The Great North Run has got underway in wet and windy conditions, with more than 50,000 people setting off from Newcastle this morning.
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Saturday 22 August 2009
It rained down cats-and-dogs-style on the Olympiastadion last night. It was so heavy the javelin throwers had to run for cover and the action was temporarily suspended on day seven of the World Championships. When it resumed, some 40 minutes later, it was no damp squib. Not for Lisa Dobriskey, at any rate.
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Thursday 05 March 2009
There was a bit of a stir at the security gate at Gatwick Airport yesterday as the best of Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers checked their hand luggage through the scanning machines en route to Turin and the European Indoor Championships, which open in the Oval Lingotto tomorrow morning. The security officers could not help stopping and staring and passing comment on the towering presence of one member of the team. For a few fleeting moments, Carl Myerscough, the 6ft 10in shot putter known as the Blackpool Tower, was the centre of attention. Dwain Chambers passed through alongside him virtually unnoticed.
Wednesday 25 February 2009
If all had gone to plan, Donna Fraser would have been putting those impossibly long legs of hers up in front of the television set at her south London home next weekend, watching the European Indoor Championships as a recently retired athlete. Instead, the 36-year-old veteran will be pulling on a Great Britain vest and cranking her spidery limbs into action in the Oval Lingotto in Turin.
Sunday 08 February 2009
It was fair to say that Donna Fraser was in something of a spin. "I'm just doing my washing," she said after returning from her Wednesday-night training. The question is, having already made her mark on this indoor track season, might the great survivor of British athletics be planning to complete yet another Olympic cycle?
Sunday 14 September 2008
Christine Ohuruogu and Sanya Richards line up at the World Athletics Final today for their first meeting since their thrilling 400m race at the Olympics, when Ohuruogu won gold and Richards, the favourite from the United States, had to settle for the bronze medal.
Friday 22 August 2008
The men's relay team have defended their over zealous celebrations as they came first in the 4x400m relay heat.
Thursday 21 August 2008
Before settling into his starting blocks for the Olympic 400m final in the Beijing National Stadium yesterday, LaShawn Merritt blew a kiss and pointed up towards the smog-free sky. He was about to honour the memory of his late brother, and also answer a prayer for American sprinting – if the 400m race qualifies as a sprint, that is.
Thursday 21 August 2008
Great Britain will not be able to defend their Olympic 4x100 metres relay title after being disqualified from tonight's semi-finals in Beijing.
Wednesday 20 August 2008
Having earned Commonwealth, world and now Olympic 400m gold medals at the age of 24, Christine Ohuruogu is faced with a large question: what does she do for an encore?
Sunday 17 August 2008
It was a very peculiar evening. I found myself on the roof terrace of a Chinese fish and chip shop in Old Beijing. I was there to do my regular bit for 5 Live, on the 'Drive' programme with Peter Allen. I'm there to supposedly add insightful and witty banter about the Olympic day – I do my best.... The place was in the most picturesque part of Beijing, among the old hutongs – narrow labyrinths of glorious hustle and bustle that are fast being swept away by the hungry architectural wave that is engulfing 'new' Beijing.
Saturday 16 August 2008
Thursday 14 August 2008
Just as the "Bird's Nest" Stadium stands at the heart of the Beijing Games, athletics stands at the heart of the Olympic programme – and Saturday's 100 metres final looks like being a track and field centrepiece to set the pulse racing.
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