Sunday, September 29, 2013

Vol. 3 No. 56 Ben Johnson, 25 years and a new World Best Marathon

 I refer you to three  articles concerning ped's and genetics.  Last week was the twenty-fifth anniversary of Canadian Ben Johnson's disqualification at the Seoul Olympics. The first article concerns that 100 meters in 1988.    The second article is an interview in The New Yorker written by Malcolm Gladwell  with Ben Epstein who has recently published a book The Sports Gene on sport, genetics, and drugging.  I must admit it has caused me to think some more about this era in sport and what it means to partake in fair competition vs.  the drive for fame and riches.  The third article is from the Vancouver Sun recalling that 1988 100 meters and how it affected Canada.  We could editorialize on these subjects, but we leave it to you to peruse and digest.  Most of us old timers wish that track and field could be like the old days ie. 1950's and 60's.  But we cannot turn back to an era that no longer exists.  One of the hard facts of "growning old".

                  ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE

Another Kenyan,  broke the marathon world best in Berlin today (Sept. 29, 2013)  Wilson Kipsang,  2hr. 3 min. 23 sec.  That is 4:42.35 per mile or a 47:03 ten mile pace.    GB

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