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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Ryan Whiting goes galactic

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When he’s not chucking planet shaped balls into the air, world indoor shot put champion Ryan Whiting is star-gazing. He tells SPIKES about taking his telescope to track and field meets, and shows us some of his pictures.

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Michelle Carter gets it right on road to Russia

US shot put record holder Michelle Carter talks to SPIKES about having an Olympic medal-winning dad for a coach, her 4x100m potential, and why it’s “anybody’s game” in Moscow.

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The moment I became champion of the world #2 – Adam Nelson

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In preparation for Moscow, SPIKES has tracked down 10 great world champions to ask them about their first golden moment. Find out what happened after US shot putter Adam Nelson won gold in Helsinki in 2005.

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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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Ryan Whiting eyes shot at Moscow gold

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How the USA’s in-form shot putter Ryan Whiting got into the sport via baseball, soccer and football; and why he can throw 22.60m to win the world title.

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Barshim high Menkov long and Soi joy

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Things are getting serious as world leads and area records tumble in Eugene. Here are seven things you need to know from a weekend of the greatest sport in the world.

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