Monthly Archives: August 2016

SPORTING SUPERPOWER?

Whatever next? Apparently, the UK is a Sporting Superpower; and for once this is not a tabloid invention. Depending on who’s counting, Britain finished second or third in the Rio Olympic medals table. China won more medals, 70 to 67, but the UK won more golds and silvers. So, let’s go with second, to distant […]






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UP THE POLE

One can sympathise with Renaud Lavillenie after he was so rudely dispossessed of his Olympic pole vault title by Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil on Tuesday. The Frenchman had led throughout the competition, clearing every height up to 5.98 metres at his first attempt. Da Silva in contrast, failed twice at that last height […]






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UNBELIEVABLE! – GOOD OR BAD?

Almaz Ayana turned in an unbelievable performance in Rio earlier today, in winning Olympic gold while smashing the women’s world 10,000 metres record. But was it Unbelievable – Good! Or Unbelievable – Bad? Given the suspicion – bolstered by arrests and the discovery of syringes in their hotel – surrounding the training camp of Jama […]






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Great Lives: Emil Zátopek

Arthur was at university with me, and was a member of my cross-country team.











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(SIR) ROGER AND ME

Oh dear! I watched Everest On The Track, the documentary of Roger Bannister and the four-minute Mile on BBC4 the other night with mounting interest, thinking that here we finally have a piece about sport, putting it into a political and historical context – with its preamble about World War Two and its potential for […]






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