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PEERING INTO THE ABYSS

TIM HUTCHINGS ON THE SLOW DEATH OF THE WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
World Cross 1984: Pat Porter leads from Steve Jones, winner Carlos Lopes and Tim Hutchings
PICTURES: MARK SHEARMAN

I AM LARGELY a believer in Seb Coe’s suitability for the position of IAAF president. He is one of the few people who could have weathered such a first year in office containing the horrific doping revelations which were intertwined with the alleged corruption of entire federations as well as the previous IAAF president, his son and one or two henchmen. But while I get the feeling that he is still having to spend too much time ‘fire-fighting’, there’s one area of our sport which is in desperate need of some firm handling and direction to pull it back together and I believe Seb has to lead on this. It needs project status and time is running out, but it’s a political hot potato and delicate issues need to be tackled.

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About AW - The best coverage of the No.1 Olympic sport

THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 DAVID RUDISHA Why the Olympic 800m champion thought he was finished SPOTLIGHT 18 BRIANNA ROLLINS How the sprint-hurdler used a laidback approach to take Rio gold ACTION 36 LIVERPOOL CROSS Andy Butchart prevails over top field at Euro Cross trials, while Gemma Steel is leading woman PERFORMANCE 26 Sports science news 28 Athlete Insight – Sara Treacy 30 Dynamic warm-ups 32 Products – running headgear A BRIT ABROAD 20 Tim Hutchings laments the demise of the world cross country champs NEWS 6 Usain Bolt film premieres 8 GB relay women set for upgrade 10 Alex Yee keeps sport options open RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On fixtures guide REGULARS 24 Letters 25 Book reviews 34 Young Athlete – John Millar 61 Quiz – test your knowledge 62 Dip Finish