Up in the air, feet on the ground

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An elegantly executed high jump can appear almost effortless. In reality, it’s a complex combination of athletic prowess, gymnastic flair, precision timing and mental toughness. SPIKES meets Alessia Trost, one of high jump’s hottest prospects, to find out more.

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Jenny Simpson: How to perform when it counts

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After winning gold and silver at the past two world 1500m finals, the USA’s Jenny Simpson, 27, is earning a reputation for being a master at performing when it really matters. Here are her top tips for getting it right at a major championships…

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Ten of the best: Weltklasse Zurich

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The Weltklasse – which translates into English as ‘world class’ – has been the pinnacle of the one-day athletics circuit for more than 80 years. SPIKES pays homage to the rip-roaring Zurich meeting by picking out some amazing nights of world record-breaking action.

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Five reasons why… Zuzana Hejnová is so good this year

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Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnová of the Czech Republic has emerged as one of the stand-out stars of the 2013 season. Heading into the London Diamond League on Friday she was unbeaten, and extended that run to eight 400m hurdles races with a national record and world-leading 53.07. She tells SPIKES why it’s all going so well.

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Jody & Bayo’s London Spectacular

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During the London Anniversary Games at the weekend, SPIKES let columnists Jody and Bayo Furlong loose in the athletes’ mixed zone, in the bowels of the Olympic Stadium. Here’s what the stars had to say…

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Meet the SPIKES Girls
Ahead of competing in the Diamond League tonight, Brigetta Barrett, Anna Chicherova and Blanka Vlasic put on their first performance as the high jump Spice Girls in Monaco yesterday.
We call them the SPIKES Girls, and we’ve got Brigetta on lead vocals, Chichy on the drums and Blanka dancing (obviously).

Meet the SPIKES Girls

Ahead of competing in the Diamond League tonight, Brigetta Barrett, Anna Chicherova and Blanka Vlasic put on their first performance as the high jump Spice Girls in Monaco yesterday.

We call them the SPIKES Girls, and we’ve got Brigetta on lead vocals, Chichy on the drums and Blanka dancing (obviously).

Bright like a Diamond: Birmingham in quotes

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A sun-kissed and noisy Birmingham crowd saw their Olympic champions sparkle at the mid-point of the Diamond League season with some nail-biting competition – and an extremely excited 18-year-old named Jess Judd. Here’s what the stars had to say …

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Ten things we’ve learned from the Diamond League so far

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The Diamond League runs into Rome for the meeting number five tomorrow, so here are ten things we have learned from the first four…

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Tyson Gay’s New York

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Tyson Gay is enjoying a fine season, and won again at the adidas Grand Prix in New York on Saturday, clocking a 10.02 100m into a headwind. He has competed there seven times in the last nine years, so we wanted to find out what makes Tyson tick when he’s in the Big Apple.

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Yelena’s back! Cain’s improving & Harting breaks more hearts

Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva only needed two for the win; China has a new(ish) long jump star in Li Jinzhe; Russia rules race walking; Jess Ennis’ wedding guest list; Cain, Harting and more … SPIKES reviews the weekend, in numbers. 

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The Diamond League is back: first stop, Doha

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Iron your arm flags, fans, it’s IAAF Diamond League time. The 2013 season starts in Doha, Qatar on Friday, with the likes of Allyson Felix, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and David Rudisha headlining an all-star cast. 

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