By Darren Wilkinson from Chester-le-Street, England

Graphing Athletics for Rio 2016

Every new Olympic games brings with it a global, feverish excitement. The epic feats performed within its myriad of stadia and arenas will launch a fortunate few into the realms of superstardom and their performances will go down in legend. Not only do the games provide endless amounts of entertainment but huge amounts of statistics […]

Swimsuit ban will affect world record progression

FINA changed the rules on swimsuits on 1st January 2010.  This effectively banned full body polyurethane swimsuits which had been blamed for the overwhelming number of world records in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 Rome World Championships.  Nunzio Lanotte wrote a guest blog on this very subject and concluded that perhaps we shouldn’t […]

How Far Could Usain Bolt Jump?

Introduction Usain Bolt is currently the fastest sprinter in the world. His two world records in last year’s athletics world championships were astonishing even for his standards, but what next? Bolt has often talked about reverting to competing in his original event of the 400 metres, and has already competed in a 400 metre race […]

Who has the fastest balls in the land? Part 1:

When researching topics for lectures and public talks I often find myself on youtube, clicking through an endless parade of videos in search of interesting stories and useful information. It was while looking into the history of the golf ball (a fascinating topic in itself!) that I stumbled across the following clip.

Definitely not simple Simon

As a keen mountain biker I couldn’t let the introduction of a bicycle suspension system that shares my name go by unnoticed. I’m very attracted to the mechanical aspects of mountain biking, king of all the cogs, wheels and gizmos on a bike has to be the suspension system. Even since the very early, very simple days […]