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Posted 06 October 2015 - 02:56 PM

Which country do you guys think will dominate the Olympics next year? Mostly just major sporting events.

Edited by IndigoWolf, 06 October 2015 - 02:57 PM.


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:22 PM

Don't know, but I'd love to see Rudisha run another strong 800m. That guy is the superstar :)

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:36 AM

View Postspeedmeup, on 21 February 2016 - 07:22 PM, said:

Don't know, but I'd love to see Rudisha run another strong 800m. That guy is the superstar :)

Rudisha might not even get to the start line....

http://www.telegraph...ver-doping.html

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:40 AM

I predict sniggering commentators making double entendres about Brazilians.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 09:20 AM

View PostStej, on 22 February 2016 - 07:40 AM, said:

I predict sniggering commentators making double entendres about Brazilians.

Even more sniggering to be expected when they discuss the snatch in the weightlifting

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 12:14 PM

I would love to see Mo Farah do really well.

Does anyone think that Usain Bolt will do a sub-19 for the 200m? I would love to see him achieve this feat, but I doubt that it will happen.

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 12:42 PM

View Postdantan, on 26 April 2016 - 12:14 PM, said:

Does anyone think that Usain Bolt will do a sub-19 for the 200m? I would love to see him achieve this feat, but I doubt that it will happen.

Zero chance, his pb days are well behind him.  He won't need to run his ridiculously fast 100 or 200 pb to win Gold at Rio.

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 01:32 PM

I doubt that I will ever see a sub-19 for the 200m (hope that I wrong) in my lifetime.

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 01:47 PM

View Posttoolittletoolate, on 22 February 2016 - 09:20 AM, said:

View PostStej, on 22 February 2016 - 07:40 AM, said:

I predict sniggering commentators making double entendres about Brazilians.

Even more sniggering to be expected when they discuss the snatch in the weightlifting
I would have thought it would be the jerk and clean, rather than the clean and jerk.

And who can forget Alberto Juantorena, the big Cuban who "opened his legs and showed his class"?

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 01:56 PM

Craig Mottram as part of the commentating team?

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 02:35 PM

Estonian triplets set for Olympic marathon

'Trio to Rio'

http://www.reuters.c...s-idUSKCN0YH1YJ

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 11:45 AM

Aussies will dominate the Channel 7 coverage of course, there is no other country competing. I hope they are not sending Samantha Armytage or Andrew O'Keefe. Their coverage of the City to Surf was diabolical.

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 12:51 PM

Womens track athletics will descend into a farce with multiple transgender athletes dominating events, only to be banned from competition again next year (or more to the point made to start suppressing their testosterone again). Whether or not they'll be made to give back their medals remains to be seen, although I assume the PC brigade will ensure they don't.

Us ain Bolt will cement himself as the greatest Olympian of all time by winning the 100/200 double yet again (although the yanks will still try to hold up Phelps for the title).

I will finally get to watch sports other than sailing, shooting, and other stupid crap Australians are medal chances in since I'll be watching from the US

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 01:35 PM

I predict that:

- Australian coverage will suggest the Olympics is a swimming meet with a small number of additional sports put on as a sideline.
- Australian media will get very excited when Australia looks high up on the medal table early on and will make lots of amusing quips about British failures
- Australian media will get very quiet about the medal table once the swimming has finished and the 'minor additional events' happen - resulting in Australian and British positions on medal table changing significantly.
- British media will not mention Australians at all
- British media will get very excited about high medal counts - but will still be twinged with sadness with a "its not quite as good as London was" feel.
- British media will focus on hot conditions as a key excuse for all overhyped British medal hope failures.
- USA will think they are the best in the world at everything and ignore metrics like size of population or $$$ spent per athlete as any measure of success.
- Highlight of the games will be someone who simply finishes their event and battles against the odds against some adversity much to the delight of the crowd.
- Japan will be the surprise package of the games with some quality performances far exceeding expectations

Edited by dadagain, 09 June 2016 - 01:36 PM.


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Posted 16 June 2016 - 02:57 PM

What's going on with the Ruskies? Are they in or out?

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Posted 16 June 2016 - 03:21 PM

These are the types of questions we should be asking:

- will Ella Nelson make the 200 final?
- will Brook Stratten or Fabrice medal in the LJ?
- how good would it be to see an Aussie up there in the mens 100 semis?
- will Luke Matthews step up to the next level?
- can Stevie or the stunning Morgan Mitchell make the 400 final?
- is Gregson really a medal chance?

