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Tuesday 18 August 2009
Monday 17 August 2009
Tuesday 11 August 2009
Thursday 30 July 2009
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.
Monday 30 March 2009
A housing association accountant has become the seventh winner of The Independent's Heads or Tails competition – and he plans to share his £10,000 prize with colleagues who endured his incessant speculation about share prices.
Monday 09 March 2009
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.
Wednesday 28 January 2009
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.
Saturday 23 August 2008
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.
Friday 22 August 2008
The men's relay team have defended their over zealous celebrations as they came first in the 4x400m relay heat.
Thursday 21 August 2008
Heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska has been temporarily suspended from the Beijing Olympics pending a final ruling in her doping case.
Sunday 17 August 2008
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.
Saturday 16 August 2008
1 Sir Steve Redgrave (GB)
Winning a gold medal in five Games is just amazing. It's not just having your best form once, it's having it over a period of 16 years
Thursday 14 August 2008
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.
Wednesday 13 August 2008
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