Category Archives: Records & Statistics

IAAF’s misguided idea for sanitizing the record book

“…We want to change the concept of a record and raise the standards for recognition to a point where everyone can be confident that everything is fair and above board.” — European athletics president Svein Arne Hansen “It is a … Continue reading

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Path of Least Resistance

“My opinion is that the single most effective tactic used on Saturday was to have Kipchoge run most of the distance close behind a Tesla vehicle onto which had been mounted a large wind shield pretending to be a clock.” … Continue reading

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Rio 2016: American Distance Revival

  “Are you f***ing kidding me?!!”                                           – Matt Centrowitz Sr.

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The National H.S. 4 x Mile record goes down… to crickets

This will be a short post, but maybe of some interest to fans of high school track and field. A few days ago, my friend Josh alerted me to the fact that Flotrack had posted a video of the 2016 … Continue reading

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Tilting at the Two-Hour Windmill

“In some ways, a goal of two hours is as arbitrary as the distance of the marathon itself: 26 miles 385 yards, established at the 1908 London Olympics, in part to accommodate viewing by the British royal family. But round … Continue reading

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Ramble On, Thou Aged Runners

On Sunday morning, on a gorgeous spring day of bright sun and an emerald blush of new leaves on ancient trees, a crowd of two hundred aged runners took to the streets of Dedham, Massachusetts to race in the venerable … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years of Attitude

“I need more practice.” – Don Pellman Perhaps you saw the NY Times article reporting on the record-setting performances of track and field athlete Don Pellman at the San Diego Senior Olympics last week. Pellman, who turned 100 in August, … Continue reading

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