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tv   Michael Johnson  BBC News  August 6, 2017 10:30am-11:01am BST

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area of brain breezy. the main area of brain working away from northern ireland. turning increasingly wet across central and western scotland. the south—east keeping some sunshine. the main area of brain moves further south this evening and overnight, quite wet for the north west of england and wales. staying dry in the south and east. the main area of rain does not move too far too quickly during monday during the day, quite wet in the south west of england and wales. to be not of that sunny spells and some sharp showers. essentially dry in the southeastern corner. hello. this is bbc news with me, ben brown. the headlines: american sprinterjustin gatlin has defended his right to compete despite two drugs bans
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after being booed when he defeated usain bolt at the world athletics championships. president trump welcomes china and russia's backing for new un sanctions against north korea. the us ambassador said it was "the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation." a review into the cost of energy is dismissed as "cold comfort" by consumer groups who say households are already paying too much. lib dem leader sir vince cable criticises elderly brexit supporters for, in his words, "comprehensively shafting" young people in the uk. now on bbc news b talking a lot about the world athletics championships. four—time olympic champion michaeljohnson takes a look back now to london 2012. this summer, the greatest athletes
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on the planet will return to the scene of the 2012 olympics as they compete to be crowned world champions. london has been here before. and is well versed on how to rise to the occasion. five years have passed since london 2012. but the memory of those golden moments shines brightly still. it was britain's most successful olympics for more than a century. day after day of trial is almost blurring into one. above all others, one saturday would come to be remembered. jessica ennis won heptathlon gold. greg rutherford won gold in the long jump and mo farah won 10,000 metres gold, all in the space of 44 minutes. every games needs a home medal at its olympic stadium to give it life, a night to remember it by. this was that defining moment. the great wins ofjess, mo and greg made the super saturday the best night in british sport. since then, they have all faced challenges in their own unique way.
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challenges i've faced as a world—class athlete. staying on top, defending your title, and family life. in this programme, they will reflect on theirjourneys since that unforgettable night in the olympic stadium. and consider what the future holds as london prepares to welcome the world once again. five years have passed since super saturday. since then, jess, mo and greg have all followed their own unique paths as athletes. i am keen to see how my experiences in the sport compared to theirs. during my own career, i competed in three olympic games and five world championships. i dealt with the highs and lows that come with striving to stay at the top. greg rutherford, the long jump star of super saturday, trains to be the best in the world with the coach who led him to olympic glory. that means spending much of the year in arizona. i am keen to see how he and his family are getting on out there.
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greg, how are you? good to see you. i'm good. how are you? i'm good. this is not london. definitely. nice to meet you. pleasure. how long have you been coming here? 2013 was the first year. one of the best coaches in the world. why not stick with it? here we are. it has been good. we spent quite a lot of time here. last year, nearly six months leading into the olympics. this year, another couple of months. i will keep going as long as i keep going. we need greg to miss. if he gets in, we are going to get married. this sounds like a part i should not be involved with. i'm going to go over here. as a result of his incredible achievements on the track, mo farah has become a global star.
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the pursuit of this dominance means his training also takes on an international dimension. pyrenees 2000, gb training camp. for distance guys. one of the reasons we spend a lot of time here is because the elevation. good facilities. this is what people need in terms of high altitude. back in the days, the kenyans and ethiopians beating everyone. one of the reasons was because they spend so much time at high altitudes. when they come back to sea level, things are easier. i do average 120 miles per week. spending six months of the year away from my family, not being able to see my family, racing, training camps. it is difficult, but if you want to be a champion, stay on top, that is what it takes. eat, sleep, train — nothing more to it. forjessica ennis—hill, the best place to be has always been at home in sheffield
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in the north of england. herjourney since super saturday has been nothing short of eventful. this is sheffield, your hometown? yes. born here, studied here, did all my training here. when you were a kid growing up here, did you ever think that you would be olympic champion? no. when i started athletics, learning about championships and the olympics, i always had that dream of wanting to be there. standing on the podium. i never imagined that i would have had the journey that i have had. sat here in this position, chatting to you. with lots of gold medals and an olympic gold medal is unbelievable. going into 2012, you became the face of the games. talk about how that affected you in the year leading up to the games. the fact that it was in london, it brought a lot more pressure and expectation.
