Alex Hutchinson

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On Sunday morning in Berlin, three of the greatest marathoners in history will face off under highly intriguing and unusual conditions. It will be a race for the ages, pitting the reigning Olympic champion against a former world-record holder and perhaps the best all-around long-distance runner ever. Bookmakers are putting the odds of a new world marathon record at greater than 60 percent.

Mere firepower isn’t what will roll me out of bed at 3:15 a.m. to follow along online, though. Instead, it’s the subplot created by a curious anomaly. The world record, set on the same Berlin course three years ago by the Kenyan star Dennis Kimetto, is 2:02.57.…  Seguir leyendo »

The undisputed facts of the case are that the South African cyclist Daryl Impey — the first African rider to wear the leader’s jersey at the Tour de France — visited a pharmacy in Durban on the eve of his country’s national road cycling championships in February. He purchased some pills to boost his race performance. A few months later, authorities announced that he had tested positive for probenecid, a substance sometimes used to mask the presence of other drugs.

It would be a familiar story, except that Mr. Impey has now been exonerated. The pharmacist, it turns out, had sold him empty gelatin capsules but used a pill-counter contaminated from selling probenecid to a previous customer.…  Seguir leyendo »