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

Aldama's triple jump from Cuba to GB may fall short of Daegu

At the end of the London Grand Prix on Saturday, a group of British athletes was paraded around the track on an open-topped double-decker bus which bore the sign, "Next stop gold, Daegu".

No laughing matter as Brits forget lines

Headache for Van Commenee after Idowu and Ohuruogu deliver below-par performances as World Championships approach

GB Team on track to meet medal target

Charles van Commenee said this week his athletes are behind schedule but signs are his target of eight gongs could be hit

Are tactics of coach brilliant or bullying?

Straight-talking Van Commenee reveals his job is all about business, not making friends – as British triple-jumper Phillips Idowu can testify

Van Commenee accuses his British athletes of 'underperforming'

A year out from the London Olympics, the message from the man in charge of the British team in the showpiece sport of the Games is typically frank. "We're not ready for the Games now," Charles van Commenee, the head coach of the British athletics team, said yesterday. "We've still got athletes who are underperforming at the moment. We need those 12 months to turn that around."

'Slumdog' director denied athletes for Olympics show

A row over British athletes' non-involvement in the opening ceremony of next year's London Olympics threatens to overshadow the event, which is being directed by the Oscar-winning film-maker Danny Boyle.

Inside Lines: Badmouthing banned as Board order bonfire of the profanities

Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, engaged in combat for the British title at Wembley last night, faces disciplinary action by the Board of Control following threats to "kill" his opponent, Dereck Chisora, in the ring.

Farah sidesteps the danger to smash British record in style

Somali-born runner races to a nerveless victory in the 5,000m in Monaco on a dramatic night featuring season’s-best for Usain Bolt and a bizarre punch-up

Greene ready for assault on record in Monte Carlo

Typical! Three British records in eight days, then nothing for nearly a fortnight. There could be some making up for lost time in Monte Carlo tonight, where there is a possibility of British records coming along like London buses in the IAAF Diamond League.

Van Commenee has to apologise, insists Idowu

It was five weeks ago today that a public rift first emerged between Charles van Commenee, the head coach of UK Athletics, and Phillips Idowu, the triple jumper who will be defending his World Championship title in Daegu, South Korea, next month and heading to the London Olympics as one of the big hopes for home gold a year from now. Last week Van Commenee claimed: "We have both decided to leave the incident behind us." Yesterday Idowu begged to differ.

Tamgho ruled out of World Championships

Phillips Idowu will still have to hop, step and jump for gold, but the Briton's prospects of successfully defending his triple jump crown at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, next month brightened considerably yesterday afternoon with the news that Teddy Tamgho will be out of commission.

Bleasdale and Okoye lead junior charge as Britain land six golds

Holly Bleasdale and Lawrence Okoye claimed their first international titles yesterday as Great Britain finished with a golden flourish, and a healthy medal haul, on the final day of the European Under- 23 Championships at Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

Dutch coach drives Britain on

Van Commenee cites Michelangelo as his model as records fall and medal prospects rise

Van Commenee: 'The opening ceremony is too tiring for team'

Head coach insists British track-and-field athletes won't take part in symbolic event
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