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Beth Dobbin: How an epileptic seizure almost claimed her life

Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton bring you episode 24 of SportSpiel.


In our first segment we discuss:

  • If Lizzie Deignan is right to say Chris Froome’s reputation has been tarnished (3:16)
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup kick-off, including Messi v Ronaldo, teams we are looking forward too and our hopes for England (11:41)

Our feature interview section on this episode is with record-breaking sprinter Beth Dobbin. (28:39)

After missing the Commonwealth Games by one hundredth of a second Beth has burst back onto the scene and broke the 34-year-old Scottish 200m record at the start of June.

The 23-year-old explains what breaking the record felt like but also opens up and expands on her battle to manage her epilepsy after a seizure as a teenager left her unable to walk and talk.

She describes how she manages her time working two jobs at Loughborough University and the influence of her dad, Jim, a former professional footballer.

Image credit: with thanks to Beth Dobbin and James Rhodes

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