June, 2007  // Posts published in June, 2007

30 Jun 2007 Posted in African running

The Ethiopian running dynasty

Mens 10000m sydney 2000 olympics Haile Gebrselassie. Photo by Flickr user Ian @ ThePaperboy.com

About a month ago, we did a post questioning whether we were about to witness the of long distance running dominance. The jury is still out on that one, though a world record for Meseret Defar in Oslo in the 5000 m seems to suggest that even in Kenenisa Bekele is not going to continue […]

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“You can trust me”

These are radical times for the Tour de France and professional cycling. Michael Rasmussen, the wearer of the yellow jersey, celebrated yesterday for a great ride that saw him fend off Discovery’s attacks on the Col d’Aubisque, has been dumped off his team and the Tour after it was revealed that he had lied to […]

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A culture of doping in cycling?

Yesterday (23 June), I wrote two posts about the ominous shadow of doping in cycling, with the Tour de France coming up. In , I gave the example of how Bjarne Riis, the winner of the 1996 Tour, recently admitted to doping. The problem is that he does not appear to be an isolated case, […]

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24 Jun 2007 Posted in Doping/Tour de France Analysis

Drugs work – but by how much?

Performance enhancing substances – do they work? And by how much? It’s a relevant question, and I thought it would be good to have a look at the answers. I was going to write an article on the Ethiopian dominance of long distance running in the last ten years, but we’ve been receiving such thoughtful […]

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The shadow of drugs over the Tour de France

The 2007 Tour de France begins in about 2 weeks from today, and yet again, an ominous shadow is looming over the race and the sport in general. You’ll see a doping alert news search down the left hand side of our blog, and unfortunately, it’s been in overdrive since we started out. It seems […]

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22 Jun 2007 Posted in Running

A different approach to running – really funny

Here at the Science of Sport, we take a reasonably serious view on sport, since we try to analyse and dissect what goes into what you see. Of course, we try to keep things light and easy to follow, so that the science is interesting, but it’s still pretty factual. But we’re as open to […]

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20 Jun 2007 Posted in Comrades Marathon

The Comrades they don’t show on TV

Comrades Marathon Start. Photo by Flickr user "Champagne for Monkeys"

Today is our final look at the behind the scenes of the Comrades marathon, and as promised, we’ll have a look at some of the human interest stories and the science behind Comrades training. This is probably a bit late for many, but hopefully it’ll be interesting and stimulate some decent training for the next […]

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19 Jun 2007 Posted in Comrades Marathon

Comrades Marathon 2007 – observations

The other day Andrew from Cape Town visited us for the first time, and dropped off some very kind and constructive comments. In a brief exchange between myself and Andrew, he dropped in this pearl from the Comrades broadcast on Sunday, which I think, more than any other, illustrates exactly the point I was making […]

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18 Jun 2007 Posted in Comrades Marathon

The Comrades – inside the medical tent

Marathon medical tent. Photo by Flickr user Ben Lawson

So Durban (and South Africa) woke up to the sad news this morning that two runners had died during yesterday’s race. As I promised yesterday, today we’ll have a look at what goes on behind the scenes, especially in the medical tent (since that’s about all I saw of the race), and I suppose we […]

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