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Feature14 Dec 2019

Leather and Bannister – the similarities and differences of two trailblazers

The world reverberated with the news that Roger Bannister had become the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes on 6 May 1954. Twenty three days later, a landmark was achieved in the women’s mile when fellow Briton Diane Leather became the first to dip under five minutes – unheralded, and, at the time, without fanfare.

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Feature11 Dec 2019

Back from illness and injury, James looks ahead to 2020 with optimism

Standing on the start line at the 2017 Drake Relays, it felt like any other race for Kirani James.

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Feature07 Dec 2019

Brume’s star rises with Doha long jump bronze

Ese Brume won Nigeria’s only medal at the World Athletics Championship Doha 2019 after jumping 6.91m in the second round to secure the bronze.

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Feature05 Dec 2019

After Doha bronze, Zango targeting Tokyo podium

African triple jump champion and continental record holder Hugues Fabrice Zango put Burkina Faso on the global athletics map this year when he became the first athlete from the West African nation win a medal at the World Athletics Championships.

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Feature25 Nov 2019

With second World Athlete of the Year honour, Kipchoge shows there’s no limit

World Male Athlete of the Year Eliud Kipchoge’s achievement in 2019 included the far-from-inconsiderable feat of winning a second successive London Marathon title – and a record fourth in all – something he did in 2:02:37, the second fastest performance ever at that time behind his official world record of 2:01:39.

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Feature24 Nov 2019

Muhammad on her stellar 2019 campaign: 'It's just the beginning'

Dalilah Muhammad admits that ending 2019 as the World Athlete of the Year wasn’t something she expected at its outset. Certainly not in mid-July, when a freak accident during a routine training session nearly ended her season just as it was getting underway.

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Feature14 Nov 2019

Rising 400m star Zambrano: ‘Look how far I have come, and how much farther I can go’

Rising Colombian star Anthony Zambrano produced a major surprise at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 last month when he raced to 400m silver. The 21-year-old clocked a notable 44.15 to clip a hefty 0.14 from the South American record set by Brazil’s Sanderlei Claro Parrela at the 1999 World Championships in Seville when Zambrano was barely a year old.

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Feature13 Nov 2019

After marathon world record near-miss, Bekele signals there’s more to come

Described as one of the greatest comebacks in athletics history, Kenenisa Bekele’s astonishing victory in September’s Berlin Marathon in 2:01:42 – within two seconds of the world record - sent shockwaves through the athletics world.

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Feature09 Nov 2019

Janek Õiglane: achieving things the hard way

Two years ago, behind the decathlon medal-winning trio of Kevin Mayer, Rico Freimuth and Kai Kazmirek at the World Championships in London, a breakthrough was happening. 23-year old Estonian Janek Õiglane was having the performance of his career, finishing fourth with a lifetime best of 8371.

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Feature30 Oct 2019

Age no barrier for Tokyo-bound marathoner Diver

For most of the elite field competing at this weekend’s New York City Marathon, running has been a lifelong pursuit; years of extreme tunnel vision from an early age in search of physical excellence. Australia’s Sinead Diver, however, has taken a very different and much more unconventional route to the start line at Staten Island.

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Feature28 Oct 2019

Breakthrough in 2019 leaves Stecchi wanting more

When Claudio Michel Stecchi started to struggle with injury problems after the 2019 indoor season, the late scheduling of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 appeared to be a blessing in disguise for the Italian pole vaulter.

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Feature26 Oct 2019

After 2019 breakout, Gayle lands firmly among all-time long jump greats

From the moment Tajay Gayle took off to when his feet kissed the sandpit, everyone who witnessed the jump knew, once the white flag came up signifying a legal effort, that something amazing had occurred. The scoreboard matched expectations, as the mark of 8.69m appeared to set tongues wagging inside the Khalifa International Stadium and around the world.

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