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France Wins Box Seat

Everyone knows the story about the tortoise and the hare, well it may just be that France is the tortoise.

The nation was devastated when cross Channel rival, London won the rights for the 2012 Olympic Games, Paris having been in the running for the global event. However France may well have the last laugh.

It is in fact a Paris based company, Vinci, who currently operate the Stade de France who have won the lucrative contract to manage the London 2012 Stadium, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Park. Vinci, will be responsible for installing 21,000 retractable seats to allow spectators at West Ham United games to be closer to the action pitch side, while still maintaining a world class running track. The Stade de France is one venue where retractable seating has been a success in the main as the pitch is in fact slightly lower so that the seating remains tiered and close to the action.

It may just be that this French company can reap the rewards without the initial investment. Withs such strong rivalry between the two nations this is bound to be nice compensation for missing out on the Olympics in 2012.

March 4, 2015 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

World Record – Eaton Up

American college student Ashton Eaton upstaged high profile competitors at the NCAA athletics championships in Arkansas at the weekend when he broke 1996 Olympic Gold Medallist Dan O’Brien’s 1993 indoor world record in the men’s heptathlon.

Twenty-two-year-old student Eaton from the University of Oregon, scored 6,499 points in the seven-event competition. He had five personal bests in the two day event, he ran 6.71 seconds in the 60 metres, 7.77 in the 60 metres hurdles, cleared 2.11 metres in the high jump and long-jumped 7.73 metres. He also ran a life-time best 2:32:67 in the 1,000 metres to take O’Brien’s record and surpass current Olympic Champion Bryan Clay.

Could Gold beckon for Eaton in 2012, and how happy would the Brits be as one of their premier academic establishments carries the same name, even if it is spelt differently?

March 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Flying Phelps

The USA’s Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps broke his own American short course record in the 200m butterfly at the Maryland Swim Championships with a time of 1:39:65 beating his old record set in 2006 of 1:39:70.

As the event was held at the Naval Academy, where the pool is measured in yards, not metres, the ‘record’ is deemed unofficial until USA Swimming certifies it.

It was the third win of the weekend for Phelps, who was swimming competitively for the first time in seven weeks won three races over the weekend.

Phelps was quoted as saying “I tried to find out what my splits were when I broke the record back in ’06 and just wanted to see what I could do tonight, I wanted to try and go out and take a shot at it. Coming off the last turn I wanted to stay under as long as I could. That was clearly the difference.”

Phelps who is building for the 2012 Summer Olympics also said that the two years would “fly by.”

March 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

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