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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More than anyone, I know what it’s like to get wrapped up in the numbers of track and field. It is a numbers-based sport after all; athletes are timed against the clock or measured against the tape, opening up a realm of sporting statistics. It’s easy to forget about the stories behind some of the incredible people involved in this sport. Of course, any athlete who reaches world-class level is amazing for that reason alone. But ...

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Back in October, decathlon world record-holder Ashton Eaton announced that he’s going to give the 400m hurdles a try this summer. And so began the speculation about how fast he can run over the barriers around one lap of the track. This week he said that he is aiming for somewhere between 47 and 48 seconds, a time that would put him among the world’s best for the event. Others think that he’ll be lucky to break ...

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