Athletics

Anonymous athlete: 'I was just 15 when I was first accused of doping'

The blanket ban on Russian athletes from competing globally was imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations last week in a bid to eradicate what the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Dick Pound called “state-sponsored doping”. It means that clean athletes have been denied a chance to compete on the world stage, with their chances of going to next year’s Olympics hanging in the balance. The Independent on Sunday’s Matt Majendie spoke to one “clean” Russian athlete, who has asked to remain anonymous...

Life will never be the same after London 2012 as Mo Farah joins

It was the morning after the night before. Or possibly the Knight before? Having put his rivals to the sword for a second Super Saturday in the home straight of the electric Olympic Stadium, the British runner who has joined the hallowed greats of distance running with his golden 5,000m-10,000m double was asked: "What would Sir Mo feel like?"

Mo Farah - the schoolboy who defied all odds to become a double

As 80,000 spectators prayed last night that Mo Farah could make history, one – Alan Watkinson – was certain. He had more reason to believe than most: the PE teacher has known Mo since he was 11, nurtured his nascent talent, and predicted: "I think the crowd will lift him. He's one of those guys that tends to defy things that seem impossible."