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    Nickyc707 reacted to JoshMartini007 in Other Multi-Sport Games Discussion Thread   
    Not a huge fan of this, they should have more core sports.
     
    At the very least they need to have some kind of list of approved events or else we'll get random sports/events where only a handful of nations are decent at.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from dullard in Commonwealth Games 2022   
    More silly nonsense. If this were true why have wrestling as a core sport in which GB is hopeless and not for example shooting where they do well. 
     
    The trouble is some Indian fans seem to have an inflated view of India's sporting standing  in the consciousness of other countries. We really don't care how well India does and certainly nobody would bother to try and thwart any success they may have despite the ridiculous conspiracy theories we've been entertained with in this thread. Beating the Aussies is all we care about. 😊
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Ted in Commonwealth Games 2022   
    Archery wasn't removed from the 2022 Games as it wasn't in the 2014 or 2018 programmes either. It's an optional sport and so far has only been included in 1982 and 2010. 
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    Nickyc707 reacted to OlympicIRL in Commonwealth Games 2022   
    I think you lost that bet
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Makedonas in Tennis ITF US Open 2021   
    Unlike Serena Williams I think he will still go on to break the record, though.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Wanderer in Tennis ITF US Open 2021   
    Unlike Serena Williams I think he will still go on to break the record, though.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Ted in Tennis ITF US Open 2021   
    Unlike Serena Williams I think he will still go on to break the record, though.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Ted in Tennis ITF US Open 2021   
    She was also seeded 17 both times. Clearly not her lucky number.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Makedonas in Tennis ITF US Open 2021   
    She was also seeded 17 both times. Clearly not her lucky number.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Makedonas in Tennis ITF US Open 2021   
    Usually I would agree but this was clearly legitimate and they are always tougher for the server whether the injured party or not. 
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Ted in Tennis ITF US Open 2021   
    Not going to be Pliskova.
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    Nickyc707 reacted to Siddhartha Talukdar in Cricket Discussion Thread   
    Indian audience seems to be targeted by the IOC. The Olympic website was providing India specific news and updates and also had a language option of Hindi. Even in social media like Youtube and Twitter, a lot of India specific and Hindi language content was produced.
    Coming to cricket, I think ICC also believes 2032 is more realistic but want to make the groundwork by then. Australia as a host makes more sense with iconic stadiums like MCG, SCG, Adelaide Oval and Gabba
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from rafalgorka in Post Games Analysis | How do you analyse your country's performance at Tokyo 2020?   
    Can't disagree with most of what you've said. Initially GB had a target of 54-92 medals which was subsequently reduced to 45-70 due to the difficulties and uncertainties caused by the pandemic. Personally I was expecting a tally in the low 50s while secretly hoping for something in the high 50s so 65 exceeded my expectations and comfortably met UK Sport's target. Indeed but for the Covid forced withdrawal of Amber Hill and injuries to one or two key athletes like KJT they might easily have surpassed Rio which would have been a remarkable achievement and worthy of a 10/10 score.
     
    Sports like boxing (+3), equestrian (+2), modern pentathlon (+2), sailing (+2) which have always been reliable contributors to GB medal hauls stood tall, while swimming (+2) has proven a growing area of strength. Cycling, diving, taekwondo and triathlon also continued with their solid contributions which was particularly satisfying in the case of the former as there were concerns about a drop off in success on two wheels. Growth in MTB and both BMX racing and freestyle helped to prevent that.
     
    The three sports that saw significant falls were rowing (-3), canoeing (-2) and gymnastics (-4). Rowing had internal problems and there were suggestions that their high altitude training had gone wrong. It was also a hugely inexperienced squad with 80% newcomers. Margins are small and if they had turned some of their six fourth places into medals they would not be facing the level of criticism they have received. Most of GB's success in canoeing has come from slalom and in Tokyo I don't believe they had their strongest men's team. The selection process used saw the elimination of then reigning Olympic champion Joe Clarke and multiple medallist David Florence both of whom would I believe have strengthened the team.
     
    Gymnastics is an increasingly competitive sport as we see the spread of medals among different countries increase every cycle. The question facing some countries is do we concentrate on winning team or individual apparatus medals. The strongest can do both while the less strong probably aren't going to challenge for team medals anyway and should target individual apparatus. I think GB managed to fall between the two choices leaving question marks about their selections. I may be wrong but I believe they are returning to five member teams in 2024 so that should help solve some of the selection quandries.
     
    GB performed at about par in athletics with six medals although we missed out on gold for the first time since Atlanta. On the downside were the injuries to KJT, DAS and Gemili. One of my biggest frustrations in sport are the apparently never ending injuries and niggles to British track & field athletes. On the upside is the revival of British middle distance running with medals in both men's and women's 1500m and women's 800m. The saddest story of this cycle from a British perspective has been the decline of the men's 400m flat and hurdles, two events in which the country has a rich history and which also applies by extension to the 4x400m relay. More support in this area and in field events should be a priority for UK Athletics.
     
    Anyway overall it's been a great games with some outstanding performances from athletes not only of GB but of many nations who have had to overcome incredibly difficult preparations. Well done Japan and well done to all the officials and helpers for delivering something to remember and lift the spirits after the traumas of the past two years.
     
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from JamDH in Post Games Analysis | How do you analyse your country's performance at Tokyo 2020?   
    Can't disagree with most of what you've said. Initially GB had a target of 54-92 medals which was subsequently reduced to 45-70 due to the difficulties and uncertainties caused by the pandemic. Personally I was expecting a tally in the low 50s while secretly hoping for something in the high 50s so 65 exceeded my expectations and comfortably met UK Sport's target. Indeed but for the Covid forced withdrawal of Amber Hill and injuries to one or two key athletes like KJT they might easily have surpassed Rio which would have been a remarkable achievement and worthy of a 10/10 score.
     
