Category: Archive

UP, UP AND AWAY!

January 29th, 2020 by

  The stable door was wide open, and the shoe manufacturers (of whatever stripe) just drove the coach and horses, loaded with super-shoes, right out; and there’s no catching them. And closing the door now, as World Athletics is reportedly about to do is going to serve no useful purpose. Publicity and profit-driven enterprise has […]


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LOOK TO THE LADIES!

October 13th, 2019 by

  Twenty four hours is a long time in marathon running. Barely was the ink dry on Eliud Kipchoge’s ‘aided’ sub-two hour run in Vienna on Saturday morning than his Kenyan compatriot Brigid Kosgei was writing her own impressive headline, breaking the seemingly inviolable women’s world record at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning, with […]


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SUB-TWO TO PLUS-TWO?

October 12th, 2019 by

  If there were any doubts about the primacy of Eliud Kipchoge in modern marathoning, they were expunged in Vienna on Saturday morning when the Kenyan Olympic champion and world record holder ran the 42.195 kilometres in one hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds, the historic first sub-two hour marathon. Granted it was done with […]


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GOLD AMONG THE DROSS

October 7th, 2019 by

  As usual, it was left to the athletes to save the day at the IAAF World Championships in Qatar. They almost made it! They certainly weren’t getting much if any help from the IAAF, whose major input was imposing a torrid antipathetic venue like Doha in the first place. And that decision was almost […]


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FAST AND FURIOUS

January 23rd, 2019 by

  Guye Adola of Ethiopia and Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya have both run faster than the course records set in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last year, so despite the reduction in prize money (of which more later), the organisers of Friday’s 20th running of the Gulf race firmly expect the traditional blanket fast times […]


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BARE-LEGGED CHEEK

December 4th, 2018 by

  Full marks to Andy Murray, for calling out the cretinous remarks made by French DJ Martin Solveig after he had asked the first women’s Ballon d’Or winner, Ada Hegerberg if she could twerk.  “Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport,” tweeted tennis star Murray. “To everyone who thinks people are […]


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