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BONUS EPISODE What's the deal with the World Records? Sean Ingle on Track and Field's record-breakers

Season 5

Women's 1500. Men's 2 mile. Women's 5000m. Men's 3000m Steeplechase. In two Diamond League meetings, four World Records fell, with three of those broken on one extraordinary night in Paris last weekend. In this episode, before the dust settles on those times, Ross is joined by Sean Ingle of the Guardian, who was trackside in Paris, for a discussion on what these world records mean, and to what they may be attributed. In a sport with a tarnished doping history, and a known-doping present, how do we contextualize these performances against those of the former world record holders, who come from that murky past? Do they reveal more of the same? Or is the effect of super shoes, so prolific in marathons, now recalibrating and redefining performance on the track? Ross and Sean explore the options, and look forwards to many more records on the track.


SHOW NOTES

A paper by Dustin Joubert that compares 7 super shoes, and that shows how large the individual response to different shoes is. This is why Ross is saying that swapping shoes among competitors might be enough to change the result of a race


Research published earlier this year that looks at individual responses of elite (Kenyan) and non-elite runners to three different shoes. This illustrates Sean's point about responders and non-responders - some runners get 5% better, others get worse!


Sean Ingle's article from the Paris meeting last week

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