DOU­BLING UP

Athletics Weekly - - Results -

THE Chinese walk re­sults be­low un­usu­ally had four races in four days and there­fore gave slightly dif­fer­ent re­sults than had it been a sin­gle com­pe­ti­tion.

Are ath­letes now less ca­pa­ble of do­ing more than one event than in the past?

Cer­tainly, in Lon­don 2017, ath­letes strug­gled to dou­ble suc­cess­fully. The 100/200m and 5000/10,000m dou­ble has been achieved reg­u­larly in re­cent championships through Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Tirunesh Dibaba etc, but this time there were no dou­ble cham­pi­ons.

Wayde van Niek­erk won medals at 200m and 400m and Farah added a 5000m sil­ver to 10,000m gold but un­usu­ally dou­ble golds were ab­sent.

One pair of events that reg­u­larly used to see dou­bles was the 800/1500m. It was of course suc­cess­fully achieved by the likes of Peter Snell, Kelly Holmes, Seb Coe and Steve Ovett.

Caster Se­menya did gain two medals in Lon­don, but men cer­tainly now seem to con­sider them­selves ei­ther 800m or 1500m spe­cial­ists and dou­bles are rare in the events in championships. Though most 1500m run­ners run 800m more than the two-lap men go longer in smaller meets.

Steve Smythe,

re­sults editor

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