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  • So Gary, you are top brass and an ideas person, eh? Are you perhaps the guy responsible for PVR, Velcro or the bulletproof jacket? We can’t let those sparks of wisdom go to naught. Get recording right away, better yet, take a dictaphone along. Hell you must have a personal assistant or two, get them [...]

  • Fourteen of the team members are currently ranked in the top ten on the 2008 IAAF Junior World Lists, and should be amongst the favourites to win medals at the Championships. The men’s 4x100m relay team, which set a new SA Junior record of 40.16 seconds in Harare, is currently placed second on the world [...]

  • A: My opinion is an emphatic NO! Training for Comrades has given you a MASSIVE engine and with the correct recovery and training you can set some brilliant short race times. First up, take three to four weeks of total rest, followed by two weeks of fairly short runs (maximum 8km). Next comes the important [...]

  • As always, the top runners will be going all out to ensure that they earn maximum points on the Grand Prix leaderboard to put them in line for the top prize of R50 000. In 2007, René Kalmer got her nose in front right from the start, and never looked back, romping to a comfortable [...]

  • A: Many articles have been written on Piriformis Syndrome (a pain caused by pinching of the sciatic nerve in the buttock). All the athletes who consulted me after months of unsuccessful treatments had one thing in common. They still showed up shortening of the lateral line, either on the painful side or the good side. [...]

  • The 2008 Comrades Marathon lived up to all the drama, spirit and excitement that we have come to expect from the world’s greatest ultra. Leonid Shvetsov broke the ‘up’ record, Elena Nurgalieva won her fourth title and her third ‘up’ run and behind them just over 10 000 runners got to the finish on an [...]

  • The move is another hammerblow to the women’s heptathlon which has already been hit by the withdrawal of reigning world and Olympic champion Carolina Kluft and strong British medal contender Jessica Ennis. “It’s too tough for me to work on all the sports to be at a top level at the Olympics,” said Barber, who [...]

  • Ramaala can however expect tough competition in his quest to walk away with the first prize of R25 000. Amongst the early entries for the race are Coolboy Ngamole, Vincent Seng, Enos Matalane, George Mofokeng and George Ntshiliza – all of them capable of springing a major surprise on the day. Boy Soke, one of [...]

  • “The advice from experts in this area is that Beijing is not the best place to do the final preparations for competition for a whole range of reasons,” Athletics Australia spokesman David Culbert told AFP. Athletes at training camps in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia would not fly to Beijing for the opening ceremony on [...]

  • The English runner was one of the outstanding athletes at the meeting and really impressed in the 200m where she was pushed to Le Roux to a fast time of 22.72. Earlier she also covered the short sprint in 11.39. The SA men’s sprint champion, Hannes Dreyer, was slightly off colour in the 100m and [...]

  • New York-based Human Rights Watch said Lhasa, which will host the torch on Saturday, remains under a security and media lockdown after protests against Chinese rule in March. “The situation in Lhasa is anything but normal,” Sophie Richardson, HRW’s Asia advocacy director, said in a statement. “The authorities continue to fear that Tibetans may try [...]

  • African champion le Roux who ran in only her second 200m race since arriving in Europe a few weeks ago, recorded a clear win in 23.31 and also beat 400m compatriots, Estie Wittstock (23.99) and Tsholofelo Thipe (24.09), who finished fourth and fifth. Sandwiched in between them were Vida Anim of Ghana (23.54) and Yuliya [...]

  • Weight, a respected sports scientist, was honoured for her contribution to the sport and the unselfish assistance she provided to many others to achieve their running and sporting goals. In 1983 she became the first woman to receive a Gold medal for her winning performance in the COmrades. The following year she became the first [...]

  • When the Nurgalieva twins, Elena and Olesya, first came to South Africa in 200?, they were put in the same proverbial boat as the other Russian runners who had come to dominate the Comrades and Two Oceans ultra-marathons. Therefore, they were initially treated much like the enemy as most local runners and spectators willed the [...]

  • The 2007 ‘down’ run winner of the Comrades Marathon, Russian Leonid Shvetsov, has not only won the 2008 ‘up’ run, but also broken Vladimir Kotov’s 5:25:33 course record to make it two wins and two course records in two years, and thus become the first man since the Comrades King, Bruce Fordyce, to hold both [...]

  • ThumbnailWhether you aim to be active three times a week for 30-minutes or to log 60km a week, a training diary keeps track more tangibly and accurately than your memory. It allows you to page back to look for trends, identify bad patches and to reflect on the training you did that lead to that recent [...]

  • Over 11000 athletes will line-up for this year’s race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and runner-up in 2006, Zondi has a good chance of giving the Russian favourites a run for their money. Defending champion Leonid Shvetsov, runner-up Grigoriy Murzin and 2006 ‘up’ winner Oleg Kharitonov are the obvious choices to battle it out for first [...]

  • It’s been 16 years since a South African won the ‘Up’ Comrades. And, on Sunday, it’s likely to be 17 years. All the talk and all the money is on 40-year-old Russian doctor Leonid Shvetsov who smashed Bruce Fordyce’s ‘down’ record in 2007. So dominant was his performance last year that he led the race [...]

  • ”Our emphasis this year has broadened,” said Andy King, Director of the Bonitas Comrades Expo. ”All the normal Comrades-related stands are here, including Comrades sponsors and suppliers Energade, Nedbank, Flora, Mr Price, Gold Fields and, naturally, expo title holders, Bonitas. We also have the traditional Comrades Green Number Club, runner…[Read more]

  • Running in his third race of the season, Robles clocked 12.87 seconds to break the world record. Blazing from the start, the 21-year-old Cuban forged to a commanding lead by the fourth hurdle and never relented. With his long stride powering him through the finish, his performance knocked 0.01 seconds from the previous record of [...]

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