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Berlin World Championships - day 6

International athletics
by Mark A (U5611457) 20 August 2009
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Just to sound like my Auntie Jennifer, haven't these last few days flown by? It's day six in Berlin and the drama is brewing on and off the track.

Usain Bolt's going for a world sprint double when he runs in the 200m final a bit later. Can he break another world record four days after being crowned 100m champion?

There's plenty of other stories keeping us on our toes today. Marathon star Paula Radcliffe pulls out after failing to recover from foot surgery. Has she had her day? Will she be back?

Then of course there's talk of the town Caster Semenya. Ahead of the race when the South African became 800m world champion, the international governing body IAAF announced she would have to undergo a gender test.

Denise Lewis called Semenya's treatment "absolutely dreadful", while Michael Johnson says the IAAF is doing the "right thing" but adds "the way they're dealing with it is all wrong".

What do you think?

Back on the track - not a bad start to Thursday for the Brits. Michael Rimmer makes the 800m semis and Steve Lewis qualifies in the pole vault.

And for this evening, as well as Bolt's 200m rush for gold, GB's Mo Farah is in the 5,000m heats, as is Kenenisa Bekele who's going for a long distance double, there's the decathlon and Blanka Vlasic is up for the high jump.

What a day. Get your thoughts cranked up right now.

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comment by Mark A (U5611457)

posted Aug 20, 2009

If you've had a poopy day at the office or just want to have a giggle, then just go to the front page of the BBC Sport website and check out the picture of the mascot with Bolt. It is truly the day when a new legend was made. Bolt - I love you man. Bear person mascot type person - I want to marry you. My wife will totally understand. The incident with Melaine Walker will live inside my head for the rest of time. (The video is being edited as we speak) Watch this space.

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comment by ShuBob (U13077320)

posted Aug 20, 2009

Decathlon now finished. FINAL standing:

Gold- Hardee (US)
Silver- Suarez (Cub)
Bronze- Pogorelov (Rus)

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comment by LFC_C (U13729150)

posted Aug 20, 2009

...wow

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comment by ShuBob (U13077320)

posted Aug 20, 2009

I've got to love y'all and leave you for the night! Take care and hopefully see you tomorrow ;)

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comment by Mark A (U5611457)

posted Aug 20, 2009

Great work ShuBob. Can I count on your support and company tomorrow?

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posted Aug 20, 2009

Does this bear have a name?? I might start a following on Facebook!! Did you see the "German Hulk" throwing him over his shoulders?
I want this guy/bear/mascot/thing's job!
:-D

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comment by Mark A (U5611457)

posted Aug 20, 2009

It's Berlino the Bear. Go to the front of the BBC Sport website for the finest video EVER. I suggest you ram Tom Fordyce's twitter with requests to have the bear interviewed. DO IT.

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posted Aug 21, 2009

Wariner misses out again.

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posted Aug 21, 2009

I love athletics but I can't get excited about Bolt or any of the other sprinters when 11 out of 16 finalists in the 100m (mens 5 from 8 & womens 6 from 8) come from a small group of Caribbean islands with tiny populations and questionable drug testing practices. Jamaica has 10 sprint medals so far from a country with a population of 2.5 million. It just doesn't add up. One of two champion sprinters is feasible, but 10?

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posted Aug 22, 2009

Even if people question whether the athletes are clean or "juiced", the first point is that there has to - at least - be a set of athletes coming through.
We can see that with caribbean athletes (some in the US collegiate system/some in the home setup).
Where are the GB ones after Devonish and co retire?

Where are the GB athletes? Why the "I tried, I don't know what happened" post-interview? If people are doing PBs and just making the standard, then unless they're being bloodied for 2012, why send them?

"lewinmadrid (U11616800)
I love athletics but I can't get excited about Bolt or any of the other sprinters when 11 out of 16 finalists in the 100m (mens 5 from 8 & womens 6 from 8) come from a small group of Caribbean islands with tiny populations and questionable drug testing practices."

