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Discussion in 'Olympics 2016' started by Lord Camomile, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. S☼I

    S☼I knismesis & volubility

    Fantastic. Bolt is a phenomenon, maybe never to be repeated.
    Cheering Bolt, loling at Gatlinburg (again). As did the man himself I swear. Did enough to get into the lead then went "ayyyyyyyy"
     
  2. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw "Ride me sideways" was another one

    Gives a head start to opponents by lumbering out the blocks, and yet and yet
     
  3. S☼I

    S☼I knismesis & volubility

    Moves his legs as fast as anyone else except with a foot of extra stride each step
     
  4. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw "Ride me sideways" was another one

    Well, yeah. He's miles down on his speed when he was younger. It's very "You come at the king? Better not miss" these days. True champion.
     
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  5. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    legs
     
  6. kazza007

    kazza007 Bunned

    Has he got the legs for the triple treble. I think so. What will athletics do without him in the near future. I don't know.
     
  7. S☼I

    S☼I knismesis & volubility

    Wayde van Niekerk
     
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  8. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    He was a surprise , I'd never heard of him before but read up and he has done sub 10 100m sub 20 200m and now the World record in the 400 :thumbs: He isn't taking Bolt on in the 200 though which would be quite a race.
     
  9. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    I expected Bolt to win but it's still always thrilling when he does it in the big competitions. As he said himself, the fast turnaround time between the semi final and the final (1 hour and 20 minutes compared to the usual 2 hours and 20 minutes) prevented a faster time - not that 9.81 is shabby. Given that he was in great form with no real recent injuries (hamstring scare aside) and the conditions were good for sprinting (warm, no wind, fast track), I thought he might get near the world record. Perhaps I was getting carried away.

    Wayde van Niekerk and the 400m, what a race that was. I can't believe he did that from lane 8. And like most non-American sprinters, he comes across as a decent, polite and humble person.
     
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  10. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    A packed out stadium today :rolleyes:

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  11. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    One world record in the Women's Hammer and, a bronze for GB.....:cool:
     
  12. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    It's a week-day morning and it's a fairly routine session of qualifying rounds and field sports.

    There was a womens' steeplechase final but that's a bit of a Cinderella event.
     
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  13. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    Because he's physically the perfect storm when it comes to sprinting. It's not just legs it's everything added together which is something you see probably once in a generation. He's had the benefit of modern technology to analyse his gait and tweak the way he moves.- he was fast before that as a raw athlete but once the biomechanics were adjusted he flew.
    He's used an an example on running biomechanics / running injuries courses using before and after videos - I swear I've watched hours of video of the bloody bloke running from all angles, at full speed, slow motion and broken down frame by frame, as a junior pre gait changes and after.
    Physics. Does my head in.
     
  14. Tony_LeaS

    Tony_LeaS Well-Known Member

    That WR throw was terrifying, she knew it I think from the start as well. Big bronze too in the hammer!
     
  15. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    My younger brother used to throw the hammer (another brother threw the discus) so I know how rubbish the UK has always been in the throws (apart from the javelin of course).

    Sophie Hitchon's bronze is excellent! :cool:
     
  16. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Hoooooly crap, the weather :eek: :(
     
  17. Diamond

    Diamond The Red Baron

    Actually looks like dangerous conditions in Rio...
     
  18. Tony_LeaS

    Tony_LeaS Well-Known Member

    For anyone who didnt stay up, Pole Vault final and the 400m women's are worth watching.
     
  19. S☼I

    S☼I knismesis & volubility

    Have just watched both, the pole vault was amazing and very emotional.
    Couldn't do another late night, I was utterly fucked after 7 hrs kip since Friday
     
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  20. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    Same here, totally cabbaged from two consecutive 8pm to 3.30am shifts on previous nights. Will now have a look at the pole vault and 400m.
     
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  21. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    Just watched last night's session.

    Womens' 400 was gloriously dramatic. Mens' 800 was glorious but shambolic (Kipketer was all over the shop....:facepalm:).

    One thing I really liked was the Womens' Hammer medal presentation. Not just for the winners but for the presenter, who was Irena Szewinska, a brilliant Polish sprinter/long jumper whose career spanned 4 Olympics, with gold medals and world records all over the place.

    She's a solid, matronly woman now but, in her day, she was phenomenal. At one time (this was the mid 60 and the era of Tamara and Irina Press) she was even accused of not being a woman. She responded by taking time off to have a baby!

    When she presented the gold medal to her compatriot, she also gave her an enormous hug. That was lovely.

     
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  22. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    Brilliant! :cool::eek:
     
  23. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Men's 400m, Women's 400m, Men's Pole Vault, all really, really special :cool:.
     
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  24. Tony_LeaS

    Tony_LeaS Well-Known Member

    Track and field itself has all been fantastic. Just an exciting division of the Olympics now.
     
  25. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Dina Asher-Smith through to the 200m final as a fastest loser :cool:
     
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  26. Nine Bob Note

    Nine Bob Note Prickly Pollster

    Christine Whasface mentioned it tonight, that the gymnastics venue has been packed out from day one, and it has been. I realise it's a FAR smaller venue, but then again it's a relatively niche sport, but one that none-the-less has been drawing in increased audiences in recent years.
     
  27. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    yep men's pole vault was awesome. Brazil & USA huggng & skipping & sulky France nowhere to be seen.
     
  28. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    The 5000m qualifications were quite exciting.

    Mo gives us all a heart-in-the-mouth moment and Andrew Butchart runs like a proper sort....

    It's the womens' 800m qualifications. I have to admit I'm not happy with Caster Semenya running.:(
     
  29. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    It's not a niche sport within the Olympics. It gets some of the biggest tv audiences. Much of that audience would get very bored with it if it was on tv regularly, but as a once ever four years novelty it's very popular.
     
  30. S☼I

    S☼I knismesis & volubility

    How come?
     

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