Nickel Ashmeade takes the world’s fastest interview

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Jamaican sprinter Nickel Ashmeade placed fifth and fourth in the world 100m and 200m finals at Moscow 2013, and won 4x100m relay gold. But that’s nothing compared to the demands of the world’s fastest interview. On your marks, set… GO!

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Michelle Carter gets it right on road to Russia

US shot put record holder Michelle Carter talks to SPIKES about having an Olympic medal-winning dad for a coach, her 4x100m potential, and why it’s “anybody’s game” in Moscow.

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Tyson Gay: “I think my best years are ahead of me”

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Find out how one of the world’s fastest men ever must battle his own body, not to mention Usain Bolt, for a shot at immortality.

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Pass the baton: 10 of the best relays ever

In a week of crazy relay action with the Drake Relays and Penn Relays, SPIKES celebrates the marvellous madness of baton masters. Here are ten great relay races.

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The inside track: Ryan Bailey’s journey to the top of athletics

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The rising US sprint star tells SPIKES the inspiring story of how track and field, and a kindly coach, took him from a life of gangs and petty crime to star in one of global sport’s most prestigious events.

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Green on Greene

Like many 90s kids, rising British 400m hurdles star Jack Green grew up in awe of the world’s fastest man, Maurice Greene.

“I had the initial connection through the name, albeit his is spelt slightly differently to mine! He was the first athlete I ever watched when I realised that sport could be entertainment, with his pre-race snarling and prowling.

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My hero
The moment US Olympic 4x100m gold medallist and world record holder Bianca Knight met her hero, NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
I admire Kobe Bryant, but it is not so much for his ability on court but for his ability to block out any distractions off court. The media can be tearing him apart and he can still go out and have a great game. None of that outside stuff ever bothers him. Kobe has always had a great attitude to focus on the job.
I was very lucky in that during the London Olympics I got to meet him. The US basketball team only came into the Olympic Village a couple of times, but I got to say hello and have my picture taken with him. He was very personable and now I like him even more. It was even better than I dreamed of, so he is definitely my number one favourite person.
I said to him ‘I’m your biggest fan’ and that I really ‘admired him.’ I was so star struck I couldn’t really hold together a proper conversation. I never thought I would be that close to him. Ever.
I’m not a huge basketball fan, except around the NBA championship and play-offs. I follow the LA Lakers but I am sure that is because of Kobe and my favourite memory of him is his 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors. Wouldn’t that be everyone’s most memorable moment?

My hero

The moment US Olympic 4x100m gold medallist and world record holder Bianca Knight met her hero, NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

I admire Kobe Bryant, but it is not so much for his ability on court but for his ability to block out any distractions off court. The media can be tearing him apart and he can still go out and have a great game. None of that outside stuff ever bothers him. Kobe has always had a great attitude to focus on the job.

I was very lucky in that during the London Olympics I got to meet him. The US basketball team only came into the Olympic Village a couple of times, but I got to say hello and have my picture taken with him. He was very personable and now I like him even more. It was even better than I dreamed of, so he is definitely my number one favourite person.

I said to him ‘I’m your biggest fan’ and that I really ‘admired him.’ I was so star struck I couldn’t really hold together a proper conversation. I never thought I would be that close to him. Ever.

I’m not a huge basketball fan, except around the NBA championship and play-offs. I follow the LA Lakers but I am sure that is because of Kobe and my favourite memory of him is his 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors. Wouldn’t that be everyone’s most memorable moment?