JTG 5-A-Day

Why Paula is no plucky loser; highs and lows of Prague; the fastest man with a club; Your JTG 5-a-day

Highs and Lows of Prague 2015

Athletics Weekly Editor Jason Henderson blogs about his experience at the European Indoors last weekend, explaining the good, the bad and the ugly from a memorable weekend in the Czech capital. From drug cheats to absurdly good local support to restricted views, this is a well-rounded summary from a man who’s been to more than a few major championships. Story here.

Paula: why it’s wrong to call her a plucky loser

ITV4 aired a fascinating documentary last week on the career of Paula Radcliffe, and it attracted the ire of one British columnist by focusing too much on her failure at the 2004 Athens Olympics, repeatedly calling her ‘plucky’, a well-known euphemism for a gallant loser. In this column, Matt Butler argues that the documentary did a huge disservice to one of Britain’s greatest ever sportspeople.

Lucas had had her fill of fourth

Julia Lucas had the dubious honour of finishing fourth twice in the US Olympic trials, just missing out on her dream chance to represent her country on the biggest stage. She wrote a fascinating blog this week on the experience of the second fourth-place finish, in the 2012 Olympics trials, and shares how heartbreaking it was to miss out again. Check it out here.

Speed golf: meet the fastest man with a club

Runner’s World had an interesting feature on speed golf last week, with the world record holder, Christopher Smith, offering his advice to all others who wish to follow in his footsteps and take up this wacky, growing sport. It’s basically the summation of your shots on the course plus the amount of minutes it takes to complete the round, and his world record is 109. THAT is impressive. Story here, and it includes details on how amateur speed golfer Nick Willis got on in his last attempt.

Prague press memories

Check out the best quotes from the European Indoor Championships here, ranging from 60m hurdles champ Alina Talay saying: ““I am a fearless warrior when I am on the track. I absolutely love it” to Czech 1500m champ Jakub Holusa, who said: “I cannot describe my feelings, I have not realised what has happened. I am very excited and my hands are shaking.”

 

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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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