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When this column drew the curtain on 2021 with a look at the annual Track & Field News rankings, I commented it had been a notably strong year for Australian athletes. I hadn’t realised how strong until former Athletics Australia president Terry Dwyer drew my attention to the magazine’s analysis of the rankings.
By Brett Davies On the 70th birthday of legendary New Zealand miler, Sir John Walker – who reaches his milestone birthday on the 12th of January this year – we take a look at his five greatest career performances, plus some other great achievements and we look at Sir John’s...
Hi, my name is Ava Honore. I’m 17 years old and am a middle-distance runner from Sydney, New South Wales. My running journey began in the humble streets of Sydney’s inner west, tagging along with my Mum on her weekly run around the block. My parents soon realised that this wasn’t...
Not much interrupts the runner’s lifestyle at Falls Creek. It is pretty much run, rest, eat, repeat from day one of stay to departure. Nirvana for aspiring distance champions – and aren’t or weren’t we all, aspiring that is – boring as bat s**t for anyone else. New Year’s Eve...
My name is Riley. I’m a twenty-year-old 800/1500 m runner from Melbourne coached by Mark Hipworth. Having only taken to the sport back in year 8 I’m still pretty new to it and am still learning a lot. As a junior I have had a little bit of success...
By Len Johnson The years 2020 and 2021 have successively been “a year like no other” (even if 2021 seemed depressingly like 2020). I don’t know about a year like no other, but when it comes to Australia and the Track & Field News annual rankings, 2021 was certainly a year...
A Column By Matt Fitzgerald On October 12, 2021, two days after she finished third in the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:27:19, American professional runner Sara Hall posted the following message on Twitter: “Committed 100% to the goal. Suffered through my best training I’ve ever done. Showed up healthy, excited, confident. Executed...
By Danielle De Francesco. Article re-published with permission from Pogo Physio.   Iron deficiency is a common problem amongst athletes, particularly female athletes, endurance athletes, and those on a plant-based diet. Iron plays several essential roles in the body, including transportation and delivery of oxygen to working muscles, and energy production. Studies...
how then to assess athletics in 2021. There were good things and bad things to be sure and good and bad monarchs still run the sport. But was 2021 a good year, a bad year, or a first taste of some new normal.
This year I helped pace a friend at the Nike Melbourne Marathon festival, and honestly, I was more concerned about when and what drinks to have than I was about how far I had to run. Most of my worrying stems from Sian Welch in the ’97 Iron Man...