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THE PROBLEM WITH ATHLETICS

IN THE SECOND OF A TWO-PARTER, PETER HEWKIN SUGGESTS ATHLETICS SHOULD CAPITALISE ON ITS STRENGTHS AND THE SPORT CAN BENEFIT BETTER FROM ITS UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
Street athletics: brings the sport to the people for free
MARK SHEARMAN

PART TWO

IN THE first part of this article, I mentioned two critical elements forming the attractiveness of athletics – the meeting of two or three major opponents and the prospect of some specific mark being attained.

Each of these elements poses several important issues.

Unlike tennis player or golfers, athletes have tended to train to ‘peak’ only for specific competitions, rather than to perform day in, day out. In this way they are far more like boxers than other sportspeople. This of course fitted perfectly with the traditional sparsity of high-level competition, but does not lend itself to the modern schedule, hence we often find crowds and TV audiences disappointed by the quite justifiable absences of top athletes at lesser events. Moreover the grand prix model, while not unsuccessful and better suiting the needs of the professional athlete, does not capture the attention in the way that a one-off match-up does. A runner being six-four up, for example, in a series of races lacks the cachet of becoming a gold medallist.

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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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