Simon Usborne: Time seems to slow as you fall and then you hit – hard

They call it tombstoning not because it's a quick way to an early grave (although it can be) but because unless you enter the water completely upright, like a tombstone, you risk splitting open your swimming trunks or, worse, your skull.

Tomlinson faces worrying wait over calf injury

Chris Tomlinson's prospects of competing in the impending Olympics, where he is a genuine medal prospect in the long jump, hang in the balance following the news that he has torn his right calf muscle.

Athletics: Rutherford lifts himself with hopes of history

It has not exactly been the best of times for Greg Rutherford. In the week leading up to the Olympic trials in Birmingham, the European long jump silver medallist discovered that his grandfather was suffering from terminal cancer. Sadly, in the early hours of last Wednesday, James Pearce passed away.

Idowu sets target of Olympic gold and world record

Just in case anyone was still in any doubt, Phillips Idowu clarified his status as British athletics' leading Beijing contender here yesterday, declaring after an imperious triple jump victory at the Aviva Olympic trials that he was aiming to win gold in China and break the world record. Although not necessarily in that order.

Dean Machine suffers a full system breakdown

As Dean Macey approached the finish of the 1500m, the final decathlon event in the Hexham Combined Events International, he stretched both of his arms wide as if to say to the band of spectators, fellow-athletes and coaches who were standing to applaud him: "What more could I have done?"

Sport on TV: BBC 4 fist among equals as commentariat excels

It was the biggest fashion statement in history: Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gloved fists raised on the Olympic podium in Mexico in 1968. Now we all knew about civil rights.

Teesside Tower to take leap of faith

Chris Tomlinson is back from his Italian wedding but, unlike Wayne Rooney, he has a top European event to attend. By Simon Turnbull

Everyone flips for the 'miraculous' FitFlop

Designed for women seeking toned legs without the gym, a humble sandal is now helping those with chronic back pain

Tomlinson so close to glory as Britain grab fourth silver

Chris Tomlinson should get the homecoming he desires this week. He admitted before yesterday's long jump final at the World Indoor Championships here that his fiancée Lucia Rovardi, the West End actress currently appearing in The Buddy Holly Story, had told him before he left: "Don't bother to come back if you haven't got a medal. You need to start delivering."

World Trials: Sotherton leaps into action ahead of confrontation with Kluft

The last time Kelly Sotherton was seen in an athletics arena she was stepping on to the rostrum at the World Championships in Osaka last summer to collect the heptathlon bronze medal. Six months on, the Birchfield Harrier was getting back into the competitive groove yesterday, taking her first step towards challenging for bronze, silver or even gold in Beijing.

Athletics: Ennis on track for Beijing but fears threat of the Swedes

When Jessica Ennis settled into her starting blocks for the opening track event in the Norwich Union International Match here in Glasgow yesterday she had one eye on the finish line and the other on Beijing seven months down the road.

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