Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin crosses the line to win the 1500m

Dobriskey hits out at Alptekin after 1500m win

Not so much turkeys voting for Christmas as Christmas come early for Turkey. Asli Cakir Alptekin, who has served a two-year ban for doping offences, won her country's first athletic gold last night in a frantic finish to the 1500m and was followed across the line by her fellow countrywoman Gamze Bulut. It was also Turkey's first ever 1-2 and at a stroke it doubled their medal tally at London 2012.

Shana Cox no longer feels like a 'plastic Brit'

Team GB's Shana Cox no longer feels like a 'plastic Brit'

US-born runner Shana Cox has said that living in the capital makes her feel like a Londoner and ignore accusations that she is a 'plastic Brit'.

Perri Shakes- Drayton struggles in the 400m hurdles

Bleasdale falls short as nerves take their toll

It just wasn't meant to be for the Lancashire lasses of track and field at London 2012. Poor Jenny Meadows and Helen Clitheroe, two stalwarts and international championship medal-winning stars of the British athletics brigade, have both been banjaxed by injury in this summer of summers and failed to make the selection cut for the Games.

Perri Shakes-Drayton says she will do whatever it takes to get to the final

Team GB hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton pledges to 'run her heart out'

Team GB's Perri Shakes-Drayton has promised to "run her heart out" when she competes in the 400m hurdles on Sunday.  

Moroccan gold medal hope Mariem Alaoui Selsouli fails drugs test

Moroccan gold medal track prospect Mariem Alaoui Selsouli has been thrown out of the Olympic Games after failing a drugs test for the second time in her career.

Night vision: the Hagia Sofia

The Hedonist: Bar-hopping in Istanbul

What to see and where to be seen

Man whose boyfriend was murdered in Turkey’s first gay honour killing to join World Pride parade in London

A man whose boyfriend was murdered in what has been dubbed Turkey’s first gay honour killing will march in London tomorrow at this year’s World Pride parade.

Successful IVF births reach five million

Five million IVF babies have been born since the era of assisted reproduction dawned in 1978, it has been calculated.

Mo Farah celebrates winning the 5,000m European title last night

Supreme Farah saves the 'Mobot' for after the line

One way or another Mo Farah is becoming a wind-up merchant supreme. In the 1,500m heats at the Olympic trials in Birmingham last Friday, his decision to celebrate some 100m from the line rattled the veteran Anthony Whiteman. In the 5,000m final on the opening day of the European Championships in Helsinki yesterday his gradual cranking up of the pace proved far too much for all 24 of his rivals.

How hopes of a deal with Iran ended in meltdown

Iran's team dismissed the conditions as an infringement of its sovereignty

Ian Williams, extreme left, skippers Team GAC Pindar in the Extreme Sailing Series off Istanbul

McMillan top dog as Williams struggles

Red Bull was doing its thing in Canada, now supporting the youth America’s Cup, and looked like leading the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul as double Olympic gold medallist Roman Hagara and his crew were the early front runners.

Fit for a pasha: The apartment is elegantly minimal with antique furniture, all the mod cons, and it is set in the heart of Istanbul's bohemian Beyoglu district

Stay the Night: Pasha!Place, Istanbul, Turkey

Reflecting its location, this 19th-century apartment marries Ottoman heritage with modern flourishes

Jens Gram-Hansen (second from left) at the helm of SAP in the Extreme Sailing Series off Istanbul

Extreme Sailing Series director predicts fewer events

South coast gales in an English summer were in stark contrast to the race track off Istanbul, between the Aegean and the Bosphorus, as the founder and organiser of the Extreme Sailing Series, Mark Turner predicted: “There will be less professional sailing events in the next three to five years.”

Booker prize winner Barry Unsworth dies

Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has died at the age of 81, his publishers said today.

Austria's Roman Hagara showed good pace on the opening day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul

Olympic hope Ben Ainslie struggles in Weymouth

Counting five wins and a second, Giles Scott is poised to inflict another major upset on the man who has been seen as almost a banker for Olympic sailing gold this summer, Ben Ainslie.

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