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Euro Athletics Champs day one

International athletics
by Mark A (U5611457) 27 July 2010
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Europe's top athletes are shaking their stuff in Barcelona over the next six days.

I want your predictions, thoughts on GB's chances of making the podium or even your feelings on Barni - the mighty mascot.

Head coach Charles van Commenee says he'd be embarrassed if the GB team doesn't get 10-15 medals. Mo Farah goes in the 10,000m on day one with Dwain Chambers (100m), Jenny Meadows (800m) and Phillips Idowu (triple jump) all competing in qualification rounds.

Jessica Ennis gets going on Friday in the heptathlon - can the outdoor world champion strike more gold?

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comment by janey (U13691483)

posted Jul 28, 2010

<<To put it in context, Mo Farah won the euros 10,000 in a time of 28:24.99.>>

That's true Shiv but Mo wasn't exactly taxing himself was he?

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jul 28, 2010

Im-no-athlete, I hear you, but what makes Kiprop's victory even more outstanding is that it was run in Nairobi....
:-)
it's a good win by farah, and no one can take that Euro gold from him. But now he needs to use this as motivation to step up to match the East Africans. Good luck to him!
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posted Jul 28, 2010

I presume you're going do a 'But (insert athlete) ran faster elsewhere, so we have to put it into perspective' every time there's a good British performance in these games shiv?

People are aware that the European Champs are not the Olympics, people are also aware that the East Africans are very good at the 10000.

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posted Jul 28, 2010

Did not like the way Mo's unsporting behaviour during the latter stages of the race with Lamdassem,also at one point he appeared to turn back and encourage Thompson to join up with them to further disrupt Lamdassem

Im not sure what his problem was because he was clearly the fastest man in the field so i thought it was completely unnecessary and displayed an arrogant side of Farahs character which we do not normally see as he is usually washed away by a regular world class field

I doubt we will see him toying with your Bekeles in the worlds and the olympics

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comment by janey (U13691483)

posted Jul 28, 2010

Shiv
There are 10 Kenyans ranked above Mo in the world this year and no Ethiopians. Kiprop's best time this year is about 6 secs faster than his run today and that was run in Nairobi as well. Mo was about 54 secs outside his pb yesterday, so as I said not taxing himself.
I'm not saying he will ever be the best in the world but on paper he's only a couple of secs slower than Kiprop.
You cannot compare performances from different races.

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posted Jul 28, 2010

He didn't want Thompson to join them to disrupt Landassam, he wanted Thompson to join them because they're close friends and he wanted to help guarantee Chris a medal.

He wanted the Spaniard to go through and lead and he had little or no option other to go through because Mo didn't care if the guys behind caught up as he knew he would win anyway.

I thought it was good tactics as Landassam had to go through as the last thing he wanted was the guys they'd just dropped latching back on again.

Perhaps Mo was a bit cheeky but it was clear to me that during the 1K, Mo was more occupied with Chris than he was himself. Nobody has a problem when the Africans (or even Spaniards) use team tactics, so nobody should mind about this.

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posted Jul 28, 2010

I didn't mean to belittle his run just look at it objectively. The contributors here know a bit about athletics - it's just the BBC and the general tendency of the British public to build up sportmen.
The African championships are in Nairobi at altitude so that time's pretty impressive. And the Ethiopians may not have done anything this year but I'm sure they will be up there in 2012.
I think Mo can improve and perhaps mix it with the best but lets be cautious.

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posted Jul 28, 2010

Nobody is particularly building them up though.

Just congratulating the pair of them on their extremely hard earned medals.

People talk like being the best Europe is something to be ashamed of. We all know how good the EAs are. You're as bad as Shivfan who'll pull up a couple of Caribbean sprint times every time someone has the gall to say that a Brit (or a white European) has run a good race.

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posted Jul 29, 2010

I don't believe that Christophe Lemaitre should be ashamed of his performance and he shouldn't have to constantly hear references to his skin colour.

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posted Jul 29, 2010

Personally I think that although Bingham ran one of the best times of his life he doesn't seem to have the same endurance that Gillick has. Another point, Rooney seems to make 'silly mistakes' too often something that if he does in the final, Borlee will cruise past him. On the positive side we have two exceptional 400m runners, something we haven't had in a while.
Come on you Brits!!

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