Chinese Runners Revealed State-Sponsored Doping In 1995, IAAF Suspicious

In 1993, the Chinese women’s track team ran crazy; they set insane world records, times so fast, over such a range of distances with almost no recovery in between that, well, they were widely believed to be dirty. The women themselves admitted doping in 1995, but we’re just seeing the evidence now. The South China…

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Could A Nepalese Reality Show Help Restore Faith In Track And Field?

The real problem in track and field might not be the endemic corruption, but defeatism, the feeling that everybody’s in on it—administrators, coaches, athletes, watchdogs. The feeling that the problem is just too big to solve. There’s a nagging sense that telling the Russian federation it’s not okay to dope, and…

Ohhhhhhh, Track & Field Organizations Are Supposed To Serve Track & Field Athletes. Oops!

It has come to track and field athletes’ attention that during all those gutting workouts, dark-thirty in the morning, when the rent was due and cupboards bare, and it seemed like no one had their back—they were right. No one had their back. While they were pounding out repeat 1000s, the organizations in charge of the…

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…

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…

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…

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…