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2016 – THE YEAR THE RECORD BOOKS WERE OPENED UP AGAIN

FOLLOWING RECENT GROUND-BREAKING PERFORMANCES IN FORMERLY STAGNANT EVENTS, PAUL HALFORD TRIES TO PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE

WE APPROACH the end of a remarkable season in which two ancient women’s world records have fallen.

Up until recently it was the case that women’s world records just weren’t set any more – at least not in standard, regularly contested, individual disciplines that have long been established on the circuit, which rules out events like the triple jump and pole vault. For similar reasons, you could discount Tirunesh Dibaba’s world record from 2008 in the 5000m, a discipline which replaced the 3000m as standard in the 1980s and which somehow survived the Chinese onslaught in 1993.

This all changed when Genzebe Dibaba broke Qu Yunxia’s 1993 1500m record in July last year. Up until that year no one had come within five seconds of the legendary mark since 2006.

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RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES 16 PICTURE SPECIAL Sixteen pages of images looking back the track and field in Rio 2016 ACTION 48 EA U17/U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS Dominic Ogbechie sets two championship bests as the country’s top youngsters are in action in Bedford 54 LAUSANNE DIAMOND LEAGUE Elaine Thompson and Genzebe Dibaba in form as the athletes return to the circuit 56 PARIS DIAMOND LEAGUE Laura Muir and Ruth Jebet set British and world records respectively NEWS 6 Laura Muir to run mile at CityGames 8 The recent world record-setting in perspective 10 Weir in positive mood for Rio 12 World Under-18 Champs to be pulled TALKING POINT 34 British athletics could learn from Team GB’s cycling success, says Steve Smythe PERFORMANCE 42 Sports science news 44 Tom McNab casts a coach’s eye over Rio 46 Kelly Holmes’ killer sessions 47 Healthy fast food for athletes RESULTS & FIXTURES 58 Results round-up, including world record for hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk 68 The stars to watch out for at the Paralympics 75 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 36 YOUR SAY 78 DIP FINISH
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