Xxii Commonwealth Games Aka Birmingham 2022

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  1. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    In the Athletics, from a home nations point of view.

    Fantastic grit and dtermination in that last 200 m from Eilish McColgan. She can now start to step out of the long shadow cast by her Mum's achievements.

    Well done KJT. At long last she finally pulls out a decent Javelin throw. She can still significantly improve in this and the shot. Things are starting to look up for her after a crap couple of years. There are also a couple of other girls in the heptathlon who have got the all important confidence boost.

    Well done the Welsh lads in the combined para-discus thing that wasn't properly explained.

    No real progress in the field events today. The dearth in talent at the moment is alarming.

    Darryl Neita and Jeremiah Azu both ran PBs in the 100 m semi-finals but couldn't translate this form to the Final. This is down to inexperience. This disappointment will be invaluable to their development.

    I'm afraid Nathaniel Mitchell-Blake choked big time and will probably never rise above being useful in the relay in a major championships over 100 m. Did he get injured or just give up. The crowd should have lifted him but it was as if he was running through treacle.
     
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  2. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Had a great career but Geraint Thomas does seem to have suffered misfortune a lot too!

    This time had an early fall in in the time trial but still managed to get bronze.

    Might have won but for that crash.

    Another decent result for Fred Wright in 2nd - having an impressive few weeks.
     
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  3. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    The Croft Twins are both through to the semi-finals for Wales in the boxing.

    There's going to be plenty of Hone Nations interest in the semi-finals on Sat.
     
  4. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    He got a Bronze on the same event in Glasgow and then went on to win the road race. Never a dull moment.
     
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  5. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    After getting a puncture I remember!!
     
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  6. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    The weightlifting commentator sounds like former Radio 1 Rock DJ Tommy Vance.
     
  7. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Who needs the Premier league to see good diving?

    2 golds for England including 17 year old Andrea Spendolini Sirieix.

    Got to take advantage of your opportunities when China aren’t competing!
     
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  8. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    I didn't realise her Dad was Fred 'Snackmasters" Sirieix. what a talented daughter he has.

    Athletics was a bit lacklustre despite Gabby Logan and co banging on about how amazing everything was.

    Massive shame that despite having a string of successes in the womens Heptathlon over the years we haven't produced a World Class Decathlete since Dean "The Dean Machine" Macey.

    A National scandal, as with the World Athletics Championships, the Men's Long Jump event had no Home Nation athletes entered. No British male is currently jumping 8 metres. What the fark has happened here. As evidenced by our groaning summer beaches, British males are not allergic to sand. Surely, there is someone who can run down a bit of track, hit a bit of wood with their foot and land in a sandpit around 8 metres later. One of the most basic field events. An event that has had 2 Olympic Champions from these Isles. What is going on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  9. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    You're right. Commenting on a female lifter yesterday he came out with the memorable line "the key to her success is her snatch"
     
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  10. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Reminds me of the old Colemanballs athletics classic: "She opened her legs and showed her class".
     
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  11. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    That was by BBC commentator Ron Pickering about Alberto Juantorena at the 1976 Montreal Olympics: "and there goes Juantorena down the back straight, opening his legs and showing his class."

    Here are some classics from Coleman:

    "He is one of the great unknown champions because very little is known about him."

    "We estimate, and this isn't an estimation, that Greta Waitz is 80 seconds behind."

    "He is accelerating all the time. The last lap was run in 64 seconds and the one before in 62."

    "And the line-up for the final of the women's 400 metres hurdles includes three Russians, two East Germans, a Pole, a Swede and a Frenchman."

    "The Republic of China: back in the Olympic Games for the first time."

    "That's the fastest time ever run, but it's not as fast as the world record."

    "There is a fine line between serendipity and stalking."
     
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  12. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    2 more golds in the diving .

    Catching up the Aussies ?

    Also the ladies hockey team through to the final after a penalty shoot out win v New Zealand.

    Maddie Hinch the hero once more .
     
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  13. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    ***fixed***
     
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  14. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    Another rant. Whoever organised the Arhletics schedule should be put up against a wall and rammed to death by Perry the Bull. What a total shambles.

    What's wrong with having Morning, Afternoon and Evening Sessions every day rather than condensing the preliminary rounds of the track events in the mornings, then semis (just for the sprints) in the evening in order to cram most of the track finals into Sat and Sun mornings and evenings. At the very least have 3 track sessions on Sat and Sunday and have the finals in the afternnon and evenings. They've ended up with swaves of the evening sessions with no track action. Hello dumbfarks this is peak Prime Time Telly. Hello, wake up. Sheer stupidity..

