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World Athletics Championships 2017

Discussion in 'general sports' started by QueenOfGoths, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    New European record apparently, beating one going back to 1999.
     
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  2. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    If it's not instant dq, no wiggle room, it'll probably be fine. Nobody got impeded. And home team. ;)
     
  3. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    BBC feed has one of the Jamaican team saying that Bolt keeps apologising to them but they are just like "injuries happen in sport"

    Aww imagine one of the the best athletes ever apologising 'cos he's injured.
     
  4. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer Well-Known Member

    Germans were very mildly impeded but they finished 4th and wouldn't have got 3rd had they not been. Sour grapes for the Germans to complain given that it didn't affect their finish position but maybe I'm biased. No news an hour and 20 minutes after the race - no news is good news and all that.
     
  5. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    From LC's screen shot it's hard to say definitively, but the incoming German is still a distance back in that shot, and the foot will have been away from that line long before she reached that point. I would argue that they were almost certainly not impeded at all.

    I'm definitely biased, but I guess it's where the burden of proof lies? Dunno.
     
  6. Corax

    Corax Read my blog you bastards.

    If they're so fussy over the rtules, I'm curious as to why nothing was done about Butchart being hauled back by the shoulder in the 5000 (By Kejelcha, I think)
     
  7. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    I often think there's a little bit too much trying to find ways of disqualifying athletes. It's about the fucking athletics, not about the rules and micro-infringements.

    Mind you, I have a feeling it was the Brits who have made the most use of rules-whingeing in the past....
     
  8. Corax

    Corax Read my blog you bastards.

    That's the thing - the Butchart one was in no way "micro". Kejelcha very deliberately reached up, grabbed him by the shoulder, and pulled him back. It was absolutely deliberate, not just part of the argy-bargy of a middle-distance race. If the rules aren't applied for that but are enforced for tiny infractions elsewhere, then it makes a mockery of the whole framework.
     
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  9. Hollis

    Hollis bloody furious

    Yes, greatest athlete is a different claim. While winning a world championship/Olympics at any time is a massive achievement, Farrah has not been up against a Bekela or Gebrselassie... When you look at the times he is way off their pace (...unless they were all on drugs.)

    Running in a different era he could have ended up as another Paul Tergat as far as medals go..
     
  10. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    I'm watching the race walking out of a sense of duty and fairness more than anything else.

    With apologies to any fans, it does seem like a discipline which may have started properly but (like opera singing perhaps) now bears no relation to any sort of natural pursuit.

    I can see how it happened. Baron Pierre de Coubertin (he who re-invented the Olympics) would have been going round all the posh London clubs trying to stir up interest in his sporting dream and talking about this sort of race and that sort of race. And one old country chap would have piped up "There's Lord XXX, he's not much of a runner but he's a demn fine walker. Never seen a chap able to keep up with him..."

    And so race walking would have been invented; probably, originally, more a tweed suit and sensible shoe thing than anything....

    Still, it's a lovely morning for a stroll up in London.:cool:
     
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  11. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    My dad used to be friends with Don Thompson. I've met him loads before he died when my dad ran marathons with him. Shares many a car journey and would have heard the bathroom story first hand :cool: Remarkable person as you'd expect from an Olympian ( Don, not my dad :) )


    Don Thompson (racewalker) - Wikipedia

    ETA pic about 1986/7? No need to say which one of the 'mouse who won gold'


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  12. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw "Ride me sideways" was another one

    It grew from the noble art (ie gambling vehicle) of Pedestrianism
     
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  13. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    I didn't know that.

    Very good. There's another thing I've learned....:thumbs:
     
  14. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    I love the idea of the woman who walked a quarter of a mile every quarter of an hour for 1000 hours.

    It sounds silly but -apart from the physical work - it means a month and a half with only snatched fragments of sleep.
     
  15. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    So not really getting the walk thing. Anyone watching it? (Turned it on briefly, then off again.)
     
  16. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    Top British hopeful just got red-carded out of the race. All those years training.......:confused::(
     
  17. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    Black South African now zoomed into the lead.

    It's not really a discipline where black athletes have ever excelled, so a bit of turn up for the books
     
  18. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Where were the UK in the pecking order before last night? Jamaica and the US would have been ahead, and the other possibles that spring to mind would be Canada, Trinidad or, as a long shot, Nigeria.

    That as good as Akabusi overtaking the 400m champion on the last leg in 1991.
     
  19. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Bloody hell!
     
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  20. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw "Ride me sideways" was another one

    Having a serious 2012 flashback here, mostly due to the stadium. It's such a great venue for athletics.
     
  21. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Those last fifty metres from Semanya, fucking astounding
     
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  22. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Two great races there in the womens' 5000 and 800. Fantastic stuff.
     
  23. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    The 5000m was ridiculous. The leading pair breaking away and being way ahead and then Obiri winning by miles. The rest were nowhere.
     
  24. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer Well-Known Member

    Come on Asbel. The only non-British athlete (apart from Bolt) who has me shouting at the telly.
     
  25. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer Well-Known Member

    Ah well, a couple of years past his prime.
     
  26. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Definite unfair impediment for the Spaniard by the Norwegian there.
     
  27. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer Well-Known Member

    Cheers Bren. Saw him competing at Crystal Palace in 1978.
     
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  28. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Sad to see Brendan Foster go. Hope he enjoys his retirement.
     
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  29. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Hero is a hero. Best mascot ever, by a long way.
     
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  30. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    The 6 year old who came with us to the stadium yesterday was fucking obsessed with him :D To the point she wanted to go and hunt him down and get his autograph when we were leaving. Fortunately she was distracted from this mission by a doughnut :cool: :D
     

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