Event Analysis

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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Symmetrical knees and sprint performance: The Jamaican secret?

2014-01-08: A recent study found that sprint performance in Jamaicans was related to the symmetry of their knees. The media pounced, and explained Usain Bolt's…

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The World Record Suspicion survey, and some related thoughts

2014-01-03: Just how believable are the T&F world records? An online poll sparks some questions, some analysis and some thoughts on the state of the sport…

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2013 Recap. And Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, all!

2013-12-24: As 2013 draws to a close, let's look back on the highs and lows of 2013 here on the Science of Sport, with a look…

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2013 New York City Marathon: Live coverage

2013-11-03: Live coverage of the 2013 New York City Marathon, including splits and thoughts as the race unfolds. Can Mutai defend his title, and will Kenya…

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Is the sub-2 hour marathon imminent? Don’t hold your breath, and here’s why

2013-10-10: Wilson Kipsang's marathon world record has triggered the usual debates about the sub-2 hour marathon being imminent. Here's why this talk is, for now, unrealistic…

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Analysis of Wilson Kipsang’s marathon world record: Pacing and splits

2013-10-10: Wilson Kipsang's 2:03:23 is the talk of the marathon world. I analyse the pacing, the splits and the potential for future…

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Berlin Marathon 2013: Live splits and analysis

2013-10-10: The 2013 Berlin Marathon promised much, and delivered a world record to Wilson Kipsang. This is my live analysis of the race, as it…

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Bolt vs Farah over 600m. The extremes meet, who wins?

2013-08-06: Usain Bolt vs Mo Farah is a match race between the two great athletes at opposite ends of the extreme. Who wins, and the…

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