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RISING FROM THE ABYSS

AFTER THE DEVASTATION OF CONTROVERSIALLY BEING LEFT OUT OF THE OLYMPIC TEAM IN 2012, JADE LALLY IS IN THE FORM OF HER LIFE AND HEADING TO RIO

ANGRY and fighting back the tears, Jade Lally made a vow after her appeal to compete in the London Olympics was rejected: Never again would she give the selectors an excuse to leave her out of a major championships.

The next four years have not exactly been plain sailing for Lally, 29, from Sussex. Her throws reached an annual plateau of about 60 metres, while a succession of operations for kidney stones and another to remove a benign tumour in her neck have not helped her progress.

Even so, there have been highs, including winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, when she became famous for taking selfies with the famous, from comedian John Bishop to cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

This year, however, has been momentous, starting with breaking the English record twice in three days in February and then finally realising her Olympic dream at the UK Championships in Birmingham, by finishing in the top two to confirm her place in the team for Rio.

Jade Lally: the English record-holder missed out on the London 2012 Olympic Games but took the decision out of the selector’s hands for the Rio Games this summer
IAN STRATTON & MARK SHEARMAN
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THE BIG INTERVIEW 16 JADE LALLY The English discus record-holder reflects on her journey to securing an Olympic spot NEWS 6 CAS hold key to Russia in Rio 8 Giles back on two feet after bike crash 10 Rimmer runs SB after injection 12 Hamstring injury gives Bolt nervy wait 13 Pearson target’s Gold Coast 2018 PERFORMANCE 46 Wendy Sly’s killer training session 48 Research: Menstrual cycle on performance 50 Club night – Ayr Seaforth STATISTICS 22 Men’s defending Olympic champions and how they might fare at the Rio Games SPOTLIGHT 28 A look at the career of Ireland’s Maeve Kyle 30 Mel Watman investigates what happened to competitors from the 2006 English Schools 42 Masters sensation Tony Bowman ACTION 52 US Championships – world-leading marks and a top long jump competition as athletes battle for Rio Olympic Games places 56 British Athletics League – coverage of the Premiership match in Birmingham 58 UK Women’s League – report on Premiership action from the meeting at Lee Valley RESULTS & FIXTURES 60 Results round-up 75 What’s On – fixtures guide PREVIEW 73 A look ahead to the New Balance English Schools T&F Championships in Gateshead REGULARS 38 YOUNG ATHLETE 40 YOUR SAY 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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