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Fit and ready: Mara Yamauchi is finally clear of a string of injury problems

Yamauchi's marathon hopes aided by sprint guru

Dan Pfaff is best known in the coaching world as the man behind Donovan Bailey, the Canadian who blitzed to Olympic 100m gold in world record time in Atlanta in 1996. He also had a brief spell guiding Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery that ended acrimoniously before the golden couple became embroiled in the Balco drugs scandal.

Claire Hallissey and Freya Murray celebrate finishing the London Marathon inside Jo Pavey’s time

Pavey could be overtaken in race for final Olympic marathon slot

Hallissey's heroics in London give GB selectors a headache as Kenyans dominate podium places

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In riding to victory in the Paris-Nice stage race last weekend, Bradley Wiggins not only strengthened his credentials as a major force in global cycling; he followed in the tracks of the late, great Tom Simpson, the only previous British winner of the race.

Smith won Commonwealth triple jump gold in 2010 and stayed in India to give free use of her services as a physio

London Eye: She's buddies with Bolt but this golden girl revels in anonymity

Jamaica's Trecia Smith excels at triple jump but loves the unknown status London life affords her

After her British record vault, Holly Bleasdale cannot wait for the London Olympics

Holly Bleasdale: Meteoric rise of Lancashire lass who has raised the bar

She is just 20 and only took up the pole vault in 2008. Now she is one of the world's best. She talks to Simon Turnbull

Sir Chris Hoy has at least four major endorsements paying at least £150,000 each annually

How much is a British gold medal worth? £2m

Home athletes on the podium will earn riches beyond their wildest dreams from sponsors, TV shows and a host of other deals

Radcliffe: 'To represent your country at a home Olympics is something special and I'm over the moon to be selected for Team GB.'

Paula Radcliffe set for fifth Olympic Games

Paula Radcliffe will become only the third British track and field athlete to be selected for five Olympics after her place in Team GB for London 2012 was confirmed today.

Is the show over for Beyoncé?

She always said she'd give up performing to have a family when she hit 30. Now she's 29 and pregnant. Rob Sharp reports

Paula Radcliffe retains Olympic hopes despite injury woes

Charles van Commenee - the pragmatic, spade’s-a-spade-calling Dutchman in charge of the British track and field team - had it just about right when he stood at the side of the wind-swept Paula Radcliffe Stadium in Loughorough a week past Sunday. “What about Paula Radcliffe?” Van Commenee had been asked, while giving his thoughts on the state of the host nation’s athletics talent as the pre-Olympic year track season got underway.

Radcliffe suffers new injury setback as Pavey prevails on 2012 course

The veteran warrior of the women's marathon was back in action on the streets of London yesterday. For the wounded Paula Radcliffe, it proved to be a losing battle. In the city where she forged her reputation as the finest female marathon runner of all time, making a winning debut in 2002 and clocking a stunning world record in 2003, the 37-year-old Briton was beaten not just by two domestic rivals but also by the latest injury blow to have struck her on the road to an Olympic marathon.

Shakes-Drayton quickly makes a name for herself

East Ender can see the Olympic Stadium from the end of her road and is desperate for hurdles success on home soil in 2012

Paula Radcliffe: 'Win gold in London then retire? No, I'd keep going'

The Brian Viner Interview: Despite a string of injuries, the distance runner still thinks she can finally win an Olympic marathon. Not that it would satisfy her...

Keitany lets her feet do talking in challenge for Radcliffe

There are 466 days to go before London welcomes the world to the 2012 Olympic Games. It seems Paula Radcliffe will need every one of them if she is to catch up with the painfully shy little Kenyan woman who made a big statement of intent on the road from Blackheath to The Mall yesterday.

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