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Button's awards rivals must overtake champion

Jenson Button followed in Lewis Hamilton's footsteps to win the Formula One world championship but will be hoping to avoid matching his fellow Briton's fate when it comes to the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year. Button is the overwhelming favourite among the shortlist of 10 announced last night – as was Hamilton a year ago, only for Sir Chris Hoy to spring one of the biggest surprises in the event's 55-year history.

Phillips Idowu: Hang on to your hats... here comes Idowu

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Ennis sets sights on European title

For Jessica Ennis, the homecoming parade continues. At Gateshead yesterday it was a run-out against some of the best in the world in the 100 metres hurdles in the British Grand Prix. Today it will be a civic reception in Sheffield for the 23-year-old who struck World Championship gold over the seven events of the heptathlon in Berlin two weeks ago.

Bolt no threat to GB's triple jump tradition

There was good news for Britain from Usain Bolt yesterday ahead of tonight's Zurich meet when he announced that his expanding horizon will include the long jump but does not go as far as the triple jump.

Bolt won't rule out long jump

It remains to be seen whether Usain Bolt will be going forward in time again tomorrow, in the way that he did when he took the 100m and 200m world records to new limits in Berlin last week. Just to get to the Letzigrund Stadion for his first professional engagement since the World Championships, though, the fastest man of the 21st Century will be going back to the days when men were men and the likes of Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews would travel to play in the big match of the day by means of public transport.

Prospects brighter after sunshine in Berlin

So much for the Ashes, then. What about the Dashes? The prospects of the champagne corks popping Oval-style at the London Olympic Stadium in celebration of home track and field medals in 2012 are looking significantly brighter following the most successful World Championships for Great Britain since the golden days of Linford Christie, Colin Jackson and Sally Gunnell in Stuttgart back in 1993. Right from the off, when Jessica Ennis won the first race on the blue Olympiastadion track, the opening heat of the 100m hurdles in the heptathlon, it was a Britannic tale of rising to the global occasion in Berlin.

Dobriskey edged out as golden finish eludes improving Britain

Silver medals for 1500m runner and 400m relay men take GB squad's haul to six

More medal success for Britain at World Championships

Great Britain enjoyed their most successful World Championships for 10 years after claiming two more medals on the final day of competition in Berlin.



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