By that logic:
I can't get excited by slalom/toboggan/winter sports.
The thing's dominated by nordic nations.

By that logic:
I can't get excited by the cycling (Chris Hoy and the Tour de France guy) and the rowing and the swimming (it's all non-caribbean folk). Where are the other nations?

By that logic:
I can't get excited by chess. It's only Russia and the eastern europeans (or eastern europeans who've moved to US). England's fallen down that medal table too since the split up of the Soviet bloc.

By that logic:
I can't get excited by cricket. It's only commonwealth nations and mostly Australia or England. And it lasts five days.

By that logic:
I can't get excited by baseball. It's only US and Cuba.

By that logic:
I can't get excited by lightweight boxing. It's only latin america.

By that logic:
I can't get excited by tennis.
It's mostly europeans.

The long distance runners are almost all from?
Africa?

Or, maybe, actually it's what INTERESTS people. What they have an affinity for. If no one has lottery money, or expects anything when they retire, then they have to survive by doing well now.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/8166011.stm

This is a miniscule example of what's to come. Look at the young cuban squad - what they may achieve in 2012.
Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Panama, etc
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Except for Nesty when last did one see a black olympic swimmer? Except for Alan Wells or Valery Borzov, when last did one see a white sprinter? So, does that constitute a conspiracy too?
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What sport does Jamaica excel at?
Cricket? moderately
Football? not enough depth and small popultaion size
Track? YES...scholarship and need to make a living from it, i.e. no lottery funding, no pampering system
http://jaaaltd.com/results/2009/champs/

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Where are the athletic facilities in UK at pre-high school level? Where are the coaching facilities? Why do the GB sprinters look so NOt like sprinters? Williamson/Freeman, etc? Why are many so injured so often? Again, where are the pool of sprinters after Devonish, etc retire? Why don't they do a "Kelly Holmes" and go out to an area/person of expertise as Kelly did with Maria Mutola in Mozambique to train? Too cushy a life here? What are the comparable times between world junior athletes in GB and in caribbean?
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When has Jamaica NOT had sprinters on the international stage?

Is there a new egalitarianism about sports that sprinters have to be from all over?
How many GB athletes are/were on the US collegiate system (as many Caribbean athletes are)? Only Bingham? How many train at likes of GC Foster College? Utech?
Is Loughborough the only reasonable spec facility in UK?
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Why is the drug testing any more questionable there than here where people miss 3 tests/ have problems with ginseng tea? Why is the nation that invented everything and is better at everything than everybody else languishing so badly in the medals table?
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Looking down the list of sprinters, many are of afro-caribbean or african-american descent? Is that a conspiracy too?

Some of the athletes doing so well in Berlin will retire by 2012 but look at CHAMPS for the next batch coming through to London in 3 years time. Does the UK have any equivalent pool of talent? Do they have anything comparable to the meets in the Caribbean? Is the GB talent suddenly going to appear at 21years of age?
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"Leon Mann of the BBC says the atmosphere which prevailed at the National Stadium compares favourably to any international sporting event.

"It's certainly something special in terms of the number of people attending and in terms of the organisation of an event and the unique atmosphere. I was at the World Cup in Germany and the Euro finals in Portugal and the Olympics in Beijing and I have to say that the atmosphere here even goes a bit further than that," Mann said.

"This really goes to show that what you're doing here in Jamaica is quite special and kind of answers the cynics who said 'Jamaica's success is all about drugs'. Well actually, if people come here and see the development, see what's going on, see how important athletics is to these young people, then it kind of addresses that issue directly," Mann added."
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/html/20090405T220000-0500_148906_OBS_FOREIGN_JOURNALISTS_BOWLED_OVER_BY_CHAMPS_.asp
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/highschool/04/29/jamaica.champs/index.html
===============================================If this shocks people, you ain't seen nothing yet!

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