April, 2010  // Posts published in April, 2010

24 Apr 2010 Posted in London Marathon

London 2010 Marathon preview

It’s pretty impossible to describe the quality of the men who’ll be taking to the streets of London tomorrow, for what should be a fitting climax to the Spring marathon season.  So far, we’ve seen a sub-2:05 in Rotterdam, a sub-2:06 in Boston, and now, the grand finale in London promises to be the biggest […]

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22 Apr 2010 Posted in Rugby

The Science of Rugby

We’re building up to the big London Marathon weekend, which has thankfully come one week after the Iceland Volcano and so most of the big names will line up in London on Sunday. As always, we’ve got the race covered – a preview tomorrow, then in-race coverage and splits, and the post-race analysis, so join […]

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22 Apr 2010 Posted in Boston Marathon

Merga takes consolation prize in Boston 2010

Like everyone else, our eyes are now on London this weekend, however we are still reminiscing about the amazing races in Boston on Monday.  In case you missed them, check our  and  before looking ahead. Our London preview will follow soon, but in the mean time we will have one look back at Boston.  This […]

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19 Apr 2010 Posted in Boston Marathon

Boston 2010 thoughts and insights

In case you missed it, check out our live coverage of the 2010 Boston Marathon from earlier today. The men’s race The two races were, in true Boston fashion, memorable, though for very different reasons.  On the men’s side, you had an incredible performance from Robert Cheruiyot the younger, who survived, and then destroyed an […]

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19 Apr 2010 Posted in Boston Marathon

2010 Boston Marathon live splits and comments

Welcome to The Science of Sport’s live coverage of the 2010 Boston Marathon! The table below shows the splits, recorded as the race unfolded.  Trust me, they don’t do justice to the race, especially on the women’s side!  In that race, Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia had the race won at 30km, with a lead of 1:19.  Then […]

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15 Apr 2010 Posted in Caster Semenya

Let male and female compete together

As a follow up to my , I am currently reading a book called “Genetic technology and sport: ethical questions”.  And Chapter 15 of this book is titled “The genetic design of a new Amazon”. Below is an excerpt from that chapter.  I’m rewriting it, word for word, to build on what I .  I’d […]

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15 Apr 2010 Posted in Caster Semenya

Semenya: Will announce her results

It should come as no surprise that latest reports are indicating that Caster Semenya will release the results of her sex verification tests herself.  This was reported in local news yesterday, according to an Athletics South Africa (ASA) administrator. This was an inevitable step, something that we’ve been suggesting all along – Semenya, assuming she […]

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13 Apr 2010 Posted in Marathons

Rotterdam Marathon splits

Well, better late than never, I always say!  Jonathan managed to hunt down the split times from the weekend’s Rotterdam marathon, which by now, you probably know was won by Patrick Makau of Kenya in the 2:04:46.  It makes him the fourth fastest marathon runner in history, and the way the race was won suggests […]

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11 Apr 2010 Posted in Marathons

Paris Marathon splits and analysis

Tadese Tola has won the 2010 Paris Marathon in 2:06:40, in a good start to the Spring racing season.  It represents a massive 9:05 improvement for a man who before this race had a best time of 2:15:45.  Tola’s move came at the end of what was a fascinating race, which saw a relatively slow […]

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