Event Analysis

A short thought on sport: Evaluating Eliud. Is Kipchoge a next-gen 2:02 marathoner, or a mid-2:04 runner in a technologically superior shoe? Who knows?

2019-05-01: Eliud Kipchoge is a physiological marvel. The Nike Vaporfly is a technological marvel. Both improve marathon performance. Except these statements can't both be true, and…

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We need to talk about East African runners and general trust vs skepticism in performances

2019-04-25: The London Marathon on Sunday will almost certainly be won by an East African. This group may be one of the most fascinating in all…

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The aging of elite performance: “Geriatric champions” and have the rules for getting older changed?

2019-02-06: Yesterday, I was sent this link. It says that Dwain Chambers, he of THG and a doping ban in 2004 (!), is making a comeback,…

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The physiology of the cold: Why might women out-‘survive’ men?

2018-04-19: Boston 2018 was one for the archives. A brutally cold, wet and windy day made for incredible, unpredictable elite races, and a whole lot…

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2018 Boston Marathon: Live splits and coverage

2018-04-16: Welcome to my live coverage of the 2018 Boston Marathon, where I'll post splits, projections and thoughts as both races…

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Pacing physiology and the limit to performance: A #fourminute mull

2018-02-15: The latest four minute mull explores pacing strategies, physiology and fatigue. In so doing, I offer a theory for the limits to human performance…

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An Open Letter to Athletics South Africa: Address the non-selection controversies for the sake of athletes

2017-07-25: Athletics South Africa, the governing federation for Track and Field in South Africa, recently announced the SA squad for the upcoming World Athletics championships in…

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Testosterone, performance & intersex athletes: Will the IAAF evidence be enough?

2017-07-05: In 2015, the Court of Arbitration set aside an IAAF policy that required female athletes to have a Testosterone level below a cut-off threshold. …

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The pursuit of the sub-2 marathon: Where to next?

2017-05-08: Where do we go next? Now that Eliud Kipchoge has taken us to the brink of a sub-2 hour marathon, have the boundaries of…

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