Coe's Dilemma: Does This Bribery And Corruption Make Me Look Complicit?

Back in July, when in Sebastian Coe’s telling he was as pure and innocent as a spring lamb in the #2 spot at the International Association of Athletics Federations, he was in fact mulling over whether “we” in the West (meaning the US and Europe, maybe Canada, but definitely not Mexico) were being too hasty in our… »11/24/15 5:18pm11/24/15 5:18pm


WADA Report: Drug Testing Works, But Bribery Works Better

The corruption at the top of track and field and the institutionalized doping miasma makes me tired. It’s supposed to. If it is ugly and confusing enough, lousy with unintelligible acronyms, most observers will just say, The hell with it, they’re all juiced to the gills, and most athletes will say, I’ve got a tempo… »11/12/15 2:50pm11/12/15 2:50pm

The Story Behind Bob Beamon's Miracle Jump And The Only Photo That Mattered

The man who took one of the most famous photos in Olympic history wasn’t a professional photographer. Tony Duffy was on vacation at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and with nothing more than an amateur’s bravado, he casually wandered into the Athletes’ Village—which should have been off limits to him—and first heard… »10/16/15 11:25am10/16/15 11:25am

How An Implausible Runner And A Tiny Track Club Conquered The 800 Meters

On June 13, 2014, 21-year-old Boris Berian got up early, put on a red and yellow uniform with a name tag and started his shift at the McDonald’s inside a Walmart in Colorado Springs. He’d dropped out of college, and was staying with a friend. Berian was an 800-meter runner; his best for the two-lap race was one… »6/19/15 4:15pm6/19/15 4:15pm

Never Mind That Last-Minute $37M Doha Paid To Win The IAAF Championships

Last week, Doha, Qatar was named the host city for the 2019 IAAF Track and Field World Championships, beating out Eugene, Oregon, and Barcelona, Spain. Now it emerges that the Doha bid offered up about $37 million in "incentives" in the minutes before the vote, and the IAAF wants everyone to know there's nothing wrong… »11/25/14 3:50pm11/25/14 3:50pm

When A Famed Nike Coach Tried To Steal A Race, A Track Protest Was Born

The scene was unprecedented: seven runners walking off the track hand in hand, in quiet protest against their own governing body. The women had just run the 1,500-meter race at the U.S. indoor national championships on Feb. 23 in Albuquerque. The day before, the winner of the 3,000-meter race, Gabe Grunewald, had been… »3/07/14 12:48pm3/07/14 12:48pm

The Fall Of Texas Track Coach Bev Kearney Required Awesome Hubris

Texas Monthly this week threw a Proustian 12,800 words at the sad, strange story of Bev Kearney, and if you manage to read the entire thing, because perhaps you've had a flight canceled or you're pulling a double shift in the parking garage tollbooth, you'll likely follow a winding trajectory in trying to decide… »10/10/13 12:43am10/10/13 12:43am

Sprinters Sherone Simpson and Asafa Powell are two of five Jamaican athletes who have tested positiv

Sprinters Sherone Simpson and Asafa Powell are two of five Jamaican athletes who have tested positive for a banned substance today ahead of next month's World Championships. Earlier, we learned that American Tyson Gay had also tested positive for a banned substance. [Sky Sports] »7/14/13 2:16pm7/14/13 2:16pm

The Boston Bombing Witch Hunt Bags Another Innocent Kid

On Monday, the New York Post doggedly stuck to its claim that 12 were killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. On Tuesday, CNN (among others) reported that a suspect had been arrested, before walking that all the way back. Today, the Post wrests back the "what the fuck are you doing?" crown by putting two "potential… »4/18/13 10:29am4/18/13 10:29am