A month after Ashton Eaton broke the decathlon world record at the 2015 World Championships, I put together a blog post on the greatest (and completely imaginary) decathlon battle of all time. I didn’t anticipate having to update that post quite so soon, but Kevin Mayer only went and did the unthinkable, didn’t he?! His 9126 tally in Talence last weekend added 81 points to Eaton’s world record score, propelling him into all-time great status. Just a ...

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These are the top 20 debut marathons in history. Strictly speaking, some athletes listed below may have started previous marathons and failed to finish. But “fastest time achieved in the first marathon they completed” wasn’t really a catchy title, so I’m sticking with the word debut. Either way, I’ve marked such athletes with an asterisk. I’ve also included Moses Mosop’s time in the list, but only really for reference as it was set on Boston’s point-to-point ...

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  I have set about trying to compile a definitive list of both the men’s and women’s all-round sprinters. This is based solely on PBs and doesn’t take medals into consideration, so the fairest and most widely-accepted method of creating such a list is by using the IAAF scoring tables, which assign a points value to athletics performances. A few things to note: Where electronically-timed PBs don’t exist for an athlete, I have included hand-timed performances, but 0.24 ...

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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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Part one | part two | part three My highlight of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games     Had someone told me four years ago that my highlight of the 2016 Olympics would be a race-walking event, I’d have laughed in their face. For years, race walking was the one athletics discipline I had no interest in. But in recent years I’ve understood the event better and have developed an appreciation for it. The discipline is often the butt of jokes, ...

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