In a short Q&A, director Martin Desmond Roe talks about the National Geographic/Nike documentary which gives a behind the scenes look at the Breaking2 training and science. It premiers on September 20th. Roe says he saw Eliud Kipchoge do a 40K training run where if he added on the last 2K he would have ran a 2:08 marathon.
Roe: "I really wanted to see this as an opportunity to tell these guys’ stories from their point of view without using too many voiceovers or too many experts. I think that a lot of times with these elite distance runners, their English isn’t necessarily amazing, and so they’ll go up and clock in some astronomically amazing time in the marathon and they’ll have the interview afterward, which is usually a little awkward, especially after Berlin when you have someone speaking in German to someone speaking Kalenjin. So I really hope this can be an opportunity to let these guys talk for themselves and tell their own stories."
"I watched him do a 40K as his training run, and if he had done the extra 2K he would have clocked in at a 2:08 marathon, and this is at altitude as part of his training."
Kipchoge: “The world is now 25 seconds away. It was very difficult for me to take off all of those minutes, so it’ll be easy for them to take off 25 seconds.”
As you would expect, based on the review, the 25-minute film is laughably inaccurate. Includes an interview with banned 800 runner Ekaterina Poistogova crying through tears about her suspension and blaming it for her divorce.
The documentary looks to suggest that the Russians continue to resist change and haven't done enough to be unbanned.
The 12-minute film is written by and told from the perspective of two of Tsarneaev's high school friends.
It's available tomorrow on iTunes and Amazon.
The actor playing Owens went to Beijing Worlds and met Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin as part of his preparation for the role.
The documentary airs Thursday on EPIX at 10:30PM. Nelson will talk about how he finally got his 2004 gold medal from the IOC nine years afterwards in the Atlanta airport food court.
"On a shock scale of zero to 10 it's a zero - the only surprise is that the information actually got leaked. ... hoping there is a slither of a chance that some action might take place or at least the masses realise what is going on in our sport. Sweeping it under the rug is never a solution."
Apparently the athlete told the Sunday Times, “You print it and I sue you [and] you won’t be getting any money back in future like [in the case of] Lance Armstrong – I promise you that."
*MB: Radcliffe possibly being outed as one of the doping British athletes
He said the case would be handed over to an independent commission for investigation.
"They are largely based on analysis of an IAAF Data Base of private and confidential medical data which has been obtained without consent. The IAAF is now preparing a detailed response to both media outlets and will reserve the right to take any follow up action necessary to protect the rights of the IAAF and its athletes."
An IAAF database of blood values shows that a third of medals won at Olympics and Worlds between 2001 and 20102 came from athletes who have recorded "suspicious" blood values (800 of the 5,000 athletes on record were marked "suspicious"). The IAAF responded, and the reports admit, that the blood values alone aren't proof of doping.
*Recommended Watch: View The Full ARD Documentary In English The report includes an extraordinary amount of damning evidence (hidden cameras and documents) against Russia and Kenya. Injections and doping talk caught on tape, federations taking bribes form athletes, and general corruption and apathy towards doping.
*Neither Usain Bolt Or Mo Farah Have Recorded "Abnormal Values"
*Message Board Talk: Round II: New German ARD TV doping report coming out tomorrow - Kenya/Russia
*Anyone else actually encouraged by Times of London/ARD Doping Report?
*Leaked IAAF doping files reveal 'extraordinary extent of cheating'
*New doping allegations regarding widespread corruption in Kenya and Russia
Doping expert Michael Ashenden: "For the IAAF to have harvested millions of dollars from the broadcasting of athletics competitions around the world, year after year, yet only devote a relative pittance of those funds towards anti-doping, when they must have seen the terrible truth of what lay beneath the surface, is in my opinion, a shameful betrayal of their primary duty to police their sport and protect their clean athletes."