Websites are a bit like people in the sense that you don’t really notice physical changes from one day to the next. It’s only when you look back on old pictures that you see how much they have changed. Thanks to the Wayback Machine (one of my favourite and most-used tools on the web), it’s possible to look back at older versions of pretty much every website out there. So here are 10 of the world’s most ...

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  Up until recently, Track and Field News had maintained a top-100 list of the best all-round male sprinters. That same list prompted me to producing a similar one for female sprinters, but I recently noticed that T&FN‘s list had been reduced to 25. So, for the sake of equality, I’ve taken it upon myself to get the men’s list back up to 100, bringing it up to date with the latest version of the IAAF scoring ...

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  Twitter is dangerous. Occasionally I see a tweet which triggers my inner geek to create a random athletics-related list. A few months back, fellow stats dude Hilary Evans tweeted about Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova’s recent wedding to decathlete Vitaliy Smirnov. So of course, I had to create a list of the best husband-wife combined eventers in history. And here it is… The table below ranks the couples in two ways – by the combined total of their PBs, ...

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#2694509 / gettyimages.com   Sixty years ago today, Roger Bannister became the first man to run faster than four minutes for the mile. Yes, it was great (as all world records are). But why is it still celebrated six decades later when there are countless other athletics performances that are far superior? I wish I knew. I’ve blogged about this before, but no one has yet been able to give me a good answer. I’m not going to go ...

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Anyone who follows my @Statman_Jon account on twitter will know that I like to tweet about athletics. A lot. The vast majority of my timeline is made up of athletes or people tweeting about athletics. I follow more than 500 twitter accounts and I enjoy all of them (naturally; otherwise I wouldn’t follow them). I tend not to follow athletes who tweet inane things like: “baking a banana cake!” Similarly, I don’t follow people who take six ...

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