Leaps in athletic performance do rather raise an eyebrow. But that’s not the fun bit:
On Sunday Lamont Marcell Jacobs was the surprise winner of the most coveted prize in the Olympics with a European record of 9.80 sec, and yesterday he added another gold medal as part of the Italian 4x100m men’s relay team.
He only broke ten seconds for the 100m in May and as a consequence was not included in the Athletics Integrity Unit’s drug testing pool, which targets the world’s best athletes. Indeed, in the 100m final he was the only sprinter not on the AIU list.
Exactly those who show the leap in performance are those not long term monitored.
No, I’m not saying he’s dodgy. Nor am I saying the system is clearly nuts or anything. Rather, it’s a comment on how difficult it is to actually manage something. The universe is a complex place, plans are difficult……