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Which athletes will star in 2010?

British athletics
by Mark A (U5611457) 12 February 2010
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It's just two years before the Olympics hits London town so any athlete thinking of taking it easy this summer are in for a shock.

UK Athletics chief Charles Van Commenee will not be selecting any slouches, so it's time for any youngsters with Olympic ambitions to step up to the plate.

The indoor season is under way with the World Indoor Championships in Qatar coming up in March.

So who could be grabbing the headlines this year?

Dwain Chambers, Jessica Ennis, Jenny Meadows, Phillips Idowu are the big-hitters, but who are the younger stars coming through the ranks?

Sprinters Toby Sandeman, Jeffrey Lawal Balogun and Shaunna Thompson, and middle-distance runners Rowena Cole and James Brewer are all hoping for bigger things.

What do you think and do you have any other tips for the top?

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posted Feb 16, 2010

That's fine Speedy, but there are new threads created every day for you guys to drool over Caribbean athletes.

This one was clearly about British athletes. It's almost like that he gets upset when threads are created that might praise British athletes and he has to counter it.

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posted Feb 16, 2010

That's fine Speedy, but there are new threads created every day for you guys to drool over Caribbean athletes.

This one was clearly about British athletes. It's almost like that he gets upset when threads are created that might praise British athletes and he has to counter it.
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TBH mate that's up to the mods and/or the writer of the article to control things if so. If you notice, I have a lot of interest in british athletics actually. I don't drool much about other athletes other than those I respect or think are up and coming/good/world. Let's just stay on topic then rather than raise a fuss over one poster.

Back on topic, Although the article likes to mention up and comers, it's always good to see established athletes like Nicola Sanders/Lee McConnell/Tasha Danvers et al. to have strong wiinters and do well this year outside World Championship/Olympic year.

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posted Feb 16, 2010

lol... funny....

What does everyone think of Ryan Bailey's prospects???

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posted Feb 16, 2010

I've just looked at the BBC photogallery of the up and coming athletes they suggest are set to star in 2010 - without any disrespect to any of the athletes, I'm not sure why some of them were put on this photo-reel. Brewer and PSD aren't exactly newcomers on the scene - they've both been to major senior championships. And, whilst his 4th place at the European U23s 400Hurdles was a great achievement, why is Flannery included over Gumbs who won the gold in the same race?!

Rather odd if you ask me.

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posted Feb 16, 2010

Maybe because Flannery is eligible for the World Juniors this year (his 4th place was at the U20s not U23s). Gumbs will have to contend with Greene, Williams, Yates, Garland etc if he wants to go to the Euros. Gumbs' time of 49.62 at 21 and Flannery's 51.07 at 18 are probably roughly on a par.

However, the 400 Hurdles at the World Juniors is usually a lot tougher than the Europeans and Flannery will probably have to beat his current best to make the final.

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comment by paps83 (U3970803)

posted Feb 16, 2010

Oops! I stand corrected.. and feeling a little foolish! I was sure he was fourth... maybe it was Ulm I was thinking of... either way my memory is clearly fading in my old age!

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posted Feb 17, 2010

I think maybe the caption underneath Flannery's picture says he may be in contention for commonwealths and European Seniors (no british juniors have ever run the standards currently set for either). he actually has a 3rd year as a junior. 4th at EJ 09.

The 400mH event is growing and yes your right paps, Gumbs' name or even Ulm could also be pictured. Gumbs winning Euro u23s 49.6 should perhaps also be pictured and maybe Ulm making it to the semi's, 50.2. Many other names in the Top 10 could be used.

2010 could be an extremely good year for the 400mH with Greene, Williams, Garland, Gumbs, Woodward, Ulm, Sumner and Yates all look set for sub 50 with atleast 2 maybe 5 of them clocking sub 49s.

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posted Feb 17, 2010

From an Irish point of view, Ciara Mageean and Brian Gregan appear to be the future, hope i havent put too much pressure on them!

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posted Feb 17, 2010

I have watched and followed Zara Hohn in the hurdles she looks on form and will be at her prime in 2012 she has been top junior for the last few years as well as in the senior rankings for the last few years She the dark horse for 2012 medals

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comment by alb1on (U13767059)

posted Feb 25, 2010

I may have overlooked her in the item but if not, why is Katerina Johnson Thompson not the first name being mentioned? Much better than Jess Ennis at the same age - even better than Kluft. This girl could end up as one of the true greats.

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