Monthly Archives: April 2009

ENDGAME?

Congratulations to Mara Yamauchi on her second place in the London Marathon. She employed the same positive tactics – ie go with the leaders, and ensure the pace if it flags – that gleaned her sixth place in the Olympic marathon in Beijing last summer. And as she said after London, if Paula Radcliffe returns […]






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VIREN AT THE DOUBLE

There are some athletics stars it would be difficult to recognise even a year or two after their career has ended; such have they conceded to the good life after the discipline required to maintain top condition. Close to 30 years after his retirement from the track, Lasse Viren is not one of those people. […]






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GUN CULTURE

Sebastian Coe doesn’t need the likes of me to spring to his defence. And Coe has probably long got used to the fact that, being a high flyer means that there will always be someone wanting to shoot him down in flames. But arts critic Charlotte Higgins took a stray pot-shot at Lord Coe in […]






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IN MEMORIAM

There are very few legends whose aura does not diminish in the meeting of them. Arne Andersson, who died last week, aged 91, was one of those gratifying exceptions. A great athlete and a gent, a man who’d learned how to be at ease with himself, and an excellent raconteur. In short, great company. I […]






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