Friday, 25 June 2010
100 hundred days to go to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi!
The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi has arrived in India today! The baton will now travel across the country covering a distance of 20,000 kilometres, will pass through the hands of more than 5000 Batonbearers across 200 cities and thousands of villages using all modes of transport including land, air and sea, before arriving in Delhi for the grand Opening Ceremony of the Games on 3 October 2010.
Locally the past few weeks have been busy with the first phase of athletes being nominated and of course others chasing performances for selection. We have had our NI Commonwealth Trials and a fantastic day it was in Antrim. The sun showed up and the pick of the day had to be Jason Smyth's performance in the 100m (10.32s) where he broke the Northern Ireland record. Jason further showed his form beating Obikwelo, the European 100m Champion in Budapest last weekend. Athletics NI have their own YouTube channel and quite a few of the races from the championships are on it.
Wednesday 22nd June saw a ladies 4x400m team post a time inside the guideline – the average of the team is 18 so a great prospect for the future and there are numerous athletes competing around Europe either looking for times or confirming performances.
A busy few weeks ahead and hopefully a few more performance within or close to the guideline standards before the final team is nominated on the 25th July the day after the British milers club event at Mary Peters Track.
I know of one athlete in 1986 who left it to the very last day, Scottish Championships, to achieve the Guideline standard for the Discus?
There is plenty of time yet!!
Can you guess who it is?!
Visit the NI Commonwealth Games Section
Visit the Athletics NI YouTube Channel