Edited by KarmaPolice, 16 June 2016 - 03:24 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2016 - 02:51 AM

View Postdanish, on 09 June 2016 - 12:51 PM, said:

Womens track athletics will descend into a farce with multiple transgender athletes dominating events, only to be banned from competition again next year (or more to the point made to start suppressing their testosterone again). Whether or not they'll be made to give back their medals remains to be seen, although I assume the PC brigade will ensure they don't.

Us ain Bolt will cement himself as the greatest Olympian of all time by winning the 100/200 double yet again (although the yanks will still try to hold up Phelps for the title).

I will finally get to watch sports other than sailing, shooting, and other stupid crap Australians are medal chances in since I'll be watching from the US
You have my sympathy because all you'll get to see during the day will be tennis, tennis, and now golf is in, golf, more tennis, and some golf.  However, not to worry, at night you won't see any golf, but instead it'll be tennis (if they're playing at night), gymnastics, gymnastics, gymnastics, and some stories about why someone deserves to win the 100 yards because their parents beat them and wouldn't let them have a dog.

You may think I'm joking.  I'm not.

I moved to the US in 1998, and had been sooooo looking forward to watching Sydney in 2000.  US coverage made it completely and utterly unwatchable.  And I've never been able to suffer their Olympics coverage since.  Thank heavens it was so much better in Canada.

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 05:14 AM

RIO Olympic 2016is a most awaited event, and I think this Australia will lead the game.

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 04:11 AM

View Postdadagain, on 09 June 2016 - 01:35 PM, said:

I predict that:

- Australian coverage will suggest the Olympics is a swimming meet with a small number of additional sports put on as a sideline.
- Australian media will get very excited when Australia looks high up on the medal table early on and will make lots of amusing quips about British failures
- Australian media will get very quiet about the medal table once the swimming has finished and the 'minor additional events' happen - resulting in Australian and British positions on medal table changing significantly.
- British media will not mention Australians at all
- British media will get very excited about high medal counts - but will still be twinged with sadness with a "its not quite as good as London was" feel.
- British media will focus on hot conditions as a key excuse for all overhyped British medal hope failures.
- USA will think they are the best in the world at everything and ignore metrics like size of population or $$$ spent per athlete as any measure of success.
- Highlight of the games will be someone who simply finishes their event and battles against the odds against some adversity much to the delight of the crowd.
- Japan will be the surprise package of the games with some quality performances far exceeding expectations
I'm giving dadagains comment 110%.

The only miss we should have seen coming was Aus sanctimoniously lecturing other countries about performance enhancing drug use.
(Sure we have had systemic performance enhancing drug use at clubs in our 2 major footy codes, but I'm sure athletes competing at even more competitive sports than local footy codes, where they have to compete against athletes from all over the world, don't cheat at all, right?)

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:37 PM

F--k you seano. Are you an Aussie or what.
Good on Mack Horton for telling the whole what they should know .
He's an absolute hero in my book for standing up and be counted and being backed up by
Michael Johnson
Janet Evans
And a whole host of other great athletes who are not Australian.
Sanctimonious my arse.

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 04:26 PM

onya mack.
pissed off 1.3 billion people with 5 seconds of minimal effort.
druggies can piss off.
fricking legend.

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 11:56 PM

View Postbarramundiboy, on 11 August 2016 - 12:37 PM, said:

F--k you seano. Are you an Aussie or what.
Good on Mack Horton for telling the whole what they should know .
He's an absolute hero in my book for standing up and be counted and being backed up by
Michael Johnson
Janet Evans
And a whole host of other great athletes who are not Australian.

Mentioning Michael Johnson in an anti drug post is a sure way of losing the argument..
....when he posted ridiculous times with the most awkward of styles, he never once wanted to field a question about drugs, whether it be about himself or others, in particular Marion Jones (later busted) or Carl Lewis (mmmh how's his reputation now?)...
So Johnson should shut up about drugs now.
Van Niekerk came so close to erasing his 400m record last year, can't wait for him to do it post Olympics

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 04:54 AM

Yarn......
Cadel got painted as a drug cheat just because he rode a bike. Why taint people like Johnsons reputation.
Evidence.
       EVIDENCE.

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 09:34 AM

...and father christmas is real

Evidence ? That's what they said about Lance too for many years, not only that, they built a whole industry and charity around the bloke with all his worshippers, you probably were one of them, come on admit it.

Have a look at the interview Johnson aborted with Ray Martin and see how his 'heavies' came into camera view and ripped the mic off with Johnson saying " I told you not to ask about drugs"  ..who brings heavy security guards to a TV interview anyway. Who refuses to answer drug questions when anti drugs?

