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Richard Kilty is the World Indoor Champion (video) (rev 1)

March 10, 2014

Britain’s Richard Kilty sensationally became the world indoor 60 metres champion on Saturday night as he ran a personal best to stun the sprinting world.

The 24-year-old from Stockton, nicknamed the ‘Teesside Tornado’, considered quitting athletics 18 months ago after being overlooked for a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Kilty missed out again on an individual place at last summer’s outdoor World Championships. But how he seized the opportunity to prove the selectors wrong when it was finally granted to him.

Kilty said: ‘This proves the selectors got it wrong in 2012. They overlooked me. I was ill at the trials. Yes, I finished eighth and pulled my hamstring but I still ran the qualifying standard and I still think they should have taken me.

‘I’m not going to say it rubs it in their face – I’m over that now. But this proves I would have performed in 2012. In my first senior championships I’ve proved myself so hopefully they can’t overlook me no more.


Pos Athlete COUNTRY MARK Reaction Time
1 Richard Kilty GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. GBR 6.49 PB 0.120
2 Marvin Bracy UNITED STATES USA 6.51 0.138
3 Femi Ogunode QATAR QAT 6.52 0.160
4 Bingtian Su PR OF CHINA CHN 6.52 NIR 0.147
5 Gerald Phiri ZAMBIA ZAM 6.52 NIR 0.141
6 Dwain Chambers GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. GBR 6.53 0.139
7 Nesta Carter JAMAICA JAM 6.57 0.129
8 Kimmari Roach JAMAICA JAM 6.58 0.159


14 year old Jamaican Boy runs 48.72

March 26, 2014


Christopher Taylor 14 years old 48.72

Christopher Taylor 14 years old 48.72

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor broke the first record at the 2014 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Championships now underway at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Taylor ran a blistering 48.72 seconds in Heat 1 of the Class 3 boys 400m to erase the previous record of 49.13 held by Nathaniel Bann of Kingston College.

In an interview after the race, Taylor said he feels confident that he can cut his time down to 48 seconds. He also added that he is looking forward to running 21 seconds in the 200m.

Heats for the 200m will begin on Wednesday.


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Travon Bromell breaks World Junior Record 9.97

Jun 2, 2014

Bromell 9.97

Bromell 9.97

Eugene, Oregon

Trayvon Bromell has just broken the World Junior Record timing 9.97, he is the first junior to ever run a legit sub 10. Previous was 10.01 by Darrel Brown of Trinidad from 2001.

In one college season, Bromell has already established himself as the fastest man in the NCAA. The Baylor freshman ran to his first national title in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Bromell clocked a time of 9.97, his fastest ever wind-legal time and a world junior record. Dentarius Locke of Florida State was second at 10.02.

Before the meet ever started, Baylor coach Todd Harbour said, “If Trayvon gets a clean start, nobody will catch him.”

Those words turned out to be prophetic in the final. Bromell charged out to a strong start, then kept Locke at hip’s length over the last 40 meters.

“Going into the race, I was just thinking of mostly getting out of the blocks,” Bromell said. “I knew I had great competitors who had great block starts. I knew if I could get out before them I could hold them off, because I have a strong finish. That was basically my main goal, just get out the blocks and execute my race.”





Trayvon Bromell equals World Junior Record (video)

Trayvon Bromell equals World Junior Record

Trayvon Bromell equals World Junior Record

His 10.02 clocking in the heats on Friday whetted the appetite for something special, and in the 100m final on Saturday (29) at the Texas Relays, USA’s Trayvon Bromell did not disappoint, equalling the world junior record* of 10.01.

The 18-year-old Baylor University student has run faster before, having clocked 9.99 last year at altitude and with the significant assistance of a 4.0m/s tailwind. This made Bromell the first high schooler to break 10 seconds under any conditions.

But this time his world-leading 10.01 clocking was achieved with the perfectly legal wind reading of 1.5m/s.


