The problem with 400m runner John Steffensen is that he’s modelled himself on Anthony Mundine. He’d be better off acting like a man instead of “The Man”, and copping his selection omission on the chin.
When Mundine switched from rugby league to boxing, he claimed league selectors wouldn’t pick him in representative teams because of the colour of his skin. That line was always ridiculous given the numerous dark-skinned players in rep teams at the time.
John Steffensen peddled a similar load of garbage this weekend, accusing Athletics Australia of racism after their failure to pick him for the individual 400m event in London, even though he’s still in the relay. It was a rant as hollow and unbalanced as anything Mundine ever delivered.
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They call it Heartbreak Hill. The City to Surf’s telling point. A 1.4km stretch of sheer running pain with spectacular views over Sydney harbour which you’re far too buggered to appreciate.
Yet on race day, you could be forgiven for thinking it was named “RSVP Hill” with the amount of advertising material for said dating website. The site, owned by Fairfax Media, assaulted the masses who tackled the hill with cheesy running puns like “hot” and “heartbroken” stapled to telegraph poles.
Indeed, it seems that among the empty plastic cups, the whole race was littered with some message or another.
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I’ve no idea how Usain Bolt started his brilliant running career as a kid in Jamaica but I’d be pretty confident the world’s fastest man did a lot of his early charging around in bare feet. It doesn’t seem to have done him any harm. In fact, when it comes to running, it may be that bare is best.
At least that’s what Craig Richards thinks, and he’s spent a lot of time studying the pros and cons of sports footwear. And here’s a warning – anyone who’s just forked out a few hundred bucks for a new pair of running shoes, stop reading now.
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