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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.

'Electrified' Dobriskey powers her way to final

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.

Great Britain is Bingham's finishing line

The US-based runner pledged his allegiance to Team GB with a 400m win at the weekend. Simon Turnbull hears how hopes of a home run in 2012 draw the athlete back to his roots

Richards' rapid win puts the heat on Ohuruogu

American sets best 400m time of the year in emphatic Golden League victory

Claxton fails to spark medal rush

Hurdler takes foot off the pedal to miss out on indoor bronze medal

Chambers revelations overshadow GB team

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.

Fraser gets back on track for Turin

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.

Fraser treads boards again after crushing curtain call

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?

Ohuruogu ready for Richards after bad day for the Brits

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.

Raised eyebrows over GB relay taunts

The men's relay team have defended their over zealous celebrations as they came first in the 4x400m relay heat.

A brother's tribute consoles US

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.

GB and US teams out of relay

Great Britain will not be able to defend their Olympic 4x100 metres relay title after being disqualified from tonight's semi-finals in Beijing.

Ohuruogu targets 'full set of medals'

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?

Dom Joly: Rain may stop the watersports, but we soldier on

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.

Tomorrow at the Games

Sprint rivals add spice to the feast of athletics

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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