This video is part of the Chasing Perfection: How do athletes become champions? collection.
This collection was specially produced as part of The Open University's co-production Chasing Perfection to unveil the progressive world of sport science and techniques used by 'serial champions' including Michael Johnson, Chris Hoy, AP McCoy and many more.
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