    Sports like boxing (+3), equestrian (+2), modern pentathlon (+2), sailing (+2) which have always been reliable contributors to GB medal hauls stood tall, while swimming (+2) has proven a growing area of strength. Cycling, diving, taekwondo and triathlon also continued with their solid contributions which was particularly satisfying in the case of the former as there were concerns about a drop off in success on two wheels. Growth in MTB and both BMX racing and freestyle helped to prevent that.
     
    The three sports that saw significant falls were rowing (-3), canoeing (-2) and gymnastics (-4). Rowing had internal problems and there were suggestions that their high altitude training had gone wrong. It was also a hugely inexperienced squad with 80% newcomers. Margins are small and if they had turned some of their six fourth places into medals they would not be facing the level of criticism they have received. Most of GB's success in canoeing has come from slalom and in Tokyo I don't believe they had their strongest men's team. The selection process used saw the elimination of then reigning Olympic champion Joe Clarke and multiple medallist David Florence both of whom would I believe have strengthened the team.
     
    Gymnastics is an increasingly competitive sport as we see the spread of medals among different countries increase every cycle. The question facing some countries is do we concentrate on winning team or individual apparatus medals. The strongest can do both while the less strong probably aren't going to challenge for team medals anyway and should target individual apparatus. I think GB managed to fall between the two choices leaving question marks about their selections. I may be wrong but I believe they are returning to five member teams in 2024 so that should help solve some of the selection quandries.
     
    GB performed at about par in athletics with six medals although we missed out on gold for the first time since Atlanta. On the downside were the injuries to KJT, DAS and Gemili. One of my biggest frustrations in sport are the apparently never ending injuries and niggles to British track & field athletes. On the upside is the revival of British middle distance running with medals in both men's and women's 1500m and women's 800m. The saddest story of this cycle from a British perspective has been the decline of the men's 400m flat and hurdles, two events in which the country has a rich history and which also applies by extension to the 4x400m relay. More support in this area and in field events should be a priority for UK Athletics.
     
    Anyway overall it's been a great games with some outstanding performances from athletes not only of GB but of many nations who have had to overcome incredibly difficult preparations. Well done Japan and well done to all the officials and helpers for delivering something to remember and lift the spirits after the traumas of the past two years.
     
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    Nickyc707 reacted to De_Gambassi in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Medal Count   
    Definitely both. Triathlon is another fine exemple of that.
     
    A sort of UK Sport has been set up a couple years ago (Agence Nationale du Sport) mainly to tackle the high performance sector of french sport. Former - very successful - handball NT coach Claude Onesta is leading it. I like his talk and I believe he has the right ideas in mind, yet he is facing an old system (a quasi socialist one tbf) that it's very difficult to move.
     
    People care, but the public discussion is mainly about funding or very long-term issues (like the already mentioned sport at school). Our system has become inefficient and doesn't know how to peak at the right time (the olympics). On that last point, we still could make a big difference by 2024. Hopefully, the right questions will be asked by the right people.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from dcro in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Medal Count   
    I don't think China have ever had a clean sweep in diving. They always fail to win 1-2 of the events.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from konig in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Medal Count   
    I'm not so sure. This OG was in China's own backyard and they were always going to raise their game for Tokyo. I'm not convinced that they'll be quite so driven in 2024.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from pdr4332 in Modern Pentathlon at the Summer Olympic Games 2020   
    I think he resigned before he was fired.
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from Quasit in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Medal Count   
    The women's middleweight boxing final between China and GB is likely to be decisive in determining either the 1st or 4th place finishers and possibly both.
     
    Apart from Lauren Price, GB have competitors in three other events: cycling's women's omnium (Laura Kenny) and men's kierin (Jack Carlin & Jason Kenny) and the men's marathon (Callum Hawkins, Chris Thompson & Ben Connors).
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    Nickyc707 reacted to thiago_simoes in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Medal Count   
    Yay, Lithuania!
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    Nickyc707 reacted to dodge in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Medal Count   
    There’s been one British doomsayer who’s gone very quiet the last couple of days despite talking non stop all week about how this would be a disaster for GB
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    Nickyc707 reacted to Quaker2001 in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Broadcasters   
    Need to see the numbers from an Olympics not tainted by a pandemic.  Only so much we can figure from the numbers here
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from hckošice in Modern Pentathlon at the Summer Olympic Games 2020   
    Yep, he was born in Prague and has been head coach since 1998.
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    Nickyc707 reacted to phelps in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Medal Count   
    their premier league has 15 teams (and a complicated format, ending with a single match final, a sort of local superbowl)...
     
    in the small republic there are 5 small pitches (with capacity between 500 and 700 spectators each) and the National Stadium (which normally hosts the championship's final match and all the international events and has about 5,000 seats)...
     
    their teams have never won a match (and obviously they haven't made the 2nd preliminary round as well) in the champions league early stages...but they keep trying...and that's what I like the most and why I try to follow those matches...
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    Nickyc707 got a reaction from thiago_simoes in Summer Olympic Games 2020 Medal Count   
    So Oceania would consist of Australasia and the Pacific Islands. No need to bother with continental qualification any more you could just insist on quotas for every event. By the way I like the way the Aussies have incorporated New Zealand into the team's name.
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