The Geneva meet

Left Paris in the afternoon and arrived in Geneva about 4pm. Hotel Ramada is very nice and felt great to have a towel again which is bigger than any towell I have seen. The chamois is still irreplacable though (thanks Rhonda!) and will save me a whole lot of pain throughout the trip.

Rain is expected for the meet but it may not slow the athletes down. Pascal the meet director considers this the fastest track in the world even though it is Rekortan. 55 personal bests last year and 83 the year before. Amazing!

There was a fair bit of controversy in the lead up as Dwain Chambers who returned from his drug ban this year pulled out of the meet as his manager was after an appearance fee. Pascal does not pay appearances but instead puts up bonuses for performances and records.

All of the British sprinters are here including Donna Fraser (4th behind Freeman at OG-00), Craig Pickering (10.14-07) and Christian Malcolm (10.11-01) as the relay teams are in preparation for the European Teams Championships being held in 2 weeks time.

One of the athletes loaded up with croissants at breakfasts so I expect to see some `tubish` athletes while I am here.

Update: BJ won the 400m hurdles in 50.59 and got a Swiss Army knife with MP3 player for the effort. Loz went out hard and smacked the 7th hurdle and came fifth in 57.97. Lara kicked in the last 400m and came second in the 1500m in 4.32.02. Good effort by all. Weather was not that kind. It rained most of the day. Pizza for dinner. Meet report for Canberra Times and AA and now off to bed. Hit the city in the morning.

Author: patbirgan

Australian living in Italy and managing the AIS European Training Centre. In my spare time I like to watch, write, tweet, commentate, manage, immerse in all things athletics.

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