African athletics on the rise

November 2, 2017 Daniel Woodburn

  Take a look at athletics on the world stage ever since it has been gripped by professionalism, and you will notice a number of trends. Arguably the two most persistent are the U.S and Jamaica vying for top-dog status in the sprinting discipline, and Kenyans and Ethiopians looking to get one over each-other in the 5k, 10k and marathon. Despite this last example, attributed to the two east-African countries being exceptionally mountainous, one might be surprised at the relative lack of African success in other disciplines. Though it may […]


David Weir and Jo Pavey drop in on King’s Athletics

April 21, 2017 James Findon

Six time Olympic gold medalist David Weird and European 10,000 Champion, Jo Pavey visited Southwark Park Athletics Centre today. With two days to go until the London Marathon, the pair were greeted by athletes from King’s College London, London City AC and Southwark’s Mini-Marathon team. Weir and Pavey were quizzed by athletes on a range of topics from diet to training techniques. Weir will be going for a seventh London Marathon gold on Sunday. Five-time Olympian Jo Pavey told athletes her desire is to qualify for World Championships.   Pavey […]


Bolt loses gold medal after teammate tests positive

January 25, 2017 James Findon

The Jamaican 4X100 relay team is striped of its Beijing 2008  title as the International Olympic Committee sanctions Nesta Carter for doping. Usain Bolt can no longer claim to be a nine-time Olympic Gold medallist after the IOC confirmed that Jamaica’s 2008 Olympic winning relay team would be stripped of their title as a result of Nesta Carter testing positive for a banned substance. His was one of 454 selected samples retested by the IOC last year. It was confirmed to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.   Carter ran the first […]


Time to abolish the Paralympics?

September 6, 2016 James Findon

With just over 24 hours to go until the opening of the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympics, the criticism of the paralympics is mounting. There are growing calls to abolish the Paralympics and integrate para-events alongside traditional events. Rio’s Paralympics games are under-resourced and under-promoted. Venues have been closed to save costs and the workforce has been downsized. These actions represent a major step backwards for para-athletes after the success of London 2012 and Beijing 2008. International Paralympic Committee President, Sir Philip Craven said; “Never before in the 56-year history of the Paralympic Games […]


How To Eat Like An Olympian

September 2, 2016 Jay Reynolds

With a bumper year at the Olympics – Team GB’s best haul of medals since the 1908 London games – many of us will be inspired to get out and do more sport in the run up to Tokyo 2020. Whilst the majority will not quite be training at the same level as an Olympian, if you wished to, you would need to eat like one. So here’s how: Snack like a sprinter The world’s fastest man, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, is obviously primarily famous for his record breaking times in […]


A Refugee Team in Rio: Unity in diversity

August 17, 2016 Shala Nourmamode

For over 100 years, many athletes have strived for the Olympian glory of both summer and winter games. For the first time since the establishment of the modern Olympics, a team composed of athletes from 4 different countries will unite their strength and compete for the refugees under the Olympic flag, rather than representing their home countries. The 10 athletes were selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), out of 43 potential candidates identified last October. The selection comprised of two swimmers from Syria, five South Sudanese track and field athletes, […]


The missing faces of Rio 2016

August 7, 2016 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

With the Rio 2016 athletics schedule kicking off in just under 5 days, there will be no Russian athletes gracing our television screens. This follows the revelation of a ‘state-sponsored doping programme’ that allegedly spanned for four years, beginning after the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. After assessing the evidence, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended a blanket ban for all Russian athletes from the Olympic Games, meaning that none of the 389 Russian athletes would be allowed to take part in any of the 28 Olympic sports. However, since this […]


Dina Asher-Smith: History Maker and History Student

July 27, 2016 James Findon

In 2012 Dina Asher-Smith was a ‘kit carrier’ at the London Olympic Games. Now, she’s heading to Rio as Britain’s fastest ever woman. Asher-Smith holds the British record in the 60m, 100m and 200m. Last month, she broke another record when she became the first ever Brit to win the 200m in the European Championships. And if that wasn’t enough, she helped the GB 4X100 relay team to a new British record of 41.81secs as they stormed to victory at the Anniversary games last Friday. Dina followed Asha Philip and Desiree Henry on the […]


Adam Gemili eyes up relay gold

July 26, 2016 James Findon

The former UEL student is confident of an Olympic medal. At just 22, Rio will be Adam Gemili’s second Olympics. In his first, London 2012, he came within just 0.04 seconds of qualifying for the 100m final in front of a home crowd. Now, his focus will be the 200m at Rio. At his final test ahead of the Games, Gemili looked strong, racing with Bolt at the Anniversary games, in an exciting race which saw him finishing 3rd. “It’s crazy that I’m going to the Olympics again,” said Gemili, […]


Records tumble as Bolt lights up Muller Anniversary Games

July 24, 2016 Emma Butcher

The British Athletics Anniversary Games 2016 took place on the 22nd-23rd July at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. This was, for many athletes, a final opportunity to prepare for the Rio Olympics (see our feature here on the London athletes heading to Rio), or to show why they should have been on the Olympic team. An outstanding result from the first evening was the World Record in the women’s 100m hurdles (see the BBC footage here). Keni Harrison of America pulled away from the rest of the field to win […]