African running

Boston Marathon 2015: Live splits and coverage

2015-04-20: Live coverage and splits of the 2015 Boston…

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2014 Wrap Part 2: The science of sport review

2014-12-30: In the second part of my 2014 Review series, I look at three of the sports science stories that made news - the sub-2 hour…

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The 2-hour marathon and the 4-min mile

2014-12-16: A recently launched group plans to help runners go under 2 hours for the marathon in five years. is it feasible? For many reasons,…

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“177” – The Sub-2 hour marathon and East Africa’s super-runners

2014-10-14: Marathon running is in a golden era, the 2-hour barrier approaching. Kenyans in particular have led the charge, raising some of the most fascinating…

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The rise of Kenya

2014-03-07: The marathon has seen an extra-ordinary explosion in quality and quantity over the last 20 years. Its epicenter is Kenya. I look at…

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The Kenyan success genetic controversy

2013-04-13: Is Kenya's distance running success genetic or environmental? The polarization of this question and debate is an oversimplification. We look at the complex interaction,…

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The Kenyan advantage: Is it calf elasticity?

2013-01-15: Recent research suggests that calf elasticity is the source of Kenya's running advantage. The truth is a little more…

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Sammy Wanjiru: November 10, 1986 – May 16, 2011

2011-05-17: Sad day for running and runners everywhere While watching the Chicago Bulls dismantle the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, I received the…

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Analysis of Bolt’s 9.58 WR

2009-08-17: As promised, as soon as the results and split times from Bolt’s unbelievable 9.58s performance were available, we’d be analysing them Turns out they became…

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