The marathon has seen an extra-ordinary explosion in quality and quantity over the last 20 years. Its epicenter is Kenya. I look at the stats, offer some theories and introduce some research we’re currently doing on this fascinating phenomenon.
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, and why genes can’t be discounted
Recent research suggests that calf elasticity is the source of Kenya’s running advantage. The truth is a little more complex…
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 sad and shocking news that Sammy Wanjiru, 2008 Olympic Marathon Champion and one of greatest marathoners ever, has died in Kenya, aged 24. The initial details seem to indicate either a […]
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 available rather quickly (not 9.58s kind of quick, but quick nevertheless). So here is the analysis of Bolt’s race. All the splits First of all, here is the table published by […]