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Jun 29, 2012

Times edge closer to perfection point

LONDON (Reuters) – A mythical athlete from the Caribbean clocks 8.99 seconds over 100 meters in the year 2909. Some centuries earlier, in 2245, a Kenyan runs the marathon in one hour, 57 minutes, 58 seconds.

These fictitious case studies, according to John Brenkus in his book “The Perfection Point” which calculates ultimate limits for a host of sporting achievements, contain the fastest times humanly possible for the shortest and longest events on the Olympic athletics program.

Jun 29, 2012

Olympics-Times edge closer to perfection point

LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – A mythical athlete from the
Caribbean clocks 8.99 seconds over 100 metres in the year 2909.
Some centuries earlier, in 2245, a Kenyan runs the marathon in
one hour, 57 minutes, 58 seconds.

These fictitious case studies, according to John Brenkus in
his book “The Perfection Point” which calculates ultimate limits
for a host of sporting achievements, contain the fastest times
humanly possible for the shortest and longest events on the
Olympic athletics programme.

Jun 28, 2012

Royalty set course of epic 1908 marathon

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal enthusiasm at the height of the golden Edwardian summer helped to determine first the course and then the length of the epic 1908 London Olympic marathon.

The race concluded with a potential fatality when Italian Dorando Pietri collapsed after entering the stadium on a stiflingly hot July afternoon. His disqualification after he was helped to his feet led paradoxically to an astonishing explosion in marathon racing.

Jun 28, 2012

Olympics-Royalty set course of epic 1908 marathon

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Royal enthusiasm at the height
of the golden Edwardian summer helped to determine first the
course and then the length of the epic 1908 London Olympic
marathon.

The race concluded with a potential fatality when Italian
Dorando Pietri collapsed after entering the stadium on a
stiflingly hot July afternoon. His disqualification after he was
helped to his feet led paradoxically to an astonishing explosion
in marathon racing.

May 9, 2012

Torch relay pioneered at Nazi Games

LONDON (Reuters) – Mist clears to reveal white marble images from classical Greece culminating in Myron’s celebrated statue of an athlete poised to launch a discus in the prologue to Leni Riefenstahl’s remarkable documentary film “Olympia”.

The statue rotates and melts into an identical image of a contemporary discus thrower. It is succeeded by further paeans to the sculptured Greek ideal of physical beauty with pictures of a shot putter, a javelin thrower and rhythmic gymnasts.

May 9, 2012

Olympics-Torch relay pioneered at Nazi Games

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – Mist clears to reveal white marble
images from classical Greece culminating in Myron’s celebrated
statue of an athlete poised to launch a discus in the prologue
to Leni Riefenstahl’s remarkable documentary film “Olympia”.

The statue rotates and melts into an identical image of a
contemporary discus thrower. It is succeeded by further paeans
to the sculptured Greek ideal of physical beauty with pictures
of a shot putter, a javelin thrower and rhythmic gymnasts.

Apr 30, 2012

Dwain Chambers cleared to run in London Olympics

LONDON (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Miller will be cleared to compete in this year’s London Olympics when the Court of Arbitration (CAS) over-rules a British Olympic life ban on drug offenders, a source with knowledge of the ruling told Reuters on Sunday.

CAS is set to announce on Monday that the British Olympic Association (BOA) lifetime ban does not comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s global code which provides for a two-year suspension for first offenders.

Apr 29, 2012

Chambers cleared to run in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Miller will be cleared to compete in this year’s London Olympics when the Court of Arbitration (CAS) over-rules a British Olympic life ban on drug offenders, a source with knowledge of the ruling told Reuters on Sunday.

CAS is set to announce on Monday that the British Olympic Association (BOA) lifetime ban does not comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s global code which provides for a two-year suspension for first offenders.

Apr 29, 2012

Olympics-Chambers cleared to run in London

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and
cyclist David Miller will be cleared to compete in this year’s
London Olympics when the Court of Arbitration (CAS) over-rules a
British Olympic life ban on drug offenders, a source with
knowledge of the ruling told Reuters on Sunday.

CAS is set to announce on Monday that the British Olympic
Association (BOA) lifetime ban does not comply with the World
Anti-Doping Agency’s global code which provides for a two-year
suspension for first offenders.

Apr 27, 2012

Isinbayeva to compete three times before London Games

LONDON (Reuters) – Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva will compete three times before the London Olympics, starting with a meeting in Reims, France, on July 4, a source close to the Russian said on Friday.

The source said the world record holder would then compete in Sotteville, France, on July 10 and in Monaco 10 days later.

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