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26 Feb 2011 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Performance implications of Pistorius advantages

I was going to delay this analysis until after the IAAF World Champs, which got underway this morning with a dominant Kenyan display in the women’s marathon. Later today sees the women’s 10,000m, and there’s every chance that Kenya will have claimed the first four (or maybe even more) of the medals at this year’s […]

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16 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010

Sports Videos of the year

Moving on from the darker side of sport with our recent doping reviews, we now have the more enjoyable task of picking some of the great sporting videos of the year. The winner – Danny Macaskill again The competition was stiff, but the winner was clear-cut.  It is the follow up video by Danny Macaskill, […]

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15 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010

Unheralded sportsman of the year: Josphat Menjo

Unless you count yourself a relatively serious follower of athletics (by which I mean you visit athletics-specific websites regularly), you are unlikely to be familiar with the name Josphat Menjo. He hasn’t appeared on television in 2010, at least not in South Africa, where we are fortunate enough to see all the Diamond League meetings. […]

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David Rudisha 800m WR and Semenya returns

As mentioned in , David Rudisha of Kenya has broken the 800m World Record. And as promised, here is a video for those who might have missed it! So yesterday I wrote about the importance of that first lap being around 49 seconds, based on the pacing of the event. I’ll look at that in […]

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15 Apr 2010 Posted in Caster Semenya

Let male and female compete together

As a follow up to my , I am currently reading a book called “Genetic technology and sport: ethical questions”.  And Chapter 15 of this book is titled “The genetic design of a new Amazon”. Below is an excerpt from that chapter.  I’m rewriting it, word for word, to build on what I .  I’d […]

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21 Jan 2010 Posted in Caster Semenya

IOC calls for treatment in sex ambiguity cases

I thought I’d interrupt the weight management series for a day to cover very briefly the news being reported out of Miami, where a panel of medical experts met to discuss the complexities around gender verification. The meeting, convened by the IOC in response to the huge controversy over Caster Semenya’s win in the IAAF […]

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14 Jan 2010 Posted in Caster Semenya

Semenya to run again? Claims and counterclaims

I know I said that I’d be tackling weight loss and exercise, but we always try to cover breaking news on science-related topics, and so I felt compelled to shift that series back by one day (don’t worry, it’s on the way!) to comment very briefly on the latest in the murky world of Athletics South […]

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27 Dec 2009 Posted in Caster Semenya

Semenya to sue for $120 million

I realise I’m interrupting my series on the Top 9 sports science stories of 2009, and I am bombarding you with posts at a time when you may not even be reading (you’ll have a lot to get through when your vacation is over – apologies!), but I came across this link courtesy Alessandra at our last […]

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01 Jul 2009 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius continued

Well, after what was actually , I decided it might be good to present a less scientific argument on the same topic. As I mentioned yesterday, the in-depth, “heavy-duty” dissection of scientific method was not the purpose of this site, but it was the next step in the ongoing debate over the Pistorius advantage. I can’t […]

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