Monthly Archives: August 2012

PHEW!

After a week of sleep, I’ve just about revived from one of the most successful Olympic Games I’ve attended (beginning in Munich ’72). Even hard core cynics like me got caught up in the wave of enthusiasm which attended the unforeseen British success at London 2012. However, I always expected the organisation would pass scrutiny. […]






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THE MAN

A world record is, by its nature, extraordinary. But there are some performances which go beyond that limit, inspiring awe and even reverence. David Lekuta Rudisha produced such a performance in the London 2012 stadium on Thursday night, winning the Olympic 800 metres gold in a world record time of 1.40.91sec. And the Kenyan led […]






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QUARTERED!

Largely overlooked in the admiration for, if not astonishment at 19 year old Kirani James’ convincing victory in the 400 metres on Monday evening was the absence in the final of any US one-lapper; for the first time in over a century, indeed since the inaugural modern Olympic Games, in 1896. That is as cataclysmic […]






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RIDICULOUS AND SUBLIME

Maybe it is testimony to the self-confidence of the middle distance runner; maybe it’s a collective delusion; or maybe it’s just plain stupidity. One the strangest anomalies of championship qualifying rounds is that, even when athletes know exactly the minimum time required to progress to the next round as a fastest loser, they all think […]






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HEAVY GOLD

Following one particularly arduous conclusion to an Olympic decathlon – ie big guys running 1500 metres – an Italian colleague turned to me and said, ‘This is heavy gold’. What he meant was that here was a gold medal won, if not ten times over, then with rather more effort and application than it takes […]






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