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EILIDH DOYLE has started 2016 with a bang. She won the Doha Diamond League 400m hurdles in 54.53 and then placed third in Rome in 54.81. It is a measure of how far Doyle has come that she was very dissatisfied with Rome, feeling she lost momentum in the middle of the race.

In her third Diamond race of this year, in Birmingham, she and Cassandra Tate both clocked 54.57. While Tate was given first place on the photo, many felt the image showed Doyle equal if not ahead of Tate. The three races have had quality fields, with Doyle defeating Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica in all of them and twice defeating 2015 World Championships bronze medallist Cassandra Tate.

Doyle, better known by her maiden name of Child until she was married in October 2015, is delighted with her early-season form. “I have always been notorious at opening up the season slowly,” she says. “But this year I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to get that monkey off my back. The winter had gone really well. I had no injury and no illness and no gaps. Normally you get a cold or something and miss a block of training but I had nothing. We went to Tenerife in February and my training went really well so I knew from my target times that I was in good shape. I went to Doha confident that I could run a fast time reflecting the shape that I was in. I wasn’t surprised at the time I ran. It was what I was expecting but I was surprised the way I won the race and I think I may have surprised some other people as well.”

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 16 EILIDH DOYLE British hurdler challenging for medals in Rio SPOTLIGHT 22 JASMIN STOWERS Interview with American 12.35 sprint hurdler 28 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? UK all-time marathon No.2 Mara Yamauchi 32 CHAMPION OF YESTERYEAR Bob Cole – the top professional distance runner of a century ago NEWS 6 IAAF uphold Russia ban for Olympics 8 Clean Soviets stake claim for Rio 11 Jama Aden arrested in drugs bust 12 Desiree Henry – GB can win sprint relay 14 Lynsey Sharp says Glasgow is hard to beat 16 Annie Conway wins world mountain gold PERFORMANCE 36 Sports science news 38 Peaking for middle-distance running 40 Club Night – Corby AC 41 Hayley Yelling’s killer training session 42 Product reviews – hydration TALKING POINT 26 Tim Hutchings on empty seats in Oslo, Olympic standards and Caster Semenya PREVIEW 70 British Championships preview ACTION 44 EA U23/U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS Morgan Lake and Imani Lansiquot were both on top form at Bedford 54 DIAMOND LEAGUE Dina Asher-Smith wins in Stockholm RESULTS & FIXTURES 56 Results round-up 75 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 30 YOUNG ATHLETE 34 YOUR SAY 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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