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CURTAINS FOR USAIN?

  Just as well Usain Bolt has decided not to run the 200 metres in the World Championships in London in August. Otherwise, he would likely be consigned to a long and losing goodbye, by the new poster boy of sprinting, South African Wayde Van Niekerk. Because, all of a sudden, the closing curtain on […]






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SAVE THE OLYMPIASTADION!

  Remember Berlino? Of course you do; the Bear was the star of the show at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, even outshining his young pal, Jumpin’ Jack Flash from Jamaica (see below). Well, Berlino is in big trouble. His natural habitat is in grave danger! The iconic Olympiastadion in Berlin is under threat […]






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KIPSANG AND RONOH FACE-OFF

  With a distant eye on retrieving the marathon world record this coming Autumn, Wilson Kipsang takes a chance of getting beaten by one of his training partners again, when he races the Mattoni České Budějovice Half-Marathon in the Czech Republic tomorrow evening, Saturday June 3. The race is one of the RunCzech series of […]






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TORRID TIMES IN BANGKOK

  Whatever the circumstances, talent is likely to prevail. And so it proved, when Silas Muturi and Esther Macharia of Kenya won men’s and women’s races at the inaugural Bangkok Midnight Marathon early on Sunday morning, May 21. Their winning times were 2.30.23 and 2.53.31 respectively; some 18 and 23 minutes slower than their bests. […]






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O SUPERMAN

  So, Superman is not a big, chisel-jawed white Jewish guy from New York, after all*. He is a weedy little black guy from 3000 metres up in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya But one who runs long distances so fast it’s as if he is running down from that altitude to sea-level. His […]






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A SHORT HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE ENHANCING

  Earlier this week, the European Athletics Association passed a resolution for a wholesale reassessment of world records, just days before we are due to get a staged manipulation of a potential sub-two hour marathon. The implication of the former move, welcomed by IAAF President Seb Coe, is that too many of the current world […]






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