August, 2007  // Posts published in August, 2007

30 Aug 2007 Posted in Sudden Cardiac Death

Sudden cardiac death in sport

For the last week or so, we’ve focused exclusively on the IAAF World Champs in Osaka. But over the past few days, two very sad events in soccer have also made headlines. First, the tragic death of a Spanish International footballer, Antonio Puerta, aged just 22 (see news article here). This was followed only days […]

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29 Aug 2007 Posted in World Championships

IAAF World Champs report – Men’s 1500m

1 500 m final at the World Championship Athletics 2007 in Osaka. Tarek Boukensa, Rashid Ramzi, Bernard Lagat, Antar Zerguelaine, Shedrack Kibet Korir, Asbel Kiprop. Photo by Erik van Leeuwen.

OK, so having said that I would be off-line until Friday, I managed (fortuitously) to catch one lone race out of today’s action from Osaka. While standing at a bus station waiting for an eternally non-arriving bus, Ladbrokes, which happened to be directly behind the stop, was broadcasting the racing. And in my 10 minutes […]

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28 Aug 2007 Posted in World Championships

IAAF World Champs – a brief break from the action

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Just a quick post to let you know that I’ll be travelling for the next 3 days, so unfortunately (for me, that is), I probably won’t be watching any of the racing from Osaka. At least not live, anyway…So until Friday, we unfortunately won’t be bringing any analysis of the races, which is a shame. […]

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27 Aug 2007 Posted in World Championships

IAAF World Champs – Day 3 insights and analysis

World Athletics Championships 2007 in Osaka - Women's 3000 meter steeplechase 3rd heat. Image includes Katarzyna Kowalska (739), Hanane Ouhaddou (672), Ruth Bisibori Nyangau (646), Cristina Casandra (767), Sophie Duarte (436), Yekaterina Volkova (847). Photo by Eckhard Peter.

In another post, we looked extensively at the Men’s 10000m final, because it was such a good race, from a spectator point of view, but also because it was so intruiging for physiological reasons. Here, we look at the rest of Day 3’s action… As predicted, the Russians dominated the 3000m Steeplechase, winning gold and […]

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27 Aug 2007 Posted in World Championships

IAAF World Champs – The Men’s 10000m Final

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We admit bias on this one, because our focus on The Science of Sport does tend to drift towards the endurance activities, but this one couldn’t have escaped our attention – today, the 3rd day of the IAAF World Champs, brought a great 10 000m race, a race that was so good, and interesting, that […]

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26 Aug 2007 Posted in World Championships

IAAF World Champs – Day 2 analysis

400 metres hurdles Favourite Bershawn Jackson struggling at the last hurdle, which leads to his competitors overtaking him and him dropping out in the semifinal. Photo by Eckhard Pecher.

Day 2 of the IAAF World Champs bought the much anticipated clash between Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay, and this is the race that dominates our analysis of Day 2′s action, since it was also the only track final of the day. The much awaited race was ultimately something of a disappointment. Such was the […]

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25 Aug 2007 Posted in World Championships

IAAF World Champs – Day 1 insights and analysis

World Athletics Championships 2007 in Osaka - Women's 10000 Meter Champion Tirunesh Dibaba celebrating. Photo by Eckhard Pecher.

The IAAF World Championships in Osaka began with a bang, and the temperatures matched some of the action. At this stage, the action is dominated by qualifying heats (a pun, in this particular case) but even that has been quite explosive, with a number of surprises on the first day. Two major running finals to […]

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14 Aug 2007 Posted in World Championships

The IAAF World Championships

The IAAF World Championships take place in Osaka, Japan, starting on August 25th, and that week long event will be a feature of many of our posts over the next few weeks, where we look at the physiology and news coming out of Japan to explain what happens BEHIND the on-track performances. To begin with, […]

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The story of Alistair Cragg

In the , I used the example of a runner called Sipho Ngomane to show how SA is losing out on potentially talented runners because of a desire to push runners into marathons and ultras well before their time. So in Sipho Ngomane, we have a 23 year old who was running 2 marathons, 2 […]

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