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  • Conor Dary
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    If there is a second I'd be amazed.....

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  • Powell
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    Keep in mind this was the first edition. Very few operations generate profit in the startup phase. That doesn't necessarily mean it's not viable in the longer run.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Who could have predicted that would have been a disaster...

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  • gh
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    story on home page (with the usual grains of salt reserved for the Daily Mail) says the financial losses were rather substantial

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  • cjb210
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    I was cynical in advance but having attended in person on Saturday I really enjoyed the meet and think it has great potential

    The late announcement and clash with Rabat was far from ideal but there were still some very top quality athletes and a number of intriguing head-to-heads (eg Murphy vs Kszchot).

    There will only be a window of about 4 weeks for athletics in London (outside a major champs) but, especially with the late WC next year a better place in the calendar should be possible. The fact the US will always win is the only real long term problem I can see.

    Critically though 30,000 people were there on Saturday and 25,000 on Sunday with Sky coverage pulling in some different casual fans on TV in the UK. The vast majority of attendees were casual fans with a huge number of families present (I suspect the DL will have relatively different crowd there). This crowd was engaged throughout (including a first hour with no track) and both on the day and subsequently I’ve had a number of people telling me how much they enjoyed their first athletics meet.

    Whilst it might not be the event for athletics/marks purists, it’s up there with the best attended meets of the year (suspect only Berlin will significantly surpass it) and shows the sport can appeal to a new market without being overly gimmicky or relying on Bolt (looking at you Nitro athletics)

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  • Halfmiler2
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    I saw some the meet on the Olympic Channel tonight and enjoyed it. The more team competition, the better. This is something that a casual fan can get into.

    And isn’t the World University Games already basically a U23 event except for a few graduate students?

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  • Halfmiler2
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    Originally posted by gm View Post
    I have never in my life seen a team taken off the track while their lead runner is in the blocks.
    In Atlanta in 1996. I forget the country. In those days, the relays had three rounds and a team tried to have a runner comeback in round three who had run in round one but not round two. The rules did not permit it. They were escorted off the track.
    Last edited by Halfmiler2; 07-21-2018, 03:38 PM.

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  • Atticus
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    It'll go another year or two and then be thrown on the ash-heap of history like similar meets.

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  • dec7000
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    A couple of points raised in the last few posts. Under 23 level is broadly equivalent to US college athletes. Second, the timing of this event was far from ideal but it had to be held within just a one month window of the soccer off-season. With the Diamond League meet this weekend there will be 4 days of track & field and help to justify retaining the track.

    Despite all the issues it did appear to be a good meeting and worth building on.

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  • Powell
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    I think the timing of this event wasn't great. If it came right after the EC, we might see stronger lineups in better shape from the European teams.

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  • Trickstat
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    Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
    London has a huge stadium only for track and trying to justify its existence...
    It is now the home ground for West Ham United

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  • Trickstat
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    Originally posted by Flumpy View Post
    It means absolutely nothing in Europe either.
    It is a developmental thing. Generally if an athlete is already established as a medal contender at seniir level they will not bother with it. Occasionally they might do another event, I think Jess Ennis did the 100H when she was eligible (2007? ).

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  • tandfman
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    I thought so too.

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  • Flumpy
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    Will elaborate later but considering the circumstances in which this meet was organised and the less than perfect scheduling I thought it was rather good.

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  • Flumpy
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    Originally posted by Powell View Post
    It was absurd, especially considering it was the host team. Even if someone got a late injury, they could have probably come up with a reasonable replacement on an hour's notice.
    Originally posted by 18.99s View Post
    I wonder how late the injury was. If it was something like tripping over somebody's foot while on the way to the track, it would be too late to register another runner and have them warm up before the race.
    The injury happened as they walked onto the track. I was stood in the mixed zone as Martyn Rooney ran back and called for the team doctor. There wasn't time to replace him but apparently he'd had a niggle warming up so someone should have been on standby especially as there were plenty of potential alternatives in or around the stadium.

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