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Tokyo 2020: Athletics Thread

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Really excited about the men's steeple and women's 5k later today. The steeple should have El Bakaali, Wale and Girma on the podium, but in what order?

    If the conditions weren't so hot and humid I think the WR would be challenged in the women's 5k. Nevertheless I think Tsegay might still try and make it fast and a sub 14:20 could be on. Gold should be between Hassan and Tsegay, whilst Obiri, Tirop, Taye and Teferi should duel for the bronze. Exciting!



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Womens 1500 heats on the way, fingers crossed for Ciara Mageean. I'd be very surprised if she doesn't make it out of this heat, top 6 qualify automatically plus 6 fastest losers.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Oh wow, Mageean nowhere near. Far and away from her Doha form. Has to wait and see if she can snag a time qualifier now.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,420 ✭✭✭✭Strazdas


    That was disappointing - she found very little in the last 250m and looked fairly well below par.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,809 ✭✭✭hawkwing


    Wonder is she overtrained..:-(



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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,420 ✭✭✭✭Strazdas


    It's a bit of a concern that the entire athletics team seems to have underperformed so far, bar the 4 x 400.

    Fingers crossed young Sarah Healy can do something.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,809 ✭✭✭hawkwing


    Hassan falls and wins and doesn't look out of breath, :-(



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,957 ✭✭✭kirk.




  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Holy F*CK! The triple was almost off



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,717 ✭✭✭YFlyer


    How the fcek do athletes fall off after 800m



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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,420 ✭✭✭✭Strazdas


    If you mean Sarah, she wouldn't be used to injections of pace like this. It would be like throwing a League of Ireland player into an English Premiership match.

    She's a bit harsh on herself in her interview. She thinks she ran a bad tactical race but I thought she did well for an inexperienced 20 year old.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Gabby Thomas is smoking hot. Beaten by Christine Mboma in her heat though, an athlete banned from the 400m and above for elevated testosterone levels. Seyni the same, and she qualified for the SF's too.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,420 ✭✭✭✭Strazdas


    The athletics team is not performing at all - Phil Healy last of five in her heat.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,357 ✭✭✭orangerhyme


    Ha was thinking same thing about Gabby Thomas.



  • Registered Users Posts: 55,297 ✭✭✭✭walshb


    Yeh, we’ll go with that..


    athletes need to make things happen. Heats are all about running against the clock. Making sure you get a fast enough time. Tactics should mean eff all. Racing vs opponents should mean eff all. That’s all for finals..



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,855 ✭✭✭deisedude


    As a collective our athletics team are so far off the pace it's embarrassing. I don't really blame our athletes. They have probably got this far in spite of Athletics Ireland



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,023 ✭✭✭✭Joe_ Public


    Heat must be getting to George. Seemed to be labouring under the impression Ta Lou had equalled the WR in her sf and then followed up by referring to Gabby Thomas as "Thompson".



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Aww so thrilled for El Bakaali! That was a long time coming. And he made it look so easy!

    Wale though, that was some disaster.

    And now on to the Women's 5k 😍 First Olympic gold for Hassan?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,554 ✭✭✭Ceepo


    Out of interest, what do you think AI should or could do?


    Btw I'm no fan of AI,



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,101 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi


    Bloody hell, that Hassan is an absolute machine!!

    Two races (including a fall and recovery) in the one day 😱



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,023 ✭✭✭✭Joe_ Public


    That was really just ridiculously easy.



  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭Liam2590


    she made that look so easy!



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Hassan wins in a canter! The triple is on.

    Delighted for Obiri getting another silver, surprised it's only bronze for Tsegay. A faster pace would've gotten her a silver at least.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,556 ✭✭✭UpTheSlashers


    O'Rourke keeps going on about hers shoes on the RTÉ coverage, is that a euphemism?



  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,093 Mod ✭✭✭✭robinph


    Don't think it's embarrassing. Probably about as expected for the population and resources thrown at the sport in Ireland. Just have to spot the once in a decade or so super talent that does make it to world standard in one specific event, but can't really expect much to actually be built on that afterwards if nothing much is being done to find the next talent.


    So you're just left sitting around waiting for the next person who makes it through on their own despite the system.


    Outside of Athletics is there any Olympic event that Ireland does well at, mostly just boxing consistently. But should do better at horses, except Ireland focuses on the betting side of horses rather than the Olympic side of it. Other sports will make breif appearances in the public consciousness every now and again, but its not down to any targeting of those sports. It's just people with exceptional talent doing it themselves.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,554 ✭✭✭Ceepo


    "Just have to spot the once in a decade or so super talent that does make it to world standard in one specific event, but can't really expect much to actually be built on that afterwards if nothing much is being done to find the next talent.

    So you're just left sitting around waiting for the next person who makes it through on their own despite the system."


    I've asked this question already. What more do people expect AI to do?



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,717 ✭✭✭YFlyer




  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,093 Mod ✭✭✭✭robinph


    Not a lot more really, at least not without throwing loads of money at people to fund them when they are found and to make it a viable option for people to follow for a few years between uni and getting a real job.


    The national lottery was what turned things around for the UK, that and actually targeting other sports.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,717 ✭✭✭YFlyer


    What was this hooking that affected Barr?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 55,297 ✭✭✭✭walshb


    It didn’t affect him in the end. Protest dismissed. Italian lad cited by Ireland for hooking in his heat. Had our protest been successful, Barr would be in the final



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