JTG 5-A-Day

Hurdles Heroes, Marathon Madness, Paralympic Controversy: Your JTG 5 A DAY

Personal Bests with Aries Merritt

The reigning Olympic Champion and the fastest man of all-time Aries Merritt speaks to IAAF where he tells them all about everything from the best piece of coaching advice“To just be patient because, as an athlete, success doesn’t come immediately” to the best song I’ve ever heard “I’m a really big Nicki Minaj fan and I really like Moment 4 Life”

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Forward Focus For Oliver Ahead Of World Title Defence

Cathal Dennehy, who is still alive in Columbia by the way, speaks to another great hurdler David Oliver about his season and his split from his coach. “Two years have passed since David Oliver became champion of the world in the 110m hurdles but as the American counts down to his title defense at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing next month, that race is now the last thing on his mind.

“I’m not a guy who lives in the rear-view mirror,” he says. “There’s a reason why, in your car, that windshield is bigger than your rear-view mirror. I just keep going forward, looking ahead and not spending too much time looking at the past.””

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Second National Title denied to Paralympic Jumper

Markus Rehm, who has a personal best of 8.29m jumped the longest at the German national championships recently when he jumped 8.11m. Rehm who has a prosthetic leg due to a teenage wake boarding accident won the title last year but was ineligible to compete this year.

“Last year they let me compete in the ranking, then there was a big discussion if I have to give the title back or not,” he added. “There was a long discussion with a few athletes as well and then they decided I would still be the champion of 2014 but it is not possible to be the champion for 2015, so I could compete but I could not win.

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Marathon Mondays:Six Marathons, Six Days, Six Grand raised.


Dave O Keeffe ran the Marathon Des Sables, a grueling six day 251 km ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert. An incredible tale of perseverance,stubbornness and a little touch of madness.Talking about one of his training runs he said “I went out for a 40 mile run one day which was probably the toughest day of training for me both physically and mentally, I did eight 5 mile loops so I knew exactly what was facing me for each lap I did 25 of these miles on my own and at the end there was no reward to speak of. There were no crowds, there were no medals it was just a personal achievement.”

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10 Thoughts From The World Youths, Part Two; Stormin Norman; Mixed Relay Master Stroke

Cathal Dennehy fills us in on all the best from World Youths, everything from multi discipline Americans, Appropriately aged athletes, the location of Cali and the genius of the mixed relays.

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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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