From the running track to the golf course

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 Lagat: Pass me my putter

When track and field stars play golf they like to do it fast, obviously. Here SPIKES talks to USA endurance runner Bernard Lagat ahead of his upcoming debut at the 2013 Speedgolf World Championships.

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French connection: Say bonjour to the Francophone Games

Teddy Tamgho: ‘Francophone Games? Let’s go’

Missing the Diamond League? Don’t worry, the athletics starts tomorrow at the Francophone Games in what promises to be a very French affair. But what are the Francophone Games we hear you cry?

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Bondarenko: “I can improve much more”

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World high jump champion Bohdan Bondarenko talks exclusively to SPIKES about jumping in silence, traditional folk dancing, and why he’s only had ONE jumping training session all year.

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When SPIKES met Sally

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Ahead of her mission to Moscow SPIKES had the pleasure of bouncing around (literally) with World and Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson. Here’s what happened…

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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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