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THE RISE AND RISE OF SCOTTISH ATHLETICS

MARK SHEARMAN

SCOTTISH ATHLETES are riding on a “groundswell of self-belief” since the London Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, aided by strong communication, new and improved support networks, and the creation of more paid positions in athletics development, creating a “sea change for the sport”.

These are just some of the reasons why — according to the body’s head of development and interim chief executive, Mark Munro, chairman Ian Beattie and the director of coaching, Rodger Harkins — Scots have claimed no fewer than 15 spots on the 2016 British Olympic team.

Those 15 athletes will form part of GB’s line-up for Rio – the highest contingent for an Olympics since 1972. It follows an historic national 21 medals won by those from north of the border at the British Olympic trials in Birmingham, Highgate and at the London Marathon.

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THE BIG FEATURE 16 ASHA PHILIP Why one of GB’s top sprinters is smiling again after battling back from injury to make Rio ACTION 50 CAU/EA CHAMPIONSHIPS Joel Fearon breaks through to 9.96 100m and Daniel Gardiner hits form in long jump 56 BEER MILE WORLD CLASSIC Canadian clocks 4:34 world record in London SPOTLIGHT 22 SCOTS ON THE UP A look at the remarkable recent rise of athletics north of the border 36 MARY DECKER SLANEY US legend tells Jason Henderson how she keeps fit despite chronic arthritis TALKING POINT 30 DOPING IN KENYA Adharanand Finn puts the recent allegations into perspective with his insider view NEWS 6 Charlie Grice upset at Iten doping talk 8 Callum Wilkinson savours world junior glory 10 Mo Farah announced for Great North Run 12 Rabah Yousif’s visa nightmare PERFORMANCE 42 The latest in sports science 44 Killer Sessions – Susan Tooby 46 An in-depth look at youth dropout 48 How Brits are excelling in New Mexico RESULTS & FIXTURES 60 Results round-up 77 What’s On – fixtures guide PREVIEW 75 BAL AND UKWL PREVIEW REGULARS 34 VIEW FROM THE STANDS 40 YOUNG ATHLETE 76 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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