Gene Doping The editing of genes could be the future of doping in athletics, with the ability to alter defective genes in the human body becoming a real possibility. About 50% of what determines how fit you are comes from your genome, the other 50% is training, according to Dr.
The White Man In ‘That’ Photo You’ve seen the iconic image (above) before, you may even have had the poster adorning your college bedroom, but what do you know about the third man in the photo? “I even thought that that guy – who seemed to be just a simpering
As the new intervarsity season prepares to get under way, it seems as good a time as any to reflect on what a memorable 2015 it was, a year when two of our leading lights, Thomas Barr and Mark English, took home medals from international competitions. English, a medical student at
Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably qualify for the Olympic Games. The two-time European Cross Country champion was on course for a sub 2:30 clocking for a large portion of the race but slowed in the second half. McCormack (Kilcoole) went through
Yeah, we get it, there’s a lot of other live sport on today, but barging its way into your schedule should be the Chicago Marathon, which gets under way at 1:30pm Irish time. Fionnuala McCormack leads the Irish hopes against some of the world’s best, such as Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat, who
Penn Diamond League a possibility The men at the helm of Franklin Field, home of Penn relays, hope that bringing Diamond League athletics to the famed stadium could now be a real possibility after $3 million renovations. Full story here. Aries Merritt on the road to recovery Track and field
By Dave Hunter Stories of athletes overcoming physical adversity to stage dramatic comebacks are omnipresent in sports. Think of the numerous NBA players who rehab and return from debilitating ACL injuries. Or, the many Major League pitchers who work hard to perform well after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Successful and
Steve Jones tells it as it is Two-time Chicago marathon champion, Welshman Steve Jones, gave an insightful interview to competitor.com in which he had some harsh words for the ‘hobby-jogger’. “…I don’t believe that starting and finishing a marathon makes you a marathoner. I don’t believe that. If you’re racing
Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) is looking forward to a new challenge at the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, October 11th, as she targets qualification for the Olympic Games next summer.The two-time European Cross Country champion is still undecided about the European Cross Country in December as she turns her focus the the roads
When Catherina McKiernan turned to the roads in 1997 she found what she was made to do. A human locomotive whose efficiency saw her record the fastest women’s debut marathon in Berlin and go on to win the London and Amsterdam marathons. “If there is such a thing as a
10 Questions with Rob Heffernan Niall Breslin, or Bressie to you hip youngsters out there, interviews 2013 world 50km walk champion Rob Heffernan about the mental challenges that face an elite athlete like himself. “The mind can have a tendency to drift towards the dark side when you are really
From Child Soldier To Running Trailblazer Mira Rai is a national hero in Nepal who flies largely under the radar. She transformed from child soldier to winning international 50km-100km races, and hopes to inspire the young women of her country. “When peace came, many Maoist fighters were incorporated into a
Fresh doubts have been cast on the legitimacy of the women’s 400m world record after allegations from one of Germany’s leading anti-doping experts that Marita Koch was part of the state-sponsored doping programme in East Germany. Koch, who was Olympic 400m champion in 1980, set the current world record of
1) Run more, lots more It’s these last few weeks, right before your marathon, that count most for accumulating absurd mileage. Never mind what came before, however many 50-mile weeks are in the bag, the time has come not just to increase your mileage, but to make some monstrous jumps.
KIPSIRO AND KIPLAGAT TOP the PODIUM AT THE GREAT SCOTTISH RUN Commonwealth Games 10,000m gold medalist Moses Kipsiro headed the field in Glasgow on Sunday with Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat taking the women’s title. “I enjoyed the run, it was a nice smooth race,” Kipsiro said Full Report here. Kenyan’s Step