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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.

Athletics: Edwards foiled as Britain falls into bronze age

European Athletics Championships: Triple jumper loses crown as women's 800m champion dismisses Holmes' drug slur

Johnson's golden feats take the breath away again

Simon Turnbull says the Texan speed merchant can break even more records

Fox's 20th Century: 1995-2000: Michael Johnson

WHEN THE time came for Michael Johnson to put away the disappointment of the Barcelona Olympics, in which food poisoning ruined his hopes, there was not a more formidable sportsman in the world. In 1996 he arrived in Atlanta with a record of having won 55 successive finals over 400m, but he was much more than a one-lap wonder.

Athletics: Richardson ponders new career move to US

MARK RICHARDSON, Britain's leading 400m runner this year, is considering a move to the United States in an attempt to revive his career in time to win an Olympic medal at the Sydney Games next year.

Athletics: Awesome Johnson blasts to gold in world record time

MICHAEL JOHNSON, just as he has predicted, last night took more than a tenth of a second off the 11-year-old world 400 metres record as he retained his world title in a time of 43.18sec at the World Championships here.

Athletics: Merry will support Christie

KATHARINE MERRY said yesterday that she will stand by her coach, Linford Christie, even if he is found guilty on the doping charge he faces.

Athletics: Johnson injury opens door for Richardson

THE WORLD Championships plans of Michael Johnson were thrown into disarray in Stockholm last night as he pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring problem after 150 metres of his 400m race. As the American world and Olympic champion remained on the back straight, his team-mate, Jerome Young, secured victory in 44.65sec, ahead of Britain's Mark Richardson, who was testing his own niggling injury problem after pulling out of last weekend's British trials.
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