The Best And Worst Of Rio 2016

With the Olympics and Paralympics finally complete, some of the writers from Media Diversified’s Rio 2016 series look over the very best and worst of the past six weeks: Shane Thomas writes the ‘Two Weeks Notice’ column at Media Diversified and is one half of The Greatest Events in Sporting History podcast. Twitter: @tokenbg  … Read More

The Women’s Olympics

by Christienna Fryar One of the prominent Cassandra stories leading into the Rio Olympics was the decision some famous male athletes took to skip the Games. Most notably in golf, with luminaries like Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth opting to spend their summers elsewhere. However, the panic around these absences was based upon a false assumption… Read More

The South African Clapback

Caster Semenya: History Maker by Kiri Kankhwende She’s dangerous on the bend. Like Usain Bolt, Caster Semenya tends to surge past her opponents just as they have reached their physical limits, rounding the final turn into the last 100 metres of the race, before charging ahead to win. At some point, Semenya is expected to… Read More

It’s Not About The Genes Stupid

by Ahmed Olayinka Sule  In the aftermath of Usain Bolt’s victory in the Olympic men’s 100 metre final, Murad Ahmed of the Financial Times wrote an article titled “Usain Bolt and why Jamaican sprinters are so fast“, in which he addressed the issue of Jamaica’s sprinting dominance. However, rather than analyse the various factors contributing… Read More

It’s time to address the persistent stereotype that ‘Black people can’t swim’

by Christienna Fryar  The swimming competition at these Olympics was exceptional, and in a meet of dazzling racing, nail-biting finishes, and unexpected medallists, there was no more important a finish than when Simone Manuel surged at the end of the 100 metre freestyle, tying Penny Oleksiak for gold. Manuel became the first black woman to win… Read More

Allyson Felix demonstrates that elite sport has virtues beyond trophies

by Shane Thomas  Many athletes have inspired awe at the Rio Olympics, but none have done so with as much grace as Allyson Felix. Looking for a fourth Olympic title last night, Felix finished second in the 400 metres, denied gold by Shaunae Miller’s best Indiana Jones impersonation on the line. “We sometimes project our problems… Read More

The Inevitability of Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky

by Shane Thomas   There are times when an athlete feels less like an athlete and more like a fixed point in existence – think of visiting the Great Wall of China, or the Grand Canyon. After a while, they stop being extraordinary. They just feel inevitable. When an athlete transcends into the pantheon of inevitability,… Read More

Venus Williams: Tennis’s Big Sister

by Christienna Fryar  A few weeks ago, a black woman won Wimbledon. She beamed as she received her trophy in the stands. Venus Williams; 2016 Wimbledon doubles champion. She’s still got it. As her younger sister Serena has marched her way toward G.O.A.T status, it’s become all too easy to lose track of Venus. Yet it’s… Read More

Rio 2016: What We’re Looking Forward To

With Rio 2016 less than a week away, a handful of the writers you’ll be reading – and hopefully enjoying – over the next month give us their view on what and who they will be looking forward to seeing at the Olympics and Paralympics:   Shane Thomas writes the ‘Two Weeks Notice’ column at… Read More

The Rio Olympics 2016: the good, the bad and the ugly

by Shane Thomas There are a number of things in this world that I have little direct interest in: cookery programmes; the fashion industry; or TV shows from Shonda Rhimes. But that doesn’t stop me appreciating their wider social impact. It’s not difficult to comprehend the significance of Nadiya Hussain, Jourdan Dunn, or Shonda Rhimes’s influence on… Read More