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It may not be the last fixture of the 2014 IAAF Combined Events Challenge, but the Decastar meeting in Talence on 20-21 September will be the last opportunity to score points for those in contention of finishing in the top three in the series.
On a dusty track occupied by armed soldiers and military hardware in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe just a matter of weeks after civil war broke out, Dilshod Nazarov weaved in and out of armoured tanks and personnel carriers.
Ten years on from the Athenian drama of the 2004 Olympic men’s 1500m final, Hicham El Guerrouj was still playing catch up.
Before embarking on a visit to a remote Moroccan mountain village early last Sunday for an IAAF / Nestlé Healthy Kids’ Athletics event, most of the guests – including several current and former champion athletes from Morocco and elsewhere – didn’t know exactly what to expect.