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Connectivity becomes precious commodity in sports science

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has a GPS tracker device fitted during training at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Connected devices are increasingly shaping the workouts of professional athletes

PARIS – When the Greek runner Spiros Louis lit the flame under the Olympic ideal by winning the first marathon in the 1896 Olympics, he did it fuelled on a traditional Mediterranean diet.

He was a water-carrier by trade but reports of that historic first marathon — which did indeed start in the town of Marathon — tell of a pitstop he made when he was on the outskirts of Athens.

He stopped to say hello to his girlfriend and drink a glass of red wine.

Things have changed a little bit since then and it is hard to imagine what Louis, or his girlfriend, would have to say about a modern dietary regime for athletes that…

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