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SHARP IGNORES SEMENYA TO FOCUS ON SELF

LYNSEY SHARP says she can’t afford to focus on Caster Semenya’s dominance as she makes her own preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The South African is unbeaten in 2016 and has won many of her races seemingly at a canter, but Sharp (below), who is third on the UK all-time 800m list, is concentrating on her own form.

MARK SHEARMAN
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THE BIG INTERVIEW 16 SEREN BUNDY-DAVIES The Trafford athlete on her late rise to the top of British women’s one-lap running SPOTLIGHT 20 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? British 200m record-holder John Regis on his life now as an athlete manager 24 ALAN PERKINS Catching up with the 1958 National champion NEWS 6 Martyn Rooney allowed Euro 400m defence 8 Greg Rutherford on his jumping garden party 9 Perri Shakes-Drayton back in action 12 Emily Diamond: ‘why I switched from tennis’ STATISTICS 30 ROAD TO RIO The in-depth history of the women’s relays at the Olympic Games PERFORMANCE 32 Sports science news 34 Why athletes are at great risk of skin cancer 36 Finishing speed in the middle-distance events 38 Product reviews – colourful kit TALKING POINT 26 Understanding how athletics is viewed is key to its increased success ACTION 44 BIRMINGHAM GRAND PRIX Mo Farah sets UK record, while David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop are also in form 52 ROME DIAMOND LEAGUE Almaz Ayana clocks the second quickest ever 5000m as Greg Rutherford also takes win RESULTS & FIXTURES 56 Results, including national league action 72 Oslo Diamond League preview 75 Comprehensive fixtures guide REGULARS 40 YOUR SAY 42 YOUNG ATHLETE 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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STEPH TWELL says she is back to preparing for races
JAMES DASAOLU believes his experience when it comes to performing
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CASTER SEMENYA fired a warning shot to her competitors after
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ACTION
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CONSESLUS KIPRUTO followed up world leads in Doha, Rabat and
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