Mark Lewis-Francis  Great Britain 4 August 2001 World Championships Canada Edmonton, Canada 18 years,334 days
(0.0 m/s)
Darrel Brown  Trinidad and Tobago 24 August 2003 World Championships France Saint-Denis, France 18 years,317 days [2]
(+1.6 m/s)
Jeffery Demps  United States 28 June 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials United States Eugene, United States 18 years,172 days [3] [1]
(+0.9 m/s)
Yoshihide Kiryu  Japan 29 April 2013 Mikio Oda Memorial Japan Hiroshima, Japan 17 years,135 days [4][5] [2]
(+1.5 m/s)
Trayvon Bromell  United States 29 March 2014 Texas Relays United States Austin, United States 18 years,262 days [6]

Gatlin 8th Fastest 200m of All Time in Monaco (Video)

Jul 19, 2014

Justin Gatlin clocks a world lead and new Personal best in the 200m of 19.68, his first time to run below 20 seconds. And crushes the field at Monaco.

Big Field in Brussels, Gatlin, Powell, Gay Diamond League Finals
Sep 4, 2014

Justin Gatlin wins the 100m at Hayward Field in May.

Justin Gatlin wins the 100m at Hayward Field in May.

2004 Olympic Champion Justin Gatlin leads a very strong field at the Diamond League Finals.

All the major players are there except for Bolt who has been injury ridden the whole season. Gatlin has plans to take on Bolt’s 9.76 Stadium record. Gatlin has had a magnificent season this year with the fastest times in the world at 9.80 and owns seven of the ten fastest times in the world this year.

Also in the race will be Former World Record Holder Asafa Powell, with fellow Jamaican’s Commonwealth Champion Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nesta Carter. James Dasolou the British Champion and American Record Holder Tyson Gay.

Gay has clocked 9.93 this season coming back off his doping ban. While Powell coming off a doping ban has clocked 9.87. Nesta Carter has ran 9.96, Cole also 9.96. Dasolu one of the slowest entries in the field as a honest 10.03.

Kim Collins runs 9.96 PB at 38 (video)

Jul 22, 2014



Gatlin came back an hour later to line up for the 200m dash starting in lane 7 on the 9 lane track. He was up on lane 8 at 30m, and then came past lane 9 at the 60m mark. Coming off the bend 3 strides in front and extending it to 4 strides in front of second placed Asian Champion Femi Ogunde of Qatar in 20.15, and 2008 Olympic Silver medalist Alonso Edward of Panama 20.26, French man Christopher Lemaitre was fourth in 20.30.

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(more reports from this meet to come)

Work, Rest and play for Nick Willis

Aug 2, 2014


Saw this article on Nick Willis. I saw Nick alot competing at high school meets as i was in the two nearby. Good to see him going well representing New Zealand.

09 JUN

Nick Willis, the 2008 Olympic 1500m silver medallist, is among the world’s best middle-distance runners.

The 31-year-old has been in the form of his life this year, setting PBs for the mile indoors (3:53.02) and out (3:49.83) and the 5000m (13:20.33), as well as breaking the New Zealand 3000m record with 7:36.91 at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Ostrava.

The US-based runner is expected to be part of the Asia-Pacific team at this year’s IAAF Continental Cup later this year. Here he offers a glimpse into his life by answering our work, rest and play questions.


What is your favourite training session?

Nick Willis: I prefer hill reps to training on the track. A favourite workout of mine is a 3 x nine minute loop I do close to my locality. The first 800m is flat, which I run at a tempo pace, and the last 1000m is uphill. I love that because I can go as hard as I like on the hill and reach a point of complete exhaustion, but then the next day you feel good again because I am not pounding my legs as to the same extent (as running on a flat track).

What is your least favourite session?

NW: I hate running 400s on the track. Mentally, running a full lap in training is really hard. Growing up in Lower Hutt (in New Zealand) it was always so windy we would always prefer to run 200m or 300m reps. Even a 600m rep is easier because in my mind I can split it into two 300m reps.

What are your three favourite things about being an athlete?

NW: I enjoy being my own boss, which allows me the flexibility to schedule my training around the rest of my life. Second, athletics has given me the opportunity to travel the world and see some amazing places. Coming from New Zealand you can get a little bit of island fever and I’ve been extremely blessed to see much of the world at someone else’s expense. My third favourite thing has been the opportunity to really experience getting 100 per cent out of myself as a runner. That is so difficult to achieve in many other facets of life.

