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 […]

High speed sports

In my previous article I examined how quickly Usain Bolt completes his 100 m race, and the difference between his maximum and average running speed. We found that Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the 100 metres, but how fast is he compared to other athletes in other running events or even other athletic […]

Science Spat: Is the use of sport in technology cheating? Round 2.

It appears that in this year’s Olympics, the issue of technology in sport is as big an issue as it’s ever been.  And with running suits appearing in athletics, it is bound to be a hot topic of conversation.  The ‘science spat’ below is the second of three letters and responses between Steve Haake and […]

Sprinting’s latest performance enhancer: Usain Bolt.

The following article is a synopsis of “Material Advantage” which was published in Physics World in July 2012.  It can be found here. — When I went into the field of sports engineering, people would say to me “it’s ruining sport, it’s just about who has the best equipment”.  This put me in a dilemma: […]

How fast is Usain Bolt?

Introduction Four years ago Usain Bolt from Jamaica was pretty much unknown, but since then he has become, arguably, the most famous athlete in the world. In 2010 I wrote an article attempting to predict how far he would jump in the long jump. The fame surrounding Bolt is so great that this article quickly […]

Sprinting in the wind

The effects of wind on long distance running have been discussed on this blog previously, particularly on marathons. Now with the approach of the World Athletics Championships, I thought I would look at the effects of wind on sprinting. I will begin with my own experiences – when I was a teenager I was an enthusiastic 100m […]