Monthly Archives: August 2017

COLD COMFORT

  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…

  … 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

  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

  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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MORE OF THE SAME OR FALSE DAWN?

  London 2017, which is to say the IAAF World Championships could hardly have begun better for the locals, with Mo Farah winning the 10,000 metres as if by divine right on the first evening; and Laura Muir, perhaps the only other British possibility of a substantial medal qualifying easily in the 1500 metres heats. […]






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MISSING MAJESTY

  With the eleventh hour withdrawal of an injured David Rudisha from London 2017 which begins here in the Olympic stadium on Friday, we will be denied any repetition, or even close to it, of the highlight of London 2012, simply of one of the greatest runs I ever saw in 60 years of competing, […]






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