Do you have an all-time favourite training venue?

NW: Wanaka in New Zealand. The trails are perfect. There are incredible views and there is also no running track.


Do you have a favourite place to relax?

NW: The golf course. As a runner, there are so many sporting activities I can’t do because they pose too great a risk of injury. Golf is my one outlet to test myself and be competitive without worrying about my performance as a runner.

Describe your perfect non-training day.

NW: I would have my son (Lachlan, born in July 2013) sleep in and I would sneak out and play a round of golf in about 90 minutes. If I have a cart, I can play golf pretty quickly. Then I’d return home and enjoy the rest of the day hanging out with family and friends.

If you could name one athlete in the world with whom to relax, who would it be?

NW: By brother, Steve (a now retired sub-four-minute miler). We can be competitive, hang out on the golf course, spend time with our families and then go fishing.

What is your all-time favourite movie?

NW: It is always a toss-up between The Empire Strikes Back or The Return of the King. I appreciate the darker side to The Empire Strikes Back compared to Star Wars, which adds a bit more tension to the movie.

Describe your perfect meal and drink with which to relax.

NW: Really good Italian pizza with sparkling water and a side of olives. I love Italian food.


When did your passion for basketball begin?

NW: The basketball card craze came to New Zealand when I was seven or eight years old. I think back then I was spending all my pocket money on basketball cards. It was around the time of the US “Dream Team” at the Barcelona Olympics. I think that is when the NBA really took off to a global audience. Back then the Chicago Bulls were at their peak and I remember playing basketball every day.

Do you ever play today?

NW: I don’t play competitively. I’ve had two knee surgeries, so making lateral movements is probably not the wisest choice. I do go out to the basketball court two or three times a week to shoot. One day last year I was quite unmotivated to go for a run so I went for a 60-minute run with my basketball and ran to many of the basketball courts around town (in Ann Arbor, Michigan). I did an Allen Iverson (the now retired former NBA player) because as I recall there is a video of him running through the streets of Philadelphia with a basketball.

Do you have an all-time favourite team?

NW: The Detroit Pistons, except they are having a tough time of it at the moment, so it is pretty hard to support them.

Are there any transferable skills between athletics and basketball?

NW: I remember playing basketball every lunchtime at high school and it was a fantastic complement to training. It was like I was training twice a day (one running sessions plus one basketball session) without realising it. Playing basketball really helped my agility and plyometric skills and helped my explosiveness – something that middle-distance runners sometimes lack.

Which track and field athlete would make the best basketball player?

NW: My guess is David Oliver. I have no idea whether he has the skills, but from what I’ve learned from my time living in America is that pretty much every kid knows the basics of basketball.  He’s also got the biggest shoulders in track and field. I’m sure he could get some rebounds.

Steve Landells for the IAAF


New Zealand 100m Record 20 years on

Aug 25, 2014

I found this article on my boyhood heroes when i was a young athlete competing in New Zealand. I ran against Gus Nketia at the Marley Games in 2000 and then against Chris Donaldson at New Zealand nationals in 2005 both times at Wanganui.



Author: Athletics NZ  /  Categories: News  /

Some 20 years ago this week the current New Zealand 100m record of 10.11 was set by Gus Nketia. Steve Landells reflects on the landmark by chatting to Gus and Kerry Hill, the coach who helped guide him to the achievement.

It was described by his coach as a “Beamonesque” moment and you can see why.

Ghanaian-born Kiwi Gus Nketia (pictured above with Chris Donaldson, New Zealand’s second fastest ever sprinter) had just slashed more than 0.20 from his 100m lifetime best to record a scintillating 10.11 in the first round heats of the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria.
The time represented a gargantuan advancement in the career of the quietly-spoken and modest sprinter. What his coach, Kerry Hill, believes was akin to the gravity-defying leap made by US long jumper Bob Beamon at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, who enhanced his personal best from 27ft to 29ft – completely bypassing 28ft – to set a world record mark which was to last 23 years.

