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Christine Ohuruogu

World Athletics Championships: Christine Ohuruogu looks forward in her history quest

Olympic silver medalist will be gunning for gold in Moscow

Phillips Idowu shows his frustration at the Olympics last year

Phillips Idowu announces he is to take a 'step back from athletics'

The former world triple jump champion has endured a difficult spell spanning back before the London Olympics

Phillips Idowu targets Rome return

Phillips Idowu is expected to make his comeback from injury in Rome on 6 June after withdrawing from Saturday night's Diamond League meeting in New York.

Phillips Idowu feels he let a lot of people down at the Olympics

Phillips Idowu starts long road back

Triple jumper competes in New York today for first time since  injury ended London 2012 bid

Adam Gemili

Paula Radcliffe's axed funding 'not due to her age'

Neil Black, the new performance director of UK Athletics, stressed last night that Paula Radcliffe's omission from the governing body's Lottery funding list – the World Class Performance Programme roster for 2012-13 – had nothing to do with her age, and pointed out that two elder stateswomen of the sport have been named on the list for the first annual phase of the build-up towards the Rio Games in 2016.

Anthony Atkinson, Ian McEwan and John le Carré

Nobel Prizes: The other Team GB poised for the podium

After a summer of sporting glory, might Britain punch above its weight in the intellectual Olympics, aka the Nobel Prizes? Team GB has landed 17 Nobels since 2000, among them Sir John Gurdon, who won the prize for physiology or medicine this week.

Decathlon champion Ashton Eaton

US decathlon champion Ashton Eaton embarrassed by gold win

Decathlon gold medallist Ashton Eaton says he was embarrassed of winning because of the close relationship he has with his fellow competitors.

Hubbard's Cupboard: Ref knocked unconscious in 1948 game of basketbrawl

The man with incredible tales from past Games
Idowu saw himself at the centre of the Olympics rather than just another contender

Phillips Idowu denies breaking contact with coach in build-up to London 2012

Phillips Idowu today insisted he had not broken off contact with his coach Aston Moore in the build-up to his unsuccessful bid for Olympic triple jump glory.

August 7, 2012: Phillips Idowu failed to answer the critics

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu makes 40 minute Olympic cameo

Britain's athletes have a day to regret in the Olympic Stadium

Idowu saw himself at the centre of the Olympics rather than just another contender

James Lawton: The whole of Team GB paid a heavy price for Phillips Idowu's miscalculation

He saw himself at the centre of the Olympics rather than just another contender

Liu Xiang stopped to kiss the final hurdle before crossing the finish line and being helped away by his opponents.

London 2012: Former 110 metre hurdles champion Liu Xiang hobbles across the finish line as he crashes out of Olympics

It must be one of the most enduring images of the Olympic spirit at the London 2012 Games: Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang determinedly hopped over the finish line today, far behind his opponents after he fell injured at the first hurdle.

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