Category: Archive

YOU GOTTA MOVE ON

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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DO ME A FAVOUR…

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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COLD COMFORT

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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IF IT’S NOT ONE THING…

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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THE BOTTOM LINE

August 7th, 2017 by

  I once earned two shillings and sixpence for winning a One Mile race during half-time in a football match at Telford Town. This was about fifty years ago, thus in the bad old days of amateurism; so I must emphasise that the cash was for expenses only! In modern money, that would be twelve […]


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THE BAD GUY WINS

August 6th, 2017 by

  When Steve Ovett won the Olympic 800 metres in Moscow 1980, relegating the nation’s favourite boy-next-door Sebastian Coe, the world record holder to second place, Ovett complained that his victory was greeted by one British tabloid with the headline ‘THE BAD GUY WINS’. This substantial slight still rankled with Ovett when he cited it […]


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