“I was gobsmacked,” admits Kerry, of Gus’ dramatic new PB and national record. “I thought he might run low 10.2s or high 10.1s, but to run 10.11 was amazing. I just remember being in a large stadium (with a 30,000 capacity) and hearing the voice of (Sir) Graeme Avery (founder of the Millennium Institute) on the other side of the track calling out Gus’ name and shouting out ‘Oh, my God’ when he saw the time. I’ll never forget it.”

The next question was could Nketia, who was prone to bouts of painful sciatica, back up his stunning heat performance in subsequent rounds?

Now aged 43 and living in the Australian capital of Canberra with his wife and two sons, Gus answers with genuine surprise that his national 100m record remains untouched after 20 years.

“Has it been that long?” he replies. “Doesn’t time fly?”

Born in the city of Kumasi in Ghana in 1970 he first arrived in New Zealand to represent the land of his birth at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. Barely 19 at the time and boasting a respectable PB of10.59 he advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m at Mt Smart Stadium.

Yet he was so taken by the warmth of the people of New Zealand and the opportunities it presented he decided to stay. He was granted a visa and it was his good fortune he met up with Hill, the New Zealand head coach at those Auckland Games. The leading speed coach viewed Gus as a decent addition to his sprint group and he set about developing a raw but “determined” athlete.

Off the track life was tough. Gus carried out a number of menial jobs to survive and bounced around from one low income area to another. He often relied on Kerry for transport. Scratching out enough money to eat was a struggle.

Despite this he made gradual improvements on the track. In 1991 he landed the first of four successive national 100m titles and gradually chipped his PB down. During the 1993-4 domestic campaign his best was 10.43.

Kerry had also helped Gus secure an apprenticeship as a woodturner on Auckland’s North Shore, this brought greater financial security but working five-and-a-half days a week in manual job came at a cost.

“A lot of the time at work Gus would be slightly leaning forward land to work the lathe and this gave Gus some nasty sciatica down his back and legs,” explains Kerry. “Gus thought it was hamstrings but it was sciatica.”

In 1994 Kerry took up a position as head coach in Singapore, but rather than prove a bar to Gus’ preparations for the Commonwealth Games held in August that year it worked in his favour. For two months in the countdown to Victoria he lived and trained with Kerry in Singapore- a move which had multiple benefits.

Removed from the New Zealand winter he enjoyed an intense period of training in hot humid conditions, ideal for sprinting. Yet, critically, the greatest benefit to Gus’ training stint in South East Asia was being away from the daily grind of manual work allowed his sciatica to ease.

Arriving in Victoria, Gus was excited but realistic. His lifelong ambition had been to compete against the best and he faced the cream of the sprinting crop in Canada led by reigning World and Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie of England and Frankie Fredericks, the reigning world 200m champion, from Namibia.

He set himself the goal of a personal best, but his excitement quickly turned to nerves and he endured a difficult night’s sleep before his first round heat.

“I just couldn’t stop thinking about the race,” he says. “I woke up very nervous and I went to the warm up track where I remember Kerry saying to me ‘you are in good form, just go out and enjoy yourself.’ I then went to the call-up room and said ‘this is it’.”

In heat five of the first round of the 100m the adopted Kiwi blitzed to 10.11 – a performance which stunned many observers. Gus was immediately thrust into the mix as a potential medallist.

Yet for New Zealand’s fastest ever man the race had “felt just like any other” and as he explains: “It was only when the media told me after the race, ‘do you know you have run 10.11’ did I realise the time. The first thing that came to mind was for so long 10.1 and 10.0 seemed such a difficult time to achieve. When Linford (Christie) ran those times it seemed so fast, but now I was that fast.”

Yet Gus refused to be carried away on the emotion of the run. It was just one race, one heat and he adopted the mature attitude of taking the rest of the competition round by round.

Kerry also recalls urging caution.

“I thought (after he ran 10.11 in the heat) that this could be an amazing weekend, but could he repeat it or will the sciatica catch up with him? Every time he ran his legs got very sore,” he adds.

Later that day in round two he did back it up – cruising through to the semi-finals, which were to take place the next day, in a time of 10.13 for second.

