Sport Farah is the current Olympic and world champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m

Mo Farah could conceivably target a golden treble at the next Olympics, according to the great Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie.

Equestrianism: Whitaker pride intact

JOHN WHITAKER restored British pride with a marvellous victory in last night's second leg of the World Cup final on Virtual Village Heyman, whose lightning clear round in the jump-off left some of the best horses in the world chasing his time in vain.

Show jumping: Whitaker fine tunes wizardry

British master returns to a well-loved arena for another World Cup Final, starting tonight.

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Ice Skating: Judges face tough action

THE INTERNATIONAL Skating Union (ISU) yesterday promised tough action against two judges if they are found to have colluded during the pairs final at the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki.

Ice skating: Main's withdrawal ends British interest

STEPHANIE MAIN, the British champion, could not take part in the first stage of the ladies competition at the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki yesterday.

Ice Skating: Russians ready for showdown

YEVGENY PLUSHENKO and Alexei Yagudin set up another Russian free- skating showdown in Helsinki yesterday by taking the top two positions in the men's short programme at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Ice skating: Britons slip up in qualifiers

BRITAIN MADE a poor start on the opening day of the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki with both Clive Shorten and Neil Wilson failing to qualify for the second and third stages of the men's competition.

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Ice skating: Butyrskaya sends out a warning to Kwan

THE RUSSIANS dominated at the European Championships and the American world champion Michelle Kwan had better beware in Helsinki in March. Kwan may struggle to hold off the rampaging Russians who won all three medals on Saturday, just as their men had last week. They took all four titles for the third successive year and nine of the 12 medals on offer.

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Frontline: Helsinki - Finland flirts with the West under a Tsar's nose

YOU HAVE to hand it to the Finns. They have spent much of the last two centuries trying to secure, and then preserve, their independence from Russia. They fought a war against the Soviet Union and lost chunks of territory. Yet it is Tsar Alexander II, not a great Finnish national hero, whose statue adorns Senate Square, the most elegant site in old Helsinki. And even now, when the Cold War is over and no one owes Russia any favours, they're going to leave him there. Which helps explain the debate raging in Finland about whether to join Nato.

Snooker: Finn fights back to win on black

THE SCUNTHORPE professional Matthew Couch, a quarter-finalist two months ago at the UK championship in Bournemouth, failed to win his first match of the New Year in the third qualifying round of the Regal Scottish Open in Blackpool yesterday.

European Times: Helsinki - All the Finns want from Santa is a mobile phone

CONSTA AND SELMA, 12 and 11 years old respectively, are everything you expect Nordic youth to be: fair-haired, blue-eyed poster children for the healthy outdoor life. And what do these two young Finns want for Christmas? New skis perhaps, or some computer games? Not a bit of it. These days, in the homeland of Santa Claus, a pre-teen is nothing without a mobile phone.

Equestrianism: Gently does it for Whitaker

JOHN WHITAKER and his fleet-footed 19-year-old partner, Virtual Village Grannusch, sped their way to an opening day victory in the Petplan Stakes at the Olympia Show Jumping Championships yesterday.

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