Category: Archive


August 13th, 2017 by

  There will be those of you, including the folks at UK Athletics who think that winning two medals, gold and silver in the 4×100 metres relay last night somehow absolves the British team (and thus administration) from a largely poor show in the IAAF World Championships 2017. Yes, in addition to Mo Farah’s gold […]

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August 12th, 2017 by

  The Americans have won more steeplechase medals than the Kenyans at this World Championships. Just how does that compute? Anyone remotely involved with distance running will recognise the validity of the question. To begin at the beginning, one of the expected highlights of the men’s steeple earlier this week was fastest man of the […]

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August 11th, 2017 by

  He may have spoiled the party, but essentially Ramil Guliyev is what sport is all about – renewal, renovation, change, the future. Except, in this case we didn’t see the future coming. We are a conservative species; we cling to the same old certainties. But honestly, did you really think Usain Bolt was going […]

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August 10th, 2017 by

  It was the least they could do, but even then the IAAF didn’t seem to be doing Isaac Makwala any favours. Whoever was responsible for barring the Botswanan from the London Stadium and his showdown with Wayde Van Niekerk in the World Championships 400 metres on Tuesday night, some amends were made when Makwala, […]

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August 9th, 2017 by

  For those of us honed in the frequently freezing cauldron of cross country running, the steeplechase is always a treat. It is the track version in summertime, although starting in a temperature of 13C last night it was hard to tell the difference. Nevertheless, the World Championships men’s race only bolstered its mystique; because […]

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August 8th, 2017 by

  … It’s another! Barely has the furore over Justin Gatlin winning the men’s 100 metres (all of twelve years after his first world title) begun to recede into the folk memory than we are confronted again by the equally substantial problem of what to do about Caster Semenya, who came perilously close to winning […]

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