Running Twin It to Win It


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Amelia and Imogen are competing for a medal in running at the National Dwarf Games, but they hate people watching them when they run. They need to work on their confidence.


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-I'm Imogen.

-And I'm Amelia.

-BOTH:

-And we're identical twins.

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And we're 11 years old.

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This summer we're taking on the challenge of competing

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at the National Dwarf Games.

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The Dwarf Games is where loads of people who have

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dwarfism or restricted growth come along and play sports.

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We don't just play.

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Even though we're best friends, we're also incredibly competitive.

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I'm the winner! And you're the loser.

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'So, how will we get on?'

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During the games we're taking part in lots of different sports,

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and today we're competing for a medal in running.

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Come back here, Amelia! That was rubbish.

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But we know we're going to have to put in a huge effort.

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Push, push, push, push, push! Oh, wow!

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And get help from the experts...

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You need to get your act together, come on, let's do it!

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Remember, we're going to be confident about this.

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..If we're going to go from wannabes to winners.

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'We're really nervous about running in front of the big

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'crowds at the Dwarf Games

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'so we've come to the quiet bit of the park for some practice.'

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Right.

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-Let's practise our running. I'll time you and you time me.

-OK!

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On your marks, get set, go!

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Hang on, that's not how you start. Come here.

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-Well, why don't you do it?

-OK.

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On your marks, get set, go!

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Come back here, Amelia. That was rubbish.

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I think we need some help.

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Yeah.

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-Our running is all over the place, especially when we start.

-Yeah.

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I hate it when people watch me run.

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I'm just not that confident.

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Yeah, me, too.

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This is the amazing Lee Valley Athletics Centre, where Olympic

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and Paralympic athletes come to train.

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Athletes like Christine Ohuruogu.

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-Wow! That was fast!

-Of course Christine's fast.

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She's ONLY got an Olympic gold medal for the 400 metres.

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She's GOT to be able to help.

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We would really like you to help us on our starts,

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and me and Imogen are not that keen on people watching us.

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I don't like people watching me, either.

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So we have something in common.

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I will show you how to start and

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hopefully you won't beat me in a race.

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-Ready?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Cool. Let's go.

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We're going to have one in this lane and Amelia in this lane

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and I just want to have a little look to see what you look like.

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Three, two, one, let's go!

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Oh, wow, OK.

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-Was that good?

-Yeah, it wasn't bad, but I can show you a few more tips.

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You have to decide which leg is your strongest leg.

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For me, my strongest leg is my right leg.

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This is the one that does all the work.

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And then, if I'm going to have my right leg in front,

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I need to have my left arm in front.

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So you can have momentum as you're running.

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You've got to bring your foot right to the line as well.

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As close to the line as you can but not touching.

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If you touch, it's disqualification.

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And what you're going to do, you're going to do a little lean.

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So instead of standing upright like this,

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we're going to stand like this and come down really low.

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That's beautiful, Amelia.

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I think we're going to have some good runners out of you two.

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I'm excited. On your marks,

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get set...

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Go! Push, push, push, push, push, push, push, push, push... Brilliant!

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Good job. You've got some turnover there, haven't you?

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Are you ready for the twins' cheeky question?

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SHE GASPS

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Am I ready? OK, go. I'm ready.

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-Have you ever fallen over in a race?

-No.

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I have seen people fall. And it's not funny.

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-I mean, it's funny now, but it's not funny.

-Yeah.

-Good luck in Rio.

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-Thank you.

-I hope you bring back the medal.

-I'll be trying my best!

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I feel so speedy now.

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Yeah, but I'm still worried about people watching me when I'm running.

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YOU need more confidence. Let's go and see Matt from Radio 1.

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Let's go!

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We're at the home of Radio 1 to meet Matt Edmondson.

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If we can ever find him!

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Matt is one of the biggest stars at Radio 1, so he must be really

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-confident to talk to millions of people on the radio.

-Hello, you two.

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How are you doing?

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-BOTH: Good, thank you.

-How can I help today?

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-Well, me and Imogen would like some help on confidence.

-Confidence.

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Because, when we run, we're not that confident.

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Now, obviously I'm not much of an athlete... Look at me!

