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southbankbornnbred 2:04 Sun Sep 29
World Athletics Championships in Qatar
...absolute farce.

A championships that should never have been given to Qatar, already a joke because of the heat/conditions and empty stadium.

Now one of its blue-ribbon events, the men's 100m, has seen a US 1-2 from a "new and exciting" young champion who has already missed THREE doping tests in his short career, and a runner-up who has TWICE served bans for failing drugs tests.

A once dignified sport, long troubled, and now descended into complete farce.

THIRTY female marathon runners dropped out due to the 32c midnight heat.

The world decathlon champion has criticised the IAAF for hosting in Doha to an empty stadium.

We're only a few days in, and this could go down as one of the worst major sporting events of all time.

I'm quite enjoying it for that reason alone.

Any suggestions on the next scandal/fuck up/highlight?

I'm Tony Harrison of London, and I'm outraged.

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angryprumphs 4:53 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
The one highlight for me was the mens 1500, where we have 3 lads who at least look competitive.

Mace66 2:11 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Take the Salazar 'effect' out of that and it really does look poor ...

zico 12:44 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Apart from a handful of athletics medal winners though our athletics teams have generally been quite poor. Just taking the men as an example in the Olympics since 1980 - Not that great -

2016 -
Farah 2 Golds
Rutherford Bronze

2012 -
Farah 2 Golds
Grabarz Bronze
Rutherford Gold

2008 -
400 M Relay Bronze

2004 -
100 M Relay Gold

2000 -
Jonathan Edwards Gold

1996 -
Roger Black Silver
400 M Relay Sliver
Steve Smith Bronze
Jonathan Edwards Silver
Steve Backley Silver

1992 -
Lindford Christie Gold
Kriss Akabusi Bronze
400 M Relay Bronze
Steve Backley Bronze

1988 -
Lindford Christie Silver
Peter Elliot Silver
Colin Jackson Silver
Mark Rowland Bronze
100 M Relay Silver

1884 -
Seb Coe Silver and Gold
Steve Cram Silver
Mike McCleod Silver
Charlie Spedding Bronze
400 M Relay Silver
Keith Connor Bronze
Daley Thompson Gold

1980
Allan Wells Gold and Silver
Steve Ovett Gold and Bronze
Seb Coe Silver and Gold
Gary Oakes Bronze
Daley Thompson Gold

southbankbornnbred 11:50 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Yep. They poor, fo' sure.

The rowers, on the other hand, will no doubt win medals again next year. They do seem good at getting their four-year cycle right.

BRANDED 11:41 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Ok. Maybe they’re shit?

southbankbornnbred 11:33 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Branded - you've proved my very point, though: that's rowing, not athletics.

Nobody is saying that Johnson-Thmpson's gold medal is irrelevent because it's really the Olympics that matter, are they? These were still the world championships.

It is perfectly possible to peak for both. There is rather a lot of time between them. I doubt that the Kenyan and Ethiopian distance runners are saying "nah, can't be bothered with the world champs".

Personally, I don't see many men threatening the athletics medals next year in Tokyo. This was their chance to step up - and nobody did. Our best individual men's medal chance next year, apart from Mo in the marathon, will be Gemili. And he will probably finish fourth!

It's just a poor era for men's athletics in Britain. Lots of the guys who were "promising" a few ago, like Zharnel Hughes etc. have so far failed to progress in the way that the women like Asher-Smith have. They need to knuckle down and up their game, like Johnson-Thompson did.

, 11:19 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
South bank, agree about the men’s team but don’t forget that our hammer thrower had a silver medal throw ruled out by an incorrect foot fault judgement.

Oh and other countries of a similar size and athletic tradition as the UK fared just as badly.

Lee Trundle 11:04 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Whoever would have thought that athletes see the Olympics as the pinnacle of their sport?

BRANDED 10:56 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
The Olympics are seen by athletes and their coaches as the goal to achieve success in. As a result they work in four year cycles. My nephew is a Team GB rowing coach and everything is geared around winning the Olympics.

southbankbornnbred 10:13 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
And that stupid BBC journalist trying to give his poorly informed "analysis" is just another excuse-making patsy for Team GB.

These were the world championships - albeit a crap championships held in a country that should never have been given them.

Saj Chowdhury's response? "Save judgement until after Tokyo."

Er, no. You judge the Olympic effort (even the athletics element of it) after Tokyo. You judge the Athletics world championships after the athletics world championships. These were the second most important event, by any measurement, and the athletes have another ten months before Tokyo.

You don't say: "Oh, the world championships were actually a considerable success because we did so well in Tokyo...in events that don't involve athletics."

southbankbornnbred 10:07 Mon Oct 7
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Final comment on the championships has to be about how shockingly poor the British men's team was.

Absolutely awful.

We didn't have a single individual athlete who threatened to medal, beyond Gemili (who I think is maximising his talent, but just falls short of the top three each time). The men's 4x100m team was very good, again. But beyond that, the men's team was absolutely terrible.

The women's team was far stronger all round - and not just because they had Asher-Smith and Johnson-Thompson. Muir, Bradshaw and others threatened the top five or six in their events.

The men were probably just playing computer games and pretending to be athletes!

Westside 9:23 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Qataris won the Cutting Peoples Fucking Heads off for Relatively Minor Indiscretions Goldmedal yet? They are so very accomplished at it.

So good at it, they haven't executed anybody since 2003. Who was executed by firing squad.

pdcwhu 9:14 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
BBC Coverage is Shocking.
You are So Much Up Your Own Holes.🤪

Takashi Miike 7:33 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
did salazar train this kenyan?

Mart O 7:02 Sun Oct 6
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arsene york-hunt 4:16 Sun Oct 6

"From late 2016 Sifan Hassan was coached by Alberto Salazar, the Nike Oregon Project coach."

zico 6:39 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Disqualified I think, not surprised surely they couldn't qualify after that!! Work camp awaits when they get home I suspect!!!

Far Cough 6:37 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
zico, and they still qualified? Where were the others?

zico 6:30 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Anyone see that bizarre Chinese relay changeover, hilarious.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/athletics/49948826

arsene york-hunt 4:16 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Dutch Ethiopian Sifan Hassan is the best and most versatile female athlete in the world, and has won the 1500 mtres and the 10,000 metres. I don't believe she has taken any drugs because:

1. She denies it
2. She is so cute.

Alfie 3:00 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Have the Qataris won the Cutting Peoples Fucking Heads off for Relatively Minor Indiscretions Goldmedal yet? They are so very accomplished at it.

Has the 'bribing fat oval headed russian and french men to win the world cup 2022' award been on yet? Oh i do hope so - its all so unpredictable and gallic.

Has the FIFA and the world olympic committe are the most corrupt gang of palled up cunts on earth' relay happened yet? I wonder if disgusingly corrupt french italian russian and qatari delegates with a penchance for brasses' categorywill be at the medal ceremony?

zico 2:03 Sun Oct 6
Re: World Athletics Championships in Qatar
Well done to the sprint relay squads for their silvers. The women beating the Yanks into third and the men's baton troubles of the past seem over!! If only we could get the odd top middle distance runner in the men's again we would have medal chances across the board.

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