Track and Field Analysis

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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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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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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A house of cards? Sprinting crisis as Gay, Powell and more Jamaicans fail controls

2013-07-14: First reactions to a day when first Asafa Powell then Tyson Gay failed doping controls. Amid defences of contamination, the picture of world sprinting…

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IAAF World Champs: 800m women, questions but few answers

2011-09-04: The women’s 800m event deserves a post all of its own. I’ll post on the rest of the day’s action a little later, but the…

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IAAF 2011 World Champs: USA’s hat-trick on a day of surprises

2011-09-01: Six finals, and four nations won medals today, as the USA delivered a hat-trick of titles in what was a day of mild (and big)…

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