That night the Auckland-based athlete went to bed knowing he faced the prospect of taking on the formidable Christie in his semi-final and again struggled to rest.

Sadly, his Commonwealth Games 100m quest was quickly to unravel. After two hard runs in the opening two rounds the sciatica returned. As soon as the Kiwi left the blocks in his semi-finals he felt intense pain in his legs, but this was not going to stop him in his dogged pursuit of a place in the final.

“I thought whatever happens I’m just going to finish the race,” he recalls.

Battling through the discomfort he stopped the clock in 10.19 to finish third and advance to the final. He had made the top eight but at what cost?

Receiving intense physio between the semi-finals and final – which was to take place a couple of hours later – the Kiwi was patched up and pitched into battle forth fourth time in two days.

Unable to even carry out any block starts in warm up he tried to shield his injury woes from the opposition by unstrapping the tape from his legs in the call up room.

But the final proved a race too far for his ailing body as he wound up eighth and last in 10.42 (which was later upgraded to seventh following a drugs suspension of a rival athlete) and Christie secured the gold.

The eventual outcome was hugely disappointing, but once the physical and mental pain receded, pride was the overwhelming emotion.

“I got what wanted from the Games- a PB – so to make the final was a bonus,” he adds “To take the New Zealand record was something I’m proud of. When I arrived in the country I was a 10.5 100m runner, so I was happy to take the national record to a respectable level.”

Hill echoed this view and adds: “This was a kid who was struggling to survive in life in terms of food and work and getting a trade behind him, so I was pretty chuffed Gus made the Commonwealth final.”

Aged 23 at the time, Gus never ran quicker than that first round in Victoria. On his return to New Zealand he went back full-time as a woodturner and with Kerry based in Singapore he moved on to work with number of other coaches with mixed results.

In 1995 he finished sixth in the 60m final at the World Indoor Championships in Barcelona – where Kerry acted as NZ team manager – and later that year matched the second quickest time in his career with a 10.13 performance in Germany before reaching the 100m semi-finals at the World Championships in Gothenburg.

At the Atlanta Olympics Gus made the quarter-finals, but injuries were to take their toll and he eventually retired from the sport in 2001.

He later worked as a printer for the New Zealand Herald in Auckland before three years ago moving across the Tasman to settle in the Australian capital city to carry out a similar role with the Canberra Times.

Yet there could be an interesting postscript to the Nketia sprinting story. Today he coaches his two sons, Edward, 13, and Gus Jnr, 11, with the older of the two siblings showing particular promise.

“Edward is quite good and for the first three years we have been here he has won the 100m and 200m and long jump in ACT for his age group,” adds Gus Snr.

The prospect of another sprinting Nketia is an exciting one – the only shame is that should Edward progress he could well be appearing in the green and gold of Australia rather than in the Black Singlet.

A singlet his father served with such distinction in a relatively brief but memorable international career.

Gatlin ends season Undefeated in Rieti (07.09.14) (videos)

Sep 8, 2014

Gatlin 18-0 in 2014.

Gatlin 18-0 in 2014.

American Sprinter Justin Gatlin ended the 2014 Season Undefeated. He won all 18 of his races this year. With the latest this weekend being the World Challenge series at the high altitude track at Rieti, Italy. He won the second heat in 9.83.

“My season ends now. I need to rest,”Gatlin said. “The crowd gave me a lot of energy.”

Two finals were held and former world record holder Asafa Powell won the first in 9.90.

Powell, who is returning from a doping ban, set a then world record of 9.74 seconds in Rieti in 2007.

