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BUTCHART IS NOW A BELIEVER

EUAN CRUMLEY SPEAKS TO A YOUNG BRITON WHO IS NOT AFRAID OF SUCCESS —OR TAKING OVER FROM MO FARAH

ANDREW BUTCHART is clearly not an athlete who is easily fazed. After all, this is a man who broke the long-standing Scottish 5000m record in May, despite losing a shoe for the final lap.

This is also a man who, in July, saw off some highly esteemed company to finish second behind Mo Farah at the Anniversary Games in London.

And this is a man who, when faced with the challenge of his first Olympic 5000m final, did not shrink from the task. Rather, he grew in stature with almost every passing stride in Rio — at one point dictating race proceedings with Farah — before finishing a hugely creditable sixth, breaking that Scottish record once again into the bargain.

Britain’s multi-Olympic and world champion won’t be around forever, of course, and 2017 is expected to be the final year of track competition in Farah’s storied career before he turns his attention to the roads.

The 33-year-old’s absence will leave a sizeable hole in British endurance track running but, when asked about the prospect of trying to fill it, Butchart’s assured response comes as little surprise.

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About AW - The best coverage of the No.1 Olympic sport

THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 ANDREW BUTCHART How the Scottish runner will try to build on his magnificent 2016 SPOTLIGHT 18 ED WARNER UKA chair on preparations for the 2017 World Championships 24 RACE PRIZES Road runners recall their most bizarre winnings 26 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Triple Olympic champion Peter Snell looks back on his career 30 RON PICKERING FUND Twenty-five years after Ron Pickering’s death, Stuart Storey recalls the success of the RPMF ACTION 40 BMAF CROSS RELAYS Records go at Long Eaton as eight clubs share the spoils PERFORMANCE 34 Sports science news 36 Treating Achilles problems 38 Products – rain jackets TALKING POINT 20 Sub-2:20 marathoner Michael Crawley gives an inside view on anti-doping in Ethiopia NEWS 6 Laura Muir on doubling up 8 Birmingham Half has wide appeal RESULTS & FIXTURES 44 Results round-up 57 What’s On fixtures guide PREVIEWS 56 Liverpool Cross Challenge REGULARS 23 Book reviews 32 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your