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The Human Race: Special Live 80th Anniversary Show

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 29 February 2012

Health Check launches the Human Race season with a live programme on the athlete's body with four-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington and GB sprinter James Ellington.

Claudia Hammond is joined by a variety of expert guests in the courtyard, including a doctor, physiologist and sports psychologist, who will be exploring just what makes an elite athlete so special.

(Image: Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the line on his way to winning the Men's 100m Final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Credit: ALLSPORT/Getty Images)

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    "I've never been involved with an outside broadcast quite as ambitious as this one," says Health Check presenter Claudia Hammond of the various treadmills and running races involved in their special programme from the Bush House tents.

    All the tests were designed to analyse what it is that makes athletes' bodies so special.



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