Maslak: “I want people to remember me”

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After two seasons dominating the European circuit, 400m man Pavel Maslak is ready to take on the world. SPIKES chats to the European indoor and outdoor champion about doing mad martial arts, and why his trademark running sleeves won’t be coming off any time soon.

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Julius Yego: “Maybe one day Kenya will be the home of javelin”

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Kenya may be best known for a never-ending stockpile of endurance running talent but Julius Yego proves they can throw, too. The amiable javelin thrower talks to SPIKES about finishing fourth at the Moscow 2013 World Championships, and why Kenyans can deliver in the field.

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Kim Mickle: “Another surgeon gave me a 50-50 chance. I loved those odds”

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Her silver medal in the women’s javelin caused one of the bigger surprises at the Moscow 2013 World Championships, and SPIKES discovers that the multi-talented Kim Mickle has had one hell of a journey.

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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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Ryan Whiting eyes shot at Moscow gold

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How the USA’s in-form shot putter Ryan Whiting got into the sport via baseball, soccer and football; and why he can throw 22.60m to win the world title.

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Michael Tinsley’s long and hurdling road

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Michael Tinsley has dipped below 49 seconds for the 400m hurdles in each of the past nine seasons: but he just could not make a major championships. In 2012, it finally came together as he landed Olympic silver with a new PB. This is his journey.

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Inside the mind of an ultra-runner

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On Saturday Robbie Britton and a couple of hundred others started running around the Dutch city of Steenbergen. They didn’t stop for 24 hours. Team GB’s Britton, 26, ran five full marathons and two-thirds of another: finishing 19th at his first World Championships. SPIKES just had to find out more about the marvellous madness of ultra-running…

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Meet the world’s fastest beer miler

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Aussie Josh Harris, 22, slashed more than four seconds from the beer mile world record with an unratified 5:04.9 at the Parkville event in Melbourne last weekend. SPIKES caught up with Harris to find out more about the art of chucking beer down your neck and running very fast.

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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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From escaping dogs to escaping Kobe Bryant: Erik Kynard’s journey

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Meet ambitious high jumper and Olympic silver medallist Erik Kynard. The bright young thing talks to SPIKES about high jumping away from danger, London 2012, and why winning gold means everything.

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Ashton Eaton: Man of Steel

As a baby, Ashton Eaton was fired from his doomed home planet in a makeshift spaceship. Landing on Earth, he developed super-powers. No, hang on, that was Superman. But there are similarities…

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The world’s best-ever all-round athlete (Eaton) talks to SPIKES about overcoming the post-Games blues, rivals for Moscow gold, and his 2020 Olympic pole vault dream.

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