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Usain Bolt eased to victory in Ostrava last night, but his post-race reaction was somewhat unusual.
Far from the madding crowd at the 2012 Olympic Stadium on Saturday night, the athlete most likely to emerge as a class act on the big stage come Games time got his season off to a flying start in the early hours, British-time, yesterday. Running in his first individual race of the year, the 100 metres in the Jamaica Invitational meeting at the National Stadium in Kingston, Usain Bolt emerged victorious in 9.82 seconds – the fastest time in the world in 2012 and his quickest-ever season opener.
British sprinter Dwain Chambers will compete against world record holder Usain Bolt over 100 metres at this month's Golden Spike event in Ostrava.
Paula Radcliffe has vowed to lead a worldwide campaign to pressurise the World Anti-Doping Agency into applying tougher bans on drug cheats.
The British Olympic Association bylaw which enforces a lifetime Olympic ban on drugs cheats will face legal scrutiny by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on March 12.
From drugs busts to the NBA season being delayed to sexual abuse accusations in college sport, 2011 in the US has been all about the off-field drama, writes Robin Scott-Elliot
The British Olympic Association will take the fight to keep their lifetime ban for drugs cheats to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, it was confirmed today.
It was not quite the golden Mo-ment, the scenario of which the British distance running fraternity had long dreamed. Mo Farah might have entered the home straight in Daegu Stadium in pole position in the World Championships 10,000m final yesterday, but he was already looking over his shoulder at the giant screen with anguish writ large across his face.
If 2012 fever was sweeping through the elite competitors on the opening night of the Aviva UK Trials and Championships here in Birmingham last night, the winner of heat two of the men's 100m could be excused for feeling immune.
As Charles van Commenee stood trackside here yesterday, running his eye over the action in the Loughborough International meeting, the head coach of UK Athletics could not help giving a respectful nod in the direction of the star attraction of the traditional curtain-raiser to the summer track season as she battled to overcome the elements.
Paula Radcliffe will be racing on the streets of London next month, testing out much of the marathon course on which her Olympic destiny will be decided on Sunday 5 August 2012. Radcliffe, holder of the women's marathon world record, is to join Mo Farah, Britain's European 5,000m and 10,000m champion, in the elite field for the London 10,000m road race on 30 May.
It was only last summer that Helen Clitheroe was contemplating life on the scrapheap. "I remember walking off the track depressed, with my head down, thinking, 'What's the point?' the Lancastrian recalled, her face wreathed in a huge smile after the women's 3,000m final on the concluding day of the European Indoor Championships here yesterday. "It was my husband who kept me going. He said, 'You're a long time retired. Don't give up until you're ready to do it on your own terms.'"
With 2010 drawing to a close, we asked our sport correspondents to cast their minds back over the last 12 months in their specialist fields to recount their moment of the year.
There was a rude awakening for Jessica Ennis yesterday.
It takes two to Tamgho. One bright new thing of French athletics might have snatched European Championship gold from a favoured Briton in the Montjuic Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, but not last night. Twenty-four hours on from Christophe Lemaitre's win in the 100m and Dwain Chambers' demise, it was Phillips Idowu who reigned in the Spanish rain. The Belgrave Harrier took the triple jump gold for himself and Great Britain. Teddy Tamgho had to settle for the bronze.
So, no European gold for Dwain Chambers this time, then. No cleanly won prize to replace the fool's gold the Briton won in Munich in 2002 – the tainted one he had to send back in a Jiffy bag when it came to light that the Londoner had been fuelled to victory by a tank full of anabolic steroids.