The late Sir Roger Bannister's 3:59.4 performance in 1954 changed everything!
By breaking the vaunted Sub 4 Minute Mile barrier, Sir Roger was able to, as Sebastian Coe put it, "Make the impossible possible!"
Now, 68 years later, there are close to 5,000 men who've followed Sir Roger's inspiration through that threshold, showing that breaking 4 minutes is still a challenging standard to acquire.
RunBlogRun opines: This is part one of a two piece series on Clayton Murphy, the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist at the 800 meters. In 2017, Clayton Murphy took on some new challenges, and it did not work out according to his plan. The evolution of a middle distance runner has its ups and downs. For Clayton Murphy, 2017 was, well, as David Hunter just described it, a roller coast year. This is David Hunter's coverage of a surprising year of 2017 for Clayton Murphy.
World 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm was last weekend named the male IAAF Rising Star of 2017. The 21-year-old from Norway says that his switch from decathlon to his current event has been one of the most demanding obstacles in his career so far.
“Life,” says Anna Botha, “isn’t about the years you’re living; it’s about what you contributed in those years to your fellow human beings.”
At the age of 75, and with almost 50 years’ coaching experience, the Namibian native has an almost unparalleled insight into success in athletics – and indeed life. Ahead of Friday night’s IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco, where Botha received the 2017 award for Coaching Achievement, she explained her unique and highly effective approach to coaching.
EXPLOSIVENESS helped Usain Bolt to eight Olympic gold medals.
Now he has drawn on his power to help Australian cricketers utilise the asset between the wickets.
As Russian sport as a whole is in a rather unique situation at the moment, Inside the Games takes a look back at similar times in the sporting history of one of the most prominent countries in the world. As can be said for almost everything in life, learning the historical context leading up to any given moment in time gives us a better understanding of the current state of things. Enjoy this piece from Philip Barker...
One way or another, Russian sport is set to dominate the headlines over the next few months.
The World Cup line-up is now completely ready for a grand and glittering draw at the Kremlin in Moscow next month. FIFA’s ethics committee has been investigating the bid process for that tournament and there is at least one other cloud on the horizon. There is the very real possibility that Russian competitors will be excluded from the other big event of 2018, as the fall-out from the Sochi doping scandal threatens participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.