There’s an unwritten rule in sports journalism: never cross the line into fan territory. But some people are worth breaking the rules for. My first memory of watching Paula Radcliffe run was probably in 1999 at that year’s World Championships. I’d become full-on obsessed with athletics the previous summer at the age of 13, so I remember being glued to the TV for all of the action from Seville. As a British fan, you couldn’t help but root ...

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I like athletics. I like photography. So it felt only natural that in this, the second in a three-part blog series on Paula Radcliffe’s retirement, I should put together a handful of pictures to illustrate the highs and lows of one of the greatest distance runners in history.   Back in the good ol’ days, when chocolate bars used to sponsor major athletics events, Radcliffe scooped her first major title when winning the junior race at the ...

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View image | gettyimages.com   In short: very. But here, in the first of a three-part series of blog posts that looks back on Paula Radcliffe’s career, I’ve expanded on that with 13 superlatives and statistical observations to help illustrate just how phenomenal Paula Radcliffe’s 2:15:25 is. 1. Radcliffe’s 2:15:25 made her the fastest British marathon runner – man or woman – that year. 2. The fastest British man in 2003 was 16 seconds slower than Radcliffe. 3. In 2003, the ...

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  Answer: when it’s a European junior indoor record. It wasn’t widely publicised at the time, but a couple of years ago European Athletics decided to scrap the existing set of European junior indoor records and start afresh. Well, I say start afresh; what they actually did was take the 10th-best performance on the European junior indoor all-time list at that moment in time, and then any performance that subsequently bettered that mark would be ratified as a ...

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  Here are the top 100 women’s 4x400m relay splits, using information from Peter Larsson’s superb website, alltime-athletics.com. The columns are sortable, so you can rank them by time, name, country or relay leg. The top 100 men’s 4x400m relay splits are here. SplitAthleteNationLegRace 47.6Jarmila KratochvílováTCH4Athens 1982 47.70Marita KochGDR4Erfurt 1984 47.75Jarmila KratochvílováTCH4Helsinki 1983 47.80Olga BryzginaURS4Seoul 1988 47.8Jarmila KratochvílováTCH4London 1983 47.82Olga Nazarova IIURS2Seoul 1988 47.9Marita KochGDR4Athens 1982 47.9Marita KochGDR4Canberra 1985 47.9Jarmila KratochvílováTCH4Frankfurt 1981 47.9Jarmila KratochvílováTCH4Pescara 1981 48.01Allyson FelixUSA2Osaka 2007 48.08Florence Griffith-JoynerUSA4Seoul 1988 48.12Jarmila KratochvílováTCH4Rome 1981 48.2Allyson FelixUSA2London 2012 48.2Marita KochGDR4Montreal 1979 48.21Marita KochGDR4Stuttgart 1986 48.27Marita KochGDR4Moscow 1980 48.4Tatána ...

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