Power or Control in Tennis?

Most tennis racquets are strung to between 50 and 70 pounds. Rackets with lower tensions give more power to the racket and less control. The opposite is found for higher tensioned rackets with are characterised by more control and less power.

Bleep Test statistics

To complete the Multi Stage Fitness test, you must run an accumulative 4920m and it will take you 21:56 minutes to do so. You will also complete 247 laps and reach a speed of 18.5km an hour or 11.5 miles per hour.

David Beckham didn’t complete the Bleep Test

David Beckham did not complete the Multi Stage Fitness Test (Bleep Test). The record (ATOW) is Level 17 Shuttle 1. A few athletes share the record and they are Sebastian Coe of Athletics, football player Lee Gong Dook, Zain Wright from Field hockey and basketball’s Steve Nash.

The balance beam not used by men

It is thought the reason the men do not use the balance beam as an apparatus in gymnastics is quite simply because of them wanting to protect the old Crown jewels.

Painkillers use in sport

Painkillers mask athletes’ pain in order to continue competing beyond their usual pain thresholds. They range from common over-the-counter medicines such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to prescription narcotics such as morphine.

Canoeing or Kayaking

Canoeing is when the person sits or kneels in a central and forward-facing position. They use a single or double-bladed paddle. Kayaking is when the canoeist sits and uses only a double-bladed paddle.

Snatch or the Clean and Jerk?

The Clean and jerk action lets the athlete raise more weight than with the snatch technique. Athletes generally lift at least twice their own body weight in this discipline of the weight lifting event.

Coxswain or Cox in Rowing

The word ‘coxswain’ comes from the early 14th century. He was the ‘officer in charge of a ship’s boat and its crew,’ from cock ‘ship’s boat’ + swain ‘boy’, from Old Norse sveinn ‘boy, servant’.

Pits in Motorsport

In Formula 1 racing and other motorsport, we often hear about the pits for tyre changing and refuelling. These areas are known as the pits because originally there were actual pits where mechanics could service their vehicles from underneath the cars during races.

Down to the wire

The expression ‘Down to the wire’ came from horse racing and is used in a close finish. Horse races would have a length of wire stretched across a racetrack at the finish line to help determine the winner.

Favourites don’t always win!

In horse racing, the favourite wins fewer than 30% of the time!

Live Pigeon Shooting

There was live Pigeon Shooting at the 1900 Summer Games in Paris. The event actually entailed hundreds of pigeons being released, who were then shot in front of the spectators.

Biggest Ice Hockey Crowd

Michigan-Michigan State collegiate hockey game. In 2011, the game at the Big House in Ann Arbor had an attendance of 113,411.

Winter Olympic Sports

Originally, in early Olympics, football, rugby and hockey were classed as winter Olympic sports.

First games to use a synthetic track.

Mexico City, 1968 was the first games to use a synthetic track. Before that, cinder tracks were used. The first few Modern Olympics saw their Track and Field events run on the grass.

Paris 1900 Olympics and the Track and Field

Times were tough for Paris in 1900 and they didn’t want to spend much on their Olympics. They held the Track and Field events in the Bois (woods) de Boulogne on an area of grass because they didn’t want to build a cinder track! They refused to cut trees down and both javelins and discuss were hitting and getting stuck in them. They used the River Seine for the swimming events and when the current was running fast, world records tumbled!

Barefoot running in the Marathon

The 1964 Olympic Marathon champion Abebe Bikila won the race in trainers in a time of just 2 hours, 12 minutes and 11 seconds. His previous Olympic winning time in the 1960 games where he ran barefoot was 2:21:23.

Marathon 26 miles 285 yards

The marathon’s length of 26 miles, 385 yards is not the exact distance a messenger ran between the battlefield at Marathon and Athens to announce a Greek victory over the Persians in 490BC. In 1896, the runners at the first modern Olympics from Marathon to Athens covered 40km, which is less than 25 miles.

Naughty, Naughty Fred Lorz

American Fred Lorz’s marathon victory in the 1904 St Louis games was overturned when it was revealed he had hitched a lift in a car for most of the distance before racing to the finish from just four miles out.

Local knowledge help win marathon

Arthur Newton was one of the 1900 Paris Marathon pre-race favourites. The race was won by Théato, a baker’s assistant who lived and worked in Paris. He knew the streets of Paris well from his delivery routes. Newton claimed that Théato and Champion (the races’ Silver medallist) must have used their knowledge of the streets to cheat, as he never saw them pass him on the route.

Bull’s Eye in Archery

The Bull’s Eye target wasn’t originally used in Archery, traditionally Archers would aim at trees! The Bull’s Eye was first used in shooting as targets for rifle and handgun competitions.

Not upstaged by her brother

William Dodd, who won an Olympic Gold in archery, had a sister who only won an Olympic silver medal in Archery. She did, however, go on to win the Wimbledon tennis title five times.

National sport of Bhutan

Archery is the national sport in Bhutan, a Buddhist country in Asia.

Original name of Badminton

Poona was one of the original names for Badminton. It was named after the garrison town of Pune. The game was developed in India whilst under British rule.

Fastest Racket sport

The fastest racket sport in the world is badminton, with shuttlecock speeds sometimes reaching more than 200 miles per hour.