Sport Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood in her previous comments condemning homosexuality

Pole vault champion's anti-homosexual quotes have put the country into the spotlight further that she will have thought

Out In Front: Dame Kelly joins board of TUI Education

Olympic double gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes is joining the board of TUI Education, a division of the FTSE 100 travel giant, TUI Travel, as a non-executive director.

Rudisha: A warrior with the world at his feet

Athlete of the year David Rudisha is not as well known as Bolt but he comes from a great lineage

Semenya joins the Diamond set

Caster Semenya will compete at the Diamond League meet in Oregon on 4 June as she begins her international build-up to defending her 800m world title. She is also hoping to run at the Bislett Games in Oslo five days later.

Semenya eases to double triumph

Caster Semenya powered to an impressive double at the South African championships yesterday, winning the 800 metres and 1,500 metres in the build-up to defending her 800m title at the World Championships.

My Secret Life: Kelly Holmes, athlete, 40

My parents were... My mum and my stepdad took me to my cross-country races all the time. They didn't really get involved, they weren't pushy parents, but they were happy to take me.

Semenya to run 1500m in London

World 800m champion Caster Semenya has said she plans to compete in the 1500m at next year's London Olympics. The 20-year-old South African began her season at the weekend by winning in the 800m at the first leg of the local Yellow Pages Series in Potchefstroom, South Africa in 2mins 04.12secs.

Sport on TV: Jonah has a whale of a time – shame about the rest of us

Chris Evans is no stranger to car crash television but Famous and Fearless (C4, Sunday to Friday) hasto go down as one of the slowest-motion wrecks of all time. The first episode was fully two hours long – 20 minutes tops would have sufficed – at the end of which Kelly Holmes performed a daredevil car-rolling stunt. She had just won a street luge contest despite being sent tumbling off the track halfway through. It was a case of the Dame meets the Dukes of Hazzard, and though she's no Daisy – more a shy, retiring violet – Evans was doing a fine impression of Boss Hogg, hogging the TV schedules for an entire week.

Rudisha and Vlasic named best-performing athletes of 2010

The Kenyan 800m runner David Rudisha and Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic have won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards. The 21-year-old Rudisha became the youngest athlete ever to win the award and succeeded Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt yesterday after breaking Wilson Kipketer's 13-year-old world record twice within eight days in August.

Back injury ends Semenya hopes of Games glory

South Africa's Olympic committee says Caster Semenya will miss the Commonwealth Games in India because of a back injury.

Farah joins list of Commonwealth absentees

For Mo farah, the man of the year in British athletics, the end of the road for the 2010 season has already arrived.

Semenya defeat down to 'bad day'

Caster Semenya's manager says the runner's surprisingly slow performance at a meet in Italy on Tuesday can be explained by fatigue and sickness.

Rudisha breaks 800m record again

Kenya's David Rudisha lowered the 800 metres world record to 1min 41.01sec in Rieti in Italy yesterday, just a week after first breaking the record.

Semenya's coach hits out as rival rails 'we are running against a man'

Caster Semenya "doesn't care" about the criticism aimed at her since she returned to athletics, according to her coach. The Canadian athlete Diane Cummins said on Sunday that running against Semenya was like "literally running against a man", but Michael Seme said the South African is unmoved.

Rudisha breaks 800m world record in Berlin

David Rudisha of Kenya broke the men's 800m world record yesterday by running 1min, 41.09sec, only minutes after Caster Semenya had returned to the Berlin Olympic Stadium to win the women's race over the same distance.

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