Up in the air, feet on the ground

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An elegantly executed high jump can appear almost effortless. In reality, it’s a complex combination of athletic prowess, gymnastic flair, precision timing and mental toughness. SPIKES meets Alessia Trost, one of high jump’s hottest prospects, to find out more.

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If in the first decade you don’t succeed…

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Johan Cronje trudged through 11 years of hurt, frustration and near-misses – but won a world 1500m bronze in Moscow last year. SPIKES charts the South African’s incredibly long and painful route to glory.

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Can King Kirani regain his 400m crown?

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As a teenager, Kirani James ruled the 400m. But 2013 was a year of mixed form and improved rivals. We speak to the easygoing sprinter about his bid to be world number one again this year.

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I got 99 problems and the pole’s just one

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Think you’ve got it tough this winter? Try being a pole vaulter. We speak to Olympic champion Jenn Suhr about dodging the polar vortex, reverse parking a pole-laden Sedan, and poles on planes.

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Tiffany Porter: hurdler, Olympian, scientist

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Great Britain’s 100m hurdler Tiffany Porter is both a world bronze medallist and a qualified pharmacist. SPIKES catches up with Porter to talk about her love of science and its impact on her career.

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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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Aman of Steel

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SPIKES speaks to the unlikely track and field hero who might just yet become one of the greatest two-lap runners ever. Meet Mohammed Aman, Ethiopia’s 800m world champion.

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Víteslav Vesely: “I couldn’t even run two weeks before Moscow”

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World javelin champion Víteslav Vesely tells SPIKES how, inspired by world record holder and coach Jan Zelezny, he overcame injury and nerves to win big in Moscow.

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What they said: the best quotes of 2013

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At SPIKES we’ve been lucky enough to chat to the world’s finest athletes, and here’s our pick of an awesome year of track and field. Just click the link on the athlete’s name to read their full story.

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Why, why, why Dalilah?

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World 400m hurdles silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad is one of the hot new names to emerge in global athletics this year. SPIKES finds out how and why the world number 57 in 2012 became a podium filler at Moscow 2013.

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REVEALED: How Shelly-Ann painted Moscow pink

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SPIKES gets the scoop the world has been waiting for. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce reveals her love affair with cool hair, and how she literally painted Moscow pink during the 2013 World Championships.

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Duane Solomon: Bang Bang theory

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SPIKES charts the speedy rise of middle distance ace Duane ‘Bang’ Solomon over the last 18 months, and finds out how his coach is pushing his student to break his own US 800m record.

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