Yellow Peril wrote:
Richmond Racer wrote:lol! he was like Boonen in the schelderprijs a few years ago with posh rower AKA Cav coming under his armpit!
Minor point, but Andy Triggs-Hodge isn't posh by the usual assessment of things. He went to Upper Wharfedale School (a state school) and Staffordshire University, where he took up rowing. Such was his talent on the water that he found his way to Oxford Uni as a post-grad. There was much greater poshness - particularly on the ladies' side - elsewhere!
I thought the show was great fun; the main difference between the Brian Jacks days and today is that the competitors are much better at looking like they're not taking it seriously. The competition was pretty fierce, even in the demo swimming race between Dame Rebecca, Michael Jamieson and Iwan Thomas.
I was very surprised at how slow the Brownlees were over 100m; maybe they got bad starts or were saving their hamstrings, but they (particularly Al) weren't much slower on average in the 800m than the 100m.
Did chuckle at Lizzie's "dips". She did at least beat Joop Zoetemelk who, if memory serves, failed to trouble the scorers in the 70s. She looked quite nifty as a distance runner, though. (As an aside, I remember being astonished when Chris Boardman did a Sport Relief or Comic Relief version of Superstars back in 2002 that he did over 50 dips. No wonder he couldn't climb hills with that sort of upper body bulk to haul up with him!)