    The main BBC One coverage should be centred around the Athletics, not flitting around. The chat in the studio should be fitted around live events on the track and field. Having the same inane platitudes taking priority while the sprint semi-finals are going on, so not showing them live, is the sign of a director and production team, so obsessed with the views of the guests, pundits, and celebrities, that the live action is an inconvenience. If you're going to spunk a load of money on televising a huge live event then do all in your power to show it live, as it unfolds. Navel-gazing idiots.

    Well done Naomi Metzger, Lizzie Bird, and Scott Lincoln, we salute your achievements. I hope I haven't missed anyone.
     
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  15. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    Well, the home nations couldn't muster up teams for the mens 4 x 400 M relay, whereas those sprinting superpowers India and the Turks and Caicos Islands both could. No South African, Australian, New Zealand, or Canadian teams either. WTF.

    Relay.jpg
     
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  16. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    Just seen on another site's forum. Quota limits again.
     
  17. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain


    They seem to be relying on people having and using the IPlayer or red button to watch anything live or uninterrupted - does that get them more money or something - clicks online so it looks better for their ratings ?

    Thence it isn’t even the BBC commentary on that - belongs to the World feed.

    Mind you the chatting is a consistent complaint from viewers about the athletics and other sports coverage- not just for this event .

    Obviously don’t listen or care .
     
  18. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    swathes
     
  19. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    So during the Olympics Auntie didn't have enough content to fill all their broadcast channels (linear and non-linear) but now there's 's too much?
     
  20. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    They were restricted to two streams for the Olympics by the IOC .

    Guess the CG don’t have the same limits.
     
  21. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    **fixed**
     
  22. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    “actually “

    ;)

    I am the master of typos !!

    Yes IOC did some sort of deal with Discovery who own Eurosport didn’t they ?
     
  23. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    Another r
    Swaves is plural of Swathes ;)
     
  24. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    Booooooo, don't let the Aussie win Gold in the 1500 M.
     
  25. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Yes - getting away from us again potentially?

    Although Nick Miller got a good gold in the hammer .
     
  26. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    Comment in the boxing: "Reese Lynch with those long Mr Tickle arms" :)
     
  27. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    Unlucky Keeley Hodgkinson. She must be frustrated about getting Silver again.

    The BBCs 'Super Saturday' build-up balloon starts to deflate.
     
  28. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Kenyan lady came from nowhere there!

    Well done to Laura Muir on a gusty bronze too .

    Apart from the diving England been beaten a few times .
     
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  29. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    First ever medal in Athletics for Guernsey - in a race won by the British Virgin Islands.

    That is the Commonwealth games for you!

    Few 2nd places for English athletes and the Aussies getting the better of us in netball and hockey.
     
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  30. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    Micheal Johnson had to ask where Guernsey was. LOL

    The quotas have really ruined the relays as a spectacle.

    Been watching the boxing today, plenty of Home Nations interest in the finals:

    England 5
    Wales 3
    Scotland 3
    NI 6

    Only one of the finals has no home nations interest. That's a serious number of Gold or Silvers with roughly the same number already awarded for Bronze. There's been a good smattering of World and Olympic medallists among the contestants so the standard has generally been pretty good.

    32 bouts in 3 sessions is too much for one day, with less than 24 hrs recovery before the final the next day. It probably needs close to 2 weeks to stage these sports properly. Everything is just too condensed as it currently stands.
     
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  31. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    What are attendances like ?
     
  32. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Sorry, what does this mean? It’s passed me by. The relays, especially the 400 are always my favourite athletics events.
     
  33. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Think each country is limited to how many athletes they can have in the team.
     
  34. reg_varney

    reg_varney Reservist

    This is from the NZ team but applies to each individual country:

    Quota allocation: The maximum number of able-bodied athletes that Athletics NZ can initially
    nominate to attend the 2022 CG events will be limited to the number of quota places allocated
    to Athletics NZ by the NZOC. The initial number of able-bodied quota places allocated to
    Athletics NZ is 18. Athletes nominated for Relay teams must be included in this figure.

    So based on past performances and current performance standings a fixed number of places are allocated, the quota, which includes relay teams.

    Gone are the days of taking a punt on promising inexperienced youngsters and seeing how they get on. Sad really. Trouble is, some choose not to compete for their country, and concentrate on the lucrative Diamond League/US College based system. This means less medals which leads to less places in the future.
     
  35. Aberystwyth_Hornet

    Aberystwyth_Hornet Squad Player

    All the events I've been to have been at least 3/4 full, with the possible exception of boxing 1/4 finals where the crowd also wasn't as raucous as i expected
     
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