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Commonwealth Games - day eight

International athletics
by Ollie Williams (U9048777) 11 October 2010
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It's been a busy morning in Delhi, mostly for the wrong reasons. The women's 100m final is now facing up to the prospect of crowning its third gold medallist in two days.

What was, as far as I'm aware, the slowest women's 100m final in Commonwealth Games history just got slower, with Natasha Mayers waiting in the wings to become the new champion, having run the final in 11.37 seconds for bronze.

To put that into context, Mayers ran 11.38 seconds for eighth place in 2002.

What are your thoughts on the unfolding developments regarding that race? And on the rest of the day's remaining action in Delhi? More athletics, rugby sevens, diving and hockey still to come. How will England's women's hockey team be feeling after losing out so narrowly to Australia earlier?

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posted Oct 11, 2010

Moses Kipsiro adds the 10,000m to the 5,000m he won the other day in another brilliant race.

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posted Oct 11, 2010

Well that silver in the bowls sums up England's Commonwealth Games - just not good enough. With our population and GDP we should be soaring ahead of the tables, but instead we're being humbled by Australia (again) and India.

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posted Oct 11, 2010

Some people need beating with a very big stick and by that I mean posters on sites like this NOT the athletes themselves.

There are over 2.5 BILLION people in the Commonwealth, so to make it to ANY final is a major achievement, to be classed as one of the best in your own country is a major achievement too, far greater an acheivement than the VAST majority on here have ever had, I'd stake every penny I'll ever earn on that winkeye

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posted Oct 11, 2010

I'm proud to see that the UK all together has over 120 medals smiley

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posted Oct 11, 2010

Stop with the Racism accusations! The judges are international (thank god for that) the games are going on great. Theres nothing wrong with protesting when you feel you have been wronged. Seriously, we love the way the athletes have been graciuosly accepting of all our screw ups (there weren't that many in that respect) and the must serious one was the one involving the mis handling of the australian runners disqualification. Everyone at the games has been great, we have loved watching our athletes competing at this high level and we have loved hosting you all (or we wouldn't have bid for it).

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comment by lsabre (U1743466)

posted Oct 11, 2010

Personally, I was particurly pleased to see Steven Lewis back in some good form after quite a while and battle it out to the very end with great namesake Hooker.

He needed a good performance bad before bowing out of the season and that silver, in a SB of 5.60, is going to do him a hell of good - starting with a huge confidence boost and a relief.

For Max Eaves, however, that bronze was rather a shocker, coupled with a PB of 5.40m, and will definitely change the scene for him in view of the next season, setting his sights higher.

Abi Oyepitan got a much needed foothold hauling back up to the higher tiers on the international rostrum with that silver and her fastest time since 2006. That 23.26 secs may not have been anything to shout about but will set her up nicely to charge under 23 secs next season.

Emma Jackson, still an U23, was another one to put in a good performance with fourth in a PB of 2:00.46 in the women's 800m, a mere hundredth of a second ahead of Hannah England's SB in fifth.

Andy Baddeley and Tom Lancashire made the men's 1500m final, whereas Colin McCourt faded badly, and England men's relays looked good for a medal, as could the Welsh long relay.

Surprised, finally, to see Chris Thompson turn up in the 10000m final as I thought he had called time on this season after the 5000m.

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comment by janey (U13691483)

posted Oct 11, 2010

Love Thommo!! He's a great guy and so, so well deserves the great season he's had. Everything comes to those who wait smiley - and has he waited. sadface

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Oct 12, 2010

It was great to see Cydonie Mothersill winning the first gold medal ever for the tiny Caymans....
applause
Her clocking of 22.89 in the 200 final was the only time that went uhder 23 seconds, I think.

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posted Oct 12, 2010

it was great to see 2 nigerian drug cheats briught to justice as well

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posted Oct 12, 2010

What a joke of a games.

Pathetic, disgraceful behaviour from the hosts too.

"We're the hosts, so if we lose, we'll appeal, because we're the hosts afterall"

Should never be within 3 thousand miles of India ever again

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