As noted in the Schippers thread, she won her heat in an easy 11.20 (+1.4). Jack Green DNF after hurdle 2 in 400mH heats; didn't appear to have hurt himself. Röhler looked shaky in the JT qualification; not surprised he had difficulties as the winds weren't easy and he's tended to get his best results in later rounds, but I'd still have expected much better than 73.91. He does qualify though. Kazmirek off to a nice start in the decathlon; he's a tiny bit behind his 8350 from Ratingen, but that's just because he got a +5.4 tailwind in the 100m there, his form here has been at least as good.
Semifinal 1 Wind:-1.5 Result Athlete Nation Reaction time Result 11.30 Q SCHIPPERS, Dafne NED 0.163 11.30 Q 11.69 Q KAMBUNDJI, Mujinga SUI 0.101 11.69 Q 11.77 Q PROCHÁZKOVÁ, Barbora CZE 0.175 11.77 Q 11.79 JOHNCOCK, Rachel GBR 0.165 11.79 11.94 OPON, Martyna POL 0.221 11.94 11.98 HAASE, Rebekka GER 0.159 11.98 11.98 MCMANUS, Catherine IRL 0.157 11.98 12.08 GAMBA, Laura ITA 0.182 12.08
11.44 Q WILLIAMS, Jodie GBR 0.157 11.47 Q LOFAMAKANDA PINTO, Tatjana GER 0.166 11.74 Q SIRAGUSA, Irene ITA 0.157 11.81 q BUSK, Daniella SWE 0.199 11.85 KRSÁKOVÁ, Lenka SVK 0.167 11.89 GÜNTHER, Leena GER 0.159 11.92 LENSKIY, Olga ISR 0.157 11.95 RÄSÄNEN, Maria FIN 0.166
Both Gemili and Tobais looked really good in the semis.
808 for Cáceres in the LJ Q, after 822 and 820 in his previous two competitions. Potential medallist at Moscow if he keeps this up? Morgunov 2nd @ 784; only 742 for Jaszczuk, though he still scraped through in 11th.
Agree with above comments. The feed obviously shows extensive coverage and a high quality video but the announcer's performance is almost Hammondesque though I doubt Tom could have carried on this long solo. He is absolutely butchering names. He seemed surprised during women's hammer when throws where the wire brushed the netting for the cage were measured.
The comments frequently made here about your American commentators do not suggest that any of them can remotely compare with this idiotic commentating. It is not that he mispronounces names that are easy and present no problem, it's the sheer exceptional butchery of 75 per cent of the other names; he is given a sheet of names with phonetics , I am told, to assist but he is a complete f ucking incompetent; who gave him this job.? Is he doing it for free??
I will say at least this guy is watching the meet even if his observations are not exactly revelations. Tom, on the other hand, is staying with the pre-event story line regardless if that has anything to do with the actual competition taking place in front of him.
This guy does have to be about the worst with pronunciations as I've ever heard-at least Tom is not horrible at these. Of all the names to get right, you'd think an Irish guy could get the name Baker correct but instead at least twice I heard Barker. That is pathetic if he has the names spelled out phonetically. Most of the names, other than about the first syllables, don't look remotely like anything he's saying. Maybe there's some dyslexia coming through.
I'm feeling kind of conflicted now about our friend in the commentary box. On the one hand, the pronounciation has degenerated almost beyond parody (I mean, not half an hour 'Schyfurs' and 'Jemell-Eye' won the 100ms). On the other hand, though, the guy genuinely seems to like athletics and to be enthusiastic about the events, a quality not guaranteed in commentators (AHEM MR HAMMOND).
I'm finding him quite good, if unusual, company on a rainy day working from home.