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indiana wrote:
Christine wrote:

There were more than 40 countries who won medals in athletics, how does this compare to other sports. I think it's harder to be the best in athletics due to the amount of opposition, so any medal is brilliant


 Well there are 58 athletics events. Agree almost all medals in themselves are brilliant. Overall GB has had a great Olympics but I do think some concerns about GB athletics are valid, eg. field events, eg. our men overall.


 Back in the 80's and 90's we had some brilliant javelin throwers in Tessa Sanderson , Fatima Whitbread, Mick Hill and Steve Backley and after that we had no successors. 



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indiana wrote:
Christine wrote:

There were more than 40 countries who won medals in athletics, how does this compare to other sports. I think it's harder to be the best in athletics due to the amount of opposition, so any medal is brilliant


 Well there are 58 athletics events. Agree almost all medals in themselves are brilliant. Overall GB has had a great Olympics but I do think some concerns about GB athletics are valid, eg. field events, eg. our men overall.


 In some events we starred. One being the womens 800 metres where we had 3 finalists in a field of 8 and that didn't include Laura Muir who concentrated on the 1,500 metres. Agree about the men because with Mo Farah gone I was struggling to name any of our current men in most of the events. Although Josh Kerr did give us  a medal in 1,500 metres for the first time since Peter Elliott in 1988. Some eras  we will never repeat such as the days of Coe, Ovett, Cram, Daley Thompson, Jonathan Edwards and Colin Jackson.   



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We end with 65 medals. Equalling London and close to Rio. And 4th in the medal table whichever way you count it, golds or totals.

Id say Britain has done well- good work team!

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Apparently it is our 2nd best overseas Olympics.

 



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Miriambee wrote:

Apparently it is our 2nd best overseas Olympics.

 


 Yep, after Rio



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Simply, GB did great

To follow up a super home games ( where many like Japan this time can find another level ) with such hauls in Rio and Tokyo is unprecedented.

I'd say our medal chances to conversion rate was really good too. After the early rowing 2 medals but six 4ths we actually had very few near misses. Of course there was the odd one like Jemma Reekie's agonisingly close 800m 4th and a few that got away like Laura Kenny's omnium but really not that many. That spoke to standing up on the biggest stage.

On golds and total medals our men did capture a few more than our women but it is probably our women that overall left me with more of the deeper impressions of sheer competitiveness.

Well done all !



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In figures these last 3 games have been by far our best games ever apart from London 1908 where we appear to often have had most of the competitors.

London 29G, 17S, 19B, Total 65
Rio 27G, 23B, 17B, Total 67
Tokyo 22G, 21S, 22B, Total 65

In the 8 games from Tokyo 1964 to Barcelona 1992 we had from 3 to 5 gold medals and at most 24 medals in total before the nadir ...

Atlanta 1996 1G, 8S, 6B, Total 15

Lottery funding and changed attitudes and so many part time amateurs becoming effectively full time professionals then saw the big improvements through Sydney, Athens and Beijing to these last 3 games.



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GAMEOVER wrote:
indiana wrote:
Christine wrote:

There were more than 40 countries who won medals in athletics, how does this compare to other sports. I think it's harder to be the best in athletics due to the amount of opposition, so any medal is brilliant


 Well there are 58 athletics events. Agree almost all medals in themselves are brilliant. Overall GB has had a great Olympics but I do think some concerns about GB athletics are valid, eg. field events, eg. our men overall.


 In some events we starred. One being the womens 800 metres where we had 3 finalists in a field of 8 and that didn't include Laura Muir who concentrated on the 1,500 metres. Agree about the men because with Mo Farah gone I was struggling to name any of our current men in most of the events. Although Josh Kerr did give us  a medal in 1,500 metres for the first time since Peter Elliott in 1988. Some eras  we will never repeat such as the days of Coe, Ovett, Cram, Daley Thompson, Jonathan Edwards and Colin Jackson.   


 We did fine in middle distance and sprint relays, but it is our worst performance in athletics for 24 years.

KJT and Dina should not even have travelled, but as high profile athletes there was a lot of pressure from agents and sponsors.

Athletics governance is a mess. There is no structure. Coaching is still generally unpaid, but the top athletes are funded. The chief executive doesn't know what she is doing. 



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Liverpool Harriers David Devine goes in the 5000m in T13 category in the early hours of Saturday morning.
T11 -T13 are visual impairment. David is actually a T12 and has minimal vision. I think he can see around 5 yards.

He won the Northern Champs earlier in the year and improved his PB at Loughborough in a BMC to sub 14:15. He has a genuine medal chance.

He is in PB shape and has been going really well.
Just to give you an idea about his condition, he came down to training a few weeks ago and went for a warm up in the park by the track. He came back to the track and he needed first aid as he had blood coming down from several cuts. It turns out when he ran in the park, he had tripped and fallen over a dog which he hadn't seen due to his condition.

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