When Hannah England crossed the line in the 1500m semi-finals in Daegu Stadium on Tuesday she wore an anxious expression. Only the first five were guaranteed a place in the World Championship final and the Oxford woman had finished sixth. She turned to the front row of the stands to enquire about her fate, smiling with relief when the news came back that she had scraped through as one of the fastest losers.
Britain's oldest surviving double medallist may be 91 but could still illuminate opening ceremony
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Charlene Thomas did not quite kiss the Union Flag crest but it was clear how much it meant to the Wakefield Harrier not just to wear a Great Britain vest on the second and concluding day of the European Team Championships in Stockholm yesterday, but also to surge to victory in it. "Ooooooh, I'm so excited," she said in the wake of her 1500m win, bouncing up and down on the steps of the 1912 Olympic Stadium like a West Yorkshire version of Tigger.
Olympic champions Dame Kelly Holmes, Daley Thompson and Sally Gunnell are among a host of former British athletes who have made a passionate plea in an open letter for the Olympic Stadium to retain an athletics track after the 2012 Games.
Athletes who stayed at home will regret it, says Team England's president, who is happy with 37 golds
Wigan golden girl shrugs off rivals' drug offences to stay on track for 800m glory
Cahal Milmo reports from the east London constituency where Nick Griffin is trying to unseat a Labour minister
British runner targets Kelly Holmes' 800m indoor marker in Birmingham today
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Britain unearths a gem who can pick its Olympic challenge off the floor but first she must recover from serious injury
It is 100 years since girls stormed a Boy Scout jamboree, demanding to join in. The Guides have come a long way since then, reports Rachel Shields
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.
For Lisa Dobriskey the Beijing Olympics might have been one of those breaking points which so regularly invite a young athlete to step back from the challenge that has consumed so much of their lives. She had had the opportunity to reach out for the kind of achievement that made Kelly Holmes a Dame and Rebecca Adlington the instant darling of the British sports public.
On paper, 24-year-old VV Brown certainly has the makings of a star – beauty, a big voice and, crucially, the backing of a major record label. Add to that her penchant for retro-soul and success on a huge scale seems a foregone conclusion.
The contenders for the 2008 Sports Personality of the Year award are listed below. Click on their names to re-live their defining moments.