Evidence...let Carl Lewis front a Grand Jury as well like Marion Jones and Lance did.

I am anti drugs, but all this sanctimonious stuff from the west with all their money in sport gets to me...where does the morality borderline now shift to? What is the difference between assistance from cheap drugs vs that from multi million sports institutes with all the tools to enhance performance?

Too many heads in sand

Edited by Colin, 12 August 2016 - 09:35 AM.


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Posted 12 August 2016 - 09:50 AM

View PostColin, on 12 August 2016 - 09:34 AM, said:

...and father christmas is real

Evidence ? That's what they said about Lance too for many years, not only that, they built a whole industry and charity around the bloke with all his worshippers, you probably were one of them, come on admit it.

Have a look at the interview Johnson aborted with Ray Martin and see how his 'heavies' came into camera view and ripped the mic off with Johnson saying " I told you not to ask about drugs"  ..who brings heavy security guards to a TV interview anyway. Who refuses to answer drug questions when anti drugs?

Evidence...let Carl Lewis front a Grand Jury as well like Marion Jones and Lance did.

I am anti drugs, but all this sanctimonious stuff from the west with all their money in sport gets to me...where does the morality borderline now shift to? What is the difference between assistance from cheap drugs vs that from multi million sports institutes with all the tools to enhance performance?

Too many heads in sand

That's a fair comment.

Another reason to admire Horton's dig, which was closely followed up by the US swimmer (Lilly King) who also dumped on her compatriot Gatlin.

Sport needs more Hortons and Kings.

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 09:58 AM

Anyhow, looking forward to the end of the dog paddling.

This point of the games usually signals two things:

* athletics is about to start

* for most locals the games are now over and anticipation turns to return of the block and my kitchen's got talent (or whatever it's called)

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 12:48 PM

Colin
I post in these forums occasionally in feel good posts congratulating folk on runs etc. Very rarely i criticise apost and in Mack Hortons case i thought it appropriate.
You on the other hand just remind me of two lines in the Newcastle song.

" dont you ever let a chance go by oh lord"
" dont you ever let a chance go by."
You never do.

Micheal Johnson one of the real superstars of world athletics whose name has never been tainted in terms of drug use and you post that rubbish. It just shows you never let a chance go by.
Dont suppose your countryman - Wayde Van Neikerk is a druggie? It seems most others are.
Oh and yes father christmas is real.
I'm him once every 365 days for my grand kids.

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 12:57 PM

100m free womens.
wtf!?!?!?

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 01:30 PM

Michael Johnson - on drugs
Wayde Van Neikerk - on drugs
All your heroes - on drugs
All my heroes - clean

If we can just get someone to mention 'hobby joggers' , I'll never need to head over to letsrun for my daily fix of "they're on drugs".

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 10:35 AM

18 of the 35 starters in the women's 10,000 ran PB's.

Including Eloise with a 40 second PB.

First 4 women running under 30.

I can assume the conditions were somewhat favourable :)

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 11:20 AM

It's the blue track

View Postriffraff, on 13 August 2016 - 10:35 AM, said:

18 of the 35 starters in the women's 10,000 ran PB's.

Including Eloise with a 40 second PB.

First 4 women running under 30.

I can assume the conditions were somewhat favourable :)

It's the blue track.

Fantastic run by Eloise.

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 11:58 AM

For anyone who doesn't want to be stuck using channel 7s shitty app here are the direct links to the Athletics feeds. Just remember to increment the date in the url each day.  Some browsers can't play these files but Microsoft edge & Safari will work.

Athletics Track:
https://ep02-03sevge...456/master.m3u8


Ch3: Athletics Field:
https://ep03-03sevge...456/master.m3u8

Ch4: Athletics Field 2:
https://ep04-03sevge...456/master.m3u8

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 10:51 PM

View Postsunburnt, on 12 August 2016 - 01:30 PM, said:

Michael Johnson - on drugs
Wayde Van Neikerk - on drugs
All your heroes - on drugs
All my heroes - clean

If we can just get someone to mention 'hobby joggers' , I'll never need to head over to letsrun for my daily fix of "they're on drugs".

Nice throwaway...but....The point was that Michael Johnson continuously dodged drug questions even if directed at Marion Jones'  indiscretion (someone he was a supporter and associate of), Carl Lewis the only man standing from the 1988 final (and all 'Lance Armstrong' about him), a forgotten man in  athletics now (for a 9 Gold man, figure that).

