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From SPIKES, powered by the IAAF, April 15, 2014: 
 
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ESCAPING THE SLUMP

Having won world and Olympic triple jump titles all before the age of 23, Christian Taylor's steady march to greatness faltered last year when he finished down in fourth at the Moscow 2013 World Championships. He tells SPIKES all about the "slump" - and why his wake-up call might just be the best thing for his career.  

Teddy Tamgho took the plaudits in Moscow for sealing world triple jump gold with that mighty 18.04m leap. Meanwhile, the deposed world champion left the arena a deflated fourth. Out of the medals, and some 0.84m down on the fabulous Frenchman, Christian Taylor had done something very rare, and lost a major competition.

A world youth triple jump champion in 2007, the Georgian-born athlete had almost nonchalantly collected ten All-American NCAA Division 1 titles, including three NCAA crowns. Two US titles followed, not to mention the world title in Daegu and Olympic gold in London.

In late 2012, Taylor moved from his Florida training base to the very different surroundings of Loughborough in the heart of England, following his coach, Rana Reider. Although he finished the 2013 season as the overall Diamond League winner, he couldn't quite produce the same fizz as the previous two years.

To read the Christian Taylor feature from SPIKES, powered by the IAAF, please go to:

http://spikes.iaaf.org/post/christian-taylor-on-escaping-2013-slump

(Editor's note: SPIKES has been doing some fantastic pieces on athletes, and the sport.)

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Leo Manzano, courtesy of HOKA ONE ONE

Here is the video press conference with Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano upon his signing with HOKA ONE ONE. Leo Manzano will be doing a piece for RunBlogRun on training for the mile for high school runners, watch for it! 


Tiki Gelana was the 2012 Olympic champion over the marathon in a brilliant race over the streets of London. Her 2013 run in London was marred with a fall and was hurt, but persevered, finishing 11th in 2:38:56. She was heartbroken.

This year, Tiki Gelana is back and she wants to run fast! 


Douglas Wakiihuri, the 1989 winner of the London Marathon, was the first Kenyan champion. He had won the 1987 World Championship marathon, and taken silver in the 1988 Olympic marathon (he took 36th in the 1992 Olympic marathon). 

Wakiihuri is interviewed here about his experiences and his thoughts about the sport. 


Priscah Jeptoo is the 2013 Virgin London marathon champion. Priscah has a goal this year, besides defending her title! Let her tell you what she wants to do this year! 


Ibrahim Jeilan is debuting on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Virgin Music London Marathon. The 2011 Daegu World Champion at the 10,000 meters and 2013 Moscow World Champs Silver Medalist had some thoughts about his debut over 26.2 miles. 

Jeilan spoke about how hard it is to run marathon and then go back to the 10,000. "Maybe we can get chance to win. I want to run under 2:06." 

Remember, Mr. Jeilan has run 27:02.81 for the 10,000 meters. 


Tsegaye Kebede, the 2013 Virgin London Marathon winner is back to defend. And, on his Wednesday press conference he showed more confidence that we have seen from the Ethiopian star before. " I will win." Enough said. 


Geoffrey Mutai has run the fastest marathon in any conditions, with his 2:03:02 in Boston in 2011. His pb is the 2:04:15 he ran when he won in BMW Berlin in 2012. His wins in 2011 and 2013 in New York show that Mutai is quite the talent. His recent win in NYC Half Marathon in March showed his fitness.

In this video, Geoffrey Mutai makes it quite clear he wants the course record at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon course. 


David Bedford re-invented the global marathon. His orchestration and consideration of the development of elite fields adds to the patina of the Virgin Money London Marathon race, period. And this year, 2014, may be the most competitive and media worthy fields that he has ever assembled, on both the men and women's sides.

Here, David Bedford, and his famous mustache, give you an view into his view of the 2014 marathon field. A wild, crazy ride it will be on Sunday, April 13, 2014. 


Mo Farah, who will debut in the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon, speaks about respecting the distance, breaking the British record. Mo Farah will be in the thick of it in Sunday's race. 


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