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  • #16
    Originally posted by jjimbojames
    Jon, joking aside, I do believe Donna has finally hung up her spikes. Though I've seen no mention of it written anywhere, at CP on Saturday Katherine Merry made a retirement presentation to Danny Crates, and I think I heard her say to the crowd it was sad having done Donna's the day before as well

    Not sure if anyone was at CP on Friday night and can confirm :?:
    I was there on Friday. She said it was her last race at Crystal Palace and she wasn't entirely sure when her last race would be. I suppose it will be Gateshead but it did seem to have a 'this is my last race' feel about it.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by mump boy
      i'm in 2 minds about the 1500 debacle

      other observations

      dwain in 200m ?? over 2 people who are faster this year !?!?

      if tom parsons had come top 8 in a track event last year he would have been selected no matter what form he's shown this year especially as the a standart is so ridiculous

      no women in 100 ?? ok they are all crap this year but they're there anyway :?

      w100relay anyika onora :shock:
      I don't mind Dwain in the 200m because Lawal-Balogun was way down at the Trials and Fifton was last in the B race at Crystal Palace which is a real shame because he was going well before his hamstring injury.

      I'm a bit peeved that Tom Parsons wasn't selected. The B standard of 2.28m seems ludicrously difficult and I'm sure certain A standards are on par with 2.28m. He has a great champs record and I'm sure he would have made the final.

      I also don't mind not putting anyone in the individual w100m. They've all been pretty bad because of one reason or another and I think it will make them more hungry if they aren't selected for the individual race and they don't really warrant it.
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      • #18
        I feel so sorry for Hannah England. Gave her all for her country to get this kick in the face. I honestly think she should gave gone instead of Twell, who actually, whisper it, seems a bit overrated. At this stage of her career to me! Why not just put her in the 5k to give her the experience? She will be lucky to make the 1500 final anyway...

        No one in the 100 is ridiculous. Ania Has appeared to be running into form si give her a chance as she's there anyway. I can only imagine Kwakye feels she won't be ready by Berlin or they'd have included her.

        Did Eden Francis achieve a B in the discus? I'm surprised she's not there if so...

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        • #19
          Originally posted by bushop
          I think recent times have shown some folks can be strong sprinters in their mid-thirties. A mature sprinter could be a strong asset on an Olympic relay squad.
          The fastest time by a 36 year old was 10.03 by Linford Christie in 1996 when infamously he qualified for the Olympic final but got disqualified for two false starts and couldn't defend his title.

          If Marlon Devonish is running 10.0 at age 36 like Linford Christie and is still faster than the next generation of British sprinters hats off to him.

          :roll: :roll: :roll:

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          • #20
            Athletes born in 1976 in 2009:

            10.11 Marlon Devonish
            10.15 Kim Collins
            10.19 Aziz Zakari
            10.29 Bolaji Lawal

            10.27w Ricardo Williams
            10.28w Mickey Grimes


            Devonish would have to hang on three more years to compete at London 2012.

            Here are all the athletes born in 1975 who turn 34 this year on the IAAF performance list for 2009 to 10.31:

            There aren't any.

            Here are all the athletes born in 1974 who turn 35 this year on the IAAF performance list for 2009 to 10.31:

            10.26 Maurizio Checcucci

            Here are all the athletes born in 1973 who turn 36 this year on the IAAF performance list for 2009 to 10.31:

            There aren't any.

            Here are all the athletes born in 1972 who turn 37 this year on the IAAF performance list for 2009 to 10.31:

            10.25 Christopher Williams


            Doesn't look good does it.



            Here are all the athletes born 1972-1979 up to 10.10:

            1972

            Patrick Johnson
            Vincent Henderson
            Daniel Effiong
            Nobuharu Asahara
            Innocent Asonze
            Jonathan Carter
            Christopher Williams
            Andre da Silva
            Ivan Garcia
            Robert Esmie

            1973

            Ato Boldon
            Kareem Streete-Thompson
            Leonard Myles-Mills
            Darren Campbell
            Curtis Johnson
            Sergiy Osovych
            Sebastian Keitel

            1974

            Maurice Greene
            Tim Harden
            Brian Lewis
            Eric Nkansah
            Tony McCall
            Alvis Whitted
            Roland Nemeth
            Gregory Saddler

            1975

            Tim Montgomery
            Deji Aliu
            Percival Spencer
            Jason Gardener
            Clement Campbell
            Julien Dunkley

            1976

            Obadele Thompson
            Joshua Johnson
            Uchenna Emedolu
            Coby Miller
            Kim Collins
            Mickey Grimes
            Aziz Zakari
            Kaaron Conwright
            Marlon Devonish
            Carlo Boccarini
            Mathew Quinn
            Llewelyn Bredwood

            1977

            Darvis Patton
            Seun Ogunkoya
            Aaron Armstrong
            Dwight Phillips
            Lindel Frater
            Christie Van Wyk
            Freddy Mayola

            1978

            Francis Obikwelu
            Shawn Crawford
            Bernard Williams
            John Capel
            Dwain Chambers
            Marcus Brunson
            Matthew Shirvington
            Terrence Trammell
            Sunday Emmanuel
            Gerald Williams

            1979

            Christian Malcolm


            You know, with a mature sprinter in his mid thirties being such a strong asset to a relay team, I bet we'll see most of these athletes in Berlin, and a few of them in London.

