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  • It was not that the diminutive Noguchi, 30, needed the sticky staple food to boost her staying power. Rather, her ultra-light shoes were equipped with soles containing a small amount of ground rice husks, similar to those that helped her to the top of the Athens podium in 2004. “They were excellent. They just fitted [...]

  • “I definitely want to double,” said the tall Jamaican on the eve of the Aviva London Grand Prix – IAAF World Athletics Tour meet at Crystal Palace where he will race over 200m. “This is Olympic year and you have to take it seriously,” said the 100m World record holder*. “But I don’t know what [...]

  • ThumbnailNot so long ago – I laid myself bare in this blog stating that I was hoping for a 12-hour Ironman in Austria. I made my goal public to help me with motivation. It worked – I was certainly a lot more motivated. But I didn’t achieve my goal of 12 hours. I missed it by [...]

  • Marion Jones is in jail and so is Tim Montgomery. Their coach Trevor Graham may even go to jail for his role in doping and so the feats of some of the fastest men and women on earth are now under suspicion. Just as the doping crisis at the Tour de France has meant that [...]

  • The squad has been selected after the highly successful Nedbank SA Half Marathon Championships that were held in Port Elizabeth on 5 July. This provisional squad is made up of athletes who represented their respective provinces at the Championships. The Nedbank SA 10km Championships, which will be held in Stellenbosch on 30 August, will be [...]

  • With the start of the 2008 series only months away Energade’s senior brand manager, Kerryann Kitshoff, said this alliance with BSG would immediately contribute to this year’s event having the biggest purse in this competition’s 14-year history, with nearly R200 000 in prize money up for grabs in the senior event. This association will also [...]

  • “As the new CEO of USA Track & Field, I have a moral and practical duty to make the case against her request,” Logan wrote in an open letter to Bush, delivered Tuesday. Jones was sentenced in January to six months in prison and 400 hours of community service in each of the two years [...]

  • Ottey, 48, who prior to 2002 represented Jamaica at world and Olympic athletic events, failed to reach the 100m qualification time at the Slovenia trials on Tuesday. Her outstanding Olympic history began at the 1980 Moscow games, where she won bronze in the 200m, and her last Summer Games outing for her mother country was [...]

  • ThumbnailMany runners now consider the treadmill one of the best lifetime fitness purchases they can make. While a few purists still hold treadmills in contempt, insisting that running outdoors is the only true path, most runners can see that a home treadmill offers a wonderful advantage. And when you have a treadmill, it’s amazing how those [...]

  • I’m feeling fat. I haven’t cycled in ages and I haven’t run since Knysna, and even then I only did the short races. So on the weekend I decided I would get back into the swing of things (weather, please play your part) and would start running no less than three times a week. So [...]

  • Running in the 3000 metres, he came in sixth, stopping the clock in 7 minutes 41.06 seconds, passing the times of two of South Africa’s greatest middle distance runners, Johan Fourie and Sydney Maree. The previous record of 7:44.00 belonged to Fourie since 1985, while Maree clocked a 7:43.00 six years earlier (1979) in the [...]

  • ThumbnailWhile tempo repeats last up to 20 minutes and max VO2 repeats last 4 to 5 minutes, speed-form repeats should last just 30 to 60 seconds. When measuring by distance on a track, I’ve always found that 200 metres is a good length for speed repeats. You should run these repeats at about the same pace [...]

  • “I certainly hope I can put my name on the roster of people who are making a difference in ridding ourselves of this horrible, horrible plague that exists in sports these days,” Logan said in a conference call on Friday. “In the last few weeks, some remarkable performances have occurred on the track and in [...]

  • “As ASA, we believe that the decision to boycott the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Sport and Recreation (the Portfolio Committee) amounts to a decision to boycott our own government.” “ASA’s delegation abstained and expressed our objection when this resolution was mooted at the SASCOC AGM, for at least two reasons. The one reason was that [...]

  • Gebrselassie set his world record last year when he won the Berlin race in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 26 seconds. The 35-year-old Ethiopian star has decided to skip next month’s Beijing Olympics because of high pollution but said he was thinking of running at the 2012 Games in London. “Four years is not such a [...]

  • ThumbnailFormer Miss South Africa Peggy-Sue Khumalo credits running for keeping herself in shape. The role of running in my life inevitably changes over time. It teaches me the importance of patience, endurance and a long-term outlook. A run can also help shake out a job stress and serve as a relaxing end to the day; and [...]

  • Ramaala won the ING New York City Marathon in 2004 and two weeks ago finished second in the Nedbank SA Half Marathon. Other top athletes in the field announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg are the reigning world marathon champion, Catherine Ndereba, and Felix Limo, who has taken World Marathon [...]

  • Chambers’ attorney had hinted at the athlete’s retirement during the hearing at London’s High Court, saying that his client would “go into the sunset” if he was refused an injunction against the British Olympic Association’s bylaw. However, as Britain announced Craig Pickering and Tyrone Edgar as the final members of its 100-meter squad, Chambers…[Read more]

  • The weather forecast calls for scattered clouds and temperatures are expected to dip to 14 degrees Celsius at the time of the race. “It’s cold for me, I definitely prefer to run in warmer weather,” Bolt said. “I’m from tropical Jamaica. I hope the weather changes.” A dozen sprinters in the field have personal bests [...]

  • I re-watched Forrest Gump the other night. It was a slow night on TV, the legs were worn out from a longish mountain escapade and me and my other half felt like a few laughs and a bit of cerebral philosophy. At 1 hour 56 minutes into the movie, Jenny (or Je-nee-he, as Forrest pronounces [...]

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