Speed: Jamaica’s hottest export

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After six years training alongside the world’s fastest men, Xavier Brown wants to make athletes quicker in any sport. SPIKES tracked him down in Australia, where he has been helping rugby league players to go faster.

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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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Meet Jamaican sprint star Nickel Ashmeade

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Yohan Blake’s former schoolmate Nickel Ashmeade is the only other Jamaican besides Usain Bolt who will compete over both 100m and 200m in Moscow. Ashmeade talks to SPIKES about his journey from the world’s best sports days to the world championships, and why he wants to become a chef.

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Ten reasons why the Penn Relays rock

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With 18,000 athletes expected to compete across three days of action, The Penn Relays, at least in terms of participants, can lay claim to be the world’s biggest annual athletics event. SPIKES offers ten reasons why the event, which starts on Thursday 25th April, is such an overwhelming success.

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Around the world this weekend in numbers

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Kenya conquers Poland; Bolt and Blake beaten over 400m; US athletes get down; world records; cross country cash and Carl Lewis. It’s SPIKES’ weekend in numbers.

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Churandy Martina: Bolt and Blake are beatable

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He’s had the best view in the house for every one of Bolt’s storming Olympic finals. Churandy Martina, one of the world’s most consistent performers, chats to SPIKES about getting kicked in football, Beijing heartbreak and beating the Jamaicans…

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Isn’t she Lalovaly?

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She is tenth on the all-time list for the 100m and is reigning European champion. Bulgarian sprinter Ivet Lalova, and her very specific face, takes our super quick interview.

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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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Tweets of the week

Evan O’Hanlon @evanohanlon
Drinking beetroot juice while watching true blood is the only way it should be done! pic.twitter.com/h1waVsix

Oscar Pistorius @OscarPistorius
Haha I get the craziest fan mail!! Kids have to be the coolest. I have a horn in one pic and a mermaid tail in another! pic.twitter.com/RiiAQhTD

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Tweets of the week

Chris Tomlinson@LongJumpChris
"It’s taken 3 months to watch my jump from Olympics, can’t believe my bum trails 30cm behind feet. Feel sick watching it. Feet over 835."

Yohan Blake@YohanBlake
"On my way to training and playing POPCAAN song name DREAM. Because I never stop dream until it come true big up twitter family"

"A hand-written obscenity about multiple manhoods (on back of white van on the M4) immediately loses its gravitas with a misplaced apostrophe"

Bianca Knight@MidKnightDreams
"If you hit the unfollow button now. That will be the end of it and I will not pursue you. But if you don’t. I will look for u. I will find u… and I will get you"

David Rudisha@rudishadavid
"Youths together we move forward and make the difference in our country"

Lawrence Clarke@lawrence_clarke
"It’s fancy dress Friday for @daigreene 

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