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ALMAZ AYANA narrowly missed the 5000m world record, clocking 14:12.59 to go No.2 on the all-time list at the Pietro Mennea Golden Gala Diamond League meet in Rome.

Almaz Ayana: ran the second fastest 5000m time in history in Rome

Ayana won the world title in Beijing last year and has dominated during the early stages of the season, winning both her previous Diamond League races in Doha and Rabat, and made her intentions clear pre-race after demanding pacemakers go through the first seven laps well inside Tirunesh Dibaba’s world record pace.

The second pacemaker Beatrice Chepkoech stepped off the track after 2200m leaving the 24-year-old to run solo for the final seven laps and she passed the 3000m at 8:30.43 before slowing in the final five laps and just missing Dibaba’s time of 14:11.15 from Oslo eight years ago.

Greg Rutherford: continued his unbeaten run

Kenya’s 2013 world silver medallist Mercy Cherono ran a personal best in second of 14:33.95, highlighting the scale of the Ethiopian’s sheer dominance. British distance runner Steph Twell, enjoying being back from injury and running well, finished in a season’s best 14:59.00 – her second fastest ever.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 16 SEREN BUNDY-DAVIES The Trafford athlete on her late rise to the top of British women’s one-lap running SPOTLIGHT 20 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? British 200m record-holder John Regis on his life now as an athlete manager 24 ALAN PERKINS Catching up with the 1958 National champion NEWS 6 Martyn Rooney allowed Euro 400m defence 8 Greg Rutherford on his jumping garden party 9 Perri Shakes-Drayton back in action 12 Emily Diamond: ‘why I switched from tennis’ STATISTICS 30 ROAD TO RIO The in-depth history of the women’s relays at the Olympic Games PERFORMANCE 32 Sports science news 34 Why athletes are at great risk of skin cancer 36 Finishing speed in the middle-distance events 38 Product reviews – colourful kit TALKING POINT 26 Understanding how athletics is viewed is key to its increased success ACTION 44 BIRMINGHAM GRAND PRIX Mo Farah sets UK record, while David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop are also in form 52 ROME DIAMOND LEAGUE Almaz Ayana clocks the second quickest ever 5000m as Greg Rutherford also takes win RESULTS & FIXTURES 56 Results, including national league action 72 Oslo Diamond League preview 75 Comprehensive fixtures guide REGULARS 40 YOUR SAY 42 YOUNG ATHLETE 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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