            :roll: :roll: :roll:

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            • #21
              Originally posted by nevetsllim
              Poor Hannah
              :cry: :cry:

              I'd have liked to see Ania in the 100m too, but come on, it's her own fault. She barely trains, she won't race in the UK or anywhere else until a week before selection for that matter and she just seems utterly indifferent in terms of her attitude. What a difference a year makes, Kwakye, Ania and Douglas looked like a force last year.... :cry:

              I would DEFINITELY have taken Oyepitan over Onyoura in the relay. Shame Jodi didn;t get a spot either.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Alexm
                After doing her duty and doubling up in Leiria she get's snubbed for Berlin....it was obviously tough for the selectors but still, why not put Twell in the 5k as some suggested and England in the 1500, at least they all get to go :cry:
                I realize Britain is a socialist country that is ashamed of its bulldog past, but there's no room for the "everyone's a winner" mindset here. Twell did what was required to merit selection, so she can do whichever event she wants. The decision should be hers, not some cloistered panel of white-robed experts seeking social justice and harmony.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by K.I.R.

                  I realize Britain is a socialist country that is ashamed of its bulldog past, but there's no room for the "everyone's a winner" mindset here. Twell did what was required to merit selection, so she can do whichever event she wants. The decision should be hers, not some cloistered panel of white-robed experts seeking social justice and harmony.
                  she didn't do what was required to merit selection at all. If she had, she'd have won the trials. Beyond that, it's discretionary. And being beaten by England last week suggested it isn't that clear cut a decision...

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by lalala
                    she didn't do what was required to merit selection at all. If she had, she'd have won the trials. Beyond that, it's discretionary. And being beaten by England last week suggested it isn't that clear cut a decision...
                    In a discretionary environment, with a lot of emphasis on the Trials, Twell has the fastest time and was 2nd in the Trials (beating England). Nearly impossible to argue with that.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by dakota
                      The omission of Chambers from the 4x1 is disgusting.

                      And before anybody parrots that ludicrous "explanation" that they're building a team for 2012, will Marlon Devonish be competing in London at the age of 36 years old?
                      It's not 'disgusting' it's common sense. It's not like anyone was expecting him to be selected and he's suddenly been snubbed. It was well documented that he wasn't being picked.

                      I'll tell ya what is disgusting..................

                      http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2004 ... 098131.htm

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Flumpy
                        Originally posted by dakota
                        The omission of Chambers from the 4x1 is disgusting.

                        And before anybody parrots that ludicrous "explanation" that they're building a team for 2012, will Marlon Devonish be competing in London at the age of 36 years old?
                        It's not 'disgusting' it's common sense. It's not like anyone was expecting him to be selected and he's suddenly been snubbed. It was well documented that he wasn't being picked.

                        I'll tell ya what is disgusting..................

                        http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2004 ... 098131.htm
                        The omission of Chambers from the 4x1 is disgusting. The head of their olympic committee finally went against outside pressure and allows Chambers to run. But now they don't put him on the relay. You give your team the best chance to win. All those winey b!tch youngsters who are complaining that Chambers is a cheater need to shut their pie holes. The man served his time for his crime. Now he is back, and make no mistake about it, Chambers is their fastest/best 100 meter runner. Regardless of Williamson beating him at the Championships. Chambers does what he does, with hardly any meets. He has been black balled so he doesn't get the race experience. I guarantee he will be their fastest sprinter at the Worlds in the 100 meters, and he will be sub 10. They give themselve a good shot at silver if they let Chambers run. If they don't, they might not get the bronze.

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                        • #27
                          Brits throw away any kind of medal chance in the relay by omitting Chambers. He's the ER rcord holder over 60m for heaven's sake. Their only chance of a great lead off leg. They're probably screwed either way, however.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by 3a
                            Brits throw away any kind of medal chance in the relay by omitting Chambers. He's the ER rcord holder over 60m for heaven's sake. Their only chance of a great lead off leg. They're probably screwed either way, however.
                            They will drop the baton so it doesn't matter.
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by nevetsllim
                              Originally posted by 3a
                              Brits throw away any kind of medal chance in the relay by omitting Chambers. He's the ER rcord holder over 60m for heaven's sake. Their only chance of a great lead off leg. They're probably screwed either way, however.
                              They will drop the baton so it doesn't matter.
                              :lol:
                              on the road

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by 3a
                                Brits throw away any kind of medal chance in the relay by omitting Chambers. He's the ER rcord holder over 60m for heaven's sake. Their only chance of a great lead off leg. They're probably screwed either way, however.
                                i'd rather we won no medals than any by chambers i wouldn't count it as an accomplishment to win medals with drug cheats
                                i deserve extra credit

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