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YOUR life is your garden.

Your thoughts are your seeds.

If your life isn’t awesome You’ve been watering the weeds.

“That’s my Twitter,” says Asha Philip as her words are read out to her.

“My own words, my thoughts. It’s about how to take care of yourself. If you water the wrong seeds then you are going to get weeds.”


It’s the introduction to her Twitter account. What her all-male training group that includes fellow sprinters James Dasaolu and Adam Gemili make of it she doesn’t say, but we’ll come to them later.

“I’m writing about how you take care of yourself, sow and it will grow. Try and be a happy person. I’m always the happiest person you are ever going to meet,” she says with a huge smile.

“I’ve learned growing up that you can’t make everybody happy. You can’t say yes to everyone, and things aren’t always going to go your way.

“But I’m sure the sun will shine. I try to live my life happy. You only have one shot.”

However, for three years laughter was a stranger. She’d had her shot. It looked over. Walking again would be an achievement.

Philip had made history as the first British woman to win a global 100m title when she was crowned IAAF world youth champion at 16 years old.

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THE BIG FEATURE 16 ASHA PHILIP Why one of GB’s top sprinters is smiling again after battling back from injury to make Rio ACTION 50 CAU/EA CHAMPIONSHIPS Joel Fearon breaks through to 9.96 100m and Daniel Gardiner hits form in long jump 56 BEER MILE WORLD CLASSIC Canadian clocks 4:34 world record in London SPOTLIGHT 22 SCOTS ON THE UP A look at the remarkable recent rise of athletics north of the border 36 MARY DECKER SLANEY US legend tells Jason Henderson how she keeps fit despite chronic arthritis TALKING POINT 30 DOPING IN KENYA Adharanand Finn puts the recent allegations into perspective with his insider view NEWS 6 Charlie Grice upset at Iten doping talk 8 Callum Wilkinson savours world junior glory 10 Mo Farah announced for Great North Run 12 Rabah Yousif’s visa nightmare PERFORMANCE 42 The latest in sports science 44 Killer Sessions – Susan Tooby 46 An in-depth look at youth dropout 48 How Brits are excelling in New Mexico RESULTS & FIXTURES 60 Results round-up 77 What’s On – fixtures guide PREVIEW 75 BAL AND UKWL PREVIEW REGULARS 34 VIEW FROM THE STANDS 40 YOUNG ATHLETE 76 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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