JTG 5-A-Day

Go with the Wind, Rio Olympic Disaster, WADA’s African Doping Debt: Your JTG 5 A DAY

Is this the changing of the guard?

Kenyan paper Daily Nation reports on the breaking of the women’s 1500m record and Asbel Kiprop’s near miss and talks about the other potential world record beaters as well as those records such as Daniel Komen’s 3000m ” Mount Everest” that still remain out of reach.

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WADA’s African Doping Debt

WADA 2014 report suggests that it has received barely more than half – 53.83 per cent of the monies owed from the African region. This issue is two fold with the obvious lack of financial support as well as the overall loss of support in PR terms for WADA’s anti doping fight.

This compares with equivalent figures of 90.95 per cent in 2013 and 83.17 per cent in 2012.

The article also speaks about WADA’s exchange rate issues and the fiscal difficulties the organisation runs into.

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Rio Olympics Headed for Disaster

Reports that training facilities and Olympics venues were being built and then demolished and rebuilt to meet standards have surfaced. The First is centered around the Velodromes where the Rio Velodrome has been demolished forcing Brazilian cyclists to train in Switzerland for an Olympics that will be held in their own country. The 2007 Pan American Games were held in Rio and the buildings built for it are now being demolished, refurbished or abandoned as newer buildings are built nearby causing untold financial burden on the taxpayer in Brazil.

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Go with the wind

Ireland’s first wind sprint meet Tón Le Gaoithe (Wind in your back) stayed true to its name with the weather gods delivering conditions that sprinters can only dream of. What ensued was 2 hours of personal bests, season bests and track records. It was evident from the start that things were going to go well, the relaxed atmosphere, music and large contingent of athletes and spectators added to the vibe and the athletes duly delivered.

Read the full track-side report here

Pieter-Jan Hannes talks to JTG

Pieter-Jan Hannes, the headband-wearing, mile record setting Belgian Legend speaks to JTG in a wide ranging interview about everything from mastering the mile, how he started running, his greatest challenges, whether he is related to the Borlees, his thoughts on doping and much more.

A very funny read that’s well worth a look.

Check it out here

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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