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13 Oct 2015

Britain’s first openly gay athlete: “I don’t want this to define me”

Race walker Tom Bosworth has become the first British athlete to come out as gay. The 25-year-old, who finished 12th in the 20km race walk at the European Championships in Zurich last year, revealed to BBC Sport how difficult the decision was. “Even in 2015, it’s difficult for people to

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Murphy, Gregan, Barr and English after thier record run in Beijing. Image: Cathal Dennehy
12 Oct 2015

Barr and English the leading lights in memorable year for IUAA

As the new intervarsity season prepares to get under way, it seems as good a time as any to reflect on what a memorable 2015 it was,  a year when two of our leading lights, Thomas Barr and Mark English, took home medals from international competitions. English, a medical student at

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11 Oct 2015

Fionnuala secures Olympic qualifier in Chicago

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably qualify for the Olympic Games. The two-time European Cross Country champion was on course for a sub 2:30 clocking for a large portion of the race but slowed in the second half. McCormack (Kilcoole) went through

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09 Oct 2015

After rollercoaster year, Merritt on the road to recovery

By Dave Hunter Stories of athletes overcoming physical adversity to stage dramatic comebacks are omnipresent in sports. Think of the numerous NBA players who rehab and return from debilitating ACL injuries. Or, the many Major League pitchers who work hard to perform well after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Successful and

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08 Oct 2015

Fionnuala all set for first marathon major on the road to Rio

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) is looking forward to a new challenge at the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, October 11th, as she targets qualification for the Olympic Games next summer.The two-time European Cross Country champion is still undecided about the European Cross Country in December as she turns her focus the the roads

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08 Oct 2015

An insight into a legend: Run with Catherina

When Catherina McKiernan turned to the roads in 1997 she found what she was made to do. A human locomotive whose efficiency saw her record the fastest women’s debut marathon in Berlin and go on to win the London and Amsterdam marathons. “If there is such a thing as a

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06 Oct 2015

The Tuesday Troll: 10 steps to the best marathon of your life

1) Run more, lots more It’s these last few weeks, right before your marathon, that count most for accumulating absurd mileage. Never mind what came before, however many 50-mile weeks are in the bag, the time has come not just to increase your mileage, but to make some monstrous jumps.

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Evan Jager. Image courtesy of Photorun
02 Oct 2015

After rollercoaster year, Jager reflects on the rise and fall

When Evan Jager walked off the track at the Zurich Diamond League last month, having finished a tired third in 8:18.39, he knew, there and then, his season was over. The residual fatigue from a summer in which he climbed some lofty peaks — though never quite reached the highest summit

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01 Oct 2015

Kenya steps up fight against doping as police raid chemists, arresting five

Kenyan police have conducted raids on chemists in Nairobi and Kapsabet over the past two days, stores which are believed to be behind much of the doping problem in the East African nation, arresting five pharmacists and doctors on suspicion of supplying banned performance-enhancing drugs. In Nairobi yesterday, police attempted

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Trio for Rio? Mick Clohisey, Kevin Seaward and Sergiu Ciobanu put themselves in line for Olympic selection.
01 Oct 2015

Irish invade, Kenyans reign supreme: six final thoughts on the Berlin Marathon

Once again, the fastest marathon in the world lived up to its renown, producing the 11th quickest performances of all time in both men’s and women’s races, courtesy of a pair of champions worthy of topping any marathon rostrum. Yet again, the morning of the race dawned cool, calm and

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