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