Democracy doesn't work
- Aug 24, 2009
So happy for Dina, but a shame she had to do it in such an empty stadium. Thank God they've yet to be dumb enough to give Qatar the Olympics.
DEVASTATED for Adam. He did nothing wrong but just couldn’t get there. I wish he hadn’t entered the 100 as well and just concentrated on the 200.
This champs is not going well for us. It just seems like bad luck and missed opportunities everywhere. Dina should walk the 200 but I have this massive fear something will go wrong somewhere. Don’t let her pull a hamstring or something...
I think he does have a slightly overinflated opinion on his own ability. He called his run that of 'an amateur' despite it being his SEASON'S BEST performance...! 4th is probably exactly where he should be on merit right?
These post race interviews do tend to bring up some coulda beens that play to the very upper end of what appear to be their potential abilities. After getting knocked out in her 200m semi Jodie was saying she should have been in the final getting a medal.
Anyway, last night was incredible. I was SO, SO happy. I got all the Jamaicans in our section behind her as they didn't have anyone in the final, which meant the whole of our section on the finish line was BUZZING. When she crossed the line, I thought it would just be relief, but it was true, true joy. I don't remember much of the athletics after that- it's all a bit of a blur!
Being a massive athletics fan who has always favoured the women's sprints over anything else, I've waited 35 years for this. 35 years of watching all the Otteys, Torrences, Devers, Privalovas and Onyalis of this world winning time and time again, whilst we had the Joice Maduakas, Marcia Richardsons and Laura Turners go out in the heats and semi finals at best. Abi Oyepitan and Jeannette Kwakye gave me hope, but to finally have a woman stand on top of the podium was something else for me. It still feels unreal. I cried when she crossed the line and I'm welling up now just thinking about it. At the risk of overstating things, as an athletics obsessive, seeing this in person and being able to "share" the moment with this amazing woman in some small way means the absolute world to me. I didn't just shout congratulations, I shouted "Thank You" to her just as I took this photo. And I meant every word.
Do you think she's doping?
OMG, Sheena made Sifan swear at the BBC.
It’s just too ridiculous to not think that for me. She’s made a major leap forward since she went to the Oregon Project and obviously there’s lots of questions around that training group at the moment. 3:51 is a ridiculous time in a one off race, but with a super fast 10k in your legs and two heats of the 1500? It’s just madness! It was also the way she just runs away from the field like they were nobodies. That was literally the best field ever assembled and she beat them by over 2 seconds.
The interview after and her anger/sadness actually made me warm to her more, though, in fairness, but you have to ask why you’d go to a training group that was already under investigation. I hate feeling this way- I normally do celebrate rather than accuse (I’ve been defending Salwa Eid Naser all week to people) but it just feels too ludicrous for words for me.
It's so disheartening if you're a lover of the sport. The championships, despite their difficulties, have been full of incredible performances, and that feels shrouded by the stuff with Salazar. I will be particularly devastated if it turns out Mo Farah has been doping, cos of the impact it will have on how the sport is perceived in Britain. Also, I really hope Salwa is clean because it was the most phenomenal thing I've ever witnessed and I like her.