El Toro wrote:In an Unreported Drama after the race, Torrence was apparently repeatedly punched in the kidneys by an unknown assailant who reportedly yelled "I want my @$%ing new pair of shoes and singlet!" during the vicious attack.
Wasn't me. I have an alibi. I was..err..standing in the concourse wearing my short shorts and blocking someone's view...
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Amazing time, I'm sure her coach will be analysing her race to see how close she is to the 60mh WR. Looking at the lists for this year, barring disaster, she's a lock for the gold. US Champ Castlin is likely to be her main challenger.
In some ways her performance in the flat 60m will be more interesting, if she chooses to run it.
Well, Day 2 was moist but generally better conditions for the tracksters than Day 1 while the field eventers had a bit of a hard time. Before I went into the stadium, I walked around to the warmup area to watch the paid of the discus throwers warming up in the wet but they had already marshalled, so I watched Sally Pearson warming up instead.
I normally manage to happen across her coach to get a time prediction beforehand but not this time as they are working, so I stand a few metres away and watch her superiority in all respects; focus, listening, drills, speed, everything. It might seem heresy now that she has run 12.28 but she is in no way the best physical talent I have seen in Australia but she certainly has the best attitude and commitment and a coaching environment that has an equal commitment to constant improvement. There's 10x more talent than achievers and she is definitely one of the achievers.
I spent most of my time on the back straight having my view blocked due to AA's failure to take my advice on the No Standing rule at the fenceline as well as the delightful addition of magical umbrellas into the mix. Now I say magical because apparently they take up no space around them and are invisible to others I'm with gh on this, ban the f$%^ers, cause this ain't interclub with 10 men and a dog.
Due to the aforementioned and antiquated signage at the WPV I spent a confused first half of the program trying to follow the competition in PV, DT, M LJ and W HJ through random glimpses of distance/height boards and random announcements over the PA. I could better follow the competition by reading the results this morning than I could by being there right near the competition. If that is the case, why bother paying the money and going through the hassle of attending in real life?
The PV was interesting as it was the first time that I had seen the two Parnov's in the same comp. They both, on occasion achieved massive height but consistency in penetration was the problem, esp for Vicky. The conditions weren't that bad compared to the men's the previous night but everybody seemed to have problems by none more so than Boyd who lost on countback to Liz at 4.45 after both failed at 4.55, which was also the meet record set by Emma George way back in 1997. That Boyd failed didn't surprise me - she is no Sally let alone a medal prospect in London.
100H happened on the other side of the track but the time did not surprise me as it did Sally. After watching her warm up and seeing a reply of the Sydney 12.66 the night before, I expected something around 12.50 and got it. Did anybody else run in that event? If they did I didn't notice them.
Men's LJ got the crowd excited but no A qualifiers. Maybe the conditions were too good for them?
W LJ was the last event on the back straight and the winds had picked up by then. Kerrie Perkins looked consistently fast on the runway even when she hit her best and winning jump of 6.41 into a 2.4 headwind.
Boden looked two levels above the rest but did not get quite replicate training partner, Brendand Cole's efforts from the previous night.
W1500 was a great race to the wire with Kaila McNight catching Zoe Buckman right on the line to win by a 10th.
Men's 400 and Solomon failed to overtake eveybody in the straight, with John Steffensen staying strong and in control. His post victory shirt change didn't get much reaction from the crowd and maybe wouldn't even if he ran 2 seconds faster. Well smoke deserved a beer but didn't get one. Why? Well look what he did to Steffenson's hair the last time he tippled
The the concluding event, the men's 5000, brought the reappearance of rain, or as I like to think of it, the tears of a baby Jesus poked in the eye by a friggin trackside umbrella. The rain increased in intensity proportionate to the race itself as eventually Mottram and Birmingham, the usurper, battled it out by themselves over the last mile. Mottram proved his re-emergence with a turn of speed unknown to Birmingham's legs and cleared away, saluting the crowd and celebrating down the main straight. Post finish, there was enough enthusiasm from him and the crowd to support a victory lap with regular time out for hugs. A great way to finish the night. The time? Didn't matter.
So, was it worth paying for a trip to a less than world class venue in a compromised location with so many fields with limited or sadly, no depth at all while needing to seek out the internets after the fact to understand what happened? Probably not. Would I do it again? Only if there's a 12.1x 100H on the cards.
What an incredibly negative piece El Toro. Why the snipping comments about Alana Boyd and men's LJ? I think indeed you should save your time and your money (if you paid) and stay away next year. I doubt anyone will miss you, am sure your negativity (did you complain about umbrellas all night?) is a downside for anyone sitting near you. For what it's worth I don't mind the venue and, despite the weather, enjoyed the two days. And I followed results on the large electronic scoreboard on the first turn.
Day 2 was wet but far better and warmer than day 1. Jit and Bull I'm disappointed you didn't come speak, I watched the hole race from the backstretch. What's wrong with the haircut?! We like it. Taking the Aussies a few minutes to adjust though lol Sally is far from an achiever, she's very talented, one of the fastest hurdlers in the world and it shows. love how John handled these three races and won. Now onto the meat of the season!
jlt wrote:What an incredibly negative piece El Toro. Why the snipping comments about Alana Boyd and men's LJ? I think indeed you should save your time and your money (if you paid) and stay away next year. I doubt anyone will miss you, am sure your negativity (did you complain about umbrellas all night?) is a downside for anyone sitting near you. For what it's worth I don't mind the venue and, despite the weather, enjoyed the two days. And I followed results on the large electronic scoreboard on the first turn.
