ELEVEN things we love about Genzebe Dibaba (updated)

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The athletics season exploded into life this week, with Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba smashing the 1500m and 3000m indoor world records. Here’s a race through the career of Genze, the next great Dibaba.

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Jehue Gordon: from tragedy to triumph

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Read the amazing story of Trinidad & Tobago’s Jehue Gordon, the 400m hurdler who used adversity to fuel his desire to become champion of the world.

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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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Is Prince Jacko the heir to Queen Val?

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It’s hard to imagine a major women’s shot put podium without a certain New Zealander in the centre of it, but can teenage sensation Jacko Gill become the next great Kiwi thrower? SPIKES speaks to the big-biceped lad about his formidable junior career, training in the middle of the night, growing chillies and training like he’s in Rocky IV…

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Blessed with talent

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Not many people at the Moscow 2013 World Championships could say they worked harder than Blessing Okagbare, who competed eight times in seven days. The Nigerian superwoman tells her story to SPIKES.

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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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"I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch the Olympics"

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Driven by an acute sense of pain after missing out on the London Olympics, US track glamour girl Natasha Hastings is getting back to her very best form in time for a tilt at the world title in Moscow next month.

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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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Olympic stars go Bahamas for Chris Brown’s big meet

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Olympic 4x400m champion Chris Brown has entered a new world as a meet promoter, and SPIKES catches up with him ahead of the inaugural Chris Brown Bahamas Invitational on Sunday, which features fellow sprint stars Kirani James and Veronica Campbell-Brown.

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Sisters in arms: Queen Harrison’s FIVE heroes

Why have one hero when you can have five? USA’s 400m hurdler Queen Harrison has a quintet of very special heroes.

“Can I choose more than one? [SPIKES: Yes Ma’am] 

"Then I’d have to chose all my five sisters: Graceful, Queen Zuequal, Muun, Princess and Empress.

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Hannah England races through the world’s fastest interview

World silver medallist Hannah England scores a SPIKES fastest interview record of 5:05. In that time she could have finished the 1500m, popped on her wedding dress and tucked into some fruit pastilles

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If you could choose another event to star in, what would it be and why?
The high jump, because I am tall (5ft 10ins / 1.77m). Although I haven’t done it since I was about 14.

What did you have for breakfast today?
Porridge with sultanas.

You’ve just had your hen do. What was the most embarrassing moment?
I was made to go the pub in a wedding dress, which was pretty embarrassing.

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