Science of Sport: The Rob Young Investigation: Key findings
The primary focus of the analysis is cadence data, rather than speed or the performance during the runs. We chose this approach because analyzing the running performances invites allegations and rebuttals that are by nature subjective and unprovable – any individual can claim to be capable of running at a certain speed for a certain period provided that speed is reasonable (that is, not obviously unrealistic). In the absence of direct observation and bench-marking against that athlete’s known capabilities, any claim, even if exceptional, is impossible to confirm or to refute. Since we have no direct evidence of what Rob Young is capable of, and since the data of record is the only performance data relevant to this analysis, this approach would be fraught with subjectivity and suppositions, even if suggestive.