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STEMMING THE DROPOUT RATE

INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE-DISTANCE RUNNER EMILY DUDGEON SUGGESTS WHAT MIGHT BE DONE TO HELP MORE YOUNGSTERS REALISE THEIR AMBITIONS

BACK IN 2012, when I ran in the 800m at the World Juniors, I thought the athletics world was my oyster. I had clocked 2:02.32 in the semi to make the final, where I came sixth. My personal best coming into that year was 2:07 and I now realise this is something to be proud of, even if I didn’t feel that way at the time.

I had read autobiographies, articles and interviews with senior athletes who all said that the road to success was not straightforward, that it was full of ups and downs. And, although I had already faced some of my own challenges, I was so naive that I never considered I might not achieve my goals.

I was balancing my training with a full-time degree so surely there was loads to be gained by resting more, training harder, eating better and adding a few more years of training? I set myself the goals of making the European Under-23 Championships teams in 2013 and 2015, and the home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. I had hopes, too, of making it to this year’s Olympics. I am honoured and proud that I made it to my home Games in 2014, it was an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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ACTION 6 MÜLLER ANNIVERSARY GAMES Kendra Harrison sets world record and Laura Muir breaks GB 1500m mark in London 24 WORLD UNDER-20 CHAMPS Konrad Bukowiecki and Neeraj Chopra throw global junior bests at Bydgoszcz SPOTLIGHT 34 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? What happened to Maricica Puica, winner of the Decker-Budd 1984 Olympic 3000m? NEWS 42 Brits looking good for Olympics 46 Athlete alters holiday plans to go to Rio 48 Andy Baddeley not yet set to quit PERFORMANCE 50 Sports science news 52 Athlete Insight – Rob Mullett 54 The psychological pressures for Rio athletes 56 Products – summer gear TALKING POINT 38 World Junior representative Emily Dudgeon on keeping a lid on the teen dropout rate 40 Mel Watman laments the IOC’s decision not to ban Russia from the Rio Games RESULTS & FIXTURES 58 Results round-up 76 England Champs & Inter-Counties preview 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 74 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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