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I guess it's a question of weighing things up for Siobhan. How much does she honestly think she could possibly go faster, how much in her current form is she likely to have in hand over other girls if she dies a bit going for gold, how much does gold itself mean to her against purely picking up a medal and that Is a very personal thing.

I can see the argument for swimming your own race, but I disagree that that should always be the case. Opportunity can be missed at times if you are not prepared to consider pushing the envelope and test the unknown.

Whether that is worth it here against such a swimmer as Hosszu I am unsure and again to a degree is personal to Siobhan. I certainly agree that if Hosszu stays in the 200 m butterfly it weighs rather more to game on.

While of course as broadcasters the more exciting option to consider and indeed maybe want is the "go for it" one, both Moorhouse and Jamieson are pretty savvy and have been there so I doubt said what they did without some consideration. 

Will be a very interesting build-up and to follow the thoughts and then what actually takes place.



-- Edited by indiana on Tuesday 9th of August 2016 04:54:39 PM

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It was Moorhouse who was mainly suggesting it, but the other swimmers are no mugs, and for me too big a risk given what happened at the Worlds last year. Thankfully in reply to Sharron Davies suggesting the possibility, she replied by saying she's still got to run her own race, we shall see.

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I wouldn't expect Siobhan to announce on national TV that she's not going to swim her own race, or rather she may still be relatively young, but take with a pinch of salt whatever she says re tactics springs to mind  



-- Edited by indiana on Tuesday 9th of August 2016 05:02:54 PM

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Hosszu pulled out of Butterfly, so she'll probably break the WR on current form, so Siobhan needs to just target another British record and a silver medal. If Hosszu underperforms then you never know.

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Getting excited about the 4*200 relay now. Duncan Scott who just set a British Record in the 100m heats, Dan Wallace who's had a shocking year was very fast, so to Stephen Milne who PB'd in 400, make now for a very strong team, with James Guy coming in for an underperforming Robbie Renwick. Medal now a probability if we keep those levels up, USA should win gold.

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These silly times for finals is a real killer, all because US TV dictates that they want it in primetime.

Same with athletics, but I may stay up and watch that...

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Go GB !

Well done Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and the 4x200m freestyle relay guys on their super silvers last night.

And on golden Wednesday ( when the golds started in London ) :

Gold for Jack Laugher ( BBC earlier called him 'Laughter' in a caption, got to love autocorrect ) and Chris Mears in the synchronised 3m springboard into green water final. There will be laughter and tears.

Gold for Joe Clarke in the kayak slalom.

No, to be honest I hadn't heard of our gold medalists. What the Olympics is so often about!

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The campaign for all-green pools starts here!

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indiana wrote:

Go GB !

Well done Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and the 4x200m freestyle relay guys on their super silvers last night.

And on golden Wednesday ( when the golds started in London ) :

Gold for Jack Laugher ( BBC earlier called him 'Laughter' in a caption, got to love autocorrect ) and Chris Mears in the synchronised 3m springboard into green water final. There will be laughter and tears.

Gold for Joe Clarke in the kayak slalom.

No, to be honest I hadn't heard of our gold medalists. What the Olympics is so often about!

9. GB 3G 3S 5B and much to come.


 Laugher is certainly the 2nd most well known diver in GB, I sometimes forget who is the most well known ;)  Diving has been getting stronger and stronger over recent years, so we had a good chance of picking up more than just one medal this time around.

We had a stellar day in Sailing today as well with the help of the British weather, we're currently in gold position in 2 classes, and competitive in all the others except for 1 I believe.

Andrew Willis has a shot at a medal in the 200m Breaststroke as well later on, going to be a very tight finish that one I suspect.



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A night off for our tabloids' surprising great interest in Olympic swimming, or rather Helen Skelton.

Edit: Oh I misinterpreted some schedule info, no night off in the swimming.



-- Edited by indiana on Thursday 11th of August 2016 01:36:25 AM

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Two weeks of the year where I watch sports I wouldn't normally watch - trap shooting, sailing, canoe slalom, fencing etc and don't watch sports I would normally watch(bar athletics) like football and tennis

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We're back to accumulating plenty of agonising 4th place finishes. Andrew Willis last night, and the rowers earlier today.

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Also it looks as if Sir Steve Redgrave has finally lost patience with Inverdale. Firstly Steve compared Inverdale to the Bond character Jaws, saying he talks too much, Inverdale wasn't impressed, then there was a major rolls eye from Steve following an intro from Inverdale, and subsequently he hasn't been seen since. Inverdale then was interviewing both a German and a NZ television fellow commentator as he had noone beside him to interview, and they both cut him off, which I couldn't resist having a chuckle to.

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The Telegraph's Paul Hayward ( "sportswriter of the year" ) going gung-ho in the gloom stakes on Team GB's relatively slow start even while ( seemingly almost grudgingly ) accepting we'd at least got going a bit with the two golds yesterday taking us to three.

All about individuals who hadn't quite delivered and these who popped up yesterday being unsung - headline "Big names must now match the deeds of unsung heroes" with an underlying tone that he's not convinced they will.

He makes fair points that Rio is not London ( I think most folk had noticed ) so generally tougher, and yes I'd admit the number of fourths is becoming a bit annoying, but being a few medals behind predictions at this still pretty early stage - calm man.

Kind of reminds me of an absolute classic thread on the Digital Spy Sports forum which was started a few days into the London Games ( I think the first Tuesday while still goldless ) about the GB disastrous performance. Some absolutely classic posts followed for the remainder of the two weeks, with much p*** taking as each medal clocked up. "This is soo bad, that's just 20 golds now, I'm embarrassed to be British" etc.

Yes there have been a few disappointments and we may be overall slightly behind targetted schedule, but with particularly normal big hitters like track cycling ( quote - "so the wait for the first cycling gold goes on" err after just four generally thought of as very open road races ), rowing ( great unexpected silver from Grainger and Thornley today ) and sailing still to properly get going.

Behave, Mr Hayward !



-- Edited by indiana on Thursday 11th of August 2016 05:27:20 PM

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