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The most thrilling Athletics News from around the World. From the IAAF Diamond League to the Olympics. The most professional analysis of track and field events brought to you by Making Of Champions

Latest Episodes

GAW S2 EP 7: 2017 IAAF Diamond League winners emerge in Zurich and Brussels finals

Listen as we discuss the 2017 Diamond League Finals in Zurich and Brussels where 32 winners emerged in the series. We also talk about the recent historic decision by the IOC, simultaneously awarding the hosting rights of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles respectively.

36 MIN2017 SEP 20
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GAW S2 EP 7: 2017 IAAF Diamond League winners emerge in Zurich and Brussels finals

The ups and downs of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London - Usain Bolt and others.

It was a championship of upsets, and we would focus on the major upsets at the competition: Usain Bolt finishing 3rd in the 100m; Elaine Thompson not finishing on the podium; neither of Allyson Felix nor Shaunae Miller-Uibo winning the 400m; Mo Farah losing his 5000m title; Yulimar Rojas winning the Triple Jump ahead of Caterine Ibarguen; Ryan Crouser not finishing on the podium; Sally Pearson winning the 100m Hurdles ahead of Harrison; Kori Carter winning the women’s 400m Hurdles; Ramil Guliyev winning the 200m; Ambroise Bosse winning the men’s 800m; Trinidad and Tobago in the 4x400m; Great Britain in the men’s 4x100m, Emma Couburn in the women’s Steeplechase, etc. We alsowill on two sets of athletes; first of all, those who claimed their first world titles andthose who retained theirs We then discuss the Isaac Makwala debacle which marred the atmosphere of the championships for a few days. What really went down? Was the issue well handled? What about the conspiracy theories? Finally we focus on Usain Bolt and his legacy. What will we miss most about Bolt? Will the world ever see another Bolt? What's next for Usain Bolt/

28 MIN2017 AUG 17
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The ups and downs of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London - Usain Bolt and others.

NAW S2 EP6 - The woes of Team Nigeria's performance at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

We talk about Nigeria's performance at the London World Championships where for the second successive time we have failed to win a medal. How is it becoming normal that a country of Nigeria's prospects and population can't seem to win a medal at a global championships like this? It is also of bad note, the shoddy preparations of Team Nigeria, with athletes needing the intervention of IAAF before they could secure UK visas, and having to arrive just a day before their events. Even some got to London a day before the end of the championship. Did we not shoot ourselves on the foot? Fast forward to Doha 2019, do we think we can end the medal drought in Qatar, what do we need to do to be able to finish on the podium then? Now that the season has ended, do we think ensuring that the National Sports Festival happens this year will help Nigerian athletes get ready for 2018 season, considering that the Commonwealth Games will happen in April?

42 MIN2017 AUG 16
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NAW S2 EP6 - The woes of Team Nigeria's performance at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

GAW S2 EP5 - Review of Rabat, Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues. World U18 Championships analyzed

A few shocking and disappointing performances were recorded. Blessing Okagbare seems to have been picking up at the right time. Elaine Thompson put up a fierce performance against Marie Talou. Shaunae Miller put up a winning performance, while Caster Semenya really trailed. Nigel Amos also bouncing back at the right time. What are the potentials of Andre DeGrasse at the World Champs in the 200m. Conseslus Kipruto did not win his Steeplechase event. A new champion emerged. We also go back to the Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues that happened close to each other. We also go back to the World U18 in Kenya. Some impressive times were posted. South Africa is rising to dominance in track and field events, as this was evident in them topping the medal table.

43 MIN2017 JUL 22
Comments
GAW S2 EP5 - Review of Rabat, Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues. World U18 Championships analyzed

NAW S2 EP5 - 2017 National Championships, Nigeria's absence from Kenya and the Warri Grand Prix.

We talking about the National Championships which held at the National Stadium, Abuja. What were the highlight moments, who were those that made the headlines? We share our thoughts on Nigeria's absence from the World under 18 Later in the week the Warri Grand Prix takes place in Osoro.

