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22 Aug 2015

Day 1 Evening Rapid Fire Recap: Barr Barrels on, Farah Unbeatable, Hyphens in a Hurry

Farah Unbeatable Run it slow, Farah wins. Run it fast, Farah wins. The Kenyans had a go and ran like a team but in the last 3000, they parried and shadow boxed rather than driving a hammer blow. Farah, always comfortable, stalked for 23 1/2 laps and then stormed to

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22 Aug 2015

5 Quick Thoughts from the First Morning of Beijing

1. Women’s 1500m Heats All goes to form here with the only exception being in how in bad form Jenny Simpson was with 41 year old drug cheat Tatyana Tomashova. She looks like she’s going to shova in the final. Sorry. Oh and Genzebe Dibaba dropped a 59 last lap

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Mark English, Declan Murray, 2014 Nationals 800m
22 Aug 2015

English books semi spot in Beijing

Mark English was “delighted” to qualify for his first global semi-final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing this morning. English finished 5th in his heat, but qualified as a fastest loser in 1:46.69, won by Bosnia’s Amel Tuka in 1:46.12. “I’m through and I can look forward to tomorrow,”

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Pin-ups: China's 4x100m silver medallists
21 Aug 2015

Ten things I’ve learned on day one in Beijing

1) The Bird’s Nest is friggin awesome It’s every bit as big as it looks on TV, and endlessly fascinating to walk around, with a manicured mondo track that feels like carpet under your feet. The incredible steel web which decorates its outside is also lit up red at night

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21 Aug 2015

Beijing World Championships: Irish Athlete Timetable

Countdown to Beijing:  Irish schedule for IAAF World Championships The IAAF World Championships (August 22-30) start this coming Saturday in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing with an Irish squad of 16 athletes set to compete. Below is the Irish schedule for the event. For all you need to know

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Tori Pena
21 Aug 2015

Meet The Team: In Pole Position With Tori Pena

Athlete: Tori Pena Age: 28 Event: Pole Vault Personal Best: 4.60m Event schedule: Monday 24th: Qualification, Irish time: 2:30am/local time: 9:30am Wednesday 26th: Finao, Irish time 12:00pm/Local time: 19:00 Tori Pena is on of Ireland’s top field-eventers and has a wealth of international experience having competed in the previous two editions of the world

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Derval O'Rourke in action at the European Indoor Championships; Image courtesy of PhotoRun
20 Aug 2015

Throwback Thursday: Derval’s agonising fourth

Derval O Rourke, 3 time Olympian, World Indoor Champion and multiple European medalist missed out on a world medal by just a tenth of a second in 2009. After a disappointing performance in 2008, Derval would take on 5 Olympic finalists in Berlin and also put the great Sally Pearson

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20 Aug 2015

Meet The Team: Queen Of Speed, Kelly Proper

ATHLETE: Kelly Proper AGE: 27 EVENT: 200m PERSONAL BEST: 23.15 EVENT SCHEDULE: Wednesday 26th: Heats, 12:15pm/local time: 19:15 Thursday 27th: Semi-final, Irish time: Irish time: 12:35pm/local time: 19:35 Friday 28th: Final, Irish time: 14:00/local time: 21:00 Kelly Proper is one of four Irish athletes who benefited from the IAAF quota

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Even Mark English has toed the line at a Graded Meeting
19 Aug 2015

Dublin Graded Meetings in Review

The end of the domestic season is here and with that the Dublin Athletics Board is looking to conduct a review of their graded meetings. Most athletes will have run at least one graded meeting this season or at least one at some stage in their career. With that in

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19 Aug 2015

5 Coe Facts, Conte slates WADA, Radcliffe questions Data release: Your JTG 5 A DAY

Conte thinks Doping Tests are a Joke For more than a decade, BALCO founder Victor Conte has been an outspoken critic of anti-doping policies in sports. He doesn’t oppose drug testing. But he is opposed to the ineffective methods and mechanisms in place. His critiques are often aimed at sports

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19 Aug 2015

Radcliffe: athletes should not release blood data

Paula Radcliffe has spoken out about the recent doping scandals in athletics, telling BBC today that she agrees with anti-doping agencies’ in advising athletes not to make their blood data public, despite several athletes doing so in recent weeks. “I stand with the advice of WADA and UK Anti-doping on that point,”

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19 Aug 2015

Who will be the champions in China? Women’s track Previews

100m: The Shelly-Ann Show Since she first announced herself to the world at the Olympics Games in Beijing back in 2008, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been beaten only once in five global 100m championships – finishing fourt in Daegu in 2011. That blip aside, she’s collected two Olympic 100m titles

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Even Mark English has toed the line at a Graded Meeting
19 Aug 2015

Meet The Team: Two-Lap Tornado, Mark English

Athlete: Mark English Age: 22 Event: 800m Personal Best: 1:44.84 Event schedule: Saturday 22nd: Heats, Irish Time: 4:50am/local time: 11:50 Sunday 23rd: Semi-final, Irish time: 13:15/local time: 20:15 Tuesday 25th: Final, Irish time: 13:55/local time: 20:55 Mark English takes on the 800m from day one of the championships, an event which is harder to predict than in

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18 Aug 2015

Can Kiprop Keep it up? 5 Upsets to Watch and Beijing Breakout Stars: JTG 5 A DAY

Can Asbel Kiprop beat one of the best fields of all time? In the last two years at Monaco, seven(2014) and six this year ran under 3.30 for 1500m. How could we have a favourite for the men’s 1500m? Somehow we do, Asbel Kiprop. Find out how he can win

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18 Aug 2015

Meet The Team: Waterford Star, Thomas Barr

Athlete: Thomas Barr Age: 23 Event: 400m Hurdles Personal Best: 48.65 Event schedule: Saturday 22nd: Heats, Irish time: 11:35am/local time:18:35, Sunday 23rd: Semi-final, Irish time: 11:40am/local time: 18:40 Tuesday 25th: Final, Irish time: 13:25/local time 20:25 Thomas Barr goes into the World Championships ranked 11th in the world for 2015

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