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Matt Butler: The hurdles of trying to mix motherhood and medals

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Christine Ohuruogu powers away from Natasha Hastings in the 400m semi-final

World Championships: Perri Shakes-Drayton sprints away from Olympic woes

It is two decades since Sally Gunnell glided over 10 hurdles in Stuttgart to be crowned world champion with a then world record.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill makes impressive comeback - but says it is too early to take decision on World Championships

The heptathlete recorded a personal best in the javelin

Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes arrives at a court house in Madrid. He received a suspended one-year jail term for providing blood-doping services to cyclists

UCI to appeal decision by Spanish court to destroy evidence

There has been widespread astonishment at the decision to destroy 200 blood bags seized during Operation Puerto

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InterContinental Westminster has teamed up with Paula Radcliffe to offer guests running maps. There are routes in St James's Park, along the Thames and around Westminster (ihg.com).
Neil Black will be looking to build on the medal success of Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah

Exclusive Interview: Neil Black - 'The Wolf' looks to the future

New performance director of UK Athletics once beat Cram and Coe and is confident he can beat London medal haul in Rio, he tells Simon Turnbull

Paula Radcliffe says Mo Farah (centre) can win a gold double

Paula Radcliffe backs Team GB's Mo Farah to win gold double

Paula Radcliffe says that Mo Farah can win his second gold medal tomorrow night before his wife, Tania gives birth.

Ennis has two big days ahead of her

The Roger Black Column: Jessica Ennis is just a regular girl – capable of extraordinary achievement

Historically the stronger girls tend to come out on top but Jess Ennis can blow them out of the way

Tasha Danvers: Athletes’ families are suffering just as much as the fans when it comes to empty seats

These Olympics started brilliantly but the momentum from the opening ceremony has been dampened by the empty seats we are seeing across the Games.

Phillips Idowu has not competed since the beginning of last month

Phillips Idowu 'making good progress' say BOA

Phillips Idowu was today on course to be fit to compete at the Olympics, according to the British Olympic Association.

Flying the flag - Paula Radcliffe (athletics): A marathon runner would seem ideal for the long evening in the stadium and the long march around the track. The Olympics have not been kind to Radcliffe, 38. She is a world, Commonwealth and European champion as well as a world record holder but has yet to make a Games podium – London will be her fifth attempt. She may have to weigh any invitation with her fitness concerns

Marathon call has Freya Murray in dash to London Olympics

Freya Murray spent yesterday morning putting the finishing touches to a housing project, sitting in the Newcastle office of the firm for whom she works as a structural engineer.

Team GB celebrates first medals

Team GB celebrated its first Olympic medal success today with cyclist Lizzie Armitstead battling through torrential rain for a silver and swimmer Rebecca Adlington earning a courageous bronze.

Moroccan gold medal hope Mariem Alaoui Selsouli fails drugs test

Moroccan gold medal track prospect Mariem Alaoui Selsouli has been thrown out of the Olympic Games after failing a drugs test for the second time in her career.

Roger Black: Some are there to win, some to have a good time

If you're with mates, hanging out with people you like socially, you'll have a lot of fun, but it's not for everyone
Up, up and away: Jessica Ennis, here competing in the long jump yesterday, says she is ready as she can be for London 2012

Ennis quietly applies final touches to Olympic plan

Britain's heptathlon gold-medal hope chooses another small meet to tune long jump and javelin

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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...