40 MIN2017 JUL 19
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NAW S2 EP5 - 2017 National Championships, Nigeria's absence from Kenya and the Warri Grand Prix.

NAW S2 EP4: The National Junior Trials and ensuing Team Nigeria's absence in Algeria reviewed, National Senior Trials previewed and fresh AFN Elections announced

After the AFN election that saw a new president emerge, the Appeals Committee has come to nullify it and call for a new presidential election. We also review the first ever AFN/MOC National Youth and Junior Champs that was held at the Abuja National Stadium. We then talk about Nigeria being unable to present a team in Algeria, the first time it is happening in ten years, despite us being defending champions from two years ago. We also talk about the National Championships coming up from July 13th-15th. We dissect all the controversies from the list of invited athletes to the dates. Why isn't the likes of Seye Ogunlewe, Regina George and co not on the team? On the other hand we also talk about the inclusion of so many MoC athletes. 12 of them made the team this year as against just 2 who did last year

38 MIN2017 JUL 7
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NAW S2 EP4: The National Junior Trials and ensuing Team Nigeria's absence in Algeria reviewed, National Senior Trials previewed and fresh AFN Elections announced

GAW S2 EP4: The 2017 Paris Diamond League, US and Jamaican National Trials reviewed.

At the Paris Diamond League, Nijel Amos bounced back to winning ways. Are things shaping up for him before the World Champs? Some upsets happened in the Men's Javelin, 110m Hurdles, 3000m Steeplechase and women's 1500m. Do we think they happened by a stroke of luck, or does it signify that things could change ahead of the World Championships? Can the likes of Elaine Thompson, Sam Kendricks, Mutaz Barshim and Chris Taylor extend their unbeaten run to the World Championships? What about a Will Claye vs Taylor rivalry in the Triple Jump? And with Pichardo back, will things be any different? What is happening to Renaud Lavillenie who seems to have lost his confidence? We also saw Ramil Guliyev's surprise emergence in the 200m? We also review the US and Jamaican National Trials. Highlights from the US Trials include the fastest ever women's 400m Hurdles race which was won with 52.64s; Gatlin and Tori Bowie winning the 100m titles, Christian Coleman's emergence as the only male sprinter doing the 100m/200m in London, Noah Lyles pulling out of the 200m; the emergence of young sprinters on the US team like Deajah Stevens who won the women's 200m ahead of Tori Bowie, and Fred Kerly, World Leader in the 400m with 43.70s, winning the US title; With LaShawn Merritt and Allyson Felix pulling out of the 200m, youth seems to be upstaging experience in the US team. We will also talk about Ryan's Crouser's best Shot Put throw in the world in 14 years; From the Jamaican Trials, Elaine Thompson won the 100m with a new WL and has opted out of the 200m. What does this portend? Who is the likely women's 200m Champion in London? Yohan Blake won the sprint double. Can he make the podium twice in London? Seems Veronica Campbell-Brown's best days are over as she didn't compete due to injury. What can we say about her career?

42 MIN2017 JUL 6
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GAW S2 EP4: The 2017 Paris Diamond League, US and Jamaican National Trials reviewed.

NAW S2 EP3 AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet & Marseille reviewed and upcoming AFN elections

Leading off with last weekend's AFN/Dynamic Solutions meet. Making of Champions' Joy Udo Gabriel ran two PBs to qualify for the African Junior Championships later this month. Also, another MoC athlete - Glory Nyenke attained qualification as well. Samson Nathaniel and Yinka Ajayi also both qualified for the London World Championships. We also express our general outlook on the AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet which held in Abuja. We then talk about Blessing Okagbare who ran an SB last weekend in Marseille, and looks like she would be one of the leading athletes expected at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica this weekend. Margaret Bamgbose also hit qualification for London 2017 at this same meet. Peter Moreno has broken the Decathlon National Record set by Lee Okoroafor since 2003, setting a new one (subject to ratification). We conclude by talking about the AFN elections next week, are there clear front-runners now? Listen to discover a new board member that has emerged.

35 MIN2017 JUN 10
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NAW S2 EP3 AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet & Marseille reviewed and upcoming AFN elections

GAW S2 EP3 - Adidas Boost Boston Games, Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague reviewed and Rome DL previewed

We review the Adidas Boost Boston Games. - Wayde Van Niekerk won the 200m straight, while Shaunae Miller-Uibo raced to fastest time ever over the distance, a time of 21.76s, smashing Allyson Felix’s former mark of 22.55s. Both Felix and Van Niekerk are going for the 200/400 double in London. Can Miller pull off both successfully? - Tori Bowie won the 150m in 16.30s, also erasing Felix’s former mark of 16.33s. Where do we place Bowie in the scheme of things? Will Felix go for the double, since that was her target for Rio, and even if she does, can she stand the onslaught from the likes of Thompson, Bowie and Dafne Schippers in the 200m? Is it safe to say her best days are over? - Alonso Edward won the 150m in 15.09s, beating Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake. Can Blake successfully combine the sprint double, or should he just stick with the 100m in London? - Keston Bledman won the 100m in 10.21s, same time as Akani Simbine who was 2nd. Is the law of diminishing returns setting in for the South African? We review the Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague, Czechon Monday. -Antonio Alkana set an African and Meeting Record to win the 110 Hurdles, fifth fastest time in the world this year. Listen to find out his time. -Mosito Lehata won the 100m in a PB and NR, same time as Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu who was 2nd, while South African Thando Roto was 3rd. -Wenda Nel won the 400m Hurdles in an SB of 54.66s, 9th on the 2017 World list. South Africa seems to be producing a lot of stars in various events. What can other African nations learn from them? -Isaac Makwala placed 5th in the 400m. The race was won by Luka Janezic in an MR. Are the younger Botswanans sending Makwala into retirement? We preview the Rome Diamond Leagueon Thursday. -Women’s 100m: Dafne Schippers vs Ta Lou, Michelle-Lee Ahye & Tianna Bartoletta -Men’s 200m: Andre De Grasse vs Ameer Webb, Aaron Brown & Brendon Rodney -Men’s Javelin: Thomas Rohler vs Johannes Vetter, Julius Yego, Andreas Hofmann -Women’s Triple Jump: World Leader Yulimar Rojas vs Caterine Ibarguen & Olga Rypakova -Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Conseslus Kipruto vs Ezekiel Kemboi -Women’s 5000m: Genzebe Dibaba vs Hellen Obiri -110 Hurdles: Orlando Ortega vs Aries Merritt, David Oliver and Andrew Pozzi -Women’s 400m: Novlene Williams-Mills (50.54s) vs Botswana’s Lydia Jele who is the fastest in the field (50.32s), & Natasha Hastings (50.74s)

24 MIN2017 JUN 8
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GAW S2 EP3 - Adidas Boost Boston Games, Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague reviewed and Rome DL previewed

NAW S2 EP2 - New MoC sponsors announced, Okagbare in 2017, Lagos School Relays and the AFN elections

We announce three new sponsors for the Making Of Champions project. Listen to find out who they are. Blessing Okagbare competed at the Doha Diamond League and finished 6th in the women's 200m. What do we think about Okagbare, and how do we see her season panning out? In the absence of A-grade Nigerian athletes competing at the highest level, do we stand a chance at the World Championships in London? We come back home to talk about the Lagos State Secondary school relays held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Is this a good means to relaunch Nigeria's lost glory in the relays? We alsotalk about the AFN elections. It is a pity that these elections seem to have halted all Athletics programmes in the country.With the people who have come forward, what are our views with regards to who becomes the next president of the federation?

