Greg Rutherford is the best long jumper of his generation. He is also the current World Outdoor Champion, Olympic Champion, European Champion and Commonwealth Champion. In cool and windy conditions on May 20, Greg won the Long Jump with a leap of 8.20 meters in Manchester for the CityGames 2016. This was only a week after a windy 8.36m and a legal 8.24m jump.

Greg Rutherford gets it. To be part of the elite of athletics, to make a living from the sport, one must work with the media to help promote it. This is one of the enjoyable and relaxed interviews it has ever been my pleasure to complete.

Greg Rutherford is the Rodney Dangerfield of the long jump. He does not get the respect that he deserves from some competitors. Truth is, day in, day out, Greg Rutherford knows how to compete in the big ones. He credits much to his coach, Dan Pfaff, who keeps him on a very even keel.

We look forward to seeing Greg Rutherford in Rio this summer.

This is Phoebe Wright's fourth blog for us. She calls it commit or cower, but I feel it is the Moment of Phoebe, where her fear and her ability to overcome said fear co-exist.

Tell us what you think of the column!

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For several years now, the early June meeting of the Adrian Martinez meeting is a fixture on my schedule. It is a celebration of fast and not so fast, it is a time where, like the good old days, you found a track, got some people together and ran some races. It is classic New England early summer meets a neighborhood sports day. And it is, a legacy, to a wonderful young man taken away too soon.

Here is the release on the June 2, 2016 meeting. See you there.

This is a podcast of Conversations with Larry, on the successes of the Great City Games in Manchester, on May 20, 2016. The track gods kept the rain off the track until just after Kim Collins won the 100 meters in the Great City Games 100m, over Trayvon Bromell and Richard Kilty. Here are my thoughts on the importance of the events and why events such as City Games, which bring athletics to the people, are so important in our current age.
We spoke to Juliet Bottorf at the adidas BOOST Meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany on May 12. Juliet was coming off a year of challenging injuries and was running her first race in some time. The distance was the 10,000 meters. Juliet runs for Terance Mahon and the Boston Athletic Association High Performance Group. A fine runner, Juliet has been facing the challenges that many runners face coming back from injuries: getting back on the track and allowing oneself to race.

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LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR, May 22): Olympic winner Jessica Ennis-Hill sounded a positive note about her fitness as she began the build-up to the defence of her Olympic title in Rio with a low-key performance
in the javelin in Loughborough with 41.69. CJ Ujah beat Great Britain team-mate James Dasaolu to win the 100 m A race in 10.07, inside the Olympic qualifying time with Dasaolu 10.14. Andrew Pozzi, in only his second outdoor race since 2012 because of awful injury problems, clocked a new PB of 13.32 to win the 110 m hurdles. In a windy 200m, Ojie Edoburun ran an impressive 20.50 with junior Cameron Tindle 4th with a PB of 20.75 inside the World Juniors standard. In a competitive 100m Rechmial Miller, the IAAF World Youth bronze medalist, took 4th in 10.34 in a race won by Harry Aikines Aryeetey in 10.29. In the hammer Jake Norris threw 78.54 a new PB (5 kg). In senior 4x100 m Britain clocked 38.64 to win with Dasaolu, Aikines-Aryeetey, Kilty and Ujah.

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Georganne Moline, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Gwenn Berry (with indoor weight), photo by PhotoRun.net

Moline 53.97 WL, Berry 76.31 NR
TUCSON (USA, May 21): Georganne Moline opened in high style at 400 m hurdles during Elite Classic meet, her 53.97 is new world lead. Second Dalilah Muhammad 54.64 and third Canadian Sage Watson 54.82 PB. In women hammer new US record Gwen Berry 76.31, second best in the World behind Anita Wlodarczyk. Also good shot put won by Jordan Clarke 21.11 over Darrell Hill 20.94 PB with Reese Hoffa third 20.83 and Ryan Whiting fourth 20.11. Tavis Bailey topped discus 64.94 ahead of Nate Moses 64.26 and Cyrus Hostetler javelin 83.83 ahead of Benjamin Woodruff 80.86 (for all four life-time bests).

This is the podcast version of my Conversations with Larry: Thoughts on the adidas BOOST Herzo. The event in Herzogenarauch, Germany, the headquarters of adidas Global debuted on May 13-14, 2016. Three World leaders, with 10,000 meters for men and women, plus 5000 meters for women, were excellent events that drew in most of the fans in the crowd. Capturing the interest of the kids and adults is a big challenge, and the meet did it. The brainchild of Mike McMannus and Spencer Nel, this meet should go on each year forever. A wonderful experience for this writer, and a reaffirmation of adidas place in athletics history for adidas staff.

This interview took place on May 19, 2016. I was seated at the table with Lucy Hatton and Tiffany Porter, along with fellow journo Stuart Weir. The interview quickly went from the 100 meter hurdles being the toughest event, weekly race by weekly race on the entire women's athletic program, due to the fact that hurdlers never hide from the competition.

Lucy Hatton and Tiffany Porter are hurdlers and athletes with approaches that work for them. Both love their events and are proud of their athleticism and the message they are givng young women. Take a few moments to listen to this one. Lucy Hatton talks about women being fierce competitors-one of my favorite comments ever by an athlete!

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LONDON (GBR, May 21): Jessica Andrews created a huge surprise by winning the Olympic 10,000m Trials held in Highgate in North London last night. The 23-year-old lowered her lifetime best from 33:21.53 to 31:58.0 to secure qualification for the Olympics. Andrews defeated former world 10,000m champion Linet Masai (32:02.5) and Beth Potter (32:05.4) who also secured qualification for Rio. European champion Jo Pavey has been suffering from a chest infection and dropped back to tenth in 33:22.8. She will turn her attention to securing the qualifying time for the 5000m. Ross Millington won the men's race in 28:28.2 ahead of Spain's Juan Antonio Perez (28:30.1) and Dewi Griffiths (28:34.4) with pre-race favourite Andy Vernon fourth in 28:48.8.

To learn more, read Sean Ingle's fine article in the GuardianUK: Fantastic ieces by Sean Ingle from #GuardianUK!https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/may/22/hampstead-heath-athletics-british-10000m-trials

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