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LESSONS FROM RIO

WHAT WERE THE MAJOR FACTORS INFLUENCING SOME OF THE TOP PERFORMANCES IN RIO? IN THE FIRST OF A TWO-PART SERIES, TOM MCNAB CASTS HIS EYE AT SOME RESULTS

EVERYTHING coming back from Rio suggests that a powerful team-culture has been created within British sport, one which engulfed even sports like ours which are essentially individual in nature.

Sophie Hitchon: advice from her coach to ‘keep it simple’ paid off

Over the Olympic period British athletes rubbed shoulders with great competitors such as Andy Murray and Laura Trott. We have no means of measuring the impact of such interaction, but be assured that it was a positive.

What other factors have contributed to success? It’s my view that the technical development of athletics has virtually come to an end. Some have put forward the theory of marginal gains as an influential factor, but it is worth observing that this comes from cycling, where technology permits almost indefinite improvement.

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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