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Three quick thoughts on the third day of action from London: 1. More on Shiwen from a former coach: “brings back awful memories” Yesterday , China’s 400 IM gold medalist, in the context of her final freestyle leg being equal to that of Ryan Lochte when he won the men’s event. This issue was debated […]
Last week Friday, at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, I gave a public presentation to welcome in the start of London 2012. The presentation covered four topics – technology, doping in sport, Oscar Pistorius’ advantage and South Africa’s chances of 12 medals, in the context of Olympic economics. The talk was aimed at […]
Day 2 in London produced some great racing, including the much anticipated men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay, which always seems to produce one of the races of the Games. 2012 was no different, and it was France who exacted revenge for the drama of Beijing, where Jason Lezak came from behind in the dying […]
I wait three years and 50 weeks for these next two weeks – the Olympics are the highlight of the sporting calendar, and I can’t think of a better platform to showcase not only the human spirit and the most talented athletes in the world, but also the science of performance. I gave a presentation […]
The physiology of the mountain stages, and its implications for our understanding of the anti-doping struggle
July is traditionally our bumper period here on the Science of Sport, with the Tour and the peak of the athletics season, but unfortunately so far it’s been a bumper period for “real work” too, hence the infrequent posting. Between students, writing and recent work for the South African Olympic broadcaster Supersport, I’ve barely kept […]