Gerrard: I’m ready to banish those nightmares of 2007
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Tuesday 23 June 2009
Charles van Commenee has never been one to call a spade anything as fanciful as even a shovel. Few folk remember that the man from Amsterdam guided Kelly Sotherton from 57th in the world rankings to the third step on the Olympic rostrum but not many have forgotten that he accused Sotherton of "running like a wimp" in the final event of the heptathlon at the 2004 Games in Athens, the 800m.
Monday 22 June 2009
Sunday 21 June 2009
When Phillips Idowu won the triple jump at the Olympic trials in Birmingham last July, venturing clear at the top of the world rankings with an effort of 17.58m, he told the trackside television interviewer: "I feel like Superman right now. I'm bullet-proof." Eleven months on, the Belgrave Harrier is getting ready for another tussle with the man who pierced his armour of supposed invincibility when Olympic gold was on the line in Beijing last August.
Saturday 20 June 2009
Perhaps the BBC ought to have sent Stuart Hall instead of Steve Cram to commentate on proceedings here in this west Portuguese town these next two days.
Saturday 13 June 2009
It is fair to say that the most rapidly rising star of British athletics has yet to truly make a name for himself. Nobody was quite sure what to call the man who was selected in the British squad yesterday for the 400m hurdles in the inaugural European Team Championships at Leiria in Portugal. Was it David, Dave or Dai Greene? "David's my name, but Dai's kind of my nickname in Wales," he said.
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Thursday 07 May 2009
Wednesday 28 January 2009
The British international long jumper, Jonathan Moore, has returned home from a UK Athletics warm-weather training camp in South Africa after jumping naked off the roof of a house in Potchefstroom. The incident occurred on Saturday, a day after the 24-year-old Birchfield Harrier had competed at a track meeting in the university town, where he placed fourth in the long jump.
Tuesday 27 January 2009
It is a curious feature of the modern British monarchy that, on the rare occasions it chances upon a new recruit who appeals to the less prudish elements of the public imagination, it does all it can to cast them aside, and banish them from the Royal court.
Thursday 15 January 2009
Having seen Olympic gold slip through his grasp by 5cm in Beijing's "Bird's Nest" arena last August, Phillips Idowu says he is leaving no margin for error in his long-term mission to get hold of a chunk of the most prized sporting metal in 2012.
Monday 01 September 2008
The rain poured down on Gateshead International Stadium yesterday, but there have been post-Olympic parades of a more dampened nature for British athletics teams. Back in 1976, there was just the one British medal winner to present to the capacity 15,000 crowd at the International Athletes' Club Coca Cola Invitation at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Brendan Foster, third behind Lasse Viren and Carlos Lopes in the 10,000m in Montreal two weeks previously, won the two-mile race.
Tuesday 26 August 2008
As Britain returns to some sort of normality after the inspiring thrills of the Beijing Games, so our thoughts turn to our own athletic endeavours and how we could and should have done a lot better. But for a select few it is not just a question of dreaming. They are the ones who have claimed the scalp of an athletics superstar and had their own moment of glory. These are their stories
Friday 22 August 2008
Thursday 21 August 2008
There were joyful, flag-trailing laps of honour after the highest quality triple jump the world has ever seen.
Thursday 21 August 2008
Britain's Phillips Idowu tonight saw Olympic gold snatched from his grasp by an agonising five centimetres in the triple jump final in Beijing.
Tuesday 19 August 2008
China collectively dropped into a state of despair yesterday. When Liu Xiang, the defending Olympic champion, pulled a hamstring in a false start to his 100m hurdles heat, the nation limped off with him.
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