Category Archives: Athletics

Potential, Potential

In 2012, Canberran sprinter Melissa Breen received “the phone call I’ve been waiting my whole life for” from Athletics Australia, informing her that she had been nominated to represent her country at the London Olympics. Breen had narrowly missed out … Continue reading

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Existential Walking. Or: Can I Only See It Because I Know It’s There?

Like every Olympics and Commonwealth Games before it, Delhi 2010 has once again shown that the sport with the least self-respect is race walking. Can anyone not affiliated with the sport actually take it seriously? Rule 230.1 of the International Association … Continue reading

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The Medals They Earned

In 2008, Antonio Pettigrew, a member of the gold medal winning USA 4x400m relay team at the Sydney Olympics, testified that he had taken HGH (human growth hormone) and EPO (erythropoietin) from 1997 to 2001. His teammate, the great US … Continue reading

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