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    Local pronunciation is often different to that...

    Local pronunciation is often different to that used elsewhere in news reports, sports scores etc. In these it will always be NOT-ing-um.

    Syllables have a tendency to disappear with local...
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    Best not to arrive in the English Midlands and...

    Best not to arrive in the English Midlands and ask for "ber-ming-HAM"!
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    This led to Mercedes dropping out of motorsport...

    This led to Mercedes dropping out of motorsport for several decades and a Swiss motorsport ban that continues to this day.
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    Good call the 2590m(!) steeplechase.

    Good call the 2590m(!) steeplechase.
  5. There is a school of thought that a gently...

    There is a school of thought that a gently undulating course is faster than one that is pancake flat because it allows the runner to relax and save energy on the downhill stretches.

    44:20 is...
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    I can think of only 4 people who have won...

    I can think of only 4 people who have won individual Olympic Gold both on the flat and with barriers/hurdles:

    Alvin Kraenzlein
    Fanny Blankers-Koen
    Harrison Dillard
    Kip Keino

    Anyone else?
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    I would say it "Wuss-ter" but then I'm not local.

    I would say it "Wuss-ter" but then I'm not local.
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    There's an example of that here in England....

    There's an example of that here in England. Gillingham in Kent to the south-east of London starts with a soft 'G' sound as in "giant" while Gillingham in Dorset starts with a hard 'G' sound as in...
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    Yes but even guessing that part you might still...

    Yes but even guessing that part you might still pronounce the first one to rhyme with "how". To be fair if it didn't have a horse racing course there would probably be a lot more English people who...
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    RIP but Zatopkova is older than Dillard.

    RIP but Zatopkova is older than Dillard.
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    Ooops! That's a little like a US paper being...

    Ooops!

    That's a little like a US paper being confused by a Sheffield newspaper having a full-time reporter who only covers Wednesdays.
  12. While I would say that an Olympic medal does edge...

    While I would say that an Olympic medal does edge out a World medal of the same colour. Especially amongst the general public. I really don't think that an Olympic silver edges out 3 World outdoor...
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    Which is why I referred to track & field fans...

    Which is why I referred to track & field fans rather than buyers of shoes and other sports clothing. I agree that the former is a much smaller demographic and many of the latter are more influenced...
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    The Salazar/Cain story was covered in a fair...

    The Salazar/Cain story was covered in a fair amount of detail in the sports pages of the London Times on Friday.

    Of course, the typical Times reader doesn't buy much sportswear although there are...
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    I think Consolini was born before Coolidge was...

    I think Consolini was born before Coolidge was president (1925-9?).
  16. Although I've hardly ever watched it myself that...

    Although I've hardly ever watched it myself that is a very big show over here. From memory, they usually have one US participant/contestant in it who tends to be an actor from an old TV show that is...
  17. It (doesn't) take b***s to say that!

    It (doesn't) take b***s to say that!
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    I don't think it would go down that well with...

    I don't think it would go down that well with fans of the sport in other countries either. We may love to try and beat Team USA but it would still be seen as Nike heavily reducing their support of...
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    I remember reading an interview a few years ago with the director David Fincher. He said that he considered certain 'pictures' that he had directed to be "films" while others were "movies". The...
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    I would say both Rugby Union and Rugby League but...

    I would say both Rugby Union and Rugby League but they are also top heavy. Tennis and golf can be very lucrative but you have to climb a long way up the rankings and travel a lot to make it.
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    That HJ mark is interesting. The 1991 equivalent...

    That HJ mark is interesting. The 1991 equivalent was 2.23.
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    They are different things. The box jumper has to...

    They are different things. The box jumper has to get every part of themselves above the stated height at once while the standing high jumper wraps themselves around the bar and 'slides' over....
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    By "at this time" I mean currently (and male...

    By "at this time" I mean currently (and male only). Currently, Bekele is only doing road and Geb has retired.
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    Both Avdeyenko and Bubka were surprise World...

    Both Avdeyenko and Bubka were surprise World Champs in 1983 but less surprising Olympic Champs in 1988. Also both Ukrainians.
  25. I assume a 4:03.55 would have won the women's...

    I assume a 4:03.55 would have won the women's race by a huge margin? I would have thought that 4:13.55 would guarantee a place higher than 7th?
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