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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 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.
Kenyan athletes exercise in the early morning near a high-altitude training camp. Reuters/Siegfried Modola

Media-led investigations aren’t the way to beat doping in sport

With weeks to go before the Olympics, it's unlikely Kenya will be sanctioned over fresh doping claims. No matter what happens, a shadow will be cast over the integrity of the country's athletes.
It all got a bit too much for Wales fan Jamie Collins. BBC Images

Here’s why watching sport makes you cry

Football, cricket, athletics, rugby – whatever the sport, the tears are never far away, for both the stars and the spectators.
Caster Semenya was withdrawn from competition in 2009 on the basis that her higher-than-normal testosterone level conferred a performance advantage. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Fair play at the Olympics: testosterone and female athletes

Until recently, women with higher-than-expected testosterone levels were declared ineligible to take part in track and field athletics.

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