The prestigious marathons of 2015 have all been run and the Rugby World Cup has just finished. But that doesn’t mean that athletes, professional and amateur, should put away their equipment and call it a season! With all the technological advances these days, there’s (almost) no excuse for not working out.
Back to the future - November 04, 2015
1974: Winning 95.7% of his matches, American tennis champ Jimmy Connors is ranked number one world-wide and racks up the records with the help of his Wilson T2000, the first metal round-head racket.
1993: Scottish amateur cyclist Graeme Obree twice broke the World Hour Record on a bike he jerry-rigged with pieces from his washing machine.
2010: A slew of world swimming records had been smashed following the introduction of 100% polyurethane full-body swim suits. They are deemed an unfair advantage and banned from use in international competition.
2015: To improve refereeing and to rein in record-high scoring, goal line technology is put into use by the French, German, and Italian football leagues to verify that the entire ball crosses the goal line before the referee officially rules a goal.
2024: For the 2024 Olympics, the electronic patch comes into use. It measures heart rates of athletes trying to break endurance records.