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Dobriskey will get there in the long run

Middle-distance prospect retains her sunny disposition for World Championships despite shadow of drugs cheats

Yamauchi on long road to marathon success

Mara Yamauchi has mixed with some big names in her time. In her days as a Foreign Office diplomat attached to the British Embassy in Tokyo, she acted as an interpreter for Baroness Thatcher and more recently, as a marathon runner, she has shared the roads with Paula Radcliffe. Her mission on the streets of London on Sunday is to make a name for herself in her native land.

Great expectations but Twell has still to peak

New leading lady of distance running shows potential to surpass Paula Radcliffe

Twell impressive yet again in close race at Antrim

The European junior cross country champion Stephanie Twell made a comfortable transition to the senior ranks by winning the Antrim International title yesterday.

Twell out to leave juniors on high note

The 19-year-old is Britain's best hope at the European Cross Country Championships

Stewart hired to revive endurance running's glory days

Charles van Commenee does not start his job as head coach of UK Athletics until the new year, but the man who guided Denise Lewis and Kelly Sotherton to Olympic heptathlon medals has completed another piece of significant paving work on the road towards the home Olympics of 2012. Having already addressed one Achilles heel of British athletics by appointing Bob Weir as heavy-throws coach – and also cut a clutch of underachievers from the governing body's Lottery funding list – the Dutchman has set about repairing another notable point of weakness.

Pavey reveals marathon plan

There was a time when Paula Radcliffe was the one with the catching up to do on Jo Pavey. Back in 1988 Radcliffe finished some 90 metres adrift when Pavey broke the British Under-15 record for 1500m in the English Schools Championship.

The Week In Books: Aspiration, inspiration, perspiration

Enough of the tawdry showbiz of triumph. Let's strike up an anthem to the subtler art of trying. The shower of British gold in Beijing has shown that the trumpeting of victory is a short story that burns out fast. By contrast, the anguish of Paula Radcliffe in the marathon had all the ingredients of a tragic novel in which the true opponent resides within. With uncannily good timing, the most intriguing book in half a century about the loneliness of the long-distance runner has just appeared in English.

Jane Merrick: It should have been me wearing Paula's GB vest

Twenty-two years ago, in a soggy field in the Midlands, a skinny, blonde 12-year-old by the name of Paula Radcliffe came 299th in a cross-country race.

Determination takes Radcliffe in search of crowning glory

Wherever Paula Radcliffe finishes in tomorrow morning's Olympic marathon – always assuming she manages to do so given that only three months ago doctors were advising her she had no chance of competing because of a stress fracture to her left thigh – it will not, repeat not, define her career.

Radcliffe feeling strong ahead of race

Britain's Paula Radcliffe would have liked a few more weeks to prepare for the Beijing marathon after injuring her leg, but she said today that she was feeling "strong" and hungry for her first Olympic medal.

I wish I had more time, says Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe wishes she had more time to recover from the thigh injury she suffered in May but has decided to "give it a go" in Sunday's Beijing Olympics marathon.

Further embarrassment for Russia after list of shame swells to 12 in eight days

At this rate, there might not be any Russian athletes left to run, jump or throw by the time the Olympic track and field programme gets under way in the Bird's Nest Stadium next Friday. Another two were added to a lengthening list of shame yesterday, making a total of 12 suspended for doping offences within the space of eight days.

Radcliffe will have chance to prove her fitness for Beijing

Paula Radcliffe will have to prove her fitness to British selectors as she seeks to win a place in the marathon squad for the Olympics in Beijing.

Action Jackson can stretch her legs to be the Paula Radcliffe of walking

Teesside's rising star competes in an unusual event but is following famous footsteps on her way to the Olympics. By Simon Turnbull
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