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

Dobriskey breaks new ground

Last Sunday in Berlin it was a silver medal lining for Lisa Dobriskey. Last night in Zurich it was the race of the Kentish woman's life. Well, the fastest 1,500m of her life. Just as in the World Championship final in the Olympiastadion five days previously, Dobriskey crossed the line third at the end of the metric mile in the Weltklasse meeting at the Letzigrund Stadion.

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Family hit back over Semenya 'gender verification'

After watching their daughter take the gold medal for South Africa in the World Championships 800 metres, Caster Semenya’s family should have spent today basking in the reflected glory of their offspring.

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The gender controversy surrounding South Africa's teenage 800 metres word champion Caster Semenya has been humiliating for her, the country's athletics chief said today.

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The athlete: Lisa Dobriskey

For Lisa Dobriskey the Beijing Olympics might have been one of those breaking points which so regularly invite a young athlete to step back from the challenge that has consumed so much of their lives. She had had the opportunity to reach out for the kind of achievement that made Kelly Holmes a Dame and Rebecca Adlington the instant darling of the British sports public.

Jelimo is one in a million

Kenyan teenage sensation scoops $1m jackpot after Vlasic hits trouble in the high jump

Yelena's solo performance scales new heights

Yelena Isinbayeva, never exactly shy of the spotlight, lived out a dream of an experience here today - first retaining her Olympic pole vault title and then, as the only athlete left operating inside a full, steamy Bird's Nest stadium, improving her own world record to 5.05 metres. No wonder she recalled her gymnastic past by performing a crowd-pleasing backflip on the landing mat.

Star of pool is all-time great

Arise Dame Rebecca Adlington. The cry is sure to come soon, and loud, from the British public, as the bookmakers already make the East Midlands teen-ager favourite for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Baddeley is a chip off the old block

Four years after being fitted with a diagnostic device for a heart flutter, middle-distance man looks to follow in the footsteps of legends

Dame Kelly Holmes: Heart of gold

After her triumphs of Olympics past, Dame Kelly Holmes is helping a new generation of athletes reach the top, she tells Mike Rowbottom

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Pamela Jelimo stunned Europe on her debut last weekend but Kenyans have snatched her back. By Simon Turnbull

Forgotten woman Mersh ready to hit the high notes again

There were no fanfares when Jo Mersh packed her bags and left her Birmingham home on Wednesday to spend three weeks in Switzerland preparing for her summer challenge for Olympic selection. "People have sort of written me off," she said. "I'm sort of forgotten."

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