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SARA TREACY

THE IRISH STEEPLECHASER OUTLINES TO EMILY MOSS HOW SHE COMBINED WORKING AS A JUNIOR DOCTOR WITH TRAINING TO REACH THE OLYMPIC FINAL

ATHLETE INSIGHT

I WAS a bit overwhelmed at running in the Bird’s Nest Stadium last year. But it prepared me for what to expect at the Rio Olympics and I loved it.

Falling over in the heats at the Olympics was heartbreaking. I was on for the run of my life, as I was aggressive and with the top group, and I thought I would qualify. Initially when I finished, I hadn’t realised the Irish team had put in a protest, so I was delighted to be put through to the final. You can’t top the experience of standing on the start line at an Olympic final.

When I fell over, I just thought ‘come on, get back up again, the Olympics doesn’t end here’. I was winded for about 200m but after that got my pace up again and still ran 9:46. I didn’t really reflect on it and realise what had happened until after I had finished.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 DAVID RUDISHA Why the Olympic 800m champion thought he was finished SPOTLIGHT 18 BRIANNA ROLLINS How the sprint-hurdler used a laidback approach to take Rio gold ACTION 36 LIVERPOOL CROSS Andy Butchart prevails over top field at Euro Cross trials, while Gemma Steel is leading woman PERFORMANCE 26 Sports science news 28 Athlete Insight – Sara Treacy 30 Dynamic warm-ups 32 Products – running headgear A BRIT ABROAD 20 Tim Hutchings laments the demise of the world cross country champs NEWS 6 Usain Bolt film premieres 8 GB relay women set for upgrade 10 Alex Yee keeps sport options open RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On fixtures guide REGULARS 24 Letters 25 Book reviews 34 Young Athlete – John Millar 61 Quiz – test your knowledge 62 Dip Finish