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i think for me the most important thing at that time was did not change anything — i stayed where i trained for the past however many years. the same coach, same family support. and team who had worked around me. that kept me really grounded, really sane in what i was doing. i do think, gosh, that was a hell of a lot of pressure. i thought, honestly, can this all come together and can i do this? jess' quest for heptathlon gold began on friday, 3rd of august. it will conclude with the 800m final underneath the spotlight of the packed olympic stadium. the stadium was incredible, the bars, fans, british flags. having an olympics in your hometown is once in a lifetime. as soon as you walk into the stadium, you get goose bumps. it was just like nothing i had ever experienced. everybody in there wanted you to do well.
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and was excited about the prospect of doing well. they had no idea who i was, theyjust saw a british jersey. that morning, i was about five o'clock. the night before, i could not switch off. i was telling myself there is so much more to do, i couldn't help thinking, i am so close. i remember waiting and nerves building. the way she controlled the pressure she had — everyone already hung a olympic gold—medal around her neck before she done it. we know how much can go wrong in athletics. she dealt with that pressure incredibly well. crossing the line was one of the most amazing moments of my career. when she crossed the line, arms aloft, the feeling of pride and felt for her for winning was massive. then, it has switched to myself and my thought process of, i want to feel what she just felt. i want to have the crowd going mad for me. because i have won. it ended up being the next jump was the longest
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of the competition for me. i went from the 3rd of august, nobody having any idea who i was, to the 4th of august, becoming olympic champion on a night which was truly spectacular for british sport. to be sandwiched betweenjess and mo is very special for me. going into the race, i knew if i could go with one lap to go in the position i was, i should hopefully do well. i normally start at the back and work my way through. as i was working my way through, getting louder and louder. and i was thinking, concentrate, and the last lap, the stadium was going nuts. i had the best seat in the house. watching mo farah standing under the olympic flame. he was cheering on the side of the track. go, mo. i remember him cheering for me. it is amazing.
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i saw rhianna coming on the track. i got emotional, lifted her. that moment was beautiful as a family. the 45 minutes withjess, greg and then me. it was incredible. after london, describe the change in your life. everything changed. you have people wanting you to appear at this, talk about it. on tv, do all these other things. people stop me on the street. if you look back to super saturday, jess, mo, all three of you guys, fantastic performances. did you ever look at them or reach out to one of them and say, how has it gone for you because i am having a hard time with this? no. for me, probably because i always saness and mo as superstars. i get on really well with both of them. lovely, lovely people. for me, i see myself as different. probably never quite them,
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if that make sense. they are two of the greatest in british history and i have never been able to put myself with them. the 2013 world championships offered greg the chance to prove that his london gold was more than just a one off. in moscow, he went out of the competition in the early stages. failing to qualify for the final. i made a very bad decision in 2013. i should not have gone to the world championships. i had a ruptured hamstring, could not run fast. could not jump far. i hoped and believed i could do something. possibly you had to prove people wrong. i ignored the fact that i was in no shape to do so. i wish i never did it. mo farah‘s london olympics did not end on super saturday. immediately after becoming the 10,000 champ, his attention turned to his pursuit of the 5000 metres gold. i wanted to come out
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and try to win the 5k. at that point, i was recovering from the 10k. resting up, getting ready. not get distracted. then i ran the heat three days later and felt tired. moving too much. i can't be doing what i am doing. i need to focus was at it, i thought, oh, i did it again. it was beautiful. a year on from super saturday, the 2013 world championships would be a opportunity for mo farah to continue his global domination on the track. if he could add to the world 10,000 meter and 5000 metres title to his olympic golds, it would be a historic double double. i had the hunger, the drive. great memories from london 2012. for me, i didn't want people to think it was a fluke. let's see what i can do. when you win championships,
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it gives you a boost, confidence. feel like you can do it. which sometimes gets difficult because most people know what you do, you have a target on your back. gives me confidence, a boost. ifeel like i have been in this situation before. i can take care of it. going into beijing, i was in great shape. i had won a lot of races. it was just about thinking, dealing with it the same as moscow. going into the heat in the 5000 metres, i slightly twitched my hamstring and nearly went down. i could feel it in the final. i had to smoothly stride it up and come away with two wins was pretty good. this is where it all goes down, used to go down? this is where i would come every day, pretty much, spending a lot of life here. so when reggie comes he is like mummy. you were competing at an early age?
