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WHEN BLANKERS-KOEN CAME TO TOWN ...

NOSTALGIA

EIGHTY years ago saw the appearance on these shores for the first time of the person who would go on to become one of the world’s greatest athletes.

It was unusual for internationals to be held so far north in England in those days, but Blackpool had something of a exceptional year in 1936 within athletics, for at the end of March, the International Cross Country Championships (the precursor to the IAAF-sanctioned World Cross Country Championships), were held on land by Squires Gate, near Blackpool’s airport. England won both the individual and team titles that afternoon.

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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

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