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Technology makes an impact on various events, but the key is to let the athlete’s ability shine through. OIS

Technology matters in the Paralympics, but the athlete matters more

Technology has had a particularly visible impact on the Paralympics. But the the most important thing is to let the athlete's ability come to the fore.
Predictions that top women athletes will soon be competing with the best men, and may even outperform them someday, have not borne out. Ted Goldring/Flickr

Will women ever be able to compete against men in Olympic events?

A 1992 paper predicted that if women's running performance continued to improve as rapidly as it had since the 1920s, top women athletes would soon be running as quickly as the men.
Does it make sense to target female athletes with high testosterone levels? Caster Semenya competes in the women’s 800-meter semifinal during the London Olympics. Gary Hershorn/Reuters

So what if some female Olympians have high testosterone?

Some women naturally produce high levels of testosterone. Why is this innate condition treated differently from other conditions that potentially enhance athletic performance?
The 100m final in Rio will be won in a time that would have seemed impossible to the athletes competing in Athens in 1896.

Higher, faster, stronger: Olympic athletics by numbers

As the track and field events are about to start in Rio, we look at how some athletic events have changed since the first Olympics in 1896.
The perfect stride of Mo Farah. RTR GS

How to run like an Olympian

Elite athletes run differently to us mere mortals, but there's nothing to stop you stealing a few of their techniques.

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