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Ennis gives it best shot in rain

It was not a day for "pussies", as Charles van Commenee, the head coach of UK Athletics interpreted the public perception of Britain's fragile track and field community this week. Instead it was the kind of day when James Dolphin, the Australian sprinter entered for the 200m, would not have felt like a marine mammal out of water. It was raining cats and dogs here at Loughbrough University yesterday as Jessica Ennis, the one British athlete standing at the top of the world rankings, set about her final competition before the rapidly looming world championships.

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Britain add relay silvers to Farah's perfect finish

After the 60-metres gold rush by Dwain Chambers, there was not one silver lining but two for the Great Britain squad as the European Indoor Championships drew to a conclusion yesterday. The women's 4x400m relay team – Donna Fraser, Kim Wall, Vicky Barr and Marilyn Okoro – finished second to the Russians in their final. Then the men's quartet – Richard Buck, Nick Leavey, Nigel Levine and Phil "The Power" Taylor – were runners-up to Italy in theirs. With just the one medal from the first two days, Mo Farah's 3,000m gold on Saturday, that added up to a total of four – a little way short of the target of "five or six" set by Charles van Commenee on his first international assignment as head coach of UK Athletics.

Moore home after naked jump

The British international long jumper, Jonathan Moore, has returned home from a UK Athletics warm-weather training camp in South Africa after jumping naked off the roof of a house in Potchefstroom. The incident occurred on Saturday, a day after the 24-year-old Birchfield Harrier had competed at a track meeting in the university town, where he placed fourth in the long jump.

Ohuruogu nearly loses relay qualification in final seconds

Christine Ohuruogu, running the last leg of the 400m relay heats, narrowly avoided failing to reach today's final when she slowed down on the line and nearly lost the third qualifying place to the fast-finishing Claudia Hoffman. Thankfully for Britain's medal aspirations, the individual 400m champion glanced up at the screen in time to realise her predicament and an urgent burst of acceleration took her clear of her German opponent by seven-hundredths of a second.

Raised eyebrows over GB relay taunts

The men's relay team have defended their over zealous celebrations as they came first in the 4x400m relay heat.

IOC suspends Blonska for doping

Heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska has been temporarily suspended from the Beijing Olympics pending a final ruling in her doping case.

Sotherton fails to jump into the medals

Kelly Sotherton's hopes of capitalising on Carolina Kluft's absence to win a second Olympic heptathlon medal disappeared yesterday as she failed to find her best form and had to settle for fifth place. To make her day, the winner of the silver medal behind Natalia Dobrynska was another Ukrainian, Lyudmila Blonska, who served a two-year ban for steroids in 2003.

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Sanya Richards, whose attempt to justify her standing as favourite in the 400 metres starts on Saturdy, said that she felt her British rival Christine Ohuruogu was 'fortunate' to be at these Games having won an appeal against the British Olympic Association's byelaw.

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