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But I can probably help with the confidence stuff because when

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I first started at Radio 1, I did not know anything at all.

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But I kind of learnt on the job and I sort of had to

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-"fake it to make it". Have you heard that phrase before?

-Not really.

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It's basically when you go there and you just try your best at the

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thing until you become good at it.

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Girls, when it comes to confidence, a lot of it is about throwing

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yourself into the situation and coping with whatever comes at you.

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And I know you do that with sport,

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but how do you fancy doing it on the radio?

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I can put you on the radio in about 30 seconds,

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all you have to do is talk for a bit and then say, "Here's the Vamps."

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Matt, are you serious? We're going to be live on Radio 1?

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Absolutely serious, so you need to get your act together.

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-Come on, we're going to be confident about this.

-I feel really nervous.

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I don't know what to say.

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Well, you're going to have to work something out because we're

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going live in five, four, three, two, one!

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-Hi, we're Amelia and Imogen.

-And this is the Vamps.

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VAMPS PLAYS

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Perfect. Very good. Give me a high five.

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Very nice. Very nice work.

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-Was that really on the radio?

-Well... No, it wasn't.

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I just wanted you to feel what it would be like to be on the

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radio so that you had that moment of confidence as you went for it.

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You were really good, though.

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So next time you're back in, we will put you live on the radio.

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-How do you feel about that?

-Argh! Can't believe you tricked us!

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We'll get you back next time!

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That was sooo cheeky from Matt.

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But actually, it's really helped.

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-It's nice to know that everyone lacks confidence sometimes.

-Yeah.

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I'm going to be more confident now.

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I'm going to press the lift button very confidently.

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And I'm going to walk into the lift very confidently.

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Now, we're full of confidence.

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We're ready to take on the National Dwarf Games.

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The Dwarf Games is where loads of people who have dwarfism or

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restricted growth come along and play sports.

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I've got my running trainers.

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Hopefully I'm going to win a medal with these.

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I really like it because I get to meet friends and make new friends.

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I'm hoping to achieve loads of medals and hopefully come

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home with a couple of golds.

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And obviously, there's some things we just can't leave home without.

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It won't fit in!

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I think I'm the most competitive twin.

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I just really love to beat my sister, in a way.

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We've finally arrived at the games.

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And all of us here have been working hard to take home those medals.

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During our warm-up, we try to remember everything Christine

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-and Matt taught us about being confident.

-Are you ready to run?

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-I'm ready! What about you?

-Yeah!

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Let's go!

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It's our first event and our nerves are really on edge.

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STARTING PISTOL FIRES Oh!

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And there's just time for some

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last-minute advice from one of the coaches.

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Kids, what's the most important thing about this race?

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-Go!

-Go.

-Go on the gun. As soon as it goes bang, off you go. OK?

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No hesitating, no looking around. And go right to the finish.

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On the start line, I remembered everything Christine had showed me.

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-How to stand, and focus on the race.

-Good luck, girls.

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I felt quite nervous, but I did feel quite competitive.

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I felt as though... like I needed to win.

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On your marks...

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..set...

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STARTING PISTOL FIRES

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I started well. The problem was, I

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wasn't as fast as some other people.

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Come on, Amelia!

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I was just running as fast as I possibly could,

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and I was focusing on that finish line.

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I knew my sister was behind me.

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And when I crossed the line, I was exhausted.

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But have either of us done well enough to get a medal?

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The Under-11 60 metres...

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Oh, my gosh! Amelia got bronze!

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I was lost for words.

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I was so happy because I'd actually won that medal and I was ecstatic.

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When I crossed the finish line I felt kind of disappointed

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because I knew that I was one of the last ones, but just make the

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most of it and have fun and remember that there's always another chance.

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-CHANTS:

-I got a medal! I got a medal!

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-Yeah, but the next one's going to be for me!

-Sure?

-Yeah!

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Yes, Amelia! Next time, I'm going to win!

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Amelia and Imogen are competing for a medal in running at the National Dwarf Games, but they hate people watching them when they run. They need to work on their confidence and sprint starts if they are to be in with a chance of winning, so they meet Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu for running tips and BBC Radio 1's Matt Edmondson for some advice on being more confident... but can they help them win a medal?


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