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Gerrard: I’m ready to banish those nightmares of 2007

GB athletes must toughen up, says Van Commenee

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.

Chambers speeds to the rescue

Former drug cheat steps in at 200m and wraps up sprint double for Britain

Phillips must switch on to fly past the genuine Superman

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.

Ohuruogu leads GB into controversial championship

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.

Greene is keen to get Britain off to a flying start

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.

Moore home after naked jump

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.

Hit & Run: Chelsy – just too good to be royal

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.

Idowu quits home in hunt on elusive Olympic gold

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.

Rain fails to dampen Ohuruogu's sparkle

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.

The day I beat an Olympian...

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

Dom Joly: Orange ghosts, 'volunteer' frogmen and a sartorial tussle out on the water

I thought it would be white water, but the kayaking down at Shunyi lake proved intriguing enough anyway

Silver anti-climax hurts for Idowu

There were joyful, flag-trailing laps of honour after the highest quality triple jump the world has ever seen.

Disappointment for Idowu

Britain's Phillips Idowu tonight saw Olympic gold snatched from his grasp by an agonising five centimetres in the triple jump final in Beijing.



Lessons in how to lose in style

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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