I’m in the process of moving house, so I recently sorted through a lot of my old things – including my collection of athletics books. I’m keeping a small selection, but the rest of them need a good home to go to. Have a look at the list below and if there’s anything you’re interested in, just drop me an email and make me an offer. So long as it’s enough to cover the postage, I ...

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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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I have well and truly caught the bug for researching all-round talents. After compiling the list of best female sprinters, I set about doing the same for jumpers. Well, ‘pole-less’ jumpers, as I’m not including the pole vault. Otherwise it would be a short list indeed. As was the case with the other list, all of the points totals are based on the IAAF scoring tables. Where appropriate, altitude marks have been included, as have indoor marks, ...

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My name’s Jon and I have a new addiction: tracking down hard-to-find PBs of female sprinters. I’ve always been interested in all-round talented athletes, and occasionally the subject of the best all-round sprinters pops up on message boards. So I’ve set about in creating a difinitive list. Track and Field News already do a sterling job of maintaining the top 100 list of fastest men’s combined sprinters. They also have a list of women’s combined sprinters, but ...

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