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O’Donnell’s tale: an ordinary guy who made an extraordinary breakthrough

Jumping-The-Gun’s very own Ger O’Donnell hit the headlines last week in Ghent with is 7.73-second run over 60m hurdles to qualify for the upcoming European Indoor Championships, and his story hit the national press this week, courtesy of this story by JTG’s Feidhlim Kelly in the Irish Examiner here. Read about his journey from zero to hero here.

Diack defends the sport amid Russian ‘crisis’

Lamine Diack is in his final year as the main man in the IAAF, and he has spoken out in the wake of the Russian doping scandal, saying that the claim that 99pc of Russian athletes are doping is “not true.” Diack also said that 90 to 95pc of elite athletes are clean, a rather dubious claim by a man in a position where his objectivity is, shall we say, compromised. Diack also reacts to questions about the implication of his son, Papa Diack, in an apparent bribery scandal. Story and video interview here.

Barefoot fad is over, now it’s the maximalists’ turn

Can experts just make up their mind already? First, it was the Vibram craze, with loonballs out pounding the pavements in nothing but an overpriced strip of leather under their feet. Now, the trend has shifted again, with the emergence of maximalist cushioning shoes. This article from the New York Times examines the new trend.

Lolo on the comeback trail

The former world indoor champion is on the way back into the sport after shoulder surgery. She’s ditched the Winter Olympic experiment for now, and is burning off the 20lbs of weight she gained for that sport, as she prepares to reach the top tier of athletics once again. Story here.

Marathon Majors crack down on dopers

In the wake of the busts of Liliya Shobukhova and Rita Jeptoo, the World Marathon Majors have pledged their support to the IAAF in implementing a stricter testing policy on the world’s top marathoners in the years to come. Story from the Kenyan newspaper here.

 

 

 

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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
His banter levels are often poor, occasionally exceptional.

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