World Athletics Championships

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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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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Bolt vs Gatlin: Two stories, two trajectories. Beijing prediction

2015-08-21: The media have hyped the Bolt vs Gatlin 100m clash as "good vs evil". Hype aside, it should be a fascinating race, a clash of…

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Bolt vs Farah over 600m. The extremes meet, who wins?

2013-08-06: Usain Bolt vs Mo Farah is a match race between the two great athletes at opposite ends of the extreme. Who wins, and the…

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

2011-09-04: 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…

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

2011-09-01: 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)…

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

2011-08-30: 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…

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

2011-08-30: 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…

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