If I could change the rules…

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SPIKES asked three US track and field stars, Jenny Simpson, Will Claye and Queen Harrison, to tell us what they’d change if they were in charge of the sport for the day.

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Fionnuala Britton’s athletics Ryder Cup

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European cross country champion Fionnuala Britton reckons that a competition inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup – the biennial USA v Europe tournament – could be a massive hit for the sport of athletics.

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EXCLUSIVE: Nick Symmonds’ track and field manifesto

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Few current athletes are as keen to stick their head above the parapet as world 800m silver medallist Nick Symmonds. The US middle-distance star tells SPIKES his big ideas to improve the sport he loves: from alcohol to advertising; and what athletics can learn from the likes of Nascar and tennis.

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Ryan Wilson: Bringing colours back to kits

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American 110m hurdles champion and world silver medallist Ryan Wilson has been without a sponsor for large chunks of his career, despite being among the world’s elite in his event. To help raise his profile, he’s chopped and changed the colour of his track uniform, and reckons more athletes should experiment with their kit.

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Should the women’s hurdles be raised?

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We asked top hurdlers Sally Pearson and Eilidh Child which athletics rule they’d change if they had the chance, and both said that they should be jumping over bigger hurdles.

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Michelle Carter skirts the issue

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We love finding out how top athletes would change the rules of the sport. US shot put record holder and world indoor bronze medallist Michelle Carter tells SPIKES that she wants to see the mass introduction of the skirt in track and field.

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Christian Taylor on taking track and field to the streets

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If he was king for a day, world and Olympic champion triple jumper Christian Taylor would have more athletics competitions on America’s streets.

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Francena McCorory’s track beats dream

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SPIKES has made Francena McCorory boss for a day and things just got interesting. The US Olympic 4x400m gold medallist and Jacko fan thinks athletes should be able to listen to their favourite tunes on the track. 

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Olympic long jumper DeLoach wants to see some perspective

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We’ve put Olympic long jump bronze medallist Janay DeLoach in charge of global athletics for a day. She’s changing two things: rewarding consistency over distance, and adding a little bit of perspective.

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Ivet Lalova wants to spice up athletics

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European 100m champion and track pin-up Ivet Lalova wants to see more athletics in interesting places, and some very different kind of races.

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If SPIKES could change the rules…

Elite athletes past and present have been telling SPIKES how they would change the rules and shake-up athletics (you can read them all here). Now it’s our turn: so brace yourselves for sixty action-packed minutes of multi-eventing as we introduce the ’60-minute pentathlon’…

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