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The Great North Run has got underway in wet and windy conditions, with more than 50,000 people setting off from Newcastle this morning.

Greene seeks to put down marker for Olympics by beating Jackson

The European 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene believes this weekend's Diamond League meeting at Birmingham will act as a "dress rehearsal" for the Olympics in London.

Felix is forced to fight for 400m win

The American Allyson Felix was made to fight all the way before winning the 400 metres in last night's first Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha.

Radcliffe ready for dry run on Olympic course

Paula Radcliffe will be racing on the streets of London next month, testing out much of the marathon course on which her Olympic destiny will be decided on Sunday 5 August 2012. Radcliffe, holder of the women's marathon world record, is to join Mo Farah, Britain's European 5,000m and 10,000m champion, in the elite field for the London 10,000m road race on 30 May.

Britain gain another 'overseas' athlete

As Kelly Sotherton prepares for her first test as a specialist 400m runner at this weekend's Aviva UK Championships in Sheffield, the former Commonwealth heptathlon champion faces the prospect of competition for a berth on the Olympic 4x400m relay team from the latest overseas athlete to change allegiances to Britain in the run-up to London 2012.

I can take criticism, says Lewis-Francis

Mark Lewis-Francis might have stopped short of applying for membership of the Michael Johnson Fan Club but yesterday he ventured almost as far as thanking the former sprinter for criticising his celebrations after his surprise 100m silver at the European Championships.

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Jackson's turn of pace denies Greene perfect return home

Britain's European 400m gold medallist has to settle for third place despite putting in a fighting finish

Battler from Bow is clearing all obstacles

Perri Shakes-Drayton aims to continue her rapid progress at Crystal Palace with 2012 the long-term goal

The 'other Rooney' is a hot prospect for Barcelona

Sprinter aims to grab back one of Britain's sporting crown jewels, the 400m, at European showpiece

Trying to keep up with Lord of the rings who is always on the run

Seb Coe spreads the word to the shires and asks communities to pick up the Olympic baton. Alan Hubbard joins him on a whistle-stop tour

Merritt apologises for 'foolish mistake'

Lashawn Merritt is not the first American sprinter to claim to be the victim of what might be termed a cock-up on the doping front.

Money doesn't matter insists Bullard

Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard has told fans he is driven by pride and not pound signs following recent criticism of his displays.

Swimming: Adlington in form to eclipse her 2012 rivals

The Olympic champion can win the British 400m freestyle title today. She tells Nick Harris how she hopes to stay ahead of two very close competitors

Ennis will be a titan at 2012, says Freeman

Britons must shut out all distractions, says Australian champion at Sydney Games

British relay team win gold – 13 years after event

Five months after Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu struck gold in Berlin, British athletics was celebrating another world championship success yesterday. Unlike the heptathlon victory of Ennis and the triple jump triumph of Idowu at the 2009 World Championships in the German capital, it came with a bittersweet aftertaste.

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