April, 2012  // Posts published in April, 2012

30 Apr 2012 Posted in Doping

The lifetime ban for doping: Debate continued

So as expected, CAS today overturned the BOA policy of issuing a lifetime ban for any athlete who has served a doping ban longer than six months. This is hardly unexpected, and is a decision that probably owes much to the legal backdrop of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA’s) policy which issues a two-year ban […]

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28 Apr 2012 Posted in London 2012

Olympic buzz: Around the rings

The British Olympic Association vs WADA on its lifetime ban policy Next week should kick off with a Court of Arbitration verdict that will clear the way for some British athletes to compete in London, despite a British Olympic Association (BOA) policy that hands down lifetime bans for doping offenses. This in turn invites debate (and […]

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22 Apr 2012 Posted in London 2012/London Marathon

London 2012: Kipsang & Keitany conquer London

The London Marathon today wrapped up a spring marathon season that leaves the world’s elite nicely poised for the next big Marathon, the London Olympic Games. If I had to throw out one word that sums the last eight days of city marathons have shown, it’s “patience”. 2011 was the year that the Kenyans changed […]

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18 Apr 2012 Posted in London 2012

Olympic Games: 100 days to go

One of the best things about the rapidly approaching Olympic Games is the discussion it provokes about the giants of their sports, who have often been quiet for a long time, but emerge for the Games.  Bekele seems back, and how does that affect Mo Farah and Galen Rupp’s chances?  The suspense builds.  Usain Bolt […]

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Boston strikes back: The Boston 2012 meltdown

Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop have won the 2012 Boston Marathon for Kenya. Surprise names, perhaps (particularly Korir), but you might, at first glance, call it “just another Kenyan victory”. It was anything but. Today was a reminder of the difficulty of the marathon, because Mother Nature, so kind to Boston one year ago, decided […]

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16 Apr 2012 Posted in Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon: if you can’t stand the heat…

Later today, Geoffrey Mutai will attempt to address the Ethiopian dominance of marathons so far in 2012 when he defends his title in Boston. Last year, aided by a following wind for most of the race, Mutai and Moses Mosop stunned the world when they scared the 2:03-barrier in Boston, Mutai eventually winning in the […]

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15 Apr 2012 Posted in Marathons

Marathon season: Ethiopia surge back with Men’s & Women’s wins

If 2011 was the year of the Kenyans, then 2012 is shaping up as the year of the rivalry. Last year, Kenya exerted a total domination over the marathon scene, winning every Major city marathon, breaking every course record, claiming World Championship gold, the top 20 places on the world ranking lists, and the world […]

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15 Apr 2012 Posted in Marathons

Paris Marathon: Splits and Commentary

Stanley Biwott has won the 2012 Paris Marathon to kick off the spring marathon season, and it has started the same way that 2011 left off – with a course record 2:05:11 (unofficial, from TV times). Biwott, who came into the race with a 2:07:03 PB, broke clear as early as 29km, when the group […]

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11 Apr 2012 Posted in London 2012

Around the rings: Weekly buzz

Ashenden steps down – “managing the message” Michael Ashenden is one of the leading anti-doping advocates in the world as a result of a) his contribution to the development of the biological passport system and the detection of blood doping and EPO use, and b) his outspokenness about the process, including two interviews that will […]

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