Monthly Archives: September 2008

HAILE MARCHES ON

Haile Gebrselassie needs no invitation to keep on running. There’s no stopping him, as his latest world record, 2.03.59 in the real_Berlin Marathon on Sunday demonstrates. It was his 26th world record or world best, and today (Monday), he reiterated that he feels himself capable of at least 2.03.30 for the distance. “After the race, […]






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BIRD’S NEST SOUP

Each Olympic Games is remembered through its personalities. Usually, it is winning ones, like Paavo Nurmi in Paris 1924, when the Flying Finn won the 1500 and 5000 metres inside 45 minutes; or like Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands, lighting up post-war austerity Britain, with her four golds in London 1948. In more recent times, […]






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TARNISHED CROWN

It is time Carl Lewis grew up. Long past time. About 25 years. When his three gold medals in the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki 1983 announced to the world a superior talent, and signalled his potential to emulate Jesse Owens, 1936 vintage, and take four gold medals in the Olympics in Los Angeles the […]






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IS TIRUNESH THE MOST BORING RUNNER IN HISTORY?

Not necessarily, but I would hate to watch the run-off to decide, between her and her cousin Derartu. Having suffered the mind-numbing experience of watching a woman who can run 14min 11sec for 5000 metres, dawdle through a fifteen and a half minute race against women she knows she can beat, without once taking the […]






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