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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Wednesday 10 June 2009
Tasha Danvers, the Olympic 400 metres hurdles bronze medallist, will be at the helm of one of eight city teams tonight as British athletics launches its Super8 project – an 11-event, inter-city contest packed into a two-hour programme.
Monday 08 June 2009
James Dasaolu is not the first British sprinter to break 10.10 seconds for the 100m. In fact, the Croydon Harrier became the tenth to do so when he sped to victory in 10.09sec in the EAP Swiss Meeting in Geneva on Saturday. Still, in breaking through to ground classed as world-class territory in the sprinting game, the 21-year-old has become the first Briton to get there without a background as a prodigy in the schoolboy or junior ranks. He has also run faster than Allan Wells, the Olympic 100m champion of 1980, ever managed – his best time was 10.11sec, which is still a Scottish record.
Saturday 30 May 2009
Dwain Chambers will open his European season earlier than expected when he competes at the Papaflessia international meeting in Kalamata, Greece, today.
Wednesday 18 March 2009
A delightful game of one-upmanship has broken out in the political blogosphere, following a tongue-in-cheek stunt by two of the Labour Party's most-visited websites.
Wednesday 11 March 2009
Another day; another significant twist in the Dwain Chambers saga. Winner of the European indoor 60 metres crown on Sunday, loser of a place in the British team's 4x100m relay plans on Monday, the reinstated drug taker was yesterday celebrating a breakthrough in his bid to get back onto the mainstream European track circuit. Hitherto blocked from running in any of the 51 one-day invitation events staged by the Euromeetings group, because of a policy to exclude athletes who have served two-year doping bans, Chambers found a welcome mat being rolled in his direction by Gerhard Janetzky, director of the Berlin Golden League meeting.
Tuesday 10 March 2009
Monday 09 March 2009
If you had flown into Turin from another planet yesterday you could have been excused the belief that the great crime of Dwain Chambers was not systematically to make a nonsense of the idea of clean sport, but rather, to write a book about systematically making a nonsense of clean sport.
Monday 09 March 2009
After the 60-metres gold rush by Dwain Chambers, there was not one silver lining but two for the Great Britain squad as the European Indoor Championships drew to a conclusion yesterday. The women's 4x400m relay team – Donna Fraser, Kim Wall, Vicky Barr and Marilyn Okoro – finished second to the Russians in their final. Then the men's quartet – Richard Buck, Nick Leavey, Nigel Levine and Phil "The Power" Taylor – were runners-up to Italy in theirs. With just the one medal from the first two days, Mo Farah's 3,000m gold on Saturday, that added up to a total of four – a little way short of the target of "five or six" set by Charles van Commenee on his first international assignment as head coach of UK Athletics.
Saturday 07 March 2009
Thursday 05 March 2009
There was a bit of a stir at the security gate at Gatwick Airport yesterday as the best of Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers checked their hand luggage through the scanning machines en route to Turin and the European Indoor Championships, which open in the Oval Lingotto tomorrow morning. The security officers could not help stopping and staring and passing comment on the towering presence of one member of the team. For a few fleeting moments, Carl Myerscough, the 6ft 10in shot putter known as the Blackpool Tower, was the centre of attention. Dwain Chambers passed through alongside him virtually unnoticed.
Tuesday 03 March 2009
Sunday 22 February 2009
While on a training trip to Addis Ababa in November Mo Farah was invited to the home of Haile Gebrselassie and found himself doing a traditional national dance in the company of the great Ethiopian distance runner.
Monday 16 February 2009
It was difficult to say which was the most striking performance of all in South Yorkshire's Steel City as British athletics launched into a new era at the weekend.
Saturday 14 February 2009
Bradford fail to land Bird after visa is refused
Bradford's season has been thrown into disarray on the eve of their opening Super League match by the refusal of a visa to Greg Bird. The State of Origin stand-off had applied to join the Bulls before a court case in April, where he will face charges of wounding, assault and lying to the police.
Sunday 11 January 2009
British athletics is facing something of a false start to the top-class indoor season, with Dwain Chambers – the country's leading hope for gold at the European Indoor Championships in Turin in March – barred from running for the Great Britain team in the Aviva International at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on Saturday 31 January and poised to steal the spotlight away from the televised showpiece meeting by competing in a minor event for club runners in Birmingham on the same afternoon.
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