Spanovic: “I need to jump seven metres as quickly as possible”

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A world-class long jumper with a world-class name – and the work ethic to match. She strikes a fine gym selfie pose, too. Say hello to Ivana Spanovic, Serbia’s world bronze medallist who has her mind fixed on toppling the great Brittney Reese.

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Is Brittney Reese the greatest athlete you’ve never heard of?

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If you want a guaranteed gold at a major championships, then the most reliable athlete to call upon is US long jumper Brittney Reese. SPIKES catches up with Reese about an amazing career so far, her big ambitions for 2014 – and why she hasn’t enjoyed greater plaudits for her success.

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DeLoach Soukup: “For that title I’m going to work my butt off”

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It took a while for Janay DeLoach Soukup to fall in love with the sport, and now she wants to have a go at everything. Meet the heptahtlon-training, hurdles-loving, Olympic medal-winning, long jumper with her eyes on Moscow gold.

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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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Janay DeLoach: the long jumper with the high jumping dog

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As Olympic bronze medallist Janay DeLoach sits our superfast test, we find out she’s a hard working future occupational therapist, and has the world’s most talented dog

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The world’s most iconic indoor athletics meet: Millrose Games

No annual indoor athletics event quite holds the status of the Millrose Games, so it would be remiss of SPIKES not to take a nosy at what we can see this year.

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Tight for the tape: France’s Linda Ferga-Khodadin edges the USA’s Danielle Carruthers for the 60m hurdles win in 2005.

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