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  • Is the sub-2 hour marathon imminent? Don't hold your breath, and here's why

    sportsscientists.com 28 Sep '14, 11am

    Yesterday Wilson Kipsang took 15 seconds off the marathon world record, running 2:03:23. It triggered, as it always does, talk of how close they are to breaking the two-hour barrier. But that’s very, very premature. For reasons of physiology, performance evolution, and the inter-conne...

  • The physiology at the front of the Tour

    physiology at the front of the Tour

    sportsscientists.com 25 Jul '14, 12pm

    I believe that the biological passport (clumsy as it sometimes seems, under the control of the authorities) has made doping more expensive and more difficult, and while it has not eliminated doping, it has likely reduced the extent of it and thus the benefit compared to the days when ...

  • 4 quick thoughts on the 1st mountain finish of #2014TDF in my latest: Nibali's "performance comp…

    Tour’s first mountain finish: Quick take -

    sportsscientists.com 14 Jul '14, 7pm

    In other words, what we saw today was a performance, not only from Nibali but also from those nearest him on the stage, that is at least comparable to anything produced between 2002 and 2007, the height of the doping era . The rest of the top six on the day, incidentally, fell just be...

  • Powell & Simpson’s bans cut to 6 months: Broad implications -

    sportsscientists.com 16 Jul '14, 3pm

    Taking a rest from cycling a day after the rest day in the Tour de France, the news yesterday came through that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had partially sided with Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson in their appeal against an 18-month doping ban for a failed test . The ini...

  • Should doping be legalized?

    sportsscientists.com 07 Sep '14, 1pm

    Should doping be legalized? A tired debate renewed Last week in the British Medical Journal, a “Head to Head” was published between two opposing viewpoints around the question of legal doping in sport. The protagonists were Julian Savelescu, a philosopher from Oxford, who pops up with...

  • Amantle #Montsho positive for #methlhexanamine. Back in 2010, it was so common I wrote about it as 'drug of the year'

    Drug of the Year: Methylhexanamine and the supplement industry

    sportsscientists.com 02 Aug '14, 2pm

    There is very little testing to establish the efficacy (or effectiveness) of supplements. Creatine is a notable exception, and of course, some supplements provide macro-nutrients (proteins and carbs) that are known to aid recovery and performance. However, there is still debate over w...

  • Commonwealth calibration

    Commonwealth calibration

    sportsscientists.com 29 Jul '14, 2pm

    Now, this is irrelevant from the perspective of the athlete. For them, a medal is a medal, and all should be celebrated equally – you can only beat the athletes before you, after all. Athletes have the ‘luxury’ of being able to, in a sense, compartmentalize the event before moving on ...

  • 2014 Tour de France: Performance analysis ready

    sportsscientists.com 23 Aug '14, 4pm

    The previously mentioned Ammatti Pyoraily , who within minutes of a stage finish will tell you the climbing times, and the estimated power outputs using a few different calculation methods. He then gets access to SRM files, makes those comparisons and is invaluable. He is ridiculed by...

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