OK, some of you may have noticed this blog hasn’t been updated in a while. This was mainly because we had the World Indoor Champs to focus on, we got famous, it all went to our heads with these BBC meetings and we lost focus of what was important, athletics. This didn’t stop Joe pandering to London’s press.
Then the outdoor season started. Joe travelled to some European city, finished last, thought ‘ooh, something’s wrong here’ and went to the doctor. The doctor told him he had a broken leg. This wasn’t brilliant news. As an experienced coach I can tell you that it’s harder to run fast times with a cast on your leg. No outdoor season, no Olympics, loads of coffee.
Just when we were thinking ‘this is shit, who’s talent are we going to piggyback in the name of humour now?’, Gareth Warburton, our favourite Welsh 800m runner, went and broke the Welsh outdoor record. And ran the Olympic ‘A’ standard.
This didn’t seem to be enough for the British Olympic selectors but Gareth thought ‘no, I’m not having that’ and appealed their decision along with 10 other athletes. 10 athletes watched their appeals fail, Gareth won. Probably because he’s skill. Richard Kilty looks especially unhappy at the decision.
So, we have a Welsh 800m runner in the Olympics. It’s not Jimmy, it’s not Joe but it would be utter madness on our part if we didn’t annoy Gareth by following his progress and hopefully finding out stuff about him that has nothing to do with athletics.
In a quiet week in Olympic Blog land, the highlight has come from Twitter. A mysterious individual, known only as Hefin’s Mother tagged myself, Joe and Jimmy in this wonderful work of art and imagination. I for one was in tears when I laid eyes on this magnificent image.
As many of you know, Joe is spending the day being interviewed by Iwan Thomas for the BBC. I’m not sure what format it will take on but in my mind it’s a Frost/Nixon type thing and thus needs a poster. Luckily, my mind is linked directly to Photoshop.
Jimmy Watkins is away in Texas at South By South West with Future Of The Left. Joe Thomas picks up an injury in the Indoor World Championships in Istanbul. He bravely competes in the Semi Final but fails to make the final. Rather than hang around in Turkey, Coach Jarrett suggests that he return to Wales immediately to start practising with his band. Tyrannosaurus Sex.
It’s going to be tough to get Richard Buck into any ridiculous YouTube videos given that he lives in Loughborough, but given that he roomed with Joe in Istanbul and has contributed the wonderful short story about Jimmy to this very blog, we have a soft spot for him.
Today, the BBC Sport site has a good little story about Rich getting a big cheque off a random bloke to help fund his Olympic quest. We can only assume the bloke liked his eyes.
Either way, this begs the question, ‘why have none of you stepped forward with a massive cheque for Joe’? Not even De’Longhi despite the fact that Joe now gets at least one coffee comment in every interview ever.
You know the story so far. Jimmy wants to make a comeback in time for the Olympics. Joe breaks Jimmy’s Welsh record. Jimmy descends into pit of despair.
Luckily for Jimmy, a trip to Austin, Texas with Future Of The Left beckons. Here’s a chance to get away and do a spot of secret training. Joe is away in Istanbul for the World Champs. Me and Jimmy need a plan. Enter Brian May…
As you all know (unless you read this for comedy value and have no interest in athletics), Joe suffered a foot injury at the World Championships. Here at the blog we were sceptical of this lame excuse and figured he just wanted a day off to go sight seeing. He text me this photo of his feet yesterday though. Fair play, they don’t look great. I knew he was a fashion conscious little bastard but nail varnish? Really?
The serious stuff starts today. Yesterday, Joe did a pretty good job of pretending he was trying. Today, he probably has the easiest semi-final heat on paper but these races aren’t run on paper, they’re run on evil carpet-y stuff. I know this because I still have a scabby gouge on my knee from our award winning training session. No fastest loser nonsense today. Top 2 finishers go through. The semis start at 9.50 our time, don’t get confused by the IAAF website like I did yesterday. If you’re not next to a TV and will be in work like myself, watch all the action HERE.
No women’s semi-finals today, they went straight to tomorrow’s final. Luckily for me and fans of our women’s 800m page, Erica Moore made it safely through.