Teesside Snog Monster (jiggery_pokery) wrote,
Teesside Snog Monster

Got to love the Athletics World Cup

The Oceanian team - and how do you pronounce Oceanian, anyway? (I would pronounce it Ocean Ian, but the BBC pronounce it Oshy Ahnan, less often than not with the benefit of a letter I. It's a very non-specific continent name, anyway; why did Australasia fall out of favour?) - couldn't find a good triple jumper for the World Cup, so they put one of their pole valuters in instead. Hee!

He had never taken part in a triple jump competition before, so I think that's what you call a baptism of fire. When he ran down the runway, I think everyone got a feeling of "he's not going to be able to reach the pit!" - compare with that shot-putter who ran the 100m in the Olympics - but he managed to get a highly credible 14.96 on the board before releasing an obviously delighted "Ric Flair whoo". (Actual quote from that page: "Scott was first to ring in and identify Professor Dumbledorf as the King of the Hogwarrts." Quality Beverley "journalism" at its finest.)

Good for the pole-vaulter! It's all about getting points for the team - specifically, one point for last place - but he'll also pick up US$1,000 prize money, which isn't too shabby for a few minutes' work. He even finished within a metre of the Spanish "real" triple jumper...

Excellent to see Colin Jackson in his final outdoor 110m hurdles race, too. It's a shame that it didn't turn out the way he would have liked; Colin hit the first hurdle, ended up veering heavily over to the right of his lane, bumped a bit with the athlete in the next lane across and pulled up after hurdle three.

Now the greatness of Colin Jackson is that he didn't lose his nerve. He stopped, gutted, for a few seconds and realised that he had to finish the race, finally crossing the line in 21.16. As it turned out, the Asian athlete fell over and didn't complete the race, so Colin's compsure earned the GBR team not one point but two.

On top of that, he admitted in the later interview that he deserved to be disqualified for pushing one of the later hurdles over - what a great, classy athlete. I have a suspicion that he may also have run out of his lane at some point - he will certainly have come very close, given that he was so far over to one side. To be fair, this is symptomatic with his running style and something he should probably do something about. The early results had him picking up two points for his team, but I expect there may be appeals. After all, a team would kick itself if they ended up losing to Britain by fewer than two points.

Finally, a high-jumper or a pole-vaulter scores no points at all for their team if they get three failures for their team. With this in mind, why don't all the height jumpers enter the competion at a height of some trivial minimum like 40 cm and then choose to pass all the intervening heights between there and whatever they really planned?

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