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COME WHAT MAY

FIONA MAY TELLS EMILY MOSS ABOUT LIFE AFTER ATHLETICS, WHICH INCLUDES STARRING AS THE MAIN CHARACTER IN AN ITALIAN TV DRAMA SERIES BUTTA LA LUNA, APPEARING ON DANCING WITH THE STARS AND BROADCASTING FOR SKY SPORTS ITALIA FROM THE LONDON OLYMPICS
Fiona May: won world junior gold and finished sixth in the Seoul Olympics in 1988 for Great Britain before later switching to Italy

AFTER BEING the only British winner at the inaugural World Junior Championships in Canada in 1988, May made the Olympic team for the Seoul Olympics that summer, finishing sixth in the long jump final at the age of 18, and looked set for a bright future for GB. That bright future would see her leaping a PB of 7.11m when claiming silver at the 1998 European Championships – only it was to be in the colours of Italy after she married an Italian pole vaulter in 1994 and moved to Florence.

She won gold for her new country at the 1995 and 2001 World Championships, together with Olympic silvers in 1996 and 2000. In contrast to the controversy surrounding the import of “plastic Brits” today, the Italian public and media regarded May as not so much plastic, but fantastic.

“Yes they did,” she says, speaking from her home in Mugello, just outside Florence, where she lives with her two daughters, Larissa, 14, and Anastasia, 7. “They still do.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 MARQUISE GOODWIN The American footballer spending the offseason shooting for Olympic long jump glory SPOTLIGHT 16 GENEVA MARATHON Why ‘fast is beautiful’ in the Swiss city 24 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? World long jump champion Fiona May 28 NOSTALGIA Going back 80 years to the first visit to the UK of legend Fanny Blankers-Koen NEWS 6 Georgina Hermitage among GB IPC winners 9 Ross Millington on making the Rio team 11 Russian trio announced as dopers STATISTICS 30 ROAD TO RIO The in-depth history of the men’s relays at the Olympic Games PERFORMANCE 38 Sports science news 40 Athlete Insight – Sophie Hitchon 42 How music can boost your running 44 Product reviews – sports earphones TALKING POINT 20 Peter Hewkin on how athletics can play to its strengths more ACTION 46 OSLO DIAMOND LEAGUE Dafne Schippers goes sub-22, while Laura Muir sets Scottish mile record 50 MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS Elliott Powell impresses with sprint double 52 NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS Jessica Ennis-Hill tackles four events 56 SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS Taylor Campbell on form in the hammer RESULTS & FIXTURES 60 Results – Usain Bolt runs 9.88 in Jamaica 73 Stockholm Diamond League and EA U23/U20 Championships previews 75 Comprehensive fixtures guide REGULARS 36 YOUNG ATHLETE 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH