As I woke up after 4 hours of sleep, I had 20 notes from Stuart Weir, who had been up all afternoon, Turkish time. His first note was NEED to POST. That is this story on the 60 meters, which will be an intriguing final! Final in 90 minutes!
The women’s 60
If I had to choose one event that I’m most excited about in the 2023 European Athletics Indoor Championships, it would be the women’s 60-meter sprint. OK, we only had the prelims so far, but all the big names made it through satisfactorily.
The race winners were – in running order
Eva Swoboda, Poland, 7.11
Darryl Neita, GBR, 7.14
Patrizia Van der Weken, Luxembourg 7.26
Mujinga Kambundji, Switzerland, 7.18
Arialis Martinez, Portugal, 7.24
The reigning European indoor Champion, Ajla del Ponte, is not in the field. The reigning World Indoor Champion, Mujinga Kambundji, is. Eva Swoboda has a PR of 6.99. Darryl Neita is in the form or her life. Asha Philip, the 2017 European champion, is there. When Kambundji and Neita met in 2022 European outdoors, they were separated by just 1 hundredth of a second.
Kambundji said of her prelim, “This was not the best race, but it’s the heat, so it’s ok. I will go back, recover and run back in the evening. I don’t find it a problem to run a couple of races in one day. I am used to it, it’s just 60m. I want to go to the final and run my best race, the fast one. Also, I hope that both my sister (Ditaji in 60mH) and I can win a medal in our events if we qualify for the final”.
Neita commented: “Good start – it’s heat so it’s kind of good to be able to blow that one out of the way. We’ve got three in one day today so I am just learning how to manage that. It’s pretty new for me; so, happy with that but most importantly to get ready for this evening. Me and my coach have written out a pretty detailed schedule by the minute for today! So I just trust that if I follow that I will be ready for this afternoon. The track was nice, it was good, and I am sure it will be a bit busier later, but it’s a great atmosphere and nice. I’m excited”.
Too close to call.
2023 EUROPEAN INDOOR ATHLECTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
poor BBC American commentator
I have to write to criticise the BBC in their very poor coice of the Amercian woman commentator
in the ’23 European Indoor Championships Sadly, the lady in question is quite out of her depth
and very poor quality indeed. RM
Nota bene: Micheal Johnson would be the only/best US choice for thie BBC position
Thanks, Rhuaiiri, did not see the BBC broadcast, i will check it out on YouTube and replay it after that! Cheers!
I must write to criticize the BBC for their poor choice of the American woman commentator
in the ’23 European Indoor Championships. RHUAIRI MACLEOD – 05 March 2023
Nota bene: Micheal Johnson would be the only/best US choice for this BBC position
BBC used Michael Johnson, and I have watched it; he does a fantastic job. MJ is quite popular on BBC, is he not?