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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Meet the man with two barefoot world records

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Find out how South African-born Kiwi Wayne Botha used Facebook messages to Zola Budd and methylated sprits to smash not one but TWO world barefoot records.

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Jonny May: “Speed is a very important part of my game”

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He’s as quick as Usain Bolt over 40m, is a former pole vaulter, and fancies himself as a potential triple jumper. Meet Gloucester winger and recent England call-up Jonny May, a man who owes some of his rugby success to the sport of athletics.

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Ten steps to becoming the fastest rugby player in the world

Move over Bryan Habana, there’s a new kid in town: a 10.13-second 100m sprinter turned US rugby sevens winger named Carlin Isles. Read his ten step journey from a speed obsessed ‘weird kid’ to rugby’s fastest.

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There he goes: Isles was an international rugby player for 46 seconds before scoring his first try

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Are these some of the world’s fastest could-be sprinters?

Andy Murray’s fitness coach reckons that the tennis ace could match Usain Bolt’s speed over 10m. Here, SPIKES runs the speedometer over three other blisteringly fast sports stars…

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Athletics’ big thinker looks to rugby and cricket for inspiration

US 2004 Olympic shot put champion Adam Nelson is one of the sport’s great thinkers, and the vice president of the Track & Field Athletes Association. He believes the sport needs major structural reform.

“The problem with change is it usually means someone has to give up something – privacy, marketing rights, comfort – in order for the change to take place.  Allowing the media and fans greater access to the athletes during warm-up or in the call room requires the athletes to change the way they prepare.

"Opening the rules on athlete sponsorship requires a change in the dynamic between sponsors, agents, and athletes. New advances in drug testing are often accompanied by massive invasions of privacy. Changes to competitive rules usually require some acclimation. It doesn’t matter what you change, someone’s going to get frustrated with it.

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