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Location American Athletics News for 26 Feb 2024

Johnson-Thompson up forErling Haaland, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Jude Bellingham are among the nominees at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
World Athletics long jumpA take-off zone, called an 'April Fool's joke' by Carl Lewis, is a bad idea. But we need more jeopardy. Why not make it a knockout? Even at 55 years' distance, Bob Beamon's gravity-defying leap at the... 1968 Olympics takes the breath away. I watched it again after World Athletics floated plans to scrap the long jump board in favour of a large "take-off zone" to eliminate fouls, and it remains six seconds of sporting perfection. Those 19 rhythmic strides down the runway, the board hit with millimetric precision. Then Beamon's long legs launching and fluttering high through the Mexico air, like a man pedalling furiously on an imaginary recumbent bicycle, before landing 8.90 metres away. The American didn't just break the world record that day. He shattered it by 55 centimetres. As Sports...
Pole vaulter Caudery targetsBritish pole vaulter Molly Caudery targets a medal at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow.