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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Friday 06 June 2008
At the age of 19, Kenya's Pamela Jelimo has run the 800 metres more than a second faster than 2004 Olympic champion Kelly Holmes ever managed – her time of one minute 54.99 seconds in Berlin on Sunday put her fifth on the all-time world list – and she could go faster still tonight when the Golden League caravan moves on to Oslo.
Monday 02 June 2008
British athletics' Olympic prospects suffered two further blows at the weekend as Jessica Ennis pulled out halfway through the international heptathlon here because of an ankle injury and Nicola Sanders, the world 400m silver medallist, was reported to have given up the idea of competing in Sunday's Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, because of a knee injury.
Saturday 31 May 2008
Jessica Ennis sat on the lush infield of the Mösle stadium here yesterday in oppressive heat that was about to be dissipated by storm clouds rolling in over the mountains which surround this small but famous Austrian border town. In the relative calm before the coming storm of Beijing, this small but famous native of Sheffield was contemplating a weekend of activity that will offer a clear view of her Olympic ambitions.
Sunday 18 May 2008
Becker he isn't, but the other Boris displayed a mean backhand when he knocked up last week with his freshly installed commissioner for sport, Kate Hoey, the first here of the US-style breed. The new London mayor revealed an innovative sporting hand when he opened refurbished tennis facilities at one of Hoey's "action zone" projects in her Vauxhall constituency. Sport, they both emphasised, should cross all political divides. Johnson then hotfooted it for his first meeting as co-chair of the Olympic board alongwith Tessa Jowell, who had organised the Ken Livingstone campaign. 2012 leader Lord Coe says: "It was quite harmonious. This is a very complex project and Boris will take his time to get to grips with it. But he is very supportive." Hoey will not sit on the Olympic board but will spearhead the drive for a legacy of greater investment in grass-roots sport. She will brief Johnson on this before his initial 15-minute presentation to the IOC evaluation commission this week, when he will stress that 2012 must benefit all London, not just regeneration of the East End.
Saturday 17 May 2008
Dwain Chambers yesterday signalled his intention to challenge the Olympic ban imposed on him by the British Olympic Association by seeking to contest the trials for the Beijing Games.
Friday 16 May 2008
Dwain Chambers will pursue a twin-track policy today as he seeks to make a third comeback to athletics. He will decide whether to seek an Olympic future in the High Court, and then sit down for a long-awaited meeting with UK Sport's anti-doping chief John Scott to offer a chapter-and-verse account of the drug regime that led to him being banned for two years in 2003, bringing with him a lengthy document from supplier Victor Conte.
Saturday 03 May 2008
One near certainty about the Millennium Magic Weekend of Super League games in Cardiff is that Bradford and Leeds will not quite be able to replicate the drama and controversy of last year.
Tuesday 29 April 2008
Castleford have insured against having their most prized young asset poached by a bigger club by agreeing a new, four-year contract with Joe Westerman.
Sunday 27 April 2008
Harlequins paid the price for failing to kill off the Wildcats as a Wakefield side sparked by their inventive half-backs, Jamie Rooney and Danny Brough, came back to win a thriller.
Sunday 27 April 2008
Surely the most bizarre sideshow of the rugby league season will be open for business today when Dwain Chambers makes his debut for Castleford. The disgraced sprinter's one-month trial with the Tigers will reach its conclusion with a specially arranged reserve-team friendly against the York City Knights.
Saturday 26 April 2008
Widnes want the Australian Test scrum-half, Brett Kimmorley, to spearhead their bid for Super League status. The 31-year-old is looking to leave Cronulla at the end of this season and Widnes are courting him strongly – subject to them gaining a Super League license when they are allocated in July.
Thursday 24 April 2008
St Helens have followed the appointment of Mick Potter as their new coach by making Tony Puletua the first signing for next season. The 28-year-old New Zealand forward will arrive from the Australian club, Penrith, on a three-year contract.
Thursday 17 April 2008
Paul Deacon is set to finish his career with Bradford after agreeing a two year contract extension. The Great Britain scrum-half has rejected overtures from other Super League clubs to stay with the Bulls until 2010, by which time he will be 32 and will have been there for 13 years.
Friday 04 April 2008
Wakefield's captain, Jason Demetriou, has been ruled out for the season with a career-threatening neck injury.
Thursday 03 April 2008
Dwain Chambers will not make his rugby league debut this weekend, says the Castleford coach, Terry Matterson.
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