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RIO FORM GUIDE

MEL WATMAN LOOKS AT THE PROSPECTS FOR THE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS FROM 2012 AHEAD OF RIO

HOW THE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS HAVE FARED SINCE 2012

What do Francoise Mbango (right), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (below) and Yelena Isinbayeva (below right) have in common? See panel below

HOW MANY of the reigning champions will hold on to their crowns in Rio? The male gold medallists were assessed in the July 7 issue, and here is a brief resumé of how the women have fared since London 2012 (ages at time of Rio Games).

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce JAM: (100m; 29) 2012 – 10.70; 2013 – 10.71; 2014 – 11.01; 2015 – 10.74. 1st 2013 World 100 & 200m; 1st 2014 World Indoor 60m; 1st 2015 World 100m. Merit ranked No.1 in 2015 ahead of Dafne Schippers. Following recovery from injury has raced at 100m at only three meetings this year, placing 8th in Eugene in 11.18 (English Gardner won in 10.81), winning in Kingston in 11.09 and placing a distant second (10.93) to Elaine Thompson (10.70) in the Jamaican Championships.

Allyson Felix USA: (200m; 30) 2012 – 21.69; 2013 – 22.30 & 21.85w; 2014 – 22.02; 2015 – 21.98 (& 49.26 400m). dnf 2013 World; 1st 2015 World 400m. Merit ranked No.3 at 200m behind Dafne Schippers & Elaine Thompson; No.1 at 400m ahead of Shaunae Miller. A cautious start to 2016 after injury: outdoors just two low-key races at 400m prior to the US Trials where she won the 400m in a world leading 49.68 but her dream of an Olympic double was ended when, by a margin of 1/100th, she failed to win a place on the 200m team.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 16 JAMES DASAOLU GB 100m champion hopes his injury woes are behind him as he heads to Rio SPOTLIGHT 24 WHICH UNIVERSITY? International athlete Ross Murray’s tips for athletes choosing their next step in education 30 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1976 Olympic 1500m finalist Frank Clement NEWS 6 Black embraces huge responsibility 8 GB’s Olympic sprint relay hopes 14 Rooney targets Rio 4x400m gold PERFORMANCE 36 Sports science news 38 Killer Session – David Hemery 40 Products – Backpacks 42 Club Night – Leighton Buzzard AC STATISTICS 20 Mel Watman analyses how the female winners from London 2012 have fared since TALKING POINT 28 Eurosport commentator Tim Hutchings on his latest travels around the athletics world ACTION 44 SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL Top young athletes in action at Ashford 48 EUROPEAN YOUTH CHAMPS Britain top the table in Georgia with 13 medals, including five golds 52 MONACO DIAMOND LEAGUE Caster Semenya runs 1:55 56 GREAT NEWHAM LONDON RUN Thousands of runners enjoy rare chance to run in the former Olympic Stadium 58 INEOS GO RUN FOR FUN World’s biggest children’s fun run RESULTS & FIXTURES 60 Results round-up 72 Müller Anniversary Games preview 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 33 YOUR SAY 34 YOUNG ATHLETE 81 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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