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CHAMPION OF YESTERYEAR

STEVE HERINGTON RELATES THE STORY OF THE SUBJECT OF HIS NEW BOOK, A FARM LABOURER NAMED BOB COLE, WHO WAS THE FINEST PROFESSIONAL RUNNER OF HIS DAY

AS MO FARAH, multiple world and Olympic champion, heads for Rio to defend his two Olympic titles, it is fascinating to consider just how different the world of long-distance running was around 100 years ago.

The modern Olympic Games were, of course, founded in 1896 and held in Athens, to honour the birthplace of the sporting festivals of Greek antiquity. The First World War of 1914-18 prevented the 1916 Games taking place but they were back in 1920 and 1924, the occasion celebrated in the film Chariots of Fire.

In Britain, the amateur code had gained dominance over professional athletics following the formation of the Amateur Athletic Association in 1880. Yet the ‘pros’ clung on, their ranks frequently swollen by the absorption of former amateurs busted for infringing the strict regulations relating to expenses and prizes.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 16 EILIDH DOYLE British hurdler challenging for medals in Rio SPOTLIGHT 22 JASMIN STOWERS Interview with American 12.35 sprint hurdler 28 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? UK all-time marathon No.2 Mara Yamauchi 32 CHAMPION OF YESTERYEAR Bob Cole – the top professional distance runner of a century ago NEWS 6 IAAF uphold Russia ban for Olympics 8 Clean Soviets stake claim for Rio 11 Jama Aden arrested in drugs bust 12 Desiree Henry – GB can win sprint relay 14 Lynsey Sharp says Glasgow is hard to beat 16 Annie Conway wins world mountain gold PERFORMANCE 36 Sports science news 38 Peaking for middle-distance running 40 Club Night – Corby AC 41 Hayley Yelling’s killer training session 42 Product reviews – hydration TALKING POINT 26 Tim Hutchings on empty seats in Oslo, Olympic standards and Caster Semenya PREVIEW 70 British Championships preview ACTION 44 EA U23/U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS Morgan Lake and Imani Lansiquot were both on top form at Bedford 54 DIAMOND LEAGUE Dina Asher-Smith wins in Stockholm RESULTS & FIXTURES 56 Results round-up 75 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 30 YOUNG ATHLETE 34 YOUR SAY 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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