Dual stars: David Campbell (left) winning the national senior 800m title in 2007 and Ciarán Ó Lionáird (right) taking victory at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix in 2012. Images: Kieran Carlin & PhotoRun
04 May 2017


What can we learn from the mistakes of our best athletes? Is the doping problem in athletics as bad as we think? What needs to be done to the sport to restore its popularity? Those are some of the questions posed in part two of JumpingTheGun’s podcast special, edited by

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The senior men's race at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country in Kampala, Uganda (Roger Sedres for IAAF)
27 Mar 2017

World Cross is alive, but BBC made it dead

‘And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound…of silence’ It’s more than 50 years since Simon & Garfunkel topped the charts with the above

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Phil Healy (far right) in action at the Irish Universities Championships. Image: Tomás Greally, Sportsfile/Athletics Ireland
20 Apr 2016

The Healy Phenomenon: an incredible beauty is born for athletics

By now you’ve seen it. You’ve watched the video, probably rewound it, looked again at the impossible situation presented to Phil Healy on that final 400m leg, and thought to yourself: ‘no…****ing…way’. By now you’ve had it swarm your social media feeds, witnessed the feat of a modest Bandon sprinter snatching your attention ahead

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11 Oct 2015

Fionnuala secures Olympic qualifier in Chicago

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably qualify for the Olympic Games. The two-time European Cross Country champion was on course for a sub 2:30 clocking for a large portion of the race but slowed in the second half. McCormack (Kilcoole) went through

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09 Oct 2015

After rollercoaster year, Merritt on the road to recovery

By Dave Hunter Stories of athletes overcoming physical adversity to stage dramatic comebacks are omnipresent in sports. Think of the numerous NBA players who rehab and return from debilitating ACL injuries. Or, the many Major League pitchers who work hard to perform well after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Successful and

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Football has come under the doping spotlight after a study which showed 7.7pc of top-level footballers recorded high testosterone levels indicating a possible use of anabolic steroids. Image: 4dfoot.com
21 Sep 2015

Football’s dirty secret: ignorance is not bliss when it comes to doping

And so it begins. After decades of anecdotal evidence — think star players spotted at renowned doping clinics, rogue doctors bragging about trophies their pharmacology has won for club and country, major European titles being won by players with blood as thick as golden syrup — there is finally cold, hard evidence to suggest that

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13 Sep 2015

Barr talks to JTG: “I’ll need to improve by half a second to make the Olympic final”

Thomas Barr capped off a breakthrough year with a fifth-place finish in the Brussels Diamond League and afterwards, the 23-year-old spoke to JumpingTheGun about his breakthrough year. Barr ran 49.80 in a race won by Jeffery Gibson of the Bahamas in 48.72. “I was a little bit switched off tonight,” he said. “It was

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13 Sep 2015

Farah too fast; Mo caps magnificent year with Great win

Mo Farah capped another year of dominance by sprinting to victory at the Great North Run this morning, the Briton taking a narrow victory over Kenya’s Stanley Biwott in 59:22, his fastest time for the half marathon. Biwott, who had tried for much of the race to break Farah, was never

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Murphy, Gregan, Barr and English after thier record run in Beijing. Image: Cathal Dennehy
05 Sep 2015

Live Stream: English and Gregan at the Flame Games

Mark English will race over 600m at the Flame Games in Amsterdam this evening, the Donegal athlete stepping down to 600m to race some of the world’s best at 7:45pm Irish time. Live stream link is here.  Men’s 600m start list 1 129 EL MANAOUI Amine MAR … 2 130

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27 Aug 2015

Day Six Evening Recap: Massive Jump from Taylor, Bolt still the best, Felix with the win

110m Hurdles Semi Finals No major upsets here with Aleec Harris being the biggest name to miss out.World Record Holder Aries Merritt ran a season’s best of 13.08 to reach the final as the fastest qualifier. Full Results here 200m Women’s Semi Dina Asher-Smith was the fastest of the round

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