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De Grasse can handle it, PB’s With Symmonds, Manzano the Magnificent; JTG 5 A DAY

Andre De Grasse can’t fathom sudden stardom

Andre De Grasse was a little known Canadian sprinter a few months ago but with his scintillating performances at the recent NCAA championships he is now being mentioned in the same breath as Usain Bolt. He won the NCAA 100m and 200m titles in wind aided times of 9.75 seconds and 19.58, respectively.

He also speaks about his decision on whether to remain in College or turn professional.

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Personal Bests with Nick Symmonds

Nick Symmonds who won his 6th US title in exciting fashion on Sunday speaks to the IAAF about everything from his best friend in athletics which is Will Leer (US 1500m runner) about whom he says “He’s a good guy, very smart which makes for great conversation both on and off the track. He’s a great fan of the sport, follows what is going on and he is a very positive guy” to his best piece of kit which are “My half-tights. I hate shorty shorts. I have these big quads that look so silly in the little short shorts. I just think half-tights are a magical piece of clothing”

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Kara and Salazar, both protesting innonence, both might be telling the truth.

At this stage most people have made their mind up on the Salazar debate and its probably getting a bit tiresome for anyone outside of Dirty Denners and his drug obsession. Oregon’s own newspaper the Register Guard wrote a short but interesting piece which is best encapsulated by the following quote ” It’s possible the Oregon Project could adhere to the letter of the anti-doping code while doing things that made some athletes deeply uncomfortable. Those two statements are not mutually exclusive.”

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American Team stronger than ever
Justin Gatlin says this year’s American team for Worlds is the strongest he has seen. The controversial sprinter who has clocked 19.57 seconds in the 200m this season said “No other nation could match 12 men inside 10.00 seconds for 100m (admittedly some wind assisted), six inside 45 seconds for 400m, five long jumpers over 8.30m, nine women inside 11.00 seconds for 100m, and six 100m hurdlers inside 12.70 seconds.”

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Manzano the Magnificent

Leo Manzano, yet again found a way to make this year’s team which is in fact his seventh ever. He speaks below about the unpredictability of the USA track and field.

“The thing about the race is you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “You can be the best guy coming into those races, and then for some reason, something happens. I’ve seen guys who aren’t even ranked finish in the top three, especially at the world championships. When you make it to the final, just believe because anything can happen.”

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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