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Merritt On The Mend; Elite Marathon Diet; Penn Diamond League? Your JTG 5-A-Day

Penn Diamond League a possibility

The men at the helm of Franklin Field, home of Penn relays, hope that bringing Diamond League athletics to the famed stadium could now be a real possibility after $3 million renovations.

Full story here.

Aries Merritt on the road to recovery

Track and field aficionados were in awe in Beijing as the reigning Olympic champion – whose career has been in a tailspin for the last 3 years as he privately battled a rare kidney ailment – was somehow able to compartmentalise his focus, regain his 2012 form, and post 3 successive seasonal bests to capture the 110H bronze medal.

Some three weeks after Merritt received a kidney from his sister Latoya, the world championship medalist is in good spirits.

Check out the full piece here.

What do the elites eat?

Boston marathon champion Meb Keflezighi tells the Observer what the diet of a champion marathoner consists of. What makes up his 3,000 calories a day?

Find out here.

Words of wisdom with Allen Johnson

Four time 110m hurdles world champion catches up with Spikes Mag to share his words of wisdom.

“I was in PE class in seventh grade when the teacher made us go back to practising the very fundamentals of that sport. I can’t even remember what sport it was, but it something that stuck with me throughout my track career.

Read more here.


The world military games took place from October 4-8 and featured a host of world championships. It was business as usual for the likes of Sergey Shubenkov and Mariya Kuchina, but a couple of other champions didn’t quite live up to their top billing.

Full report here.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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