13 Jan 2015


1. Renaud Lavillenie While he’s not the tallest on the list his shot-stopping potential is unrivalled. The upper-body strength and power required to be the world’s best pole vaulter could only lead to lightning-quick reactions and wrists of steel. That strong hand needed to scoop the ball from its top-corner

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Celebration time: Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad takes victory in the European 3,000m steeplechase, but was later disqualified for his topless antics. Image: PhotoRun
30 Dec 2014

Bad Boys, Doping Dilemmas, Crazy Comebacks; the A-Z of the athletics year: Part One

A is for the Anti-hero: Mekhissi-Benabbad To tell any good story, you need one. Every book, every film, and even every sport, needs the villain who fans either love to hate or just can’t help but love. This year, Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad took that role. Previously, the steeplechase specialist was

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Photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net
25 Dec 2014


1. WADA steps up assault on Russian Athletes. Wada has taken 3000 samples from athletes in an attempt to solve the Doping scandals. Read more here 2.Justlin Gatlin still wants to be considered a track icon Gatlin, a convicted doper, still wants to be a track icon, speaks about his

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Robert Harting and his trademark celebration
07 Oct 2014

Champs, Cheats and Chi-town

This week, we first round up all the Irish in action last weekend and then review the international season, picking out the good, bad and ugly from the summer. We discuss the Athlete of the Year shortlist, and specifically. the inclusion of three athletes previously banned for doping. Was Robert

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John Frazer on his way to the Dublin novice title
05 Oct 2014

Weekend wrap: US, county novice championships and road round-up

The main talking point over the weekend was Robert Harting’s request to be taken off the list of nominations for the IAAF athlete of the year. The German discus thrower was not happy to be on the list alongside convicted drug offenders Justin Gatlin and LeShawn Merritt. You can check

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10 Jun 2013

Bolt and AAI have work to do

This week’s action wasn’t as exciting as the previous one but it still left us with plenty  of talking points. Bolt was beaten in Rome and the AAI empire have plenty of work to do if the European Team Championships are going to be a success judging by the AAI

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