump boy » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:41 pm

IanS_Liv wrote:
mump boy wrote:More than i can say for Krivoshapka who i would suggest is highly unlikely to match her recent 49.40 in London

I know it's unlikely but I would love AK49 to win (if TBO doesn't that is). Purely to buck the trend.

Oh, and that article is right I think, Bushop. I have a feeling this is going to be a fairly new team. MLF and Devonish are unlikely to make the relay squad.


I don't really expect any of the people mentioned to be on the team but i would ALWAYS have Marlon on the 3rd leg of the relay we have no one to compare
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby John G » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:54 am

fromage wrote:Nothing like the usual OTT about our athletes chances, before a WC/OG. :)

On what convincing grounds this year so far can one state that CO is a medal chance. Where is the justifaction..... 50.69??? who knows what the next weeks will bring, but to tell us that CO is a medal chance... is far fetched, in my opinion, based on this years rankings . But the CO groupies keep telling us that her times are similar to previous years when she won by the narrowest of margins her Goldies. Does not follow that this year will be the same as 4 and 5 years ago.

A Jamaican, SRR , Montsho and Krivoshapka to mention 4 athletes or even at a pinch McCorory, have as much or more right to be called "medal chances" than Ohuruogu.


Presumably, had you been Finnish in the mid-70s you would have writing off Viren as a medal chance for Montreal. There are some athletes who are proven big-time performers. Based upon past experience we know that if CO is running 50.6 before a champs, she's likely to be running 49.6 in the champs. That gives you a medal chance.

(Experience also tells us that Russians run low 49.x before a champs but rarely match that sort of time when it matters).
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby peach77 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:09 am

Pity the fool who EVER writes off The Big O...
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby fromage » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:28 am

WTF does that mean " write off" Just because you and a few others are placing medals round CO' s neck means b*gger all to me.
She may get into the final but I and you dont know... And to think that John G knows she is likely to be running 49.6... and therefore is a medal prospect... how does anybody know such things???

It aint 2007 and it aint 2008 and my opinion is CO will not medal this time round.
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Re: UK's London Olympic medal contenders

Postby fortyacresandamule » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:32 am

The only sure medals for the UK is Mo Farah and Ennis. I reckon due to home advantage they will win 5 medals in total.

1. MO (x2)

2. J. Ennis

3. P. Idowu

4. 4x4 ( mens)
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