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29 Jul 2014 Posted in High performance management

Commonwealth calibration

What is the global standing of the Commonwealth Games? How do nations and sports compare, within an Olympic-focused strategy? A look at how Commonwealth Games success, and our response to it, might be calibrated against the bigger, global picture

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04 Sep 2011 Posted in World Championships

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

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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 women’s 800m gold has just been won, and it wasn’t Caster Semenya winning it. Instead, it was Mariya Savinova of Russia who won in a very quick 1:55.87, edging Semenya […]

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01 Sep 2011 Posted in World Championships

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

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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) surprises.The USA’s medals came in the form of Jesse Williams in the high jump (least surprising – he was the world leader after all), Lashinda Demus in the 400m hurdles […]

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30 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

Bolt’s false start and Blake’s “twitch” – the actual start block data explained

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This is a final post on the Bolt false start controversy, since as you’ll all know, there was some talk that Yohan Blake in Lane 6 (immediately to Bolt’s right) might have “twitched” while in the “set” position, and that perhaps he should have received the false start, that he “pushed” Bolt into the false […]

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30 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

IAAF 2011 World Champs – Rudisha delivers and Kirani James “arrives”

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Day 3 of the IAAF World Championships brought more success for Kenya, in the form of David Rudisha’s anticipated gold in the men’s 800m.  It was their third gold of these championships, but may be tempered slightly by the result of the Women’s steeple where they would have been hoping for another gold, but left […]

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29 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

The Blake-Bolt false start dispute

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So it may be a new day, but perhaps not surprisingly, the debate about the men’s 100m final has continued. But with one unexpected twist. Rather than talking about the “what if Bolt had not false started?”, this morning I woke to the question of “Should Blake, and not Bolt, have been given the false […]

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28 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

Day 2: False starts and flying finishes

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So if Day 1 produced dominance for Kenya, Day 2 produced drama. It was, in the day’s two track finals, a day full of drama. It began with an incredible final lap sprint in the men’s 10,000m final, and ended with the disqualification of Usain Bolt. It was that disqualification that will hog the headlines tomorrow, […]

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27 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

IAAF 2011 World Champs – Kenya’s day

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The day 1 medal table at the IAAF World Championships makes for extra-ordinary reading.  There’s only one team on it – Kenya.  It a display of unparalleled dominance, Kenya took every single medal on offer.  It helps that the medals were available in the longest distance running events, the marathon and the 10,000m events for […]

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26 Feb 2011 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Performance implications of Pistorius advantages

I was going to delay this analysis until after the IAAF World Champs, which got underway this morning with a dominant Kenyan display in the women’s marathon. Later today sees the women’s 10,000m, and there’s every chance that Kenya will have claimed the first four (or maybe even more) of the medals at this year’s […]

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