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

Holmes prepares to enter a rarefied realm

Just over three weeks ago, Kelly Holmes arrived in the mixed zone at the Zurich Weltklasse meeting after finishing second in the 1500 metres, her final race before the Olympics. She was troubled.

Holmes keeps energy reserves on ice for final

Kelly Holmes will discover tomorrow if running the 800 metres here has taken the edge off her chances in the 1500m final. Judging by the way she reached that final last night, it doesn't look like it.

Gold seals Kelly's split with partner

Kelly Holmes woke up yesterday - if she slept at all - the country's new heroine, all of us still high on her fantastic gold medal run, the British team in Athens given a huge lift by her performance. Maria Mutola, her great rival and one-time training partner, certainly won't be feeling the same, having finished fourth in the 800 metres in which Holmes won gold on Monday.

Holmes regains focus to take first steps to historic double

Kelly Holmes, still coming to terms with becoming 800 metres champion, took the first step towards securing a historic Olympic double here last night as she progressed to tomorrow's 1500m semi-final.

Holmes double?up gamble pays off

After all the heartbreak, Holmes finds the power for golden glory

'I've dreamed of this all my career, and I didn't think it was going to come'

Athletics: Ceplak rushes to season's best

Jolanda Ceplak announced her Olympic ambitions at the Rome Golden Gala meeting last night by setting the world's fastest time this year for 800 metres. Slovenia's 2002 European champion hit the front on the back straight and held off a late challenge by Russia's Svetlana Cherkasova to cross the line in 1min 57.68sec.

Athletics: Holmes falls to earth and the tears flow

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