41 MIN2017 MAY 26
Comments
NAW S2 EP2 - New MoC sponsors announced, Okagbare in 2017, Lagos School Relays and the AFN elections

Latest Episodes

GAW S2 EP 7: 2017 IAAF Diamond League winners emerge in Zurich and Brussels finals

Listen as we discuss the 2017 Diamond League Finals in Zurich and Brussels where 32 winners emerged in the series. We also talk about the recent historic decision by the IOC, simultaneously awarding the hosting rights of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles respectively.

36 MIN2017 SEP 20
Comments
GAW S2 EP 7: 2017 IAAF Diamond League winners emerge in Zurich and Brussels finals

The ups and downs of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London - Usain Bolt and others.

It was a championship of upsets, and we would focus on the major upsets at the competition: Usain Bolt finishing 3rd in the 100m; Elaine Thompson not finishing on the podium; neither of Allyson Felix nor Shaunae Miller-Uibo winning the 400m; Mo Farah losing his 5000m title; Yulimar Rojas winning the Triple Jump ahead of Caterine Ibarguen; Ryan Crouser not finishing on the podium; Sally Pearson winning the 100m Hurdles ahead of Harrison; Kori Carter winning the women’s 400m Hurdles; Ramil Guliyev winning the 200m; Ambroise Bosse winning the men’s 800m; Trinidad and Tobago in the 4x400m; Great Britain in the men’s 4x100m, Emma Couburn in the women’s Steeplechase, etc. We alsowill on two sets of athletes; first of all, those who claimed their first world titles andthose who retained theirs We then discuss the Isaac Makwala debacle which marred the atmosphere of the championships for a few days. What really went down? Was the issue well handled? What about the conspiracy theories? Finally we focus on Usain Bolt and his legacy. What will we miss most about Bolt? Will the world ever see another Bolt? What's next for Usain Bolt/

28 MIN2017 AUG 17
Comments
The ups and downs of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London - Usain Bolt and others.

NAW S2 EP6 - The woes of Team Nigeria's performance at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

We talk about Nigeria's performance at the London World Championships where for the second successive time we have failed to win a medal. How is it becoming normal that a country of Nigeria's prospects and population can't seem to win a medal at a global championships like this? It is also of bad note, the shoddy preparations of Team Nigeria, with athletes needing the intervention of IAAF before they could secure UK visas, and having to arrive just a day before their events. Even some got to London a day before the end of the championship. Did we not shoot ourselves on the foot? Fast forward to Doha 2019, do we think we can end the medal drought in Qatar, what do we need to do to be able to finish on the podium then? Now that the season has ended, do we think ensuring that the National Sports Festival happens this year will help Nigerian athletes get ready for 2018 season, considering that the Commonwealth Games will happen in April?

42 MIN2017 AUG 16
Comments
NAW S2 EP6 - The woes of Team Nigeria's performance at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

GAW S2 EP5 - Review of Rabat, Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues. World U18 Championships analyzed

A few shocking and disappointing performances were recorded. Blessing Okagbare seems to have been picking up at the right time. Elaine Thompson put up a fierce performance against Marie Talou. Shaunae Miller put up a winning performance, while Caster Semenya really trailed. Nigel Amos also bouncing back at the right time. What are the potentials of Andre DeGrasse at the World Champs in the 200m. Conseslus Kipruto did not win his Steeplechase event. A new champion emerged. We also go back to the Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues that happened close to each other. We also go back to the World U18 in Kenya. Some impressive times were posted. South Africa is rising to dominance in track and field events, as this was evident in them topping the medal table.

43 MIN2017 JUL 22
Comments
GAW S2 EP5 - Review of Rabat, Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues. World U18 Championships analyzed

NAW S2 EP5 - 2017 National Championships, Nigeria's absence from Kenya and the Warri Grand Prix.

We talking about the National Championships which held at the National Stadium, Abuja. What were the highlight moments, who were those that made the headlines? We share our thoughts on Nigeria's absence from the World under 18 Later in the week the Warri Grand Prix takes place in Osoro.

