In­cludes cross-coun­try league ac­tion, Asda Foun­da­tion York­shire Marathon and the Youth Olympics from Buenos Aires

Athletics Weekly - - News -

IN a busy calendar, do we need a Youth Olympics? Ob­vi­ously Bri­tish Athletics thought not and did not send a team and while many na­tions did, the event is hardly the youth equiv­a­lent of the Olympics, with many of the world’s best youths ab­sent.

One el­e­ment that we can cer­tainly do with­out is the event’s con­cept of bas­ing medals over two races.

It might make it more ex­cit­ing but surely gold medals should go the best ath­letes and not be de­pen­dent on what heat you are drawn in and should see the best in com­pe­ti­tion.

The boys’ 400m gold did not go to the fastest ath­lete but his win in the sec­ond race just lifted him from fourth to sec­ond.

Surely the con­cept of gold medals is sim­pli­fied to spec­ta­tors and me­dia if first across the line wins the medal?

On events closer to home – league ac­tion started in force last week­end and it was notable that the big­ger South­ern leagues – Sur­rey, Kent, Met, Chiltern – all had their results up in record time. How­ever, we are un­able to pro­vide results of some of the big North­ern ones such as Mid Lancs, Red Rose, Manch­ester and Liver­pool and Dis­trict be­cause the results were still pro­vi­sional as we went to press on Tues­day.

Steve Smythe,results ed­i­tor

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