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‘Podium potential’ cash opens new doors for brilliant distance runner

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

Olympic news you may have missed...

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker