Since his blistering run of 9.91sec in the 100 metres semi-final at the UK Trials, James Dasaolu has become something of an invisible man in sprinting terms. After becoming only the fourth Briton to dip under that dream 10sec barrier, the hope – in fact, expectation – was that Dasaolu would back that up... and soon.
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Monday 15 March 2010
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Tuesday 09 March 2010
And then there were three. When the Great Britain team depart for Doha today, ahead of the World Indoor Championships, which open in the Qatari capital on Friday, one of their major hopes for gold will be left at home holding the baby. Phillips Idowu made the late decision yesterday to take paternity leave instead of defending the triple jump title he won in Valencia two years ago. Which leaves British hopes for global indoor gold pinned on the shoulders of Jessica Ennis, Jenny Meadows and Dwain Chambers.
Wednesday 24 February 2010
There was a time when Phillips Idowu was like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: you never knew what you were going to get when he set off down the triple jump runway. Now, having gained a level of consistency that has taken him to the top of the hop, step and jump game with World Championship titles indoors and out, the big Belgrave Harrier is becoming something like Churchill's vision of Russia: a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Twice last week Idowu declined to say whether he would be defending his world indoor crown in Doha next week. "If you see me in the world indoors, you'll see me in the world indoors," he said.
Sunday 14 February 2010
It is approaching eight years now since Dwain Chambers and Mark Lewis-Francis settled into their starting blocks for the great Saturday night sprint showdown at the Mancunian Commonwealth Games. The young speed merchants appeared to have the world at their feet: Chambers, at 24 already a World Championship bronze medallist and Lewis-Francis, the 19-year-old Billy Whizz Kid from West Bromwich who was threatening to break through the 10 seconds barrier for the 100m. So what happened next? The gun fired and the world started to crumble for the Great British likely lads.
Sunday 27 December 2009
2020 vision: Giggsy-wiggsy, football coming home, Arsène's pre-teen wonders... weren't they, wasn't it, hmmmm?
Sunday 27 December 2009
The decade got off to a miserable start. Remember the jubilation when England got an "easy" draw for the 2010 World Cup? That soon ended. England's campaign in South Africa got off to a nightmarish start when David Beckham, plainly disoriented by altitude sickness, came on with five minutes left against the USA and dispatched a free-kick into his own net. Then the squad had to head home early after the WAGs were imprisoned in Zimbabwe while on an ill-advised shopping trip to Bulawayo, having been arrested for disturbing the peace when they found nothing to buy in the shops. Only slightly more successful (more of which later) was England's hosting of the 2018 World Cup thanks to the last-minute intervention of Dame Susan Boyle.
Sunday 06 December 2009
If America had a Hall of Fame for sporting disgrace, Victor Conte would occupy its most prominent berth. For almost a decade, the San Francisco-based nutritionist supplied performance-enhancing drugs to some of the world's most notorious cheats, from the steroid-enhanced baseball slugger Barry Bonds to the Olympic athlete Marion Jones and the British sprinter Dwain Chambers.
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Friday 10 July 2009
The spotlight will fall on Britain's one and only Olympic track and field champion, Christine Ohuruogu, and on its lingering cause célèbre, Dwain Chambers, when the Aviva World Trials and UK Championships get under way in Birmingham this evening.
Thursday 09 July 2009
Saturday 13 June 2009
It is fair to say that the most rapidly rising star of British athletics has yet to truly make a name for himself. Nobody was quite sure what to call the man who was selected in the British squad yesterday for the 400m hurdles in the inaugural European Team Championships at Leiria in Portugal. Was it David, Dave or Dai Greene? "David's my name, but Dai's kind of my nickname in Wales," he said.
Thursday 11 June 2009
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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