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RIO FORM GUIDE

MEL WATMAN ASSESSES THE PROSPECTS FOR REIGNING OLYMPIC MEN’S CHAMPIONS AHEAD OF RIO

WHO WILL ever forget “Super Saturday” – August 4, 2012 – when Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah triumphed in London’s Olympic Stadium? Could Saturday August 13 this year prove equally successful? Hopefully, all three will be fit and healthy that day to defend their titles – and to add to the expectation and excitement for British fans there is also the prospect of Katarina Johnson-Thompson being Ennis-Hill’s closest rival for the heptathlon gold medal.

On your marks: less than 10% of Olympic title defences have been successful

It’s a pretty rare occurrence for an athlete to win back-to-back Olympic titles. Out of 612 individual events (373 for men, 239 for women) contested between 1948 and 2012 there have been only 58 successful defences; that’s less than 10%.

The number at each Games has varied between one (1968-1972 and 2000-2004) and seven (2008-2012), the overall average is between three and four per Games.

BACK-TO-BACK OLYMPIC WINNERS

1948-1952: 800m: Mal Whitfield USA; 10,000m: Emil Zatopek TCH; Dec: Bob Mathias USA; 10,000m walk: John Mikaelsson SWE

1952-1956: PV: Bob Richards USA; TJ: A F da Silva BRA; SP: Parry O’Brien USA; Women’s 80mH: Shirley de la Hunty AUS

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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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