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British athletes have to make the most of being the stars of a home Olympics this summer, according to heptathlete Jessica Ennis.

Bleasdale eyeing revenge

Holly Bleasdale has another crack at the queen of the pole vault in Stockholm tonight. Two weeks ago in Bydgoszcz, Poland, the 20-year-old Briton cleared the same height as Yelena Isinbayeva, 4.68m, but was beaten by the Russian Olympic champion on countback.

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'Plastic Brit' jibe propels Proctor into contention

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Ever since returning from the career-threatening injury which forced her to miss the Beijing Olympics, Jessica Ennis has been used to winning.

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Whisper it gently but there is a looming possibility of a clash between Tatyana Chernova and Carolina Kluft at the Olympic Games in London next summer. The towering Russian who took Jessica Ennis's global heptathlon crown at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August versus the peerless Swede who has never been beaten in a multi-events competition as a senior athlete would be a mouth-watering prospect.

Ennis focuses on 2012 after disastrous javelin skewers golden hopes

Sheffield athlete promises to 'work a bit harder' to ensure Olympic victory in London after she loses title to talented Russian Chernova

Jessica Ennis loses world title in Daegu

The second of Britain's great hopes for World Championship gold had to settle for silver today as Jessica Ennis failed to retain her heptathlon title in Daegu.

Farah full of confidence while Ennis rounds off top weekend

With due respect to Andy Vernon of Aldershot Farnham and District Athletics Club and the rest of the 5,000m field at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships yesterday, there will be tougher opposition for Mo Farah to tackle before the summer is out. Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, for one.

Enthusiasm for Olympics is failing to catch on in the East End

With a year to the opening ceremony, opinion is divided among locals living and working in the shadow of the Olympic stadium. There are those who believe they are being pushed out of the area, others who feel they are being hidden and more who declare that life as they know it is being killed off.

Ennis: first UK, then the world

The world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis will compete in five events at the UK Trials and Championships later this month as she steps up preparations for the defence of her title.

Proctor adds Caribbean flavour to lift British medal prospects

Anguilla long jumper and Long Island 400m runner Shana Cox fast tracked to Great Britain debuts

Running With Fire, by Mark Ryan

It is surprising that this is the first biography of Harold Abrahams, given that he was Britain's first Olympic 100m champion and exercised a lifelong influence on athletics, but then his story is full of surprises.

Carl Lewis blocked from New Jersey election race

New Jersey's top election official has ruled that nine-times Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis is ineligible to run for the state senate because he fails to meet the four-year residency requirement for candidates.

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