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i was probably about this big. yes. i started when i was ten, a little older. these are some of the girls who train with toni now. hello. how is it going? it is good to see you. i have missed you. of course. how long did you guys work together? 18 years. do i have to call you dame? yes, please. thank you. toni minichiello has worked asjess' coach throughout her whole career. guiding her progress
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from promising schoolkids sprinted to multi event champion. jess is expecting her second child. herfirst, reggie, was born two years after super saturday. having won gold in london and facing the prospect of becoming a parent for the first time, many would have decided to call it a day. having a son, having to balance life more, how did that change your life? everything had changed. i had all those emotions of not wanting to leave my son and going back into training and not being at the same athlete i was before. i think in my mind i felt like i was going to step back in and it might take a few weeks to get back to where i was but i will still be the same athlete. actually, when i got back into training, i was tired, upset. it was one of the most challenging things i have ever done. but in my mind, you want to do it, you want to get back to full elite competition. why? why get back out there, you have a beautiful son? olympic champion? my huge motivator was reggie because, you know, iwanted him to be a part of that last unique journey i had been on for all those years.
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not many people get to experience. i want him to look back and see what i had achieved, and achieved it with him. the beijing world championships took place one year after the birth ofjess' son, reggie. no heptathlete had ever come back from childbirth to win a world championship title. i knew i was in a much better position than a few months ago but still knew i was not where i was a couple of years ago. her presence, the fact she made the decision and turned up, regardless of the shape she had been in, applies pressure to the other athletes because they are going, that isjess. she has turned up. ijust kept thinking, don't make any major mistakes. let the other girls make mistakes around you. just be solid, not amazing,
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spectacular, just solid. if i can keep doing that throughout the events, maybe i could be in with a chance of medalling and it became a gold medal. for it also come together and to win that was definitely one of my proudest moments. injury has denied greg rutherford a chance of the 2013 world championships. he recovered for the 2014 season and finished the year as european and commonwealth champion. he arrived in beijing in good form. winning two majors made me realise, yeah, you can still do it. my focus became, let us gets a world title. i thought it was my competition to lose, even though there were exceptional jumpers there. guys jumping bigger than me. i still believed on the day i would win it, and that i think is what got me through to do
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what i did. my motivation has always been winning. that stems from being a kid, often people told me it would never be me. never the good sports person. my entire athletic career has basically been belligerently winning to prove everybody else that's doubted that i do have the ability to do it. at the rio olympics, jess, mo and greg all once again compete together on the same night and britain could not help but hope for another super saturday. but from experience, i know how hard it is to retain an olympic title and perhaps toughest of all is being in perfect condition when it really counts. the unique challenges of the long jump meant that once again greg was unlucky with injury. he got a really bad landing in some bad sand. the pit had not managed well. an extreme whiplash injury.