100m A (0.7) 1 Asafa Powell (jam) 9.90; 2 Femi Ogunode (qat) 10.05; 3 Ryan Bailey (usa) 10.14; 4 Gil Roberts (usa) 10.22; 5 Serhiy Smelyk (ukr) 10.25; 6 Michael Tumi 10.26; 7 Massimiliano Ferraro 10.51;  7 Yazaldes Nascimento (por) 10.21; 8 Delmas Obou 10.43;

(RESULTS Compled by http://trackinsun.blogspot.com/)

100m B (0.7) 1 Justin Gatlin (usa) 9.83; 2 Nesta Carter (jam) 10.07; 3 Christophe Lemaitre (fra) 10.15; 4 Jacques Harvey (jam) 10.17; 5 Warren Fraser (bah) 10.18; 6 Rasheed Dwyer (jam) 10.21
(RESULTS Compiled by http://trackinsun.blogspot.com/)

Back and Forth Nigerian Athletes run for other countries, while American athletes brought into Nigeria (rev 1) NIGERIA recruiting American Athletes

Sep 30, 2014

In a bizzare twist, Nigeria is losing a lot of its best young athletes to Middle East Nations and European countries while Nigeria is now recruiting older American athletes to fill the void.


Ethiopian-born Alia Saeed Mohammed won gold for the United Arab Emirates in the women's 10,000m on the opening night of athletics ©AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopian-born Alia Saeed Mohammed won gold for the United Arab Emirates in the women’s 10,000m on the opening night of athletics ©AFP/Getty Images

Monday, 29 September 2014

By Paul Osborne at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) needs to do more work in order for countries and regions to stop “buying” athletes, claims the organisation’s honorary life vice-president Wei Jizhong.

The opening night of athletics competition on Saturday (September 27) saw three African-born athletes win gold medals on the track here at the Asian Games, causing concerns that nations were simply “buying” talentin order to win medals.First Alia Saeed Mohammed, originally from Ethiopia before changing allegiance to the United Arab Emirates in 2010, won a fiercely contested 10,000 metres race when she fought off Ding Changqin of China and Ayumi Hagiwara of Japan to win in a personal best 31min 51.86sec.This was followed by Moroccan-born Qatari Mohamed Al Garni claiming the men’s 5,000m title, fending off challenges from two Bahraini rivals.Bahrain had a foreign import of their own win gold in the final contest of the night, as Kenyan-born runner Ruth Jebet sealed gold in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.


16 year old Australian school boy runs 10.13 in 100m

Dec 8, 2014


Tasmanian schoolboy Jack Hale, 16, has taken gold in the All Schools Track and Field Championships in Adelaide with a time of 10.13 seconds for the under-18 100 metres sprint.

Due to a tail wind, it is believed that this faster time will not replace his previous record time of 10.42 seconds.

“I think the start was horrible but [I] came home strong,” Hale said.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever had someone to chase down which makes me really happy so obviously [it] pushed me to a lot quicker time.”

He was pushed all the way by New South Welshman Rohan Browning and third place-getter Trae Williams, from Queensland.

Hale, who earned the title of Australia’s fastest kid, broke his own national record in October by running 100 metres in 10.42 seconds – he shaved 0.02 seconds off his September record of 10.44 seconds.

That September time of 10.44 seconds smashed the national under-18 100 metres record. Hale also holds the Tasmanian men’s open 100 metres record.

Former sprint star Melinda Gainsford-Taylor said Hale had a bright future.

Gainsford-Taylor says the high standard points to renewed hope of producing world class sprinters in coming years.

“For a long time we’ve been waiting for you know, we sit there and go what’s happening with our sprinters and obviously we’ve got the talent there and you know, this is just really exciting for track and field,” she said.

Boys 100 Meter Under 18
    National: N 10.42  2014        Jack Hale, TAS                              
        Meet: M 10.51  2008        Jake Hammond, NSW                           
    Name                    Year Team                 Prelims     Finals  Wind Points
  1   919 Jack Hale           98 TAS                    10.73      10.13   3.4   8   
  2   319 Rohan Browning      97 NSW                    10.76      10.18   3.4   7   
  3   730 Trae Williams       97 QLD                    10.81      10.33   3.4   6   
  4   479 Jordan Shelley      98 NSW                    11.10      10.44   3.4 
  5  1057 Jackson Miller-Gag  98 VIC                    11.09      10.48   3.4   5   
  6  1174 Lachlan McDermott   98 WA                     11.05      10.60   3.4   4   
  7   392 Zach Holdsworth     97 NSW                    11.10      10.89   3.4 
 --   950 Russel Taib         98 TAS                    11.16         DQ   3.4  Rule: 162.7


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