Michael Johnson brought big security guys with him, and used them, in case he got asked a question about drugs.

...as for Wayde v Niekerk, who knows, he hasn't tested positive, and if he did, he wouldn't be letting me down, I don't know him personally and he owes me nothing. BTW, pretty skinny compared to the real druggies though

What I do know is that win or lose he is a great story from where his mum was in 'our' athletics, on the Cape Flats of Cape Town with poor facilities and less competition, she was a star in a small disadvantaged pool.

What I do know is that he has the best 400m running style, ( unlike MJ not with a stick in his arse breaking the WR go figure) , and usually the best executed race...just one more. Even if he came from Canada, he would still be the best looking, best 400m race plan guy around.

If he does win, even better story, and if he does break the WR, you beaut up yours MJ, but I doubt that is why he is in the sport.

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 08:49 AM

Did anyone see the 800m semis yesterday morning?... have scanned through all I recorded and it appears that it 'may not have happened' according to Ch 7...apparently some aussie was in the golf or long jump at the time :-)
Lots of repeats of 100m heats though

Channel 7 still not much improvement, just had to endure the most inane commentary again during marathon

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 09:12 AM

Bosse and Makhlouri - 1:43:85
Rudisha- 1:43:88

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 11:17 AM

You bloody beudy Wayde, WR and gold against two OG champs. Worst lane , never been wo from lane 8, essentially running a scared TT then putting the foot further down

No, not my hero, but hero and inspiration to many South African kids, the future...I too hope he is clean, but what a technically beautiful runner to watch.

Looking at his mum and siblings, just brought a tear to my eye, because those are 'people like us, like my girls...like we were and still are'. His mum was a great runner late 80's early 90's who never had the opportunity to go further than the back blocks of the Cape Flats for Western Province, but what a son she has reared. Kudos to you Odessa

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:16 PM

Well done Wayde Van Niekerk.
He's clean, no reason to suggest otherwise.

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 01:31 PM

Bolt and Van Niekerk.........two memorable Olympic moments.

Trying to enjoy the Olympics, but that's pretty hard given the dross holding the microphones.

Rotten coverage.

Edit: women's marathon commentary was just fking painful

Edited by riffraff, 15 August 2016 - 01:35 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2016 - 01:43 PM

Looks like an awesome day - will watch the coverage from the BBC later.

A VPN has proved a wise investment - the BBC coverage is excellent (and no ads) I've enjoyed watching the feeds of the badminton, table tennis, weightlifting, and hockey.

Only point it has failed was during the 10,000m mens race - had to watch 7 who predictably missed Farah's fall.

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 07:50 PM

I've just watched the 400 mens final and that was special. Did'nt get to see it today just assumed Van Niekerk pipped the rest. He blitzed them. I'm not posting this to get likes or curry favour it was so special. Phelps, bolt pick what you want.Mo Farah was special. This was the best so far.

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 08:25 PM

Awesome talented beautiful running. Congrats Niekerk.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 08:15 AM

On a par with Rudisha in 2012, a wonderful run, and from lane 8 - amazing!

Looking forward to today's mens 800 and womens 400 - hoping for Alyson Felix to show her class over the 400.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 11:51 AM

Rudisha
       Magnificent.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 12:21 PM

Shaunae Miller - wow!

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 04:57 PM

Nothing wrong with lane 8. Theoretically it is the fastest lane due to the reduced angle of the bend. Lane 1 is the worst (tightest angle).

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 05:27 PM

Thoughts on the dive?

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 05:46 PM

She went to enough trouble to get across the line. She earned it.
I dont know the rules relating to that but.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 08:17 PM

Well, the rules are that the torso has to cross the line, so it doesn't matter how the torso reaches it, she completed the 400m first.

I don't think she 'dived' anyway, ...a premature dip that the legs couldn't handle, besides, Felix doesn't appear to dip at all.

View Postspeedmeup, on 16 August 2016 - 04:57 PM, said:

Nothing wrong with lane 8. Theoretically it is the fastest lane due to the reduced angle of the bend. Lane 1 is the worst (tightest angle).

...yes, in terms of efficiency etc, but you cannot see your opposition, so it is in racing terms the worst lane.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 08:22 PM

I loved the women's marathon coverage on Channel 7. Dave Culbert is a funny bloke and Tamsyn just knows what to say in every situation. Bruce is simply the best although a lot more laid back these days.

Very impressive performances from all the girls who finished.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 08:25 PM

Don't think it was a dive either. Think her legs buckled as she lunged for the line.

Pole vault was great.




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