Mary Cain: “I just have so much fun!”

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SPIKES meets the New York teenager who went from swimming wannabe to member of the world’s coolest running club. Mary Cain explains why she turned pro, and why she wouldn’t mind if coach Alberto Salazar broke her spikes before a race.

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13 things we learnt at the 2013 IAAF Gala

1. There’s something about Mary Cain.

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10 things we learned from the weekend

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It was a track and field mega weekend as national championships took place across several major athletics nations, including the USA and Jamaica. With spots at the 2013 IAAF World Championships on offer, here are ten things that we learned ahead of Moscow … 

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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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Bjorn Otto on Renaud Lavillenie: “He jumps likes a machine”

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Renaud Lavillenie, the pole vault champion who, save for a rule, cleared the second highest vault of all-time on Sunday.

SPIKES has picked out the best quotes from a cracking weekend of European and US indoor action.

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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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The real deal: why is Cain so able?

"The first time I saw her train I said to Alberto, ‘this girl has a chance to make the Olympic team’" - John Henwood, coach in residence.

High school phenom Mary Cain, 16, is ripping up the record books for fun.We speak to her ‘coach in residence’ John Henwood, a former New Zealand 10,000m international, to find out why the New York based teenager is so good.

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Going places: USA’s Mary Cain on her way to sixth place in the 1500m at the World Junior Championships last year.

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The weekend in numbers: ice, indoors and new records

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Dai Greene pulls away from Andrew Osagie during a rare 600m contest in Glasgow.

– The amount of World Championship gold medals won by dual sport star Lolo Jones, who added the combined bobsled team event title to her two world indoor 60m hurdles crowns at the weekend. Jones was brakewoman in the two-man USA bobsled in St Moritz.  

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