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Sue and I were back at the IAAF World Athletics Championships over the weekend.

A full crowd as there has been for each Session

Men’s 110m Hurdles race in the Decathlon

Men’s 110m Hurdles race in the Decathlon

Alyson Felix (USA) – one of the worlds best sprinters over the past decade prepares for the sprint relay heats

Changeover for USA and GB teams in women’s 4x100m relay heat – both qualified for the final.

Good to see Adam Gemili back in GB team after injury

Men’s 4x100m relay heat

Usain Bolt preparing for a 4x100m relay heat

Jamacia leads out in men’s 4x400m relay heat.

Kevin Meyer of France in the Discus section of the men’s decathlon.

I imagine this is not what the organisers had in mind for the Long Jump pit. Hero the Hedgehog and friend enjoy the sand.

Sue and I went to the World Athletics Championships last night at London’s Olympic Park.

The Stadium packed for an evening of Athletics on day 8 of the Championships

Leading out in a women’s 5000m heat

Ruth Beitia of Spain, the Olympic Champion, clears 1.85 in Woman’s High Jump Qualifier

Peacock of Australia in the Men’s Javelin launches it out to 82.19m

Caster Semenya (South Africa) rounds the bend in the Women’s 800m on her way to winning her heat

Christian Taylor (USA) jumps out to 16.97m to win Gold in the Triple Jump

Men’s 1500m heat

Women’s 200m semi-final gets under way

Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) ready for the start of Men’s 200m final – he would claim the Silver medal

Hero the Hedgehog joins the fanfare band.

Anyone for Cricket again?

Posted: August 9, 2017 in Sport
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For our second cricket trip of the summer Keith and I chose to go to Canterbury to see Kent play the West Indies international side in a preparation match for the test series against England. It would be fair to say the weather was very different to our recent trip to Beckenham!

The Canterbury Ground at the time for play to start.

Will there be play? The Umpires and groundsman discuss

Will there be play? A West Indian cricketer contemplates whether he will get to bat.

The rain stops and the groundsman remove water from the covers

Removing the pitch covers

We are going to get play!

Matt Hunn of Kent at full speed

The West Indies batsman waits and so do the close fielders

Safely pouched by Rouse, the Kent Wicketkeeper

Shai Hope dispatches a ball to the boundary.

The rain did return a couple of times during the day, but we did get to see about 3 hours of entertaining cricket before the game was called off at 5 pm. Keith and I wondered why as the weather didn’t seem that bad at the time. We started the walk back to the station – about 20 minutes- and only just made it before a tremendous storm with thunder and lighting broke. Obviously, they had been warned this was on its way and we were grateful we left when we did rather than get caught in it!

Here are some pictures from the second Visit Sue and I made to the World Para-Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London on Friday night.

London turns out to watch the Para-Athletics

On the line in a wheelchair 100m

Marcel Hug of Switzerland leads round the final bend in the 800m

Steve Morris of Great Britain leads in the 880m

Off! in the 100m

Greg Rutherford, World and Olympic Long Jump champion doing a stint for Channel 4

Whizz-Bee the championship mascot.

Following the unprecedented success of para-athletics at the 2012 Olympic games in London, when 80,000 filled the stadium each night to cheer on the athletes, many of the Gold medalists have become household names in the UK.

Jonnie Peacock, Paralympic champion at 100m (T44)

Richard Whitehead, multiple champion at 200m (T42). In 2013 he ran from Lands End to John O’Groats (c1000 miles)

David Weir – winner of 4 Gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics and also a 7-time winner of the London Marathon. Now retired he is part of the TV commentary team

Hannah Cockcroft – Multiple Gold medalist and so far double gold medalist at these championships. She has broken T34 world records at 100m and 1500m!

The medalists in the T44 Long Jump celebrate. Marcus Rehm of Germany is a 4 time World Champion and a 2 time Paralympic Champion.

Marlou van Rhijn, world record holder at 100 and 200m (T43). She also holds a number of Dutch national swimming records.

Richard Whitehead prepares for a race

Jonnie Peacock and David Weir prepare for a TV session

The Olympic Stadium

Sue and I spent Monday evening at the World Para-athletics championships which are being held at the Olympic Stadium in London. One of the people interviewed in the stadium said ‘you focus on the disability for about 10 minutes and then you realise what extraordinary athletes these are!’ It’s true!

 

Preparing for the race -focus

500m to go in a 1500m and 6 athletes contest the medals

A close race to the line in a wheelchair 800m

Entering the final straight in a 200m

Martins of Brazil leads around the final bend

medals up for grabs in a wheelchair race

 

 

Anyone for Cricket?

Posted: July 10, 2017 in Sport
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Last week Keith and I went to watch Kent play Northamptonshire in the Cricket County Championship which gave an opportunity for trying some sports photography.

 

Twickenham Stadium on a lovely day

Dance Competition

Fancy dress has always been part of the occasion

Here come the Girls!

No opportunity for merchandising is missed – the ball carrier

A French player signs autographs for fans

 

So 2 days of Rugby had led to 3 awesome final matches: a ‘southern hemisphere final ‘ between Australia and South Africa (for 5 & 6th place in the tournament); a ‘north American final’ between Canada and the USA (for 3rd & 4th place) and the final between ‘the auld enemies’ England and Scotland for the tournament trophy.

South Africa secure the line-out ball against Australia

Australia kick for goal against South Africa

Canada head for the try line against the USA.

Canada out jump the USA to gain possession of the ball from a line-out

England warm up for the final

England line up before the final for the national anthems

Scotland head for the try line against England

Scotland keep the ball moving against England

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eventual London tournament result was 1st Scotland; 2nd England; 3rd Canada; 4th The USA; 5th South Africa; 6th Australia. The winners of the World series for the best team over all the competitions this season was South Africa with England as runners-up and Fiji in third.

The USA recycle the ball in Quarter Final versus Australia which they went on to win.

My friend Ted and I spent a wonderful day on Sunday at the HSBC International Rugby Sevens at Twickenham in SW London. Rugby Sevens, a variant on the full 15 a side game has grown in stature especially since it was admitted to the Olympics in 2012 and now more countries are taking up the game. 21 nations took part in this year’s World series which is a league table based on performance at a number of tournaments all over the world culminating in the London tournament.

South Africa take the line-out ball in quarter-final against England

England put into the scrum in quarter-final against South Africa which they went on to win.

The ‘Antipodes final’ as New Zealand lost to Australia in a classification match (5th-8th place)

Australian put-in versus New Zealand, which Australia went on to win.

South Africa offload from the tackle against Argentina in a classification match (5th-8th place). South Africa won.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland kick for goal in Semi-final against the USA

Scotland celebrates winning in the semi-final against the USA.

England tries to hold the ball up in the Semi-final against Canada, which they went on to win.