Track and Field Analysis

On the Jamaican clenbuterol positives: A procedural failure and credibility black hole

2017-04-03: An explosive new investigative report has revealed that numerous athletes have tested positive when their samples from Beijing 2008 were retested. They include Jamaican male…

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IAAF to-do list: Invite in, step aside & break the orbit

2015-11-10: The IAAF response to the doping scandal has hardly been reassuring. Nor was its position when the allegations first emerged. What is the…

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Denial plus shock, divided by the tip of the iceberg. A recipe for mistrust

2015-11-10: The WADA report into the IAAF’s alleged doping cover-ups came out yesterday, and Twitter was rocking.  So many journalists and commenters wrote excellent summaries and…

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Paula Radcliffe, off-scores and transparency

2015-09-11: Another week, another doping story, and this one is a big one.  You surely haven’t missed it, and by now you know that in response…

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Bolt vs Gatlin: Two stories, two trajectories. Beijing prediction

2015-08-21: The media have hyped the Bolt vs Gatlin 100m clash as "good vs evil". Hype aside, it should be a fascinating race, a clash of…

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The Gatlin dilemma

2015-05-19: Justin Gatlin is the world's fastest man, shrouded in controversy and a PR-disaster waiting to happen. In the wake of his 9.74s performance, and a…

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2015 Genie: Three wishes for the year

2015-01-03: Three wishes for 2015 - a doping focus on a sport other than cycling, more head-to-head competition, and less force-feeding of cherries and extreme science.…

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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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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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