Yours in track & field, jlt
Hi, jlt. I didn't have time to rework the piece like I usually do because I had to get out to the airport, so I'm sorry that you didn't like the writing. BUT the comments about the venue.organisation comes from my frustration where the administrators cry about the declining crowds (this new venue would have been packed out with crowds from even 10 years ago) yet don't seem prepared to work on constantly improving the experience for spectators.
While the video scoreboard was excellent for final results it was no use for following field events during the competition. This is where my interest usually lies, so we may have different views because of this. If the competition could be followed live on the internet as you can at WC and OG, this would be OK as well, but this doesn't happen either.
I wasn't sitting around complaining so I didn't spoil anybodies day but I certainly did hear other people complaining about the same things. Thanks for commenting anyway, most people don't bother.
Smoke wrote:..What's wrong with the haircut?! We like it. ........Sally is far from an achiever, she's very talented, one of the fastest hurdlers in the world and it shows. love how John handled these three races and won. Now onto the meat of the season!
Smoke, the haircut comment was just a bit of bullshitting, so don't take that seriously.
I think you got the wrong end of the stick about Sally. Sure she is talented but I've detected a certain view in articles about her lately that seem to imply this is the primary reason she is successful. My view is that what makes her different from equally talented athletes is the rigour of her training and coaching approach.
Talent without achievement is nothing and I've seen plenty of it wasted, so calling her an achiever is not a slight but a compliment, at least from my point of view. Sorry if it seems the opposite - my writing is upsetting everybody today.
I agree with you about John. It was good to see him do so well. I've always supported him and never understood why so many seem to dislike him despite his achievements. Roll on those 44s!
As for missing a catchup, I'll PM you and jlt later about that.
I guess I'm more a track guy El Toro but I like to follow good field event competitions; you're right of course about the lack of updates re progress (after say three jumps)......that's a standard issue/problem in our sport. They did of course many announcements such as "Frayne's jump of 8.00 the first 8m jump of competition, it takes him into the lead" etc.
Our sport so reliant on the conditions, given a warm, still night (as we had the week before eve day) it could/would have been so much better and I've no doubt Cole runs 48-high, Sally goes under 23, Stephenson runs 45-low and Frayne does 8.25 (not to mention Asbel running 3:32 and Rudisha 1:43...) etc. The big thing we missed yesterday was not having a fit and in form Mitchell jumping against Frayne; could have been special.
I heard pretty dire comments about the track/facility etc but apart from the wind (seemingly it is quite exposed) is it really so bad? I quite like it.....
jlt, the treatment of field events only annoys me so much because the technology is available to provide live results.
The data is trivial and now mobile internet access is trivial as well, so it should be easy to work with web updates, or better, sit there with a smart phone app that beeps a different sound when the different athletes you have marked to watch are ready to jump/throw then see results, change in place between rounds, call up their stats etc It's a nice dream....
I agree with you about the possible improvements in performance with better weather - at least there wasn't hail like there was one year
I think a lot of negativity about the track from Melbournians is due to most of them believing they should still be at Olympic Park. The decision to kick them out for football was bad enough but was made worse with some of the early government proposals which included lights that would not have been TV standard. I'm not sure if the back straight grandstand was going to be as big as it is now or if it was planned at all.
So people are a bit cynical about the government boasting about a "world class facility" when they spent as little as possible to get rid of the sport from it historic location and to shut people up.
Whether the track is compromised will depend on your event and preferences but the orientation was set because of the existing football grandstand and general lack of space due to the Grand Prix requirements. It might have been better East-West for cross winds on the straights with PV inside the curve to still allow tail winds for safer jumping.
Despite all that history, it is bright and shiny and new and you can walk all the way around without complicated manouvres, so that's good.
Great day for Australian men's discus throwing, with Benn Harradine improving his AR to 67.53 in Townsville and Scott Martin also throwing an A-qualifier (65.63) in Maui. The men's 4x100 team have inched closer to an Olympics berth too, running 38.84 in Japan this week, with another race to come at the Kawasaki meet tomorrow.
Vault-emort wrote:Jake Stein broke his national U20 decathlon record in Sydney today. His 7886 score places him #7 on the all-time junior list. 17 year old Ced Dubler also did well with 7504 in second.
Not quite on the world class level (yet), but Sam McEntee (Perth) is showing tremendous range for Villanova in his first full collegiate season. He split sub 1:50 last week on an 800 at the Penn Relays last week, ran a 3:57.X mile indoors and then ran away with the conference 5000m in his debut tonight. Kid's a stud.
More A-qualifiers for London over the last couple of days:
Steve Hooker vaulted 5.72 in an officially-sanctioned meet in a Perth warehouse. Ryan Gregson ran 3.33.92 at the Doha but still finished outside the top 10 over 1500. Dale Stevenson (SP) threw 20.63 in South Carolina.
Men's 4x4 team consisting of Solomon, Offereins, Cole and Thomas ran 3.01.5 last night in Daegu, giving them a good chance of securing a berth in London. No splits available but Solomon in particular looked fantastic running the lead leg and might go close to an individual qualifier if he can get into some good races over the next few weeks.
Well done to Kath Mitchell for her PB 64.34 for 3rd (on countback) in Ostrava overnight. Pretty much guaranteed an Olympic berth now and great to see a near veteran in career best form when so many other similarly talented athletes might have given it away by now.
Love it when these things happen in an Olympic year.
Today (Saturday a good piece in the Australian's magazine, on Sally Pearson), no new info, but thought the writer captured the "suffer no fools" part of Sally's personality, and her competiveness (flashback to her 400 relay run in Delhi)