40 MIN2017 JUL 19
Comments
NAW S2 EP5 - 2017 National Championships, Nigeria's absence from Kenya and the Warri Grand Prix.

NAW S2 EP4: The National Junior Trials and ensuing Team Nigeria's absence in Algeria reviewed, National Senior Trials previewed and fresh AFN Elections announced

After the AFN election that saw a new president emerge, the Appeals Committee has come to nullify it and call for a new presidential election. We also review the first ever AFN/MOC National Youth and Junior Champs that was held at the Abuja National Stadium. We then talk about Nigeria being unable to present a team in Algeria, the first time it is happening in ten years, despite us being defending champions from two years ago. We also talk about the National Championships coming up from July 13th-15th. We dissect all the controversies from the list of invited athletes to the dates. Why isn't the likes of Seye Ogunlewe, Regina George and co not on the team? On the other hand we also talk about the inclusion of so many MoC athletes. 12 of them made the team this year as against just 2 who did last year

38 MIN2017 JUL 7
Comments
NAW S2 EP4: The National Junior Trials and ensuing Team Nigeria's absence in Algeria reviewed, National Senior Trials previewed and fresh AFN Elections announced

GAW S2 EP4: The 2017 Paris Diamond League, US and Jamaican National Trials reviewed.

At the Paris Diamond League, Nijel Amos bounced back to winning ways. Are things shaping up for him before the World Champs? Some upsets happened in the Men's Javelin, 110m Hurdles, 3000m Steeplechase and women's 1500m. Do we think they happened by a stroke of luck, or does it signify that things could change ahead of the World Championships? Can the likes of Elaine Thompson, Sam Kendricks, Mutaz Barshim and Chris Taylor extend their unbeaten run to the World Championships? What about a Will Claye vs Taylor rivalry in the Triple Jump? And with Pichardo back, will things be any different? What is happening to Renaud Lavillenie who seems to have lost his confidence? We also saw Ramil Guliyev's surprise emergence in the 200m? We also review the US and Jamaican National Trials. Highlights from the US Trials include the fastest ever women's 400m Hurdles race which was won with 52.64s; Gatlin and Tori Bowie winning the 100m titles, Christian Coleman's emergence as the only male sprinter doing the 100m/200m in London, Noah Lyles pulling out of the 200m; the emergence of young sprinters on the US team like Deajah Stevens who won the women's 200m ahead of Tori Bowie, and Fred Kerly, World Leader in the 400m with 43.70s, winning the US title; With LaShawn Merritt and Allyson Felix pulling out of the 200m, youth seems to be upstaging experience in the US team. We will also talk about Ryan's Crouser's best Shot Put throw in the world in 14 years; From the Jamaican Trials, Elaine Thompson won the 100m with a new WL and has opted out of the 200m. What does this portend? Who is the likely women's 200m Champion in London? Yohan Blake won the sprint double. Can he make the podium twice in London? Seems Veronica Campbell-Brown's best days are over as she didn't compete due to injury. What can we say about her career?

42 MIN2017 JUL 6
Comments
GAW S2 EP4: The 2017 Paris Diamond League, US and Jamaican National Trials reviewed.

NAW S2 EP3 AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet & Marseille reviewed and upcoming AFN elections

Leading off with last weekend's AFN/Dynamic Solutions meet. Making of Champions' Joy Udo Gabriel ran two PBs to qualify for the African Junior Championships later this month. Also, another MoC athlete - Glory Nyenke attained qualification as well. Samson Nathaniel and Yinka Ajayi also both qualified for the London World Championships. We also express our general outlook on the AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet which held in Abuja. We then talk about Blessing Okagbare who ran an SB last weekend in Marseille, and looks like she would be one of the leading athletes expected at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica this weekend. Margaret Bamgbose also hit qualification for London 2017 at this same meet. Peter Moreno has broken the Decathlon National Record set by Lee Okoroafor since 2003, setting a new one (subject to ratification). We conclude by talking about the AFN elections next week, are there clear front-runners now? Listen to discover a new board member that has emerged.

