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Training in a winter wonderland

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Marilyn Okoro (left) and Mo Farah

More than 30 British Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls are taking advantage of the warm winter weather in South Africa at present.

The athletes have swapped the cold, wind and rain of home for the sun and warmth of Potchefstroom.

Sam Ellis, European 800m bronze medallist in 2006, says it is an opportunity to forget all the little things at home like paying the bills and doing the shopping to concentrate on the job in hand.

And that job in hand is returning from Beijing with a sackful of medals.

How many do you expect the athletes to bring back and who will come provide the surprise victories?

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posted Jan 22, 2008

Is it not true that we get "green shoots" every jan/feb and to go overboard has resulted in red faces on those who are prepared to admit their enthusiasm overtakes their reason? We must never forget that 200 nations are gearing up to have THEIR best ever |Olympics.

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posted Jan 23, 2008

Actually, it was Joseph Berg's face that turned red at the end of the season having claimed that Britain would "send a few taxis of athletes in a token presence to Osaka" last spring. Yet, it took rather a few taxis to bring the medallists back! Another one of the same band that can't stand a hint of optimism around!

To return to our topic, two more athletes that made a most promising start to the indoor term at the weekend were Richard Buck and Steve Green over 400m, both running their fastest ever season debut in 47.05 secs only a day apart! In fact, it was a indoor PB for the former right from the off, whipping up interest as to what he can produce at Kelvin Hall on Saturday spurred on by definitely better competition on the way.
Harry Aykines-Ayreety made an encouraging return at the SEAA on Saturday running 6.72 despite stumbling out of his blocks so a PB could well be on the cards before the indoor season is out. With Craig Pickering and Simeon Williamson entering the frame on Saturday, the event is anticipated to heat up.

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posted Jan 26, 2008

If we are advised that the NGB would be very strict on selection, ie current form plus a couple of qual marks at least the bus would have been part empty but conditions were softened at the last...will it be the same this year?

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posted Jan 26, 2008

Selection is there to pick the best possible team to a championships rather than strictly adhere to certain marks, looking into potential as well as other factors also.
Christine Ohuruogu, Mo Farah, Martyn Bernard, Tom Parsons, Dan Robinson, Lee McConnell, Laura Turner were among athletes who more than justified their presence in the team, despite not holding A standards in the lead-up to Osaka, so form was displayed in abundance as well.
So the bus was very rightly as full as it turned out to be, and it's going to take far more this time round!

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posted Jan 26, 2008

Just a couple of corrections; Laura Turner achieved the A standard a week after the UK Trials (11.19) and Martyn Bernard held it also from the indoor season (2.30).

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posted Feb 2, 2008

Moving on, our "banned" sprinter reported as having put himself up with best in the (indoor) world. Where do we/(he) go from here?

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posted Feb 5, 2008

If allowed to compete in "trial" race how can he, presuming he wins, be not selected? It does not make sense...or does it?

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posted Feb 7, 2008

If Chambers wins on Sunday he will be selected, but that doesn't fall within the topic. Personally, I tip Pickering the edge it but it's going to be very tight.

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posted Feb 13, 2008

Given the publicity the 60m selection has raised is it not surprising that the last comment was FIVE days ago?

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posted Feb 14, 2008

European promoters not to invite convicted drug takers???Presume they are clear of strictures from Brussels about denial of opportunity?

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