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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Six win streaks of note carry into 2019, and is the...

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) pays a lot of attention to statistics and it’s good that they do. Because of it, they can offer some unique storylines, such as five athletes who enter 2019 with winning streaks of 10 or more meets. They include: ● 29: Caster Semenya (RSA) in 800 m finals […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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ATHLETICS: IAAF names its Athletes of the Year

The IAAF had a lot of action going in and around its annual gala awards event, held on Monaco on Tuesday (4th). But it recognized its Athletes of the Year with two very deserving recipients: ∙ Marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) was recognized as the men’s Athletes of the Year. He won both the London […]
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LANE ONE: Who’s the best? The IAAF is down to its top five...

Apart from the doping, politics, suspensions and court cases, there was some pretty good sport taking place in 2018. The awards are starting to be announced and one of the best of the year-end awards programs is the Athlete of the Year awards in track & field, presented annually in a big gala in Monaco, […]
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ATHLETICS: World Record I: Kipchoge glides to 2:01:39 in Berlin!

Once again, the Berlin Marathon was the setting for a historic marathon as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge made history by lowering the world record to an astonishing 2:01:39. He had trained for it and made it happen, almost by himself. He set out on a hot pace and already had a nine-second lead over the rest […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: World marathon records in peril at Berlin

Thanks to its flat, fast course, the home of the world marathon record is the Berlin Marathon. The 45th edition of this famous race comes Sunday, with strong attempts expected to be made on both the men’s and women’s world marks. Since Kenya’s Paul Tergat ran 2:04:55 in 2003, the men’s world record has belonged […]
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The new Games: on the beach, in town, maybe in combat?

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 23, 2018: The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sports. But it is not the beginning or the end. Two important organizations, both led by current members of the International Olympic Committee, have joined the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees together for new events, outside of and […]
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The new Games: on the beach, in town, maybe in combat?

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 23, 2018: The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sports. But it is not the beginning or the end. Two important organizations, both led by current members of the International Olympic Committee, have joined the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees together for new events, outside of and […]
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A perfect storm could lead the IOC to a new, worldwide relevance

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 20, 2018: Almost everything seems to be going wrong for the International Olympic Committee right now, but that may change in time. The IOC is showing some new vigor, reportedly forming a task force to work on new rules that would ban countries not only from hosting Olympic Games, but […]
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A perfect storm could lead the IOC to a new, worldwide relevance

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 20, 2018: Almost everything seems to be going wrong for the International Olympic Committee right now, but that may change in time. The IOC is showing some new vigor, reportedly forming a task force to work on new rules that would ban countries not only from hosting Olympic Games, but […]
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Ho Ho Ho: The top stories of 2017, a tumultuous year in Olympic...

TSX HEADLINES – for Dec. 25, 2017: This has been anything but a tranquil year in international sport, mixing great performances with uneasy politics, cheating and controversy. What were the top stories in 2017? We’re starting our count-down from no. 10 to no. 1 over two issues, starting with a tie for no. 10 and […]
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Ho Ho Ho: The top stories of 2017, a tumultuous year in Olympic...

TSX HEADLINES – for Dec. 25, 2017: This has been anything but a tranquil year in international sport, mixing great performances with uneasy politics, cheating and controversy. What were the top stories in 2017? We’re starting our count-down from no. 10 to no. 1 over two issues, starting with a tie for no. 10 and […]
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Is Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 marathon a World Record?

PALM DESERT, May 8, 2017 – Saturday’s 2:00:25 marathon by Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge was sensational by any measure. But the reporting on the event made it clear that it would not – as great as it was – be considered as a world record. Why? No one has talked about that much, but […]
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