35 MIN2017 JUN 10
Comments
NAW S2 EP3 AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet & Marseille reviewed and upcoming AFN elections

GAW S2 EP3 - Adidas Boost Boston Games, Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague reviewed and Rome DL previewed

We review the Adidas Boost Boston Games. - Wayde Van Niekerk won the 200m straight, while Shaunae Miller-Uibo raced to fastest time ever over the distance, a time of 21.76s, smashing Allyson Felix’s former mark of 22.55s. Both Felix and Van Niekerk are going for the 200/400 double in London. Can Miller pull off both successfully? - Tori Bowie won the 150m in 16.30s, also erasing Felix’s former mark of 16.33s. Where do we place Bowie in the scheme of things? Will Felix go for the double, since that was her target for Rio, and even if she does, can she stand the onslaught from the likes of Thompson, Bowie and Dafne Schippers in the 200m? Is it safe to say her best days are over? - Alonso Edward won the 150m in 15.09s, beating Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake. Can Blake successfully combine the sprint double, or should he just stick with the 100m in London? - Keston Bledman won the 100m in 10.21s, same time as Akani Simbine who was 2nd. Is the law of diminishing returns setting in for the South African? We review the Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague, Czechon Monday. -Antonio Alkana set an African and Meeting Record to win the 110 Hurdles, fifth fastest time in the world this year. Listen to find out his time. -Mosito Lehata won the 100m in a PB and NR, same time as Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu who was 2nd, while South African Thando Roto was 3rd. -Wenda Nel won the 400m Hurdles in an SB of 54.66s, 9th on the 2017 World list. South Africa seems to be producing a lot of stars in various events. What can other African nations learn from them? -Isaac Makwala placed 5th in the 400m. The race was won by Luka Janezic in an MR. Are the younger Botswanans sending Makwala into retirement? We preview the Rome Diamond Leagueon Thursday. -Women’s 100m: Dafne Schippers vs Ta Lou, Michelle-Lee Ahye & Tianna Bartoletta -Men’s 200m: Andre De Grasse vs Ameer Webb, Aaron Brown & Brendon Rodney -Men’s Javelin: Thomas Rohler vs Johannes Vetter, Julius Yego, Andreas Hofmann -Women’s Triple Jump: World Leader Yulimar Rojas vs Caterine Ibarguen & Olga Rypakova -Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Conseslus Kipruto vs Ezekiel Kemboi -Women’s 5000m: Genzebe Dibaba vs Hellen Obiri -110 Hurdles: Orlando Ortega vs Aries Merritt, David Oliver and Andrew Pozzi -Women’s 400m: Novlene Williams-Mills (50.54s) vs Botswana’s Lydia Jele who is the fastest in the field (50.32s), & Natasha Hastings (50.74s)

24 MIN2017 JUN 8
Comments
GAW S2 EP3 - Adidas Boost Boston Games, Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague reviewed and Rome DL previewed

NAW S2 EP2 - New MoC sponsors announced, Okagbare in 2017, Lagos School Relays and the AFN elections

We announce three new sponsors for the Making Of Champions project. Listen to find out who they are. Blessing Okagbare competed at the Doha Diamond League and finished 6th in the women's 200m. What do we think about Okagbare, and how do we see her season panning out? In the absence of A-grade Nigerian athletes competing at the highest level, do we stand a chance at the World Championships in London? We come back home to talk about the Lagos State Secondary school relays held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Is this a good means to relaunch Nigeria's lost glory in the relays? We alsotalk about the AFN elections. It is a pity that these elections seem to have halted all Athletics programmes in the country.With the people who have come forward, what are our views with regards to who becomes the next president of the federation?

41 MIN2017 MAY 26
Comments
NAW S2 EP2 - New MoC sponsors announced, Okagbare in 2017, Lagos School Relays and the AFN elections
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