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  • World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

    The main T&F program starts today, and it looks like some of the events could be really strong. I haven't looked at all the start lists, but as an example, men's 800 features: world 1500 champion Youssef Saad Kamel, European champion Marcin Lewandowski, Belal Mansoor Ali and Jackson Kivuva (who made the Kenyan team for Daegu). In the men's HJ, there will be two jumpers who've done 2.35 this year: Demyanyuk and Barshim.

    I have seen the Polish team list and many of our top athletes are on it. Apart from Lewandowski, Piotr Ma?achowski, ?ukasz Michalski, Pawe? Wojciechowski, Sylwia Ejdys and Bartosz Nowicki will all be competing. Here's a link if you want to see what they look like with their military uniforms on

    The only final today is women's steeple with Mercy Njoroge (third fastest in the world this year).

    Startlists for today
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    Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

    What sort of involvement do these athletes have with their nation's military? I notice Jadel Gregorio's on the entry-lists and he's spent most of the past few years living in the NE of England!

    I wonder how many of the big names will show. I remember looking at the entry-lists for the 2007 event and quite a lot of the major athletes didn't turn up.
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    • #3
      Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

      Originally posted by nevetsllim
      What sort of involvement do these athletes have with their nation's military?
      Most of the Polish team are listed as privates/ lance corporals, with only a couple of full corporals, so I don't suppose they're full-time soldiers.
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      • #4
        Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

        Originally posted by nevetsllim
        What sort of involvement do these athletes have with their nation's military? I notice Jadel Gregorio's on the entry-lists and he's spent most of the past few years living in the NE of England!

        I wonder how many of the big names will show. I remember looking at the entry-lists for the 2007 event and quite a lot of the major athletes didn't turn up.
        I don't know about other countries, but for those who represent the United States, either a part of the military or had attended one of the service academies. However, the United States isn't expected to dominate the track and field portion of these games.

        There may be a case though where there's a foreign born athlete serving in the United States Military and therefore representing the United States at these games, as was the case of Omolade Akinremi. She represented Nigeria when she won the 2003 African Games in the 400 Meter Hurdles and yet took a silver and bronze for the United States in the 2003 Military Games as a member of the United States Military.

        I don't know what the rules would be if a sprinter/hurdler from one of the service academies or on military reserve wanted to compete with the likes of Carmelita Jeter, Walter Dix, Jeremy Wariner, Sanya Richards, David Oliver or Batman Jackson at the USA Nationals.

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        • #5
          Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

          Originally posted by nevetsllim
          I wonder how many of the big names will show. I remember looking at the entry-lists for the 2007 event and quite a lot of the major athletes didn't turn up.
          All the major names I mentioned in the HJ and 800 meters did turn up. Both of these finals should be pretty hot. Some of the others perhaps not so much.

          I was surprised to see they have heats in the men's 10000 meters. It's been a long time since I last saw rounds being run at this distance in any championship event.
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          • #6
            Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

            Originally posted by Powell
            I was surprised to see they have heats in the men's 10000 meters. It's been a long time since I last saw rounds being run at this distance in any championship event.
            And in Rio at that.

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            • #7
              Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

              Originally posted by GDAWG
              I don't know what the rules would be if a sprinter/hurdler from one of the service academies or on military reserve wanted to compete with the likes of Carmelita Jeter, Walter Dix, Jeremy Wariner, Sanya Richards, David Oliver or Batman Jackson at the USA Nationals.
              The normal eligibility rules apply, being in the US Military doesn't give you any special privileges at USAs except that you can represent the branch of the military you are in.

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              • #8
                Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

                I don't think there were World Military Games circa 1953. There was an US Armed Forces Meet and all athletes were active duty members of their branch of the service. I was selected for the Army team but wiser heads decided my Engineer MOS could be put to better use in Korea and I was long gone before the meet. If it ever happened.

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                • #9
                  Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

                  Our only athlete (Ari Mannio) wins gold... efficient military, huh?

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                  • #10
                    Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

                    Efficient, but small
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                    • #11
                      Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

                      Femi Ogunode of Qatar won the 100 in 10.07 ahead of Aziz Ouhadi 10.17.
                      On the women's side, Mariya Ryemyen won in 11.34. Olesya Povh was only 3rd behind Brazilian Ana Silva.
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                      • #12
                        Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

                        Originally posted by Powell
                        Here's a link if you want to see what they look like with their military uniforms on
                        Damn, did the photographer ask them to pose like serial killers? :shock: At least Marta ignored instructions.

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                        • #13
                          Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

                          Zhang Wenxiu won the women's HT with 74.29.
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                          • #14
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                            Pawel Wojciechowski won the PV with 5.81, ahead of Lukasz Michalski 5.65. Not sure what happened to Malachowski - he was 10th with 53 meters :?
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                            • #15
                              Re: World Military Games, Rio de Janeiro

                              Not too many vaults higher than 5.81 this year.

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