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MEADOWS: I SEE MYSELF IN LAURA’S COMMITMENT

IF THERE was ever a story which encapsulates the steely determination of British 1500m record-holder Laura Muir it is one remembered well by Britain’s 2009 world 800m bronze medallist Jenny Meadows.

Meadows announced her retirement earlier this month after competing at the European Championships, and had been running as a pacemaker on the Diamond League circuit.

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ACTION 6 MÜLLER ANNIVERSARY GAMES Kendra Harrison sets world record and Laura Muir breaks GB 1500m mark in London 24 WORLD UNDER-20 CHAMPS Konrad Bukowiecki and Neeraj Chopra throw global junior bests at Bydgoszcz SPOTLIGHT 34 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? What happened to Maricica Puica, winner of the Decker-Budd 1984 Olympic 3000m? NEWS 42 Brits looking good for Olympics 46 Athlete alters holiday plans to go to Rio 48 Andy Baddeley not yet set to quit PERFORMANCE 50 Sports science news 52 Athlete Insight – Rob Mullett 54 The psychological pressures for Rio athletes 56 Products – summer gear TALKING POINT 38 World Junior representative Emily Dudgeon on keeping a lid on the teen dropout rate 40 Mel Watman laments the IOC’s decision not to ban Russia from the Rio Games RESULTS & FIXTURES 58 Results round-up 76 England Champs & Inter-Counties preview 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 74 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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Editor’s Letter
IN BREAKING Dame Kelly Holmes’ British 1500m record, Laura Muir
ACTION
IT IS A measure of the quality of last weekend’s
MOST of the competitors at London were using this meeting
LAURA MUIR didn’t set the first British record of the
A WORLD record in the women’s sprint hurdles and Usain
WORLD 400m silver medallist Shaunae Miller improved the world lead
DALILAH MUHAMMED confirmed her position as favourite for Rio in
EUROPEAN champion Ruth Beitia was close to clearing 2.00m in
HE WAS the athlete the crowd came to see and
OLYMPIC champion Renaud Lavillenie failed to clear a single height
THE Emsley Carr Mile was run for the 64th time
PIERRE-AMBROSE BOSSE, who was out of the medals in Amsterdam,
CHRISTIAN TAYLOR gained his fourth consecutive win at this meeting
THERE was a time when young middle distance runners were
WITH so many sensational performances on the track, the short
THE IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final got off to a
ONE of the most dominant victories on Saturday came when
HANNAH COCKROFT was one of several of the London 2012
MARCEL HUG has the upper hand over David Weir right
MARKUS REHM will not be able to fulfil his dream
LIBBY CLEGG is in brilliant form ahead of the Paralympics,
NINETY MINUTES after his 5000m race, Mo Farah cut a
EUROPEAN champion David Storl and world indoor champion Tom Walsh
IN THE long jump there was a Chinese win for
AFTER seeing their female team-mates smash the UK 4x100m record
DOUBLE world champion Kerron Clement over-took Javier Culson in the
THE HEPTATHLON in Rio is going to be one of
THERE was mixed success for the Brits with the race
SHELAYNA OSKAN CLARKE is so far building on her breakthrough
FANS enjoyed the novelty of being able to glance at
THE Anniversary Games proved a fitting place to mark the
DAFNE SCHIPPERS’ muchanticipated showdown with the inform Elaine Thompson did
TUNISIAN Habiba Ghribi won the women’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:21.35
SANDRA PERKOVIC threw a meeting record in the discus of
Men: 100 (0.4): 1 J Vicaut (FRA) 10.02; 2 I
ALL EYES were on Amsterdam earlier this month as the
KONRAD BUKOWIECKI and Neeraj Chopra set two world under-20 records
SPOTLIGHT
HE WOMEN’S 3000m at the 1984 Olympics is famous for
NEWS
DOUBLE the action amounts to double the enjoyment. London’s Diamond
THE MÜLLER Anniversary Games gave many of Britain’s Brazil-bound Olympians
UK ATHLETICS chairman Ed Warner has backed the Court of
1. Mo Farah says he’s in the shape of his
BY LAURA MUIR’S own admission, her times in 2016 were
KENDRA HARRISON says her world record-breaking run in London has
ZOLA BUDD is joining one of her old roommates in
JONNIE PEACOCK and Libby Clegg are among 41 athletes added
ANDY YOUNG, coach of Laura Muir, says he was quickly
IF THERE was ever a story which encapsulates the steely
CJ UJAH says the fun atmosphere in the British relay
OLYMPIAN and Commonwealth bronze medallist Matt Yates, no-nonsense coach to
AMOTORBIKE trip into north Africa was how Elliot Giles planned
RIVALS of world record-holding Paralympic sprinter Richard Browne have called
HANNAH COCKROFT says she is proud of the courage the
ANDY BADDELEY believes his international career is not yet over
HARROGATE Harriers AC have unveiled an ambitious set of plans
THE SOUTH of England Athletic Association (SEAA) Road Relay Championships
THE INAUGURAL Manchester International will take place next month, giving
PERFORMANCE
ATHLETICS is considered a relatively inexpensive sport compared to the
ENGLAND ATHLETICS is joining forces with the Children’s Health and
IT’S EVERY A-lister’s food of the moment, but virgin coconut
LIFTING progressively heavier weights if you want to get stronger
What: The latest performance-enhancing supplement from Healthspan Elite’s Informed-Sport accredited
CONSUMING more fruit and vegetables every day could substantially increase
IDON’T pay too much attention to the criticism of current
AT THE Olympics and Paralympics everything an athlete encounters is
wiggle.com Supplied with three lenses to suit any conditions, these
Coffee: I’m a student at the University of Birmingham and
TALKING POINT
BACK IN 2012, when I ran in the 800m at
THREE cheers for the IAAF. They alone among the world’s
RESULTS & FIXTURES
MORE CHANCES FOR BRITS THE Müller Anniversary Games was a
Falkirk: J Stevenson 21:25 W65 94.63%; Penrose: E Stepto 17:37
Overall (6.7km/740m-4.6km/437m-11.4km/970m): 1 T Gilmore 2:57:21 (I Gilmore 62:10, N
ALTHOUGH the country’s leading senior athletes are in Brazil, some
REGULARS
1 Fabiana Murer won the women’s pole vault world title
CHUNKS of the iconic London 2012 track are being sold
IN THE past, a double-decker bus has gone on to
USAIN BOLT gave a strong hint that he definitely plans
FUNDRAISER Claire Lomas (right) is aiming to complete the 2016