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Diamond League Gone Stale; Dopers Winning The Battle; Your JTG 5-A-Day

Fighting a losing battle against doping

Steve Magness takes a look at the psychlogy of cheating and the dopers themselves.

“If the Lance Armstrong or Marion Jones’ of the world have taught us anything, it’s that passing a drug test means little except that you are smart enough to not make a blatant mistake.”

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Altis – home of champions

John Godina, CEO and founder of the elite athlete training facility Altis (formerly known as the world athletics centre) gives his ten steps for creating a successful training environment.

“Had Altis, the elite training centre located in Phoenix, Arizona, entered the Beijing World Championships as a nation, it would have finished just outside the top ten in the medal table.”

Full story here.

The Boredom of the diamond league

Olympic and World finalist in the discus, Benn Harradine, claims the diamond league in it’s current format has become stale.

“Our sport has a problem: the Diamond League is banal and familiar. Every competition whether viewed live or through the truncated telecast, is predictable.”

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Williams Sisters keep up tradition

“Borlees were not the only high-profile siblings here (in Beijing) as the final of the 100m hurdles saw athletics’ own Williams sisters getting into the act, with victory going to Jamaican 22-year-old Danielle in a personal best of 12.57, and 25-year-old older sister Shermaine finishing seventh in 12.95.”

Full story here.

Beijing Blip For Harper-Nelson

“Of all the shocks at the recent IAAF World Championships in Beijing, the sight of Dawn Harper Nelson crashing out of the 100m hurdles semi-finals was among the most surprising.”

More here.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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