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lost hearing. vertigo. against the clock, making progress, but we ran out of time. i had this moment where we were saying, what are you going to do? pull outjump, give it a go? i decided to go. things did not pan out in the final. it seems that everything went wrong. probably about two thirds of the way through my warm up. did one of my drills. all of a sudden felt the sharp pain in my groin again. in that moment, i realised my opportunity of winning was diminishing very quickly. just because i was in a position i had not experienced in a very long time. i had to muster every ounce of energy and is pretty much begged my body to let me have one more jump. i managed to somehow pull out 8.29 in round six i don't want to make any excuses for finishing third. the guys who beat me were better than me on the day. jess and her team hoped she could
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continue to build on her unexpected world championship gold. but with seven events to competing, defending her olympic title would depend on training as effectively as possible. that year was so up and down. i kept picking up achilles injuries to stop my left achilles, problems with that. weeks off training. and the other achilles would stud herding. despite her various setbacks, she found form just in time to travel to rio. the challenge ahead of her was significant. no british woman had ever retained an olympic track and field title. after 2015, i knew the year after the olympic year everyone raises the game. i was getting older, having injuries. there were young athletes coming through and performing well. you look at her rivals,
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accumulating points. jess last points in the shot and the long jump. knew it would be difficult. she ran her heart out. the smallest winning margin in modern heptathlon history, 35 or 36. people asked if i was disappointed, but there was just a feeling, i have got here through the year i have had and the challenges i have had. i knew that i had done what i set out to achieve in my career and i was happy, content. i was going to walk away and feel disappointed —— not going to walk away, thinking i wished i had pushed on longer. their careers remind us that it is no small thing to do this. it's demand everything
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you have to give. mo farah‘s ambition in the rio would be to defend an olympic double in gruelling long—distance events, which had only been achieved by one athlete in history. i felt tired. but four years of solid training, so no setbacks where i was missing one or two months. all pretty good. mo farah became the first ever british track and field athlete to win three olympic gold medals. his attention now turns to the 5000 metres. i don't think he thought anything different than, i will win the 10,000 pounds then the 5000. only ever one result. five years after super saturday,
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the greatest night of british athletics, the best athletes in the world will return to london. i had a very major competition, as an athlete you want to feel prepared, ready to compete. with just a few weeks to go before the championships start, greg is faced with one of the toughest decisions of his career. i have not had a season with these kind of injuries since 2007. i tore two ligaments in my left ankle. at that point, i realised my world championships where over. forjess, a new challenge. being a spectator. it will be completely different from you. not only not there as an athlete performing, there as a heavily pregnant spectator. my life could not be more different. i am really looking forward to it.
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no post i come. london is where it happened, where my life change. when my children were born. i need to do london. i wanted more than any other year and i am excited to be able to complete one must them and hang my spikes up afterwards. the journeys thatjess, mo farah and greg have been on since that unforgettable night in london tell the truth about what it takes to be the best in the world. this london, london 2017, will offer another opportunity for us to appreciate the world's greatest athletes and, in the knowledge that the journey to get there is never straightforward. london, here we come. for more on london 2017, go to the bbc website. bit of a mixed bag this weekend.
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this weather system is moving in from the atlantic, bringing breeds and cloud and some rain. it has been a wet start to the day in northern ireland, windy as well. it is on the move, crossing the irish sea and heading into central parts of scotland and the western side of wales. there will be some improvement this afternoon as the more persistent rain pushes across scotland. not too much rain gets east of the pennines, but it will be wet in cumbria and in the western side of wales. not much rain gets into the south—west of england, but it will be quite cloudy and after a bright start further east, more clouds, but staying fine and dry. temperatures in the lower 20s. it looks good at wembley this afternoon for arsenal and chelsea in the community shield. similar temperatures down towards the london stadium.
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again, a pretty decent day, staying dry with patchy cloud. this evening and overnight, we have rain across the north of england. some will get towards the eastern side and it is what overnight across the north—west of england and wales. north of that, a scattering of showers to the north and east. monday, this weather front is not moving too far too quickly, so it will be a dull and damp start from northern england. for the south—west the rain will be there all day. the far south—east corner should be mainly dry. 22 degrees again with the top temperature in the london area. and then thought much of the coming week it is looking unsettled. low pressure to the east of the uk. weather fronts will bring rain.
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a squeeze on the isobars on tuesday into wednesday with some northerly winds. also some heavy rain and showers. over the next few days, changeable weather. this is bbc news. the headlines: commentator: gatlin wins it! american sprinterjustin gatlin says athletics can be proud of him as world champion, the two—time drugs cheat was booed by crowds after beating usain bolt. i've done so much for the communities at home. i want them to know mistakes can happen. but you can come back and work hard for them. and you know you can be accepted back to your sport. president trump welcomes china and russia's backing for new un sanctions against north korea. a review into the cost of energy is dismissed as "cold comfort" by consumer groups, who say households are already paying too much.
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an exciting line—up on day 3 of the world athletics championships in london. commentator:
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