Category: Archive

ZATOPEK’S GREATEST VICTORY

May 30th, 2018 by

  On the anniversary of Emil Zátopek’s final consecration as the finest distance runner in the world, if not in history – breaking the 5000 metres world record that had long eluded him – it is worth reminding readers that the Czech was as much of a character off the track as he was on […]


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ONE RACE NO ONE CAN WIN

April 29th, 2018 by

  Craig Sharp, who died recently, was such a gent that when he first contacted me in 1983, pursuant to an article I had written about Jarmila Kratochvílová, he was kind enough to say that though I may not know the tortuous twists and turns of variable sexuality, he felt that I had implicitly understood […]


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RAIN-CHECK

April 17th, 2018 by

  So now we know how to beat the East Africans. Simply arrange for (close) to zero temperatures, high winds, and incessant, driving rain, as happened in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Of the dozen and a half East Africans, thirteen failed to finish; and from having no US women’s winner since 1985, five of […]


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NO PICNIC

February 22nd, 2018 by

  Andrey Zvyagintsev may just be the most important film-maker to come out of Russia since Andrey Tarkovsky. But whereas Tarkovsky’s cinematic vignettes, suffused with unforgettable poetic imagery and symbolism often take a while to unfold in the mind, Zvyagintsev’s social commentary has a more immediate impact, including a firmly contemporary political one. Nevertheless, there […]


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WHAT PAULA (AND GARY) DID NEXT

January 30th, 2018 by

  In addition to seven men under two hours, five minutes, and four women under 2.20 – in both cases, more than the aggregate for all last year’s marathons – the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last Friday landed the considerable coup of having world record holder Paula Radcliffe as a race commentator. As well as […]


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NEW GOLD

January 11th, 2018 by

  One of the biggest drawbacks to having a charmed childhood is the lurking suspicion that, sooner or later, things are going to go wrong. As a baby-boomer in the UK, I benefited from the post-war sense of social cohesion, abetted by the introduction of the National Health Service and the Education Act. Not that […]


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