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

Greene becomes gold contender as 2012 hopes start to grow

Another day, another update of the record books by a British athlete. Last weekend it was Holly Bleasdale with a British pole vault record in Mannheim. On Friday it was Chris Tomlinson with a new national mark for the long jump. On Saturday it was Lawrence Okoye – the former rugby-playing "schoolboy Lomu", a try scorer at Twickenham last year – with a whopping great world class British discus record in sun-baked Hendon.

Rising star with vaulting ambition

Holly Bleasdale is one of only four Britons with a top-five world ranking – and she can climb even higher

Idowu ready for Tamgho challenge

The world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu will warm up for the defence of his title in South Korea next month by taking on his French rival Teddy Tamgho at the Birmingham Grand Prix on 10 July.

Tamgho gives Idowu some food for thought

Before taking to the triple jump runway for the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne last night, Phillips Idowu, the reigning world and European champion, spoke affectionately of Teddy Tamgho, the rapidly emerging force of the hop, step and jump game. "He's like my little brother," the 32-year-old Briton said of the 22-year-old Frenchman. "He's the reason why I can't sit back and rest on my laurels."

Idowu faces fresh tussle with talented Tamgho

Two weeks on from his war of words with Charles van Commenee, Phillips Idowu has another confrontation on his hands. The dispute between the world triple jump champion and the head coach of UK Athletics about the circumstances of Idowu's withdrawal from the European Team Championships has yet to be resolved.

Jamaican keen to don British shirt – sadly it is not Bolt

UK Athletics confirmed yesterday that another overseas athlete has applied to switch allegiance to Britain, making it four in 12 months as the London Olympics loom on the horizon. He is a member of the Jamaican team, though sadly not the world's fastest man.

Simon Turnbull: London 2012 hopes would be hit by festering dispute between two key figures

Charles van Commenee was appointed as the head coach of UK Athletics in February 2009 on the strength of his reputation as a pragmatic, tough-talking coach with a proven track record of getting results in the Olympic arena. In Sydney in 2000 he guided an injured Denise Lewis to heptathlon gold. In Athens in 2004 he got Kelly Sotherton on to the rostrum as a bronze medal winner in the heptathlon, 12 months after she had been ranked 57th in the world.

Simon Turnbull: Britain can learn from way Sweden has kept legacy of 1912 alive

Olympics Diary: When you visit, you can feel the soul of athletics. You can breathe the history

Douglas puts foot in it to end his season early

British triple jumper Nathan Douglas will miss the rest of the season after a freak training accident. Douglas put his foot through a plyometric box while jump training during a camp in Italy.

Teddy Tamgho: Three steps to heaven

French triple-jumper has Edwards' record in his sights but first comes duel with Idowu

The City Diary: Oil firm seeks lawyers – must enjoy hard work

Fancy a career at America's least favourite oil group? BP is searching for a clutch of lawyers to join it in Texas – the scene of one of the group's most infamous disasters, which killed 15 workers and injured many more in 2005.

Dai Greene: 'The season I was having, I felt I could not lose'

Interview No 6: Welsh hurdler tells Simon Turnbull how he refused to let nasty illness stop him taking two golds this year and joining world's elite

Phillips Idowu: London gold hope will know if he's been Tamghoed

Great Britain's top male athlete just gets better with age, but a young French rival is keeping him on his toes as he aims for glory in 2012. Simon Turnbull talks to Phillips Idowu

Funding boost for Lewis-Francis

Mark Lewis-Francis and Christian Malcolm have been invited back onto the World Class Performance Programme after being part of a record medal haul at the European Championships.

Amol Rajan: Stereotyping that India doesn't need

There was something horribly apt about the metaphor that India's authorities used last month to soothe concerns about the Commonwealth Games. It's just like one of our unruly weddings, they said: it will all fall into place at the last moment. That may be true. But nobody enjoys a wedding if the guests boycott it en masse.

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