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Athletics - Beijing 2008

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Athletics is just one of 28 sports being fiercely contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This is where you can talk about all things athletics in the build-up to and during this summer's Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

Whether you want to tip someone for one of those precious gold medals, talk about the quality of competition, or debate its merits as an Olympic sport - this is your forum.

Over 10,500 athletes are expected to compete in 302 events across all sports - here is where you can get involved.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Aug 14, 2008

I can't wait for the men's 100 metres!

Powell gold, Bolt silver, Gay bronze....

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posted Aug 15, 2008

I want to comment on the apalling decision by the UK coach to make our competitior in the womens 10,000 metres undergo a time trial less than 24 hours before her race. In my opinion this person is a disgrace and should not be granted the honour of being called a coach, for what he did was to annihilate any possibility of our athlete performing to her potential. I wonder if the same person would suggest that Paula Radcliffe do something similar the day before her attempt at the marathon. It is no wonder that UK athletes perform below expectations with mentors such as this idiot. Get rid of him now and get someone with a bit of common sense!!!

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posted Aug 15, 2008

Sports people are often idiots.

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posted Aug 15, 2008

As an athlete of twenty four years standing, I can only agree with the comments regarding Dave Collins. UKA seems to be being run by people who evidently have never run competitively. I wonder whether Mr Collins had another runner waiting in the wings with the qualifying time ready to stand in? What could possibly be gained by demanding Kate should run a time trial at such a late stage? Even if she'd been forced to drop out during the race through injury, which I'm glad to say she didn't, she'd still have the Olympic experience to take on to future events. Who's interests do UKA think they are acting in?

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posted Aug 16, 2008

I want to comment on the apalling decision by the UK coach to make our competitior in the womens 10,000 metres undergo a time trial less than 24 hours before her race. In my opinion this person is a disgrace and should not be granted the honour of being called a coach, for what he did was to annihilate any possibility of our athlete performing to her potential. I wonder if the same person would suggest that Paula Radcliffe do something similar the day before her attempt at the marathon. It is no wonder that UK athletes perform below expectations with mentors such as this idiot. Get rid of him now and get someone with a bit of common sense!!!
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It is unfortunate when people like these spew venom over a subject that they have absolutely no clue about. If you don't know much about athletics then please keep your opinions to yourself!

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comment by tim400 (U1822727)

posted Aug 16, 2008

Well I do know a little about athletics having been involved for over fifty years as both an athlete and coach.
Without knowing the full story on the surface of it this was an apalling decision and shows little or no understanding of athletes, coaching, managerial skills or indeed just straightforward people skills.
What suprises me that her own coach has not stood up and been counted.
In the same position I would have been saying something very loudly indeed.

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