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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 sprinters, so dominant in those Games. The IOC and WADA however did not act, suggesting the cases are all contamination, not worthy of pursuing. How viable is this, and what does it mean for already bottomed-out anti-doping credibility?
As promised, today begins a short series which also serves as our summary of the year’s sports science news. I’ll be looking at the Top 8 stories of 2008, with a sports science spin (in case you were wondering, eight is the lucky number of the year – just ask the Chinese who started the Games on 8/8/08, […]
The Beijing Olympic Games have come and gone. And with them, aided by technology including a uniformly deeper pool, improved wash-off areas, and high-tech swimsuits, so have 70 world swimming records this year. In fact, swimming now suffers from such a dramatic credibility crisis that a race in which a world record is NOT broken is a […]
Apologies for the break, it’s been a busy time at work and the world of sport has taken a backseat, unfortunately. Only in our pages, because it’s actually been a very busy time in the world of sport. Athletics – Golden delight and heartache in the fallout from Beijing The world’s best athletes headed straight […]
302 gold medals were handed out in Beijing. Add to that 303 silvers, and 353 bronze medals, and you get a total of 958 medals won during the 16-days of Olympic competition. When you consider that 10,500 athletes were in Beijing, then it’s actually quite interesting to calculate that on average, one in 11 athletes […]
Yesterday we did the first our Olympic recap “awards” post, which we continue today, in our look back on the Games and some of the stories we might not have covered during the actual Games. The distance award Since we have a preference for the distance events, we can’t let this go without giving special […]
It’s been one week since the Olympics, and a slow week here at The Science of Sport (as I try to catch up on time lost to the Games, mostly!). For today, though, to begin a Post-Olympic wrap, I thought I’d do a “Best of” (and worst of) list from Beijing. So here are the […]
Well, I must apologize for the complete absence of posting or replying to any of your comments on our Olympic coverage over the last 4 days – I’m going to blame our absence on a “post-Olympic hangover”, which saw us drop from 2 posts a day to none in 4! The comments and feedback we’ve […]
The Men’s Marathon in Beijing was, to be blunt, brutal. In temperatures at least 10 degrees higher than we typically see in the Major Marathon Series, the Kenyans and Ethiopians decided that they were going to run it like a paced race anyway. In an incredible display of front running, the Africans shattered the Olympic […]