Event Analysis

Eliud Kipchoge 2:00:25

2017-05-06: Eliud Kipchoge has run a marathon in 2:00:25, coming within sight of breaking the 2-hour barrier. How did he do it, and what might we…

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On the recalibration of world records: Brief thoughts

2017-05-03: A proposal to recalibrate the track and field world records by removing all records set prior to 2005 has caused considerable controversy. I offer…

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The sub-2 hour marathon attempt: The pacing strategy

2017-05-02: The Nike-Breaking 2 attempt will happen in Monza this weekend. I don't think a sub-2 is possible, but what will be fascinating is to…

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On the Jamaican clenbuterol positives: A procedural failure and credibility black hole

2017-04-03: 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…

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The “2-hour marathon” season begins

2017-01-16: Kenenisa Bekele kicks off the 2017 Marathon season in Dubai, with what is a potential world record. It's the year of the "Breaking-2" after…

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The sub-2 hour marathon in 2017? Thoughts on concept

2016-12-13: Nike's announcement that they're backing three top marathoners to break the 2 hour marathon barrier in Spring 2017, is the latest installment in the sub-2…

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The Rob Young Investigation: Key findings

2016-10-03: Earlier this year, ultra-marathon runner Rob Young was accused of cheating during his attempt to break the TransAmerica record. His sponsor, Skins, commissioned an independent…

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IAAF to-do list: Invite in, step aside & break the orbit

2015-11-10: The IAAF response to the doping scandal has hardly been reassuring. Nor was its position when the allegations first emerged. What is the…

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Denial plus shock, divided by the tip of the iceberg. A recipe for mistrust

2015-11-10: The WADA report into the IAAF’s alleged doping cover-ups came out yesterday, and Twitter was rocking. ┬áSo many journalists and commenters wrote excellent summaries and…

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