Good article (and a good run today!) but if (as the article suggests) the recent drop in Marathon times is due to EPO and blood doping 'times' should level off or even increase with the new state of the art blood passport testing?
But the article is pretty kind to Paula..... thankfully, I truly hope she is clean
I am not sure whether this has been said before on this thread but I have read that Paula's time can be explained by the drafting effect of being able to run behind male athletes.
The rules have changed now which means that females running surrounded by male athletes is more difficult but the last Marathon I watched the leading female was running surrounded by male runners.
This makes sense to me and would explain why Paula's time has stood for a while. It would mean that male and female times are not comparable (as male record holders cannot run surrounded by quicker runners).