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#46 - Caster’s Class, Doha’s Diamonds, and Eliud’s Enduring Excellence: Backstraight’s Take on the Last Few Weeks
Caster Semenya is a terrific talent. She is a fierce competitor. She is a dignified presence in a melting pot of opinions: an articulate and inspirational oasis in the face of a relentless tide of ignorance, knee-jerk reactions, and vitriol. We love the light-hearted on this pod, but put our usual flippancy to one side for a moment this week to discuss this historic legal case, and bemoan the lost art of sitting on the fence. It is okay to not have an answer to this conundrum; it is alright to not have a strong opinion on how the IAAF should navigate these immensely tricky waters.We also discuss the Doha Diamond League (have you joined our fantasy league yet? The pin’s 5533292. Good luck catching Claire…), and the glorious metaphor of Mo falling off that Tumbleator as he spatted and sniped his way to the London Marathon start line. To absolutely no one’s surprise, Eliud trounced the entire field whilst looking glacially serene, and there were some knockout British performances. Finally, we cast an eye over the baton-juggling bonanza that was the World Relays. Parabéns, Brazil!Remember: the fun doesn’t end when the episode does. You can (and should) chat to us on Twitter - @Claire_GThomas and @BackstraightB – and follow us on Instagram @BackstraightBoysPodcast. Ooh, and – whilst you’re up on that considered fence of yours, why don’t you leave us a review on your podcast provider? There are prizes to be won, and we honestly love hearing from you.
17 May 2019