Athletics Weekly - - Letters -

I WAS ap­palled at the £10 charge for park­ing in a field for the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships in Birm­ing­ham. It was a huge in­crease on pre­vi­ous years and a levy that would have cost ath­letes as well as spec­ta­tors, which is surely wrong. Some part­ner­ship work be­tween Bri­tish Ath­let­ics and Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil is needed there, I think.

In the event it­self I was fas­ci­nated to wit­ness the new­ly­for­mat­ted 100m. Eight ath­letes were given a free pass into the semis, with three semi-fi­nals be­ing run with ten ath­letes as a re­sult.

I’m not sure this has been done in any cham­pi­onship in any coun­try be­fore, although not to say that we shouldn’t be the world lead­ers in such an ini­tia­tive of course!

But is it right in such an im­por­tant meet­ing some ath­letes should be hand-picked to be ex­cused run­ning in the heats? Even as­sum­ing this was a good idea, I am some­what at a loss as to why only eight ath­letes (in­stead of ten) were given the op­por­tu­nity to con­test the fi­nal. Bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence for a cou­ple more semi-finalists. Or maybe I’m miss­ing some­thing.

John Pow­ell, Lon­don

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