Monthly Archives: August 2017

WHO’LL BE THE DADDY?

  As forecast on this site three weeks ago*, Kenenisa Bekele, arguably the greatest long distance runner in history has been added to the field for next month’s Berlin Marathon, which already featured Olympic champion and world number one, Eliud Kipchoge, and former world record holder and one of the most consistent elite marathoners of […]






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ONCE UPON A TIME IN EAST AFRICA

  For close to 40 years, Kenyan athletes have been revising expectations in middle and long distance running, with occasional forays into the 400 metres and hurdles and perhaps more surprisingly the javelin. I intend no insult when I say that the latter are welcome departures for what is essentially still a third world country, […]






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GOLD-LITE!

  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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‘CHASING MEDALS

  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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YOU GOTTA MOVE ON

  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…

  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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