Doping In Athletics

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I think one would have to seriously suspend disbelief to think Farah was clean at this point. Frankly at any point, but now?
In fairness to anyone who defends Mo, if you look at the all time lists (just checking out the 10,000 metres now), novices of the sport could argue that today's athletes are clean, as nobody has got at all close to the world record for many years. None of the thirteen fastest men ever have come post 2006, which surprises me actually, because I thought that the big change was the EPO test in 2000, why can't an athlete even get within a second per lap of Bekele today, especially if they are doped to the gills?

Edit: Just seen that Ethiopians became 4th, 5th and 7th fastest of all time in the 5,000 last year, so maybe it's just that a fast 10,000 isn't a priority of today's top distance runners?
That women's 1500. Hassan 6th fastest ever behind Genzebe Dibaba and 4 Chinese athletes from the 90s. The American who came 4th ran a time never previously achieved by anyone other than Dibaba, the Chinese, Soviets and a Romanian in the 80s.

A shout out as well for the three best shot puts since the end of the Cold War.
They might all be clean, but the make up of the winning 4x100 team isn't a great advert for the sport. Gatlin obviously, Rodgers served a ban and whilst there is no evidence Coleman has ever done anything wrong his recent troubles are well known.
Reading the AAA decision on USADA's case against Salazar, it's hard not co come across a bit Paula Radcliffe. Here we've got a case of doping (Salazar ordering Magness to take an illegal IV of L-Carnitine) but no one's doped (unlike the USADA Six in the LA case, Magness does not appear to have been sent to the naughty step, not even for the weekend). If you read the whole of the AAA decision, you're left thinking that - if this is all USADA have on Salazar - Travis Tygart should have been calling it the least sophisticated, unprofessional and unsuccessful doping programme that sport has ever seen.

One illegal IV of a legal supplement, a few athletes advised to not disclose their legal use of that legal supplement on anti-doping forms, possible micro-dosing with testosterone ... where's the EPO? Where's the good stuff? Is this really where the bleeding edge of doping is today?
Reactions: 18-Valve. (pithy)
Nike wind down Oregon Project:
Nike said it will shut down the Oregon Project, the athletics training programme funded by the US sportswear giant, following a doping scandal that has engulfed the company.
From Nike chief executive Mark Parker's statement to staff:
“I want to reiterate that Nike has always tried to put the athlete and their needs at the front of all our decisions. While the [Usada] panel found there was no orchestrated doping, no finding that performance-enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes and went out of its way to note Alberto [Salazar]’s desire to follow all rules, ultimately Alberto can no longer coach while the appeal is pending.

“This situation, along with ongoing unsubstantiated assertions is a distraction for many of the athletes and is compromising their ability to focus on their training and competition needs. I have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon project.”
Kipchoge...not sure if I’ve just watched the most doped up run of all time, or just the most incredible feat of human performance of all time...maybe a bit of both?

Either way....incredible
You're usually more verbose than that


Perhaps most important is the new pacesetter formation. Robby Ketchell, a sports scientist and an expert in aerodynamics, who also consulted on Breaking2, told me that he decided to completely rethink how best to shield Kipchoge from the head wind created by running at thirteen miles per hour. Using software for computational flow dynamics, and his experience of working with the Ineos cycling team, he experimented with hundreds of different scenarios. Eventually, he hit on what he believes is the best design

Ketchell estimates that this formation, if everyone did their jobs perfectly, would save Kipchoge a minute and fifty-two seconds, compared with Kipchoge running alone. In reality, Kipchoge won’t receive that benefit. It takes ten seconds each time the pacers swap in and out, every three miles. Also, there are parts of the course, like the turns, where the formation will splinter somewhat. Still, if the V shape works, it might be this project’s masterstroke innovation—its Fosbury Flop.
Yes, I saw all of that....again I ask, please tell me more about this technology that allows someone to run at 13mph plus for two hours....and I’ll give you a pointer; green lights, pacesetters in fancy formations, shoes with memory foam and carbon fibre soles, and flat courses with very few turns do not allow mere mortals to run at 13mph plus for 2 hours...