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14 May 2018

Social Media: Scourge or Saviour?; Cash for Coaching; The Truth and Shanghai

It’s round three of the latest Jumping The Gun podcast reincarnation and we cut our teeth straight into the social media debate sparked by Sonia O’Sullivan’s article in The Irish Times last week. Are athletes losing their way on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook instead of getting the ultimate like… performances

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08 May 2018

Kiprop caught out, Healy on fire, Scullion dreams big

In this week’s podcast, we digest the stunning news of Asbel Kiprop’s positive test for EPO. Was he scammed? Did he cheat? Is it time to go after his agent? Is his explanation convincing? We debate all of the above. After that, we turn our attention to some good news:

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02 May 2018

The Comeback Podcast: Hyperandrogenism, doping positive and the stars of summer

Folks, it’s been a while.  Did you miss us? No?  Well, we’re back regardless, and have returned with the thing most people seemed to like about JumpingTheGun in the first place – our podcast. In this 47-minute rambling medley of hot takes, dodgy debates and pet hates, we unload our views

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19 Nov 2015

Irish women battle for cross glory in Santry and Kentucky

Elizabeth Egan previews the GloHealth Inter Clubs Cross Country Championships this Sunday and the NCAA Championships the day before in Kentucky with a focus on the women. Success Breeds Success The battle for the Euro Cross selection is always intense, but the competition to get into the senior women’s team

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Silver lining: Jessica Ennis was one of many athletes who was beaten into second place at a major championship by a doper. Image: PhotoRun
10 Nov 2015

10 reasons to be hopeful in the wake of the latest doping scandal

By Kevin Byrne, guest columnist These are obviously bad times for the sport. That cannot be overstated. All it takes is a quick Google news search for the word “athletics” and you’ll see how bad the situation is. In the nuttiest of nutshells: Russia – one of the strongest athletics

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30 Oct 2015

Haile on his running addiction, his advice to Seb Coe and the formula to beat Farah

You would think, at 42 years of age, having won two Olympic gold medals, five world titles and set 27 world records, Haile Gebrselassie would be kind of done with this whole running thing. You’d think wrong. “I still do two sessions a day,” says the recently retired Ethiopian, who

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19 Oct 2015

Barr’s Olympic ambition: “I’d love to be in the final”

It starts tomorrow. After the season of his life, followed by three weeks exploring Kenya, a surfing trip to Portugal, and one exhaustive day spent doing interviews with the national press, it’s now time for Thomas Barr to get back to work. In 10 months’ time, the Waterford athlete will, barring injury, compete at

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16 Oct 2015

Barr, English, and Heffernan to contest Irish Athlete of the Year

Athlete of the Year Thomas Barr, Mark English and Robert Heffernan are set to contest the National Athlete of the Year award at the GloHealth National Athletics Awards on Wednesday 25th of November from 12.00-3.30pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood. The nominations have been announced for the awards ceremony

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Speed demons: Dennis Kimetto, Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Kamworor during the 2014 Berlin Marathon. Image: PhotoRun
15 Oct 2015

Athletics Kenya says it will host Olympic Trials Marathon

Athletics Kenya announced it will host an Olympic Trials Marathon in February in order to select its team for the Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer, according to a report by Capital FM today. David Okeyo, AK’s vice president, made the announcement, saying that the trials would help the

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14 Oct 2015

New Balance Deal For Bromell; The Tall Marathoner’s Challenge; Your JTG 5-A-Day

Bromell Choses New Balance For Pro Career World 100m bronze medalist Trayvon Bromell has moved into the world of professional track and field by signing a sponsorship deal with New Balance. The Baylor University student has effectively ended his college career by turning pro, in an impressive scoop for the

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