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#1 Gangwon

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:01 AM

As a pre-Olympic year, this should be a good indicator of where the current athletes stand. The 2011 Daegu Athletics World Championships will be from August 27 to September 4. This article below got me a little excited about the upcoming tournament.

With World Athletics Championships a month away, Daegu trying to create buzz


Some highlights from the article:

- The main stadium, the athletes' village and the media centre are all set and ready to go

- 350,000 of the 453,962 tickets have been sold to date. (I wonder how this compares with Berlin 2009?)

- With American Tyson Gay injured, the 100 m final could be an all-Jamaican affair between Usain Bolt (though still struggling), Asafa Powell and Steve Mullings

- Teams from the US, Jamaica, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Britain and Germany will fly in early and set up training bases in early-mid August

- Korea, the host nation, will be hard-pressed to win a medal here. It is hoped this world championships will help athletics gain popularity in Korea much like Park Tae-Hwan did for swimming and Kim Yu-Na did for figure skating.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 11:21 AM

Do you know, how unpopular these WCh is here in Europe? The IAAF had to reduce their demand of the TV-rights dramatically to get them sold.

Bolt set a new WR in Berlin two years ago and not in Beijing...

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 11:28 AM

Do you know, how unpopular these WCh is here in Europe? The IAAF had to reduce their demand of the TV-rights dramatically to get them sold.

Bolt set a new WR in Berlin two years ago and not in Beijing...

Nope, I have no idea about the popularity of the WCh in Europe. I was just wondering if 350,000 out of 450,000 sold at this point in time was comparable to Berlin.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:20 PM

One of the interesting storylines is whether or not American Allyson Felix will double in the 200 and 400 meters. If she does, then the chances of her winning a fourth straight World Championship gold medal in the 200 is very slim. She is also in the pool for both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays. She has not made that decision yet.

Sanya Richards also wanted to double, but finished last in the finals of the 200 Meters at the US Championships, a race that has resulted in a bit of controversy. Richards will try to defend her 400 meter championship, although with the way she's been running this year, the chances of a repeat are slim. She's nowhere near her 2009 form and missed 2010 due to injury and Bechets Disease, which she has.

As for London, next year, if Felix decides to focus on her specialty, the 200 meters, then the chances are high that she will finally get over that hump and finally win an individual gold medal and that could end up with her being one of the greatest US Track Athletes of All Time, up there with Flo Jo, Jackie Joyner Kersee (who's husband coaches Felix), Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis (among others). Richards may go down as one of the best American track athletes to have never won an individual gold medal, but we'll see what happens.

The United States team has a lot of new, fresh faces, including three American football players. Next Year's Olympic Trials will likely be the last chance for many veterans on the American squad to make the national team.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:24 PM

Nope, I have no idea about the popularity of the WCh in Europe. I was just wondering if 350,000 out of 450,000 sold at this point in time was comparable to Berlin.


515 000 visitors in the stadium, 1 340 000 supporters at the marathon track.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:25 PM

The IAAF is lucky that Europe and Asia get to host this event, since there is a 0% chance the United States will ever host this event.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:07 PM

Do you know, how unpopular these WCh is here in Europe? The IAAF had to reduce their demand of the TV-rights dramatically to get them sold.

Bolt set a new WR in Berlin two years ago and not in Beijing...

No surprise considering the location of both the 2011 and 2013 champs (2013 is Moscow, but 2/3 hours ahead of rest of Europe). C4 have snatched the rights from the BBC in the UK. They've managed to lure Michael Johnson from the BBC (presumably to be loaned back for the Olympics).

http://www.channel4....s-championships

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:13 PM

No surprise considering the location of both the 2011 and 2013 champs (2013 is Moscow, but 2/3 hours ahead of rest of Europe).

2-3 hours???! Are you kidding me?

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:10 PM

2-3 hours???! Are you kidding me?


Why would he be kidding you, what is so funny or unreasonable about saying that Moscow is 2 to 3 hours ahead of the rest of Europe? Current time in Moscow is 00:10, Berlin 22:10 and London 21:10? 2 to 3 hours does see accurate.
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:13 PM

Why would he be kidding you, what is so funny or unreasonable about saying that Moscow is 2 to 3 hours ahead of the rest of Europe? Current time in Moscow is 00:10, Berlin 22:10 and London 21:10? 2 to 3 hours does see accurate.

Having the demand of tv rights